Top Ten Greatest Movie Trilogies

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The Top Ten

1 The Lord of the Rings

Consistency is perhaps the largest reason why the Lord of The Rings trilogy remains the greatest film trilogy today. With some other trilogies, the films would drop in quality by the end (the Matrix, the Godfather, Spiderman, and to some degree Star Wars), yet the Lord of the Rings has great directing, great acting, and great action up until the end. Some may actually say that the movies in the Lord of the Rings movies get better as the series goes on, becoming worthy of the many Oscars that it won.

This is the best trilogy because it told one epic story and was consistent. There are a lot of trilogies that peak at their second film but don't quite live up to it in the third. But The Return of the King proved that it was possible to make a more awesome film than the previous two.

The one to rule them all.

I think it is a widely most-shared opinion, that almost nothing can beat "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. I also believe that this is one of the most rare cases when the films actually do justice to the original books and this is definitely a bonus. There are so many things I want to say, so many points of view I would love to express about this film trilogy but I know deep down that no matter what is said here, nothing can compare to the experience of watching all-three films-especially if doing that for the very first time. I suggest anyone who is yet to do it, DO IT! You have the faintest idea of what you are missing out!
-Plus, who can forget about this all-time record breaking, with all the 11 Oscars won by the third film (The Return Of The King), a fact that rendered the film alongside the only two other films to ever achieve such a record-number of Oscar winning: "Ben-Hur" and "Titanic".-

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2 Star Wars

Amazing

THE trilogy. Credit for establishing the formula for all trilogies that followed (establishing the world in a straightforward adventure, further developing the characters and going dark in the middle, rounding everything out by returning to the beginning in the finale). People always deduct point for Jedi (because of the Ewoks, I guess), but it's a fantastic closing act. The opening act with Jabba, Leia's slave outfit (I mean, come on), the speeder chase, that epic confrontation between Luke and the Emperor, the masterful triple-thread ending, and the ultimate redemption of Darth Vader. It's the most moving and emotional installment of the series, and who doesn't love to root for the underdogs of nature taking on and toppling the imperialistic oppressors (even if the underdogs are an army of teddy bears)?

The Star Wars originals were some of the best movies of all time (Empire Strikes Back is my personal favourite film of all time). Yes the prequels were weaker and the newer ones aren't the same with deaths of main characters from this awesome trilogy. A New Hope was both a decade defining and genre defining movie, The Empire Strikes Back was even better than the original, had a darker awesome theme, and had a genuine love story between Han and Leia which carried into Return of The Jedi, which was an awesome finale to the original trilogy. to be honest you can't find a better trilogy than Star Wars. Back To The Future and Lord of The Rings come close, but will never become what Star Wars became in the 70's and 80's.

Better than all

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3 The Dark Knight Trilogy

Best

I was gping to vote for the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but as you can see the books are the trilogy, so all the director had to was to put them into movies, and Star wars either 4-6 or 1-3 there are some flaws that you realize over time. The Dark Knight trilogy had a lot of material to work with because of the comics, but they were well made and also there is consistency between them although the comics are a lot and disperse... It was a close call with "back to the future", (althouugh the second movie of Bact to the future was the one that messed all)

Its Not Because He's The Hero Gotham Needs Its Cause He's The Hero Gotham Doesn't. Deserve.

Greatest trilogy of any genre! All 3 films are superb and connected. Almost flawless storytelling with an amazing cast, detailed storylines, great action, outstanding villains and a dark troubled hero!

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4 Toy Story Trilogy

It was weird because the last one makes you cry but it's not a sad scene and THAT is the magic of Toy Story

Toy Story is the best animated movie or movie series ever. I watched it when I was little and so will my children, then my grandchildren. This movie is classic and hilarious. There are people who don't like Star Wars or the Batman trilogy, but everybody loves Toy Story.

The first film is a legend, the second expanded the universe of toys without missing the rhythm, and the third was brilliant and with a surprise ending. The feeling that Andy is growing, and fear of toys in being rejected, will only becoming more real as the Toy Story advances, reaching its peak in the third film. Toy Story is a saga that has no lows and did not suffer from the curse of the "second or third bad movie" on what all other trilogies suffered. Seriously people, let's admit it: Toy Story is the best trilogy of all time. - Palmeiras

This is hands down the greatest trilogy ever. Every single one is perfect. I mean perfect. 10/10. No flaws. This is where this is different from back to the future and indy and star wars (I could see an argument for LOTR). All three of those trilogies has at least one that's not as strong as the rest, whereas toy story is phenomenal straight through... CASE CLOSED.

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5 Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Temple of Doom. The Last Crusade. - corebare32

The first three movies are some of the most adrenaline-rushing films of all time, with the third being the best.

Great adventurous trilogy! - Minforever1

No one can do Indiana Jones justice except for Harrison Ford

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6 Back to the Future

The best - lukemcnamara72

All three movies were good. Most consider the first one the best, but I think the second one was the best. I enjoyed the first one, and think it's great, but I prefer the second one more. Personally, I didn't enjoy the third movie, but it was still a good film nonetheless. 8/10. - Minforever1

GREAT SCOTT! The lord of the rings is #1 on this list?! Marty, it's time that we go back to the year this list is made and make the top 3 Back to the Future, Star Wars, and the Godfather! Quickly, Marty. TO THE DELOREAN!

Easily deserves to be in the top 3! Such great movies I can watch over and over again!

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7 The Godfather

The first two are better than any trilogy on this list

best ever

The Godfather parts I and II remain this day as two of the greatest films of all time, with the first one perhaps being THE very best. This alone is a feat that should put this trilogy in the top 3, regardless of how disappointing the third one was (which was still a good, but not great, film)

Seeing as the first two are possibly two of the best movies of all time, The Godfather trilogy deserves much higher placement

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8 Spider-Man

Spider-Man 3 is just as good as The Dark Knight...in terms of entertainment for a superhero movie

Spider-man 3

I'm the ONLY one who saw the Spiderman trilogy as a fantastic imagining of him (excluding the emo Parker) I grew up with these masterpieces and am still enjoying the trilogy for what they are. Also I just want to point out that this trilogy is 1000 times better than amazing Spiderman and I prefer not to talk about those abominations.

All 3 movies are amazing. - MrCoolC

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9 The Matrix

The Matrix is better than The Dark Knight, COME AT ME

Best trilogy ever

I really do not understand why so many people hate the sequels. I love them all! - goddangwatir

The greatest Action/Sci Fi Trilogy ever created, Keanu Reeves was born for that role, its just fate. - roblist

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10 The Bourne Trilogy

Perfectly paced and choreographed with dark underlying themes regarding the growing and ubiquitous national security state as well as tremendous acting with great talents such as Matt Damon, Joan Allen, and Brian Cox. This trilogy revolutionized the spy genre.

Non stop action and suspense - CaptainComedy17

The Movie with an action that broke your screen - MatrixGuy

Every film is a 10/10

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The Newcomers

? Tarantino’s Revisionist History Trilogy

The Contenders

11 The Terminator

Classic films should be in 10 ten at least

The Terminator should be a lot higher! It's an amazing trilogy! It has good characters, mind-blowing action scenes and great soundtrack as well

James Cameron's mind blowing story's about the future - MatrixGuy

Umm this is not a trilogy so it doesn't count. - nickisawesome

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12 Captain America Trilogy

This series just kept getting better, movie after movie. It concluded with perhaps the best cinematic experience in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and foundation for Marvel's third phase with Captain America: Civil War. Each movie has been met with near universal critical acclaim and has proved at box office that it can be loved by both critics and audience members alike.

Why is this below the Star Wars prequels? This trilogy is WITHOUT FLAW! I don't know how Jurassic Park, Godfather, and Dark Knight, that at best have 2 and at worst 1 fantastic movie in them all beat out this trilogy. This trilogy, that has three damn incredible movies contained within.

The best trilogy of all Marvel movies. As the series goes on it just keeps on getting into more and more depth in the story and the character of Steve Rogers A.K.A Captain America played by Chris Evans who does a fantastic job.

Simply amazing dark knight for marvel

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13 The Dollars Trilogy

Brilliant

The trilogy that gets better and better. Fistful is perfection, it's only flaw is that it's a remake. Then For a Few Dollars More came along. Perfect film in every way. In fact, the only way The Good, the Bad & the Ugly beat it was the epic scope. And the way that the anti-heroes don't seem like criminals because of the backdrop displaying the horrors of war.

The dollars trilogy has to be number one. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only pick one trilogy this would be it. Eastwood and Leone at the height of their powers. Awesome trilogy. It has to be the best of all time.

This trilogy is severely underrated only because it isn't popular. This should be at least top three with the Dark Knight trilogy and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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14 X-Men

The last stand is actually a really damn good movie it has flaws sure but the good stuff it has far outweighs the bad also the first to are great but everyone already knows that. ( Lord of the rings is still the best trilogy by the way ).

15 Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

Just for revenge of sith

I watched these movies. I loved them. Then to my surprise, I discovered people hated them, reviled them, with a passion. I was shocked. How could anyone hate movies this fun?

These films were a milestone in cinematic history. Without them, we wouldn't have cinematic universes. The prequels practically INVENTED the concept of the cinematic universe. MCU fans owe a lot to the prequel trilogy, and while some may disagree, the films still are fun to watch.

Revenge of The Sith is my favorite movie of all time

The trilogy that puts more eyes in Anakin Skywalker who in the spectacular Episode III :"Revenge of the Sith" will transform to Darth Vader - MatrixGuy

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16 Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

Its THREE flavors for each film, so heck yeah!

3 movies of absolute genius - the Wright, Pegg and Frost combo is something of pure genius

Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.

You know a trilogy is sweet when it's named after an ice-cream

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17 Pirates of the Caribbean

How is this only 20th? It's the best thing Disney has ever produced. We have an eccentric genius pirate, who is completely fun to watch, because Jack Sparrow does whatever suits the current situation and doesn't have a real purpose as a protagonist (except for getting his crew back in the first movie), but still has the biggest impact on everybody that does have a purpose, such as Elizabeth Swan, Will Turner, Barbossa, etc, who all had major character development because of Jack.

Undeniably, the first movie was the best. However, the two following movies connected to the first with more adventure, more action, returning characters and of course, more humor. The trilogy is very fun and entertaining and makes me want to live like a pirate! What's that? Fourth movie? I have no idea what you're talking about.

I agree with everything previously said. Even though there is a fourth and will be a fifth movie, the first three are still considered a trilogy, and by me, I pretty damn awesome one. In addition, they have amazing soundtracks.

Best Movie Trilogy Of All Time.

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18 Shrek

Shrek is love. Shrek is life

You know what's next

19 Jurassic Park

The Jurassic Park Trilogy is one of the biggest movie trilogies in the world because Michael Crichton created the idea for Jurassic park through the means story-telling and sheer creativity. He came up with Jurassic park story because he was thinking about Dinosaurs and DNA.He created a inconceivably amazing story-telling of all three Jurassic Park movies. The artistry and film-making was just mind-blowing. The of the dinosaurs was amazing. The vocals for all of the dinosaurs is just amazing. The color designing of the dinosaurs and the texture designing of the skin is just as amazing as the performance of all of the dinosaurs. Personally, The Jurassic Park trilogy is my favorite movie trilogy is because of the authenticity of the acting, the dinosaur performances, and the authenticity in all of the dinosaurs appearances.

The Jurassic Park Trilogy is one of the most biggest movie trilogies in the world because of the artistry,special effects, and film-making are just mind-blowing. The acting is perfect the dinosaur designing through the means of coloring and texture, the vocals of all of the dinosaurs is amazing and because Michael Crichton is one of the most amazing authors in the world of story-telling, it is amazing that he conceived such an incredible idea of creating Jurassic Park through the idea of dinosaurs and DNA. All three movies are just inconceivably amazing and spectacular. The score of the all three movies are beautiful and awe-aspiring

Really awesome and underrated trilogy. Jurassic park 3 is definitely the weakest of this trilogy but it's not horrible. The first two though are awesome even though I have a couple of flaws with them.

So much better than any trilogy. the only trilogies that come close are back to the future and the dark knight

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20 Iron Man

The Best Super Hero Trilogy. Awesome technology concept

21 Men In Black

They have what three very well made movies! Great in my opinion. Men in Black, deserves a better spot than this. This series always kept giving what you wanted to see, such as: Aliens, comedy, will smith, action, sci - fi guns and a great adventure that you need to see again and again and again, all 1-3 movies!

22 The Hobbit The Hobbit

Who cares about CGI and going off the book topics. The Hobbit Trilogy is just amazing. It may not beat Lord Of the Rings, but it started it. Epic battles and you get really attached to the characters.

Deserves to be higher cause for all the hate it gets it is probably in the top 15 greatest movie trilogies ever and is the prequel to the Lord of the rings.

Agreed, one of my favorite trilogies and has an amazing storyline

Loved it, had a really touching ending

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23 Evil Dead

Up there with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, back to the future, and LOTR. - PewPewAssassin

Give me some Sugar Baby!

Hail to the king baby - TheRiceKing

24 Planet of the Apes

Top 5. Every movie has above an 80 on rotten tomatoes. Great acting. Terrific script. Epic. Another trilogy where the movies kept getting better and better

Matt Reeves last two films in the Planet of the Apes trilogy is definitely a top 5 movie trilogy of all time. Andy Serkis is absolutely phenomenal.

Man o man...i started watching the first one just for the heck of it...with the intention of watching the subsequent ones some time later...ended up watching the entire trilogy back to back...Loved the fantastic way the entire thing pans out...filled with awesome directing and fantastic performances...this movie needs to be much higher on the list.

So underrated, Hollywood Blockbusters with a heart and a brain, not to mention the incredible motion capture work!

Easily some of the best films of the 21st century if not of all time

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25 Mad Max Mad Max

Mad Max. The Road Warrior. Bayond Thunderdome. - corebare32

26 The Hunger Games The Hunger Games

Awesome awesome awesome!

Number ONE

Uh duh! It's the best!

BEST EVER!

27 Mission Impossible
28 Harold & Kumar
29 Scream
30 Harry Potter

Not a trilogy - PeeledBanana

"Ladies and gentlemen, the very first 8 film trilogy," he says sarcastically

This isn't a legit trilogy it doesn't seem to have any closure by the end of the third

A trilogy that allows you to transcend into a magical/mystical world, the most interesting and original trilogy by far.

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31 Die Hard Trilogy

Didn't like the Russian one but 1,2,3 and live free of die hard are bad ass - westofohio

First two are just masterclass, third I haven't seen fully, last two I haven't seen at all, but it's all about the first two films! Maybe it's Alan Rickman being an utter badass for Hans or Bruce Willis creating his iconic character of John McClane. Yippee keey yay!

32 Alien

To deny that the original alien is not a masterpiece would be to sell it short. Prometheus is decent and Aliens, the action flick of the bunch, for its time did the job.

These movies were scfi classics!

33 American Pie
34 The Hangover
35 Austin Powers Trilogy

I lost my virginity watching these, yeah baby

The greatest comedy, parody, action, and film trilogy ever. I would watch all 3 movies because thesy give me a lot of laughs every time. It's also the only trilogy where anyone's opinion of the quality order is never incorrect. It's a shame that it's not in the top 5 or even top 10.

The only great comedy trilogy ever.

36 Thor Trilogy

The only fantastic one is Ragnarok. - Darth_Tyrant

Thor
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: Ragnarok
They are all wonderful movies but Ragnarok is the best if I had to chose. Has best villain and has extreme stakes... I mean, Asguard gets destroyed completely at the end of it. As for stakes go, the only other superhero movies that have had real stakes are Doctor Strange, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Aftersnap (fourth avengers movie), Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the Thor trilogy

37 The Transporter
38 George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead
39 Rocky

Can't believe rockys not in the top 25 who make this list

Not a trilogy... at least I don't think so

Why is TOY STORY above ROCKY?!

40 Madagascar Trilogy
41 James Bond 007

Must be in top 20

The James Bond franchise are fantastic movies, but why is this here?
It was a trilogy in 1964, but now 50 years later there are 23 movies released and the 24th will have been made next year.

Not a trilogy...

what 39?!?

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42 Jackass
43 How To Train Your Dragon

It is very hilarious

This is right up there with Toy Story in terms of best animated movie trilogies. - phillysports

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Ok let’s face it if this was a list of cartoon trilogies and someone put it in below 5th place they should be sued a mil dollars

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44 The Man With No Name

A Fistful of Dollars. A Few Dollars More. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. - corebare32

Also known as the 'Dollars trilogy'

Isn't this list already on

I grew up watching these spaghetti westerns w/my mom who loved Clint Eastwood! It was then I first became a huge fan of his. Wow! Nothing better than cuddling up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and watching/enjoying these again!
(mom Geraldine & daughter Rene)

45 The Omen Trilogy

My favourite series..devil rules

46 Kung Fu Panda

Great animation,story telling, comedy, fighting sences and heart all for dr dreameorks animation

47 Rugrats

BEST TRILOGY EVER NO DISCUSSION

48 Ocean's Trilogy
49 Divergent Trilogy

It's like The Best Ever

You can't predict that a trilogy that hasn't even fully come out yet is going to be good

No divergent is completely crap like the rest of lionsgate - ikerevievs

First two are awesome!

50 Three Colors Trilogy

Best trilogy of all time

Masterworks of filmmaking.

47? what

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