Top Ten Greatest Movie Trilogies

The Top Ten

1 The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings Product Image

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.

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".-

Easily the greatest trilogy of all time. Coming from Star Wars fan.

2 Star Wars Star Wars Product Image

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.

The Lord of the Rings may be a more consistent trilogy with no drop off in quality unlike Star Wars (Episode 6 was great but not as good as 5 and 4) I'd say Star Wars is the better trilogy because of the cultural impact the film had. No other franchise has stuck with the world like this one.

This started the modern day trilogy trend that we are familiar with today. Yeah maybe someone will mention the Dollars Trilogy or something else that came before this, but please tell me a trilogy series that had the pop culture effect that this one had at the time. It still holds up well and I'm not acknowledging the prequel trilogy. This opinion is based solely on the original one.

3 The Dark Knight Trilogy

More than your average super hero movies. The casting in all three is exceptional and all three are super solid films

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.

The Dark Knight Trilogy is one of the strongest trilogies ever. Most trilogies have spoilers (Godfather Part I, Star wars VI, Jurrasic Park I, Matrix II and II). The Dark Knight Trilogy is strong all the way through ever film. Christopher Nolan is absolutely suburb in his writing and molding of his version of Batman. A modern masterpiece!

4 Toy Story Trilogy Toy Story Trilogy Product Image

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.

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.

5 Indiana Jones Indiana Jones Product Image

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

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

No one can do Indiana Jones justice except for Harrison Ford

Yes, there are only three of them.

6 Back to the Future Back to the Future Product Image

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.

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!

My favorite movie trilogy ever so sick

7 The Godfather The Godfather Product Image

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

The Dark Knight trilogy is not better than this. And I love Toy Story, but this is still better.

All the three movies form an incredible piece of art that no other trilogy has yet matched.

8 Spider-Man Spider-Man Product Image

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

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.

The trilogy of our modern hero Spider-Man "With Great power comes great responsibility"

He's my favorite superhero, but 3 was a average movie

9 The Matrix The Matrix Product Image

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

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

The trilogy that redefined action and philosophy

I don't see why so many people hate reloaded and revolutions. I love the full trilogy so much. Reloaded is my favourite, but all of it is really amazing.

10 The Bourne Trilogy The Bourne Trilogy Product Image

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

The Movie with an action that broke your screen

Every film is a 10/10

The Contenders

11 The Terminator The Terminator Product Image

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

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

I liked all of them except for T3 pretty much but T3 was alright

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

13 The Dollars Trilogy The Dollars Trilogy Product Image

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.

Clicked this link expecting the Dollars trilogy to be at least in the top 5, if not number one... each movie is better than the last, not to mention the classic soundtrack and brilliant acting.

14 Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Product Image

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.

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

All horrible to mediocre at best films that people are trying to call good because its star wars

Revenge of the Sith is an incredible movie

15 X-Men X-Men Product Image

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 ).

16 Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Product Image

Sure the plots get a bit jumbled in the second and third but there are great characters, scenes and animation, not to mention the dope soundtrack. Should be higher, and also I think Johnny depp was a fine jack sparrow, despite what many people think

The 3rd movie was the best, the second one and the first one were great too. Who doesn't like these is an idiot, I've said it!

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.

17 Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

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

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

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

It's named after ice cream for crying out loud

18 Shrek Shrek Product Image

Shrek is love. Shrek is life

You know what's next

The holy trilogy


19 Jurassic Park Jurassic Park Product Image

The first one is good, the second one is not so good, the third one is better than the second one.

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.

20 Iron Man Iron Man Product Image

The Best Super Hero Trilogy. Awesome technology concept

21 Men In Black Men In Black Product Image

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

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

23 Evil Dead

Give me some Sugar Baby!

Hail to the king baby

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

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

25 Mad Max

Mad Max. The Road Warrior. Bayond Thunderdome.

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