Top 10 Greatest Movie Trilogies of All Time

The Top Ten
1 The Lord of the Rings

I can't stand the people that say that lord of the rings is too long, and that its only about people walking for hours. First of all, there are plenty of movies in the world that are almost 3 hours long, and many of them are acclaimed and considered classic. People that say lord of the rings is boring obviously have a very short attention span, and can only watch movies with action in every scene. This trilogy is absolutely beautiful, every scene. And the soundtrack is the most moving music I've ever heard in my life. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Star Wars, and the dark knight, and all the other amazing trilogies, but lord of the rings will always be the best (in my eyes)

The Lord of the Rings should always, ALWAYS, be number 1. The plot is absolutely amazing. The first movie is a little lighter than the last two, but that just leaves more space for plot development and explanations. It actually matches the books (with the exception of Tom Bombadil) and it all has consistent quality. The characters are amongst the best ever created, and the battles are told realistically yet with a great fantasy aspect. The different story lines for the last two movies only serve to make them more amazing than the first movie. There are so many details that it's very easy to miss most of them the first time watching the movies. Peter Jackson did a terrific job of adapting the Lord of the Rings books into live action films. The cast is stupendous and play their characters perfectly. This is one movie trilogy that cannot be anything remotely close to bad.

I love all three movies! They all are very consistent and over all the best trilogy I've ever seen. Peter Jackson did an outstanding job of interpreting the masterful work of Tolkien. Usually after the first movie in a trilogy they start going down hill. But this is not the case with this trilogy. I would say my favorite is the actually third (Return of the King). My conclusion is, this trilogy is definitely a MUST see! All I have to say is you need to have a considerable amount of time on your hands, because they are long movies, but it's definitely ALL worth while.

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.

2 Star Wars

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.

I am a lord of the rings fanboy and even I can admit Star wars is a better trilogy. Millions have watched this films and enjoyed them from start to end. An entire generation grown with its characters and story arcs, badass battles and adventures, everything in this piece of art feels right. The lord of the rings is pure dope. But Star wars is the father of all scifi movies even when the children wouldn't like to admit it. Lotr is the brightest son of them all thou.

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

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)

The absolute brilliance in every story beat, the perfect storytelling, the fully realised heroes and villains, the cinematography, the performances, the music, everything- EVERYTHING in Nolan's trilogy is borderline perfection. My one problem with LOTR is the lack of an interesting villain, which Nolan delivers every single time.

It is tough to vote on this because The Lord of The Rings and Star Wars are so close to my heart, but nothing compares to The Dark Knight Trilogy. These movies made comic books real and everything about these films are top notch. It makes you really want to believe that Batman can exist.

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

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.

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.

All three movies were great. The second installment was the best: a wonderful sequel. It's really hard to choose the best one though. Massive fan of Buzz, but don't like Woody.

5 Indiana Jones

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

The first 3 were great! But the 4th one... Just no

Yes, there are only three of them.

Great adventurous trilogy!

6 Back to the Future

This trilogy is great because it never gets old. There's something for everyone and the soundtrack is great. Plus, Michael J Fox's performance in this movie was amazingly charming (as his characters always are) and Christopher Lloyd was brilliant as Doc. I can't imagine this movie with different actors and I'm so glad they replaced Eric Stoltz with Michael J Fox.

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.

Brilliant movie series, with great acting, a solid plot with no holes (thinking about it will make your head spin), an awesome future in Part II, hilarious jokes, extremely quotable lines, and full of creativity. Jeez, I really want that hoverboard. And Power Lace Nikes. And a size adjustable and auto drying jacket...

This movie series is great. The acting is amazing, the characters are good, the humour is actually funny, the story is great and none of the movies are bad. This is my favourite time travelling movie series of all time.

7 The Godfather

The Godfather at number 7 is a joke. The 6 movies ahead are phony. The Godfather part 1 and 2 is one of the greatest movies of all time. part 3 The Death Of Michael Corleone is average. Just say part 1 and 2 were never made. I would not buy part 3 if it was the only Godfather film made. I still think part 3 is better than lots of movie made today. The Godfather is about family and mafia not fake stuff that will never happen. The Godfather films are more realistic not fairies, super hero's for kids. The Godfather films are about life as adults. even Sofia Coppola can do a better job as a actress in movies than this list. People say she ruined part 3. I can still watch it over this list. The only trilogy I own is The Godfather. All the nerds can stick with Batman, Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars.The Godfather films have the greatest actors of all time Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De niro and other big stars in the films. The Godfather trilogy is the best.

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)

By far the best trilogy, but the first movie was the best because after that, the family ran out of people to kill!

Still easily a top 5 or 3 trilogy. Even though Part 3 wasn't extraordinary, the first 2 remain the greatest.

8 Spider-Man

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.

First 2 are good, but the third one steaks so bad.

All 3 movies are amazing.

He's my favorite hero

9 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.

Every film is a 10/10

10 The Matrix

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.

The first Matrix is my most favourite movie. However, trilogy wise... the other 2 aren't any where near as great. This is a top 10 movie trilogy though.

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

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

The Contenders
11 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.

Probably Marvel's best franchise!

12 Pirates of the Caribbean

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.

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.

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.

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

13 The Terminator

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

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

First two were great, however T3 sucked.

14 Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

Are you kidding me?! 19?! Sure it doesn't match up to lord of the rings or batman, but seriously this is as good as comedy can possibly get! Shaun of the dead? A zom-rom-com Masterpiece. Hot fuzz? Best action-comedy movie ever, masterpiece. The worlds end? Darker and deeper than the others, but still hilarious! Best movie about midlife crisis, masterpiece. This needs to be at least in the top 8.

Its THREE flavors for each film, so heck yeah!

The collaborative effort of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

It is pretty funny

15 The Dollars Trilogy

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.

while the Godfathers part 1 & 2 are better the third was not good. For the dollars thrilogy, each gets better with the finale being one of the greatest of all time across all genres!

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 should be at least TOP 5.
It gets better with every movie...
It has terrific actors and the soundtrack is ear-candy.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is the best western ever made, if not one of the best movies of all the time.

16 Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

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.

Episode III was the only real good entry in the prequel episode I & II not bad but not great either.

Not as good as the original, but still very good.

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

17 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 ).

18 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!

19 Shrek

Shrek is love. Shrek is life

You know what's next

The holy trilogy

20 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.

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

21 Iron Man
22 The Hobbit

The Hobbit should really be higher on the list. It's my favorite movie trilogy, next to Lord of the Rings and this is the prequel to Lord of the Rings! Yes, it might have worked better if it had only been two movies, but they're all great. It doesn't really match the book, but it has it's own little storyline and I love how they connected LOTR and the Hobbit. Legolas is again a great character and even though J.R.R Tolkien didn't create her, Tauriel is too.

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.

Good, but would work better as a single film.

23 Mission Impossible
24 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.

25 Harry Potter

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

Harry Potter trilogies sucks. Plus nobody likes this movie.

Harry potter is great! Such surprising events!

This should be way higher on the list!

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