Top 10 Third Movies in a Franchise Which Were Better Than the Original

The Top Ten

1 Avengers: Infinity War

WOW. WHAT A MOVIE. This movie chucked my expectations, and gave me a 1 million. What a movie. - iliekpiez

Dear internet,
Please stop spoiling Infinity War! All your favorite heroes will be going all YOLO by getting clobbered by Thanos!

First one is still better - MegaSoulhero

Best movie ever... - DarkKnight2005

2 Lord of the Rings the Return of the King

Definitely this one. The Lord of the Rings is a legendary trilogy and in my opinion the best of all time. This one though just caps it off. - 2storm

What a trilogy. In fact, the best of all time. This will be remembered in history. I need no explaination for how great it is - iliekpiez

3 Thor: Ragnarok

Wow. By far the best Thor movie, but that is no acomplsihment. This is one of the best MCU movies. It is not declining. It is improving. - iliekpiez

Amazing movie and defiantly the best Thor movie - toptendudes

4 The Bourne Ultimatum

By far the best. This is better than any Bond movie. This is one of the best action movies of all time. - iliekpiez

5 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

My personal favorite Indiana Jones movie. The relationship Indy has with his father is so effortlessly entertaining and Ford and Connery's chemistry is just astounding. You believe that these two are father and son every time they're on screen together. - phillysports

I do think this movie is a bit better than the first two. - PackFan2005

This was so good. He saw development for Indy and a great peformance from Connery. - iliekpiez

I didn’t really like the third installment. - Not_A_Weeaboo

6 The Dark Knight Rises

Haha. I just ticked off a bunch of people big time. But this movie was simply marvellous in my eyes. - iliekpiez

I love this film, but I love Batman Begins the most. - girlcool

The whole Bat-Nolan series ROCKS

7 Toy Story 3

Awesome movie

AnimeDrawer, I'm sorry to say this, but they're making a fourth Toy Story.

I never get tired of watching this. It’s so sad, this is the perfect ending to Toy Story. I hope a 4th one doesn’t get made. This ended perfectly.

8 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Yeah, but wouldn't say this is better than The Empire Strikes Back, the second one. - 2storm

9 Goldfinger

One of the best Bond movies. It is vintage Bond to the core. Classic moments and great villains. - iliekpiez

10 Captain America: Civil War

Boring honestly - PeeledBanana

I could agree with this. - 2storm

It brung everything I could have asked for on the plate and showed off whilst doing so. - iliekpiez

I thought the winter soldier was better but if you like civil war that’s ok

The Contenders

11 Star Trek III - The Search for Spock

Search for Spock gets lost in Wrath of Khan's limelight, but the writing and directing in this movie are still a joy to watch (and a big step up from The Motion Picture)

This is probably one of my favourite science fiction films. It proved completely wrong. It had everything more than I expected. - iliekpiez

12 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Voted for civil war but whats funny is I would have voted for this if I knew earlier this was here - InsanityJoe

13 Cars 3

Cars 3 is better than the second one but the first one is easily superior - YoDa0815

I actually think that the second one is the most Superior. Also, that stupid Cruz isn't funny at all. please respect my opinion.

14 Rush Hour 3

Yea no - judo8alex

15 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yeah, this one is a huge improvement over the first 2

My favorite Harry Potter movie is the first. - Y2K

I loved this movie better than the first two.

This is my favorite film in the franchise - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

16 Kung Fu Panda 3
17 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

This film looked totally stupid. - SailorSedna

18 Jurassic Park III

Did anyone even watch this when it came out?!?! - TheInsomniac

19 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Is episode iii better than i? Hell yeah? Better than iv? Nope - YoDa0815

20 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Easy number one, I believe it's only this far down because nobody knows this is a series. The first two were great, but this...this was AWESOME. One of the best movies ever, and destroys Infinity War in every way possible.

21 War for the Planet of the Apes
22 Jaws 3
23 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I love this film. It is way better than Illumination's The Grinch and DreamWorks Home. Home and The Grinch suck and they both are terrible overrated disappointments. This film, however, is underrated and exciting than ever. I like how they add another Fury (The Light Fury) in the film because of the fans' ideas. 😊 - Badabooo2

24 Rugrats Go Wild
25 The Expendables 3
26 Shrek the Third

Not Better Than The Original. - masoncarr2244

But I Found It Good Though, But It's My Least Favorite Shrek Film, Doesn't Mean I Hate It, I Enjoyed It. - masoncarr2244

27 Superman III

My favorite Christopher Reeve Superman film. - girlcool

28 Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants
29 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Another great trilogy caps off in my opinion the 3rd best trilogy ever. - 2storm

30 Mission: Impossible III
31 Rocky III
32 Back to the Future Part III

This movie perfectly wrapped up everything in the Back to the Future trilogy, definitely one of the best third movies I've ever seen. - SailorSedna

33 Skyfall
34 Batman Forever
35 Logan (2017)
36 Iron Man 3
37 Final Destination 3
38 Saw III
39 Austin Powers in Goldmember
40 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Better that it's first film The Return of Godzilla (1984) of the Heisei era of Godzilla films. It's also the best movie of the Heisei in general. - asantalo

41 Scary Movie 3
42 Men in Black 3
43 Scream 3
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