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Best Film Trilogy's


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This is tricky, as there are some brilliant movies that have 2 bad sequels!

For films that only come in threes, where all 3 films are excellent, the choices narrow down considerably.

I choose the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Absolutely epic stuff and consistently good both technically and creatively.


Senior Member
The best has to be toy story!
All three films are excellent as stand alone pieces, and get better as they progress.
Most trilogies have a weak link, Godfather 3, for example!

My other fav is Lord of the rings, but that's just personal preference. Love the book, and thought the films were an amazing achievement in translating that story into a film narrative.


Senior Member
Im finding it hard to disagree with LOTR. As Ken says though, Toy Story has to be up there. Back to the Future 1&2 are excellent I think, but 3 lets it down, as happens in so many cases. Id also have to mention the Bourne films as all 3 are excellent, but LOTR is in a different league.

Empire Mag did their own top33 trilogies you can see here


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Designmatic said:
Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
I'm glad I wasn't the first one to say that!

Ken has hit an impressive point with Toy Story.

However I feel the need to raise Rocky, whilst not a trilogy, it is an epic series of films. If you are an idiot you will complain about 4, 5 and 6, and complain that they are rubbish.

Die Hard could also come up.


Senior Member
Just to be pedantic....
Are we talking trilogy - three films only, or film series/franchises?

If we're talking franchises (I hate that label, but what else can you call them?), Harry potter would have to be up there. Love it or hate it, can you think of any other series of 8 films (eventually) that has been so successful?

The alien films deserve a shout too (excluding the crossovers!)

Of course the original Indiana Jones trilogy should be mentioned too.

Another left-field suggestion might the the spaghetti westerns?

The Matrix films might be worth a thought too.


Senior Member
Krey20 said:
Just to be pedantic....
Of course the original Indiana Jones trilogy should be mentioned too.
The Matrix films might be worth a thought too.
The man makes a good point, although the Matrix isnt really my cup of tea I can see why it deserves a mention.

Franchises, in my opinion are a separate discussion, otherwise James Bond would deserve a shout, but trilogies should just be classed as a single story/idea, split over 3 films.

Die Hard would be a good shout, but now they have released 4.0 its spoilt it! Indiana Jones is definitely a great shout. If they make a 3rd Bad Boys film that would get my vote!


Staff member
hmmm, hard one really...

I'm just trying to think what had 3 good films..
I would have gone alien series but that's four films (I've got the quadrilogy)
matrix - got boring after first one
star wars is technically six films (yeah I know)
ringu has 3 films but they're japanese
crocodile dundee
honey I shrunk the kids
underworld (I quite like this series)

list of others here
List of film series with three entries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen are also not bad ... There is also The Terminator, but they made this fourth pile of s**t they have the nerve to call a movie ... Well, the third already was not really good ... Then there is Alien, but it also has four parts ... Third and fourth are better than Terminator 3 and 4, though ...