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The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

List Criteria: Only movies that have been released count, not future installments of franchises

Threequel: the third (and often final) movie in a series. A third film that follows the original and the sequel. With the newly released Iron Man 3 tearing up the foreign and domestic box office, it's a good time to look at other movie threequels and see how they stack up against each other. Many of the best movies of all time are part of a series of movies that make up the best movie franchises ever. While many of these are the third installment in a movie trilogy, more still are part of ongoing series or much longer movie series like Harry Potter and Star Wars

Iron Man isn't the only franchise to produce a critically lauded and financially successful third movie, but it is faring particularly well compared to some of the other entries in the third film of the movie franchise. For ever Dark Knight Rises there's a Superman III, Godfather 3, and Spiderman 3. Perish the thought.

What are the best third films ever? What movie series have the best film threequels? This greatest third movie in a series list is here to let movie fans decide which third entries in a movie franchise are the best and the worst movies compared to each other. If your favorite threequel isn't on the list of the best threequels ever, make sure to throw it in the mix. Your third movie in a film franchise can't be much worse than Red Dragon, right? 

The Best Third Films In A Movie Series Films
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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

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    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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    Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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    O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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    Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

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    Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob

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    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

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    Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

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    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen

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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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