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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? 
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    the people's #1 & most listed Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Allen

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Albert Finney

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    ranked low on reranks Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    added by crsone1 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle

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    added by bojanthebest Chevy Chase, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T

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    Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    ranked low on reranks Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

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    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Laurence Fishburne, Patricia Arquette, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace

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    ranked low on reranks O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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    added by bojanthebest Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    added by Trioxin245 Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Jean-Louis Trintignant

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    added by bojanthebest Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    added by JakobSichrovsky Kim Bodnia, Linse Kessler, Zlatko Buric

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    added by bojanthebest Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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    Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Richard Crenna

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy García

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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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    often listed Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

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    added by Trioxin245 Corey Feldman, Elias Koteas, Vivian Wu

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    Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

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    Noomi Rapace, Hans Alfredson, Lena Endre

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