The Best Third Films In A Movie Series Films

The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Return of the Jedi 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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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Back to the Future Part III Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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    Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Army of Darkness Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    The Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    The Matrix Revolutions Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Ocean's Thirteen Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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    Predators is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Austin Powers: Goldmember is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Austin Powers: Goldmember Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    Aladdin and the King of Thieve... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Aladdin and the King of Thieves Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    American Wedding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    American Wedding Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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    Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Rambo III Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

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    Three Colors: Red is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Three Colors: Red Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob

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    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wa... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

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    The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    The Lion King 1½ Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen

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    Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Friday the 13th III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    Friday the 13th III

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    Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series


    Resident Evil: Extinction Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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