The Best Third Films In A Movie Series Films

The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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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, 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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    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    + 274
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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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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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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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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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    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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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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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

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    Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob

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    Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

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    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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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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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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