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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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    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Allen

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    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

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

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    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    ranked low on reranks Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Albert Finney

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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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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest Chevy Chase, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis

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    Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey

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    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace

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    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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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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    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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

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    often listed & added by bojanthebest Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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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 JakeFraser Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    often listed Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    added by Trioxin245 Corey Feldman, Elias Koteas, Vivian Wu

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    Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra

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    added by JakobSichrovsky Kim Bodnia, Linse Kessler, Zlatko Buric

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    added by bojanthebest Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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    Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Richard Crenna

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Chelan Simmons

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy García

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    Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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