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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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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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260 67
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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532 170
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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445 149
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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561 252
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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322 108
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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325 153
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

8
278 150
The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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282 158
Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

10
215 136
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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270 201
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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239 122
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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154 65
National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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297 224
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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175 126
Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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120 33
Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
ImaadShahrukh added Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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161 156
Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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146 148
Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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174 188
Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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169 161
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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189 159
Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
crsone1 added Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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107 139
Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Ocean's Thirteen Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

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99 125
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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117 247
The Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
The Matrix Revolutions Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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94 163
Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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95 130
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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105 151
Austin Powers: Goldmember is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Austin Powers: Goldmember Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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82 129
Predators is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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97 94
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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118 206
X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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62 129
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 31 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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65 69
Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added Clear and Present Danger Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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109 204
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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67 104
American Wedding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added American Wedding Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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78 113
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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79 161
Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Blade: Trinity Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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39 46
Aladdin and the King of Thieve... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
but chickens double d added Aladdin and the King of Thieves Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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81 183
Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Batman Forever Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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46 106
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wa... is listed (or ranked) 39 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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98 181
Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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94 201
Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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97 179
Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 42 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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58 100
Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Rambo III Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

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56 86
Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Resident Evil: Extinction Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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24 57
Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
JakeFraser added Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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31 47
Friday the 13th III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Lasbas added Friday the 13th III

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76 134
The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 47 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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47 28
The Hobbit: The Battle of the ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
MichaelJones2 added The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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48 86
Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Beverly Hills Cop III Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green

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25 42
The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
but chickens double d added The Lion King 1½ Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin