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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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313 84
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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589 191
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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486 170
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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607 273
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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352 123
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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367 168
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

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308 162
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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313 174
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

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241 148
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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289 228
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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183 77
National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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330 243
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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254 139
Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Army of Darkness Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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196 141
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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146 47
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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184 174
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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163 163
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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192 210
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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180 180
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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205 185
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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119 141
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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117 157
Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Ocean's Thirteen Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

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125 280
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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110 144
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 25 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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103 185
Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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122 172
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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113 104
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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75 149
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 29 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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91 150
Predators is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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128 236
X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 31 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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78 78
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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124 227
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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96 125
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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92 176
Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Blade: Trinity Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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76 119
American Wedding is listed (or ranked) 36 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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112 201
Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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93 209
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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52 121
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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103 222
Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 40 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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109 204
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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46 62
Aladdin and the King of Thieve... is listed (or ranked) 42 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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67 117
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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64 39
The Hobbit: The Battle of the ... is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Friday the 13th III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Lasbas added Friday the 13th III

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65 103
Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Resident Evil: Extinction Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

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56 97
Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 47 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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44 35
Night at the Museum 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
MichaelJones2 added Night at the Museum 3 Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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32 52
The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 49 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

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30 75
Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
JakeFraser added Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher