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The Best Third Films In A Movie Series  

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List Rules 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 Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith
The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third installment of The Matrix trilogy. The film was released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film ...more
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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino
Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel ...more
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Predators is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody
Predators is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, ...more
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Austin Powers: Goldmember is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise
Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay ...more
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American Wedding is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli
American Wedding is a 2003 American romantic comedy film and a sequel to American Pie and American Pie 2 as part of the American Pie theatrical series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed ...more
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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey
Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more
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Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
JakeFraser added Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher
Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and ...more
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The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
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The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. ...more
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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more
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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H
Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the third film in the series. The Autobots learn of a ...more
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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones
Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and ...more
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. ...more
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Aladdin and the King of Thieve... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
but chickens double d added Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker
This film is a 1996 animated film that is the second direct-to-video sequel to the Disney animated feature Aladdin.This movie serves as the final chapter of the Arabian Nights-inspired Disney ...more
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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film in the Naked Gun series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series. It was marketed with the tagline: ...more
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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green
Beverly Hills Cop III is a 1994 action-comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, who had previously worked with Murphy on Trading Places and Coming to America. It is the ...more
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The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda
The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
MichaelJones2 added Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Simon Pegg
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy-adventure film based on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series The ...more
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
MichaelJones2 added Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.
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Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION is again based on the wildly popular video game series and picks up where the last film left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich), now in hiding in the Nevada desert, once again ...more
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Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith
Rambo III is a 1988 American action film. It is the third film in the Rambo series following First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II. Sixty-five seconds of the film were cut in the UK version ...more
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Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd
Final Destination 3 is a 2006 American horror film, and the third installment of the Final Destination franchise. It was directed and co-written by James Wong, who also directed and co-wrote the ...more