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The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

Updated March 9, 2020 26.1k votes 2.5k voters 65.3k views102 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Avengers: Infinity War
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Austin Powers: Goldmember
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    Austin Powers: Goldmember

    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles

    Released2002

    Directed byJay Roach

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    Captain America: Civil War
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Day of the Dead
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    Day of the Dead

    Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Star Trek Beyond
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    Star Trek Beyond

    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
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    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2014

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    War for the Planet of the Apes
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2014

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

    O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    Ocean's Thirteen
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    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2007

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1984

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2014

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Spy Who Loved Me
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    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach

    Released1977

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

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    American Wedding
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    American Wedding

    Alyson Hannigan, January Jones

    Released2003

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
    14
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

    Released2019

    Directed byChad Stahelski

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    Red Dragon
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Bad Boys for Life
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    Bad Boys for Life

    Martin Lawrence, Will Smith

    Released2020

    Directed byAdil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
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    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Friday the 13th III
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    Friday the 13th III

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    Jurassic Park III
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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Before Midnight
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    Before Midnight

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Expendables 3
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    The Expendables 3

    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Hughes

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    The Return of the Pink Panther
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    The Return of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer

    Released1975

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    Scream 3
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    Scream 3

    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy

    Released2000

    Directed byWes Craven

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