Sequels The Best Third Films In A Movie Series  

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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
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who was also the executive ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles respectively. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons Die Hard with a Vengeance is a 1995 American action film and the third in the Die Hard film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more

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National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
bojanthebest added Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith Rocky III, the third installment in the Rocky film series, is a 1982 American motion picture written and directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone as the title character. The movie features ...more

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
ImaadShahrukh added Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
crsone1 added Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Nicholas Borg added Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American slasher fantasy film and the third film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Chuck Russell, written by ...more

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Ocean's Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 24 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 heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 ...more

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is ...more

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3, is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-directed by George Miller and George ...more

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The Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Austin Powers: Goldmember is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 31 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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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Predators is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The ...more

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich Transformers 3 is a 2011 action sci-fi film directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger.

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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 36 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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American Wedding is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wa... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the ...more

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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann Alien 3 is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place ...more

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Aladdin and the King of Thieve... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Third Films In A Movie Series
but chickens double d added Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker Aladdin and the King of Thieves is a 1996 animated film that is the second direct-to-video sequel to the Disney animated feature Aladdin. Aladdin and the King of Thieves serves as the final ...more

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Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 45 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. The film depicts fictional events during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. It is the third film in the Rambo series following First Blood and Rambo: First ...more

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

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Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 50 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