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The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

Updated April 15, 2021 28.7k votes 2.7k voters 72.9k views135 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 every Return of the Jedi there's a Dark Knight Rises, 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 one 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, it might not even make the list of the best trilogies of all time. But with that said, your third movie in a famous film franchise can't be much worse than Red Dragon, right?

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