10 greatest movie trilogies
With Marvel's "Iron Man 3" on the horizon (May 3) and two other threequels coming down the pike later this summer ("The Hangover Part III" and Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight"), the staff here at HitFix thought it might be fun to count down some of our most beloved movie trilogies of all time. Little did we realize then how difficult the process of choosing our favorites would be, for not only are there a number of narrative trilogies worthy of consideration ("Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars," "The Dark Knight," et al.) but an even greater number of thematic ones - Park chan-Wook's "Vengeance" trilogy and Krzysztof Kie?lowski's "Three Colors" being just two of the most prominent examples.
Nevertheless, we somehow managed to whittle the list down to eleven (the odd number resulting from a tie in our staff voting procedure), discarding from consideration along the way any franchises that had - in many cases unfortunately - gone beyond three films ("Indiana Jones," "Alien," etc.) while letting slide other such examples (i.e. the original "Star Wars" trilogy) we felt qualified for the standalone treatment.
Check out all our picks in the gallery below, then vote for your own favorite trilogy in the poll further down the page.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Two workmates at a brewery, both in other relationships, find themselves dealing with increasingly tangled romantic lives after the two couples spend a weekend together in this canny and sharply funny comedy.Director: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
2010 | Comedy | NRSummary: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley
1989 | Adventure | GSummary: The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, are two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous, and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains...Director: Masanori Hata
Cast: Dudley Moore, Kyôko Koizumi, Milo, Otis
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
2005 | Comedy | PGSummary: The story of Little Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway) is rebuilt from the ground up in this hip-hop influenced animated vision that re-examines every character in the old tale.Director: Cory Edwards
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton
2006 | Drama | NRSummary: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg
2015 | Comedy | TV-14Summary: This bright and hilarious comedy has a strange current of the bizarre as a young woman escapes life in a cult, then tries to adjust to life in New York City.Director: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
1973 | Horror | PGSummary: Spooky haunted house tale in which a team of paranormal investigators attempts to verify the existence of supernatural spirits by spending a week inside a supposedly haunted mansion.Director: John Hough
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
1954 | Thriller | NRSummary: Shadowy film noir featuring a murdered G-man and the FBI agent who takes on the murdered man’s unsolved cases -- which may just be related.Director: Arnold Laven
Cast: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
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