Movie trilogies often leave a mark in Hollywood but many of them do not know when to stop and become stale by exceeding the third chapter. Considering consistency and extraordinary storytelling, the following are the 15 best movie trilogies of all time:
15. Mad Max Trilogy
The dystopian action movies starring then-little-known Mel Gibson are a proof that the actor had talent long before he was a big name in Hollywood. With the release of Mad Max in 1979, the movie became a top-grossing Australian movie and even held the Guinness Book of Records for decades as the most profitable film ever made.
With the huge amount of success, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome were released in 1981 and 1985. Though a fourth installment was never made, the trilogy resulted a stand-alone sequel starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
14. The Millennium Trilogy
Based on the best-selling Swedish crime novels penned down by Stieg Larsson, Millennium has been incorporated into a television series and even a trilogy. Starring Swedish actors Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, the crime-thriller duo proved that even Sweden can come up with movies that are worth a while.
Filled with violence and graphic themes, The Millennium Trilogy has earned its rightful place amongst the best movie trilogies ever made. On an interesting note, unlike the conventional trilogies, all the three installments of Millenium (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) were released in 2009 and managed to be received well by critics.
13. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy
Responsible for making Spider-Man a household name, Sam Raimi certainly outdid himself by casting Tobey Maguire as the superhero of the same name. The first installment was incredible and the sequel became one of the rare movies better than the original. Sadly, Spider-Man 3 was not anywhere near greatness.
Despite the third movie receiving negative reviews, Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is dear to every fan of the web slinging superhero. Even though the franchise faced a reboot and starred Andrew Garfield as the titular superhero, The Amazing Spider-Man movies cannot even hold a candle to Raimi’s work.
12. The Matrix Trilogy
There are only a handful of science fiction movies which have left the audience’s jaws dropped with amazement and The Matrix is one of them. Starring Keanu Reeves as Thomas A. Anderson aka Neo, the movie is landmark in visual effects.
However, the Wachowski Brothers should have stopped at the first movie instead of coming up with two sequels in the same year after witnessing its success. Despite their negative reception, The Matrix Trilogy is still stands amongst the best movie trilogies ever.
11. The Hannibal Lecter Trilogy
As one of the most iconic movie villains of all time, Hannibal Lecter is someone you would not like to meet in a dark alley. Nicknamed Hannibal the Cannibal, the former brilliant psychologist scares even his fellow criminals but developed a soft corner for rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling.
With the success of The Silence of the Lambs, a sequel was heavily demanded and granted superbly with Anthony Hopkins reprising the role of Lecter. With the third installment being a prequel, the trilogy is a one mean and scary piece of psychological horror.
10. The Evil Dead Trilogy
Speaking of horror, The Evil Dead Trilogy is not too far behind. Starring Bruce Campbell as the Ashley James “Ash” Williams, the exorcist must face his very own loved ones while they are possessed by demons.
Arguably the greatest horror movie character of all time, Ash relies on several out of the contrary weapons to make the diedites aware of the fact that he is on the top of the food chain. With the plans of the fourth film falling apart, The Evil Dead Trilogy remains one of the most memorable movie trilogies of all time.
9. Captain America Trilogy
As one of the greatest superheroes of Marvel Comics, Captain America has the distinction of the only superhero whose movie trilogy got better with every installment. As a test subject injected with a serum aimed to make super soldiers, Steve Rogers became a symbol of hope to his country.
With the addition of Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes, The Falcon, Black Widow, Iron Man, Ant Man, Black Panther and even Spider-Man throughout the trilogy, Captain America is an action-packed movie series and a must-see for every movie-goer obsessed with superheroes.
8. The Hobbit Trilogy
Peter Jackson left a mark in Hollywood by doing a three-part film-adaption of The Lord of the Rings. It was certainly not the last time we saw adventures set in Middle-Earth as the director returned with a bang by delivering a three-part film-adaption on The Hobbit.
As a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, the trilogy is focused on hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Accompanied by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, the group must reclaim Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.