Another Top 10 Movie Trilogies
Written by Ian Astraquillo. Three is a magic number, and Hollywood agrees! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for another Top 10 Movie Trilogies. For this list, we’ve chosen the best of Tinseltown’s cinematic triplets that haven’t already been acknowledged in our previous Top 10 Movie Trilogies, so before you cry foul-play in not seeing any Matrix or Star Wars on this list, be sure to check out that first video. Special thanks to our users jkellis, ian_a_wm2014, Jess Isabel Hardie and antonius1903 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.com/suggest
Another Top 10 Movie Trilogies
Three is a magic number, and Hollywood agrees! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another Top 10 Movie Trilogies.
For this list, we’ve chosen the best of Tinseltown’s cinematic triplets that haven’t already been acknowledged in our previous Top 10 Movie Trilogies, so before you cry foul-play in not seeing any Matrix or Star Wars on this list, be sure to check out that first video.
#10: “Men in Black” trilogy (1997-2012)While the first sequel didn’t quite live up to the standards of the original movie, we can’t leave these men in the black for the marks they did hit in a franchise that spans fifteen years. With all three films loaded with star-studded casts, beautiful blends of action, comedy, and impressive visuals, these sci-fi classics bring out some of the best the genre has to offer. They’ve also spawned an amusement park attraction and a cartoon series.
#9: “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy (2004-13)Starring English comedians Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and friends, this trilogy is the black sheep of our list, being a series with three entirely separate non-sequential films all connected with Cornetto ice cream cameos. Composed of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz”, and “The World’s End”, director of the trilogy, Edgar Wright saw each of these partial parodies not merely as films with nonstop gags, but also being thematically united through the highlighting of subjects like growing up and the dangers that come with acting and thinking in a childlike manner.
#8: “Austin Powers” trilogy (1997-2002)Yeah baby, indeed! Starring Mike Myers as the hilarious titular spy as well his clumsy and evil arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil, this trilogy is espionage parody at its finest. Although conceived and designed to poke fun at the over-the-top plots and overt sexual content innate in the emerging spy-film genre of the ‘60s – yeah, we’re looking at you Double O – these films nevertheless work as standalone action-comedies. And this, even if they do recycle their own jokes - which they’ve at least acknowledged. The end result is triple-fold comedy gold that will never lose its mojo!
#7: “Mad Max” trilogy (1979-85)Before his lamentable fall from grace, Mel Gibson portrayed the desert speed demon we know only as “Mad” Max Rockatansky. One of the few film franchises to receive consistent rave reviews with each sequel, the Road Warrior’s aggression on the desert sands, at Thunderdome, and beyond continue to be celebrated by die-hard fans and pop-culture fanatics. Filled with creative costumes, vivid sets, and pulse-pounding car chases, this trilogy is easily the epitome of fantastic speed-crazed storytelling.
#6: “The Evil Dead” trilogy (1981-92)In this string of unique gore fests, Bruce Campbell stars as the haunted Ash Williams, whose antics and adventures have garnered praise to a point that they’ve elevated him to pop-culture phenomenon status. What makes this series stand out from its competitors in the horror genre is its drastic evolution in tone and aesthetic with its sequels. Beginning as an edge-of-your-seat thrill with the original “Evil Dead” in 1981, the series’ first sequel took an interesting turn with its blend of comedy, and it concluded with a fantasy-medieval twist with “Army of Darkness”.
#5: “Mexico” trilogy (1992-2003)Conspiracy murders, epic gunfights, pretty ladies - these are just some of the many qualities that make this explosive “Mariachi” trilogy awesome. Known for his extravagant visuals on low budgets, writer and director Robert Rodriguez began his endeavors in this action series with “El Mariachi”, which was shot on a budget of US$7,000. Following a less favored sequel three years later, Rodriguez and his guitar-playing/gun-slinging amigo ended on a high note with “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”, which stayed true to the preceding films’ motifs of retribution, country, love, and guitar cases that make things go boom!
#4: “Living Dead” trilogy (1968-85)No way this list would be complete without a nod to the initial works that started our obsessions for deteriorating flesh-eaters. Beginning in 1968 with a black-and-white “Night of the Living Dead”, and later accompanied by “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead”, these horror classics gave zombies a new life and a sub-horror genre of their own. Initially criticized for their explicit content, the films have since become walking pop-culture giants, with “Night of the Living Dead” being selected for preservation by the U.S.’s National Film Registry.
#3: The “Bourne” trilogy (2002-07)Based on the spy-thriller novels of Robert Ludlum, Matt Damon kept audiences on the edge of their seats as this trilogy’s titular protagonist. As an ex-CIA assassin on the run from his former agency, he’s simultaneously seeking to restore his identity after suffering from perpetual amnesia. Met with consistent critical acclaim and high box-office numbers, the films were noted for their emphasis on flashy practical effects, which added a heightened sense of realism and thrill that matched veteran series of the genre, like the 007 franchise. It also spawned the 2012 spin-off with Jeremy Renner in the lead, playing a different character.
#2: The “Before” trilogy (1995-2013)These days, the genre of romance, film or otherwise, has fallen some under heavy fire and earned a bad rep. Thankfully though, we have Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed “Before” trilogy to retreat to for sanctuary. Beginning with the well-received “Before Sunrise” in 1995, the equally potent and praised sequels “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” had director Linklater giving his lead actors, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, leeway with their lines by contributing directly to the screenplay. Coupled with their perfect onscreen chemistry and you’ve got two Oscar noms for Best Adapted Screenplay waiting to happen.
Before we unveil our top trilogy, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Beverly Hills Cop” trilogy (1984-94)
- “Rush Hour” trilogy (1998-2007)
- “Ocean’s” trilogy (2001-07)
- “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy (2005-10)
- “Three Colors” trilogy (1993-94)
#1: “Toy Story” trilogy (1995-2010)As Pixar’s first full-length feature, the first “Toy Story,” released in 1995, quickly founds its way to the U.S. National Film Registry for preservation on its first year of eligibility. Its sequels proved to be equally powerful with their similar themes of identity, friendship, and loyalty strongly tied-in to well-written narratives that had us smiling, laughing, and crying. With the third film being the first animated feature to surpass the 1-billion dollar gross mark as well as being one of only three animated films to be given an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, there’s no question that these toys were never meant to be thrown out of our hearts. And we’re sure they never will be.
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