Top 10: The Best Movie Trilogies Of All-Time

It takes great skill to make a consistent, enthralling trilogy. Making one great movie is hard enough. Performing a hat trick of great films is exponentially harder. Many trilogies fall victim to the sophomore slump where the middle chapter feels like wasted time before a climactic finale. Other series get long-in-the-tooth by their third entries or run out of new ideas.

This weekend, the third chapter in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise opens in theaters. The first two films were Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, received critical acclaim and were box office hits. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” already has plenty of positive reviews and hopes to add box office success to its win column. In honor of this latest, we’re counting down the ten best movie trilogies.

10 The Cornetto Trilogy – “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007), “At World’s End” (2013)

9 The Die Hard Trilogy – “Die Hard” (1988), “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” (1990), “Die Hard: With a Vengeance” (1995)

8The Dark Knight Trilogy – “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

7The Evil Dead Trilogy – “The Evil Dead” (1981), “Evil Dead II” (1987), “Army of Darkness” (1993)

6 The Star Wars Trilogy – “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977), “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”

5 The Godfather Trilogy – “The Godfather” (1972), “The Godfather Part II” (1974), “The Godfather Part III” (1990)

4The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002), “The Return of the King” (2003)

3 The Before Trilogy – “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004), “Before Midnight” (2013)

2 Indiana Jones Trilogy – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

1Toy Story Trilogy – “Toy Story” (1995), “Toy Story 2” (1999), “Toy Story 3” (2010)