Top 5 Movie Trilogies


We’ve discovered that good things often come in threes, which is certainly the case with our Top 5 Movie Trilogies, featuring five of the most beloved and acclaimed sets of three films ever made!

1) The Godfather Trilogy

The Godfather
  • Follows the fictional Corleone Mafia family through the course of its history in the United States and their homeland Sicily
  • The Godfather is often called the greatest film of all-time and Godfather II is often called the greatest sequel ever
  • The films have earned over $550 million worldwide
  • Heavily awarded, winning 9 out of 29 total Academy Award nominations
  • The Godfather and The Godfather Part II won the Oscar for Best Picture

2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings film poster
  • Among the highest-grossing film series of all-time
  • Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $281 million
  • Films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations
  • The Return of the King, won all of its 11 Academy Awards nominations (tied for most ever with Ben-Hur and Titanic)
  • Set in Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron

3) The Star Wars Trilogy (original)

Star Wars film poster
  • Became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon
  • Star Wars the fifth-highest-grossing film series ever
  • A second trilogy was produced in the mid-2000s with a third trilogy coming soon
  • Series has spawned an extensive media franchise – including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books
  • Franchise depicts a galaxy described as "far, far away" in the distant past, and portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart

4) The Back to the Future Trilogy

Back to the Future
  • First film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon
  • Trilogy was nominated for five Academy Awards all together, winning one
  • Spinoffs include a television series, video games, comics, and a theme park ride at Universal Studios
  • follows the adventures of Marty McFly, and an eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown, as they use a DeLorean time machine to time travel to different periods in the history of Hill Valley
  • Box office earnings of $965.5 million

5) The Indiana Jones Trilogy

Indiana Jones
  • Based on the adventures of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, a fictional archaeologist
  • Series nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning seven
  • North American box office gross: $936.5 million
  • Franchise has expanded beyond film to television, novels, comics, and video games
  • A more recent fourth Indiana Jones film also exists (with more potentially coming)

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