10 Coherent Movie Trilogies Made from Unrelated Films

I’m a big fan of creative threads I come across on the internet, and sometimes I enjoy sharing them in a format other than a wall of text. I’ve done it before with posts like “15 Movies that Can Also Be Watched Backwards” and it’s been lovely.

Today I’m showcasing a rather fantastic reddit thread that was about unrelated movies you could string together in a trilogy so that the events of the films would make sense. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you probably will after the first few.

Check them all out below, and feel free to add in your own below:

 1. Good Will Hunting > Ocean’s Eleven > Bourne Identity

A young Matt Damon displays an amazing talent for mathematics, problem solving, predilection for violence, and supreme intellect. He gets caught up in criminal enterprises, and is eventually recruited into the CIA with the help of his parents (who are also masters at deception, but have largely failed as parents for their child otherwise). He then receives Treadstone mental conditioning and tactical training which removes his old life, and he becomes Jason Bourne.

 2. Happy Feet > March of the Penguins > Batman Returns

Little penguins grow up. Adult penguins on a mission. The penguins wreak their revenge on Gotham.

3. Home Alone > Saw > Cube

It’s the story of a boy who takes booby trapping his house to more and more ridiculous extremes.

 4. The Guardian > 2012 > Waterworld

Kevin Costner is super swimming coast guard hero that falls into the ocean never to be found. They tell the story of the man who lives below the sea when Ashton rescues the one guy at the end. The world then floods and becomes a terrible place to live. Kevin Costner returns to reveal he has gills and web feet. He then proceeds to save the girl.

 5. Waiting > Accepted > Idiocracy

See the story of Justin Long as he works his way into and through college to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.

 6. Titanic > Inception > Shutter Island

Leonardo DiCaprio ends up lost at sea, but you never see him die. He’s washed up onto a beach, and then later wonders whether he is crazy or not, and whether he is imagining reality. He gets put in a mental institution, and is about whether what he sees is real, or whether he is just crazy.

 7. E.T. > War of the Worlds > District 9

Small boy helps (supposedly harmless) alien return home. The aliens return and invade the Earth now that they have gathered enough information about the human race. Now that the aliens have failed the ones that survived are kept in camps.

8. Taken 2 (if it had gone badly for his wife) > The Grey > Batman Begins

Bryan Mills loses his wife in Istanbul, then takes up a job hunting wolves in the artictic. He survives a plane crash and subsequent wolf assault, wanders in the snow until he comes across the League of Shadows, which he then joins and ultimately leads.

9. Superbad > Knocked Up > Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen gets kicked off the police force after the Superbad incidents. Moves in with his stoner buddies and tries to create a website that shows every naked scene in feature films. Meets a random girl that’s way out of his league and knocks her up. They get divorced after a couple years, but on good terms. Seth is down in the dumps and decides some incredible weed would cheer him up. Cue James Franco and their spectacular adventure.

10. Up > Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle > Star Trek

After spending his 20’s bumming around with his stoner friend, Hikaru “Harold” Sulu decides to get his act together and, inspired by his time with his old mentor Carl, he joins an organisation dedicated to exploration.


  • 3:10 to Yuma.

    And then

    The quick and te dead.

    A deadly thief obsessed with the Bible becomes a priest who tries to redeem himself.

    It’s perfect. This has been on my mind a long time, thanks for this opportunity to finaly let it go!

  • nico

    Is there a search option on your search Paul ? JW there was an article I remember from a few years back and can’t remember it.

    • yeah it’s on the right side somewhere, but you may just want to google “Unreality and whatever you’re thinking of”

  • nico

    *on your site

  • Zuhalter2000

    Read this on Reddit. Loved the concept. Had no problem reliving the possibilities.

  • Wermine

    Or be even more sophisticated and google like this:

    site:unrealitymag.com terminator

  • This is old and may have already been mentioned in Unreality, but here it goes:

    Robocop > Terminator > Matrix

    A corporation starts testing advanced human-machine hybrids, using technology to transform dead people into cyborg. This leads to an unparalleled technological advance, making the machines more and more smart. The machines take over the world and puts the humans in an advanced computer simulation, using them as energy sources. One human leads a revolution against the machine

  • Steve2

    First half of “Batman Begins” (up until he returns to Gotham)—->Most of “American Psycho”(mostly him committing murder)—–>Around the last 20 minutes or so of “The Machinist” (with a “one year later” marker), when he realizes and accepts the monster he has become.

    Someone made this into a movie fan edit that anyone can download and watch. It’s called “Bateman Begins”.

  • Jason

    Saved By the Bell > Showgirls > Any Given Sunday

    After failing to get into her college of choice, poor Jessie Spano has a mental breakdown and decides to take her chances in Vegas. The cruel reality of Sin City leads her to stripping, stardom, a crash from the spotlight, and an eventual life as high-end escort trolling for rich old men with enough money to afford Viagra and her prices.

  • rob

    I would say that Superbad, Knocked up, and Pineapple Express should be reversed.

    Pineapple Express > Knocked Up > Superbad
    Seth Rogen is a down in the dumps stoner with no friends other than his drug dealer and a teenage girlfriend. He has to leave town due to the heat surrounding his involvement in the apparent murder of a drug kingpin, his entire organization, and also his rivals. He makes up a BS backstory about being from Canada to cover his tracks and, having learned about the importance of friendship from his time with James Franco, he’s able to make several new stoner friends and even snags an adult girlfriend whom he knocks up. The resulting relationship leads to Rogen finally overcoming his fear of commitment from Pineapple Express and, remembering his natural flair for gunplay also displayed in PE, he decides to become a cop to support his family.

  • Willroyboy

    no i’m sorry it’s:

    the quick and the dead>310 to yuma>Man with the iron fists

    a former criminal preacher returns to his outlaw ways until he gets arrested. he eventually escapes prison and travels to china where he works as an undercover agent for the emporer under the name Jack Knife.

  • A Christmas Story


    The Goonies

    Ralphie begs his parents for a Red Ryder BB Gun, but never gets one. Obsessed with guns he grows up to be an assassin. Knowing that he’s headed down the wrong path, Old Ralphie travels back in time to set Young Ralphie straight. In their final encounter, Old Ralphie dies, but not before he’s shot out Young Ralphie’s eye. Ashamed, Young Ralphie travels back in time to hide. He becomes the pirate, One-Eyed Willy. His ship crashes somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and a bunch of brats steal all his gold in the 1984.

  • Risky Business

    Jerry Maguire

    Vanilla Sky

    An entrepreneurial teen starts a successful escort service. The cops eventually shut him down. Years later he becomes a successful sports agent. Cameron Diaz kills him in a car crash.

  • Back Draft, Sudden Death and Collateral Damage

    Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don’t get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

    Some terrorists kidnap the Vice President of the United States and threaten to blow up the entire stadium during the final game of the NHL Stanley Cup. There is only one way and one man to stop them…

    A Firefighter is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing credited to Colombian Terrorists. Frustrated with the official investigation and haunted by the thought that the man responsible for murdering his family might never be brought to justice,the fireman takes matters into his own hands and tracks his quarry ultimately to Colombia.