The Seven Best American Movie Trilogies

It may have been announced a while ago but I’m still kind of bothered that The Hangover is going to more than likely become a trilogy.  I don’t blame them movie studios for doing this one bit.   From a financial perspective it makes total sense.   But Jesus for once just stop it in the name of logic.

Which brings me to my point.  Do you realize how difficult it is to make a movie trilogy?  In general sequels are bad enough but to make 3, 4, 5, even six movies?  It’s awfully difficult to keep an audience captivated.

That said, here’s a look at the seven best American movie trilogies….

Thanks to Listverse who had done a list with a bunch of foreign trilogies as well.  We wanted to stick locally.

Star Wars “Original” Trilogy

Excluding all the prequels we’re talking most likely the most followed an famous trilogy of movies in the history of cinema.  And if it weren’t for the Phantom Menace we’d have 6 very good movies on our hands.   But honestly I never really group all the movies together anyway.  You’ve got pre crazy technology Lucas and then insane technology Lucas.  I’m old school and this trilogy rules.

Lord of the Rings

I’m very curious about how The Hobbit movies are going to do.  I’m sure they will kick ass and perhaps even surpass LOTR.  However, that one of these won best picture speaks volumes about the series.


The First two were boss.   A lot of people hated the third one.  Don’t worry I know there’s an Alien:  Resurrection.   However, keep in mind that David Fincher directed the third one and you really can’t put a price on that.  Sure it was way more different than the first two but it’s Fincher.  Cut the guy some slack.

The Bourne Trilogy

The guys from Listal had a great quote on this one.  The “Shaky Cam” is not to everyone’s taste, but it is used well in these particular films, and it’s somewhat difficult to imagine them being better if they were done in some other style. Personally I didn’t care for the second one all that much but 1 and 3 kicked ass.


One and two are two of the best movies of all time.   While 3 sucked compared to the first two, it’s still a great movie in and of itself, not to mention got nominated for best picture so it couldn’t have been that horrible.

Indiana Jones

I’m going to pretend that a 4th movie never even existed.    The first three were pure action adventure fun that I’ll never forget.   Which one is your favorite?  I happen to love Last Crusade.

The Matrix

What is the Matrix anyway?

*Honorable mention to Back to the Future and The Kickboxer movies (just kidding).  Also, I’d like to point out series that made it past 5 movies.  Rocky, Harry Potter, and Police Academy



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