It’s always difficult to put together a list like this because someone is going to disagree with you when you place one trilogy above another, or completely leave out one that’s beloved by so many people. Such is the case with this latest list over at PopMatters, where they — like others who have come before them — have attempted to list the top ten movie trilogies of all time. Right off the bat they stick the original Star Wars trilogy at number nine, behind The Matrix trilogy, the Toy Story trilogy, the Millennium Trilogy and others, all but begging the fanboys to come out of their parents’ basements (because that’s where all Star Wars nerds live, right?) and wreak havoc on their comments section.
Additionally, The Godfather trilogy doesn’t get any love, which may be because of the third film. But if you’re going to stick the Matrix Trilogy on there and ignore those two cruddy sequels, then Francis Ford Coppola’s mobbed-up trilogy belongs on here too. Back to the Future doesn’t get any love either, nor does Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy or the X-Men trilogy. Write this list one year from today and there’s a good chance we’ll see Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy shove its way on here, but in the meantime check out their top ten below and let us know if you agree or disagree. And what about that number one choice? Is the Lord of the Rings trilogy really the all-time best?
#1 – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King)
#2 – The Ageism/Dream Trilogy (Time Bandits / Brazil / The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
#3 – The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly)
#4 – The Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance / OldBoy / Lady Vengeance)
#5 – The Evil Dead Trilogy (The Evil Dead / Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn / Army of Darkness)
#6 – The Toy Story Trilogy (Toy Story / Toy Story 2 / Toy Story 3)
#7 – The Matrix Trilogy (The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions)
#8 – The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / The Girl Who Played with Fire / The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest)
#9 – The Original Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Return of the Jedi)
# 10 – The Flesh Trilogy (The Touch of Her Flesh / The Kiss of Her Flesh / The Curse of Her Flesh)