Making a good movie trilogy is hard. In fact, making just one good film is difficult; It’s almost impossible to make three good films in a row. In a recent article, I called this the «double rainbow of miracles.»
So let’s celebrate the cinematic double rainbow. Because, despite the great odds, filmmakers make Sometimes you get not only a great trilogy, but also a great final movie in a trilogy—the one that is statistically the hardest to get right. You have to hope that the director stays around and interested, that the cast remains approachable and happy, that the studio continues to support them, and that each successive release is financially successful enough to merit another one. When you look at it this way, it’s amazing that it happens as often as it does.
In terms of what might be called a «trilogy,» we only looked at series that had a well-defined trio of films that were best understood in context together. If the franchise were to release one sequel after another, technically you could pick any three consecutive titles and call them a trilogy. But it looked like a scam. For example, some might argue that golden finger this is the end of the first trilogy of James Bond films, after Doctor No and From Russia with love. If so, this is a great third film in the trilogy. But the Bond producers wanted the series to be open-ended; the fourth film about agent 007, thunder ballwas released just 14 months after golden finger. On the other hand, there are some franchises that have clear trilogies, even if they lasted more than three films, so it was appropriate to include them.
Without further ado, here’s our pick of the best movie trilogy endings…
Best third films in film trilogies
These films succeeded in the difficult task of finishing a great trilogy in an excellent manner.
Worst third film trilogies
For some reason, it is very difficult to come up with an ending to the film trilogy. And here’s the proof.