Movie trilogies. They don’t show up often but when they are done correctly, they can be some of the greatest stories ever told. Here’s a look at, according to IMDb, the five greatest trilogies of all time.
5. The Avengers Quadrilogy
Marvel Studios has had its fair share of enjoyable content but its Avengers movies are some of the best comic book movies ever made.
The Avengers bodes a solid 8/10 stars rating on IMDb and even though it has been pushed out of the Top 250 movies on the site, it still sits as one of the highest-rated comic book films on IMDb.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was garnered a lot less favorable by viewers around the world, dropping to 7.3/10, which is still a pretty good score all things considered.
Avengers: Infinity War, however, has the highest score of the four films with a whopping 8.4/10 rating and I’m not surprised. It has some of the best character interactions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a bunch of delightful action sequences, some hilariously humorous moments, and it’s super emotional. It was this film that made Endgame earn 1.2 billion! dollars in its opening weekend alone, which would thus give it the legs to go on and becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time.
And Avengers: Endgame‘s score is not shabby either with a nice 8.3/10 score on IMDb. It isn’t thought of as highly as the third installment in the Avengers story but it’s still considered to be a worthy ending to an epic moment of storytelling.
4. The Original Star Wars Trilogy
Why do Star Wars fans exist? Because of these three movies. A New Hope, formerly known as simply Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are all thought of as some of the greatest movies in the franchise…and they have aged very, very well.
A New Hope, with its whopping 8.6/10 score, delivered joy to the masses as it took its viewers on a magical adventure that featured a very simple story in a whole new world of fantasy. The wizard Merlin was now an old “hermit” known to be a Jedi, young Arthur is Luke Skywalker, and together they must save a princess from a terrible fate.
Children and adults alike were swept away by the space opera that featured grand battles, a villain that would become instantly iconic, and a story that would change the world.
The sequel The Empire Strikes Back did not mess around, garnering its impressive 8.7/10 rating. It took the story to the next level, delivering a twist after every turn and culminating into maybe the most iconic quote of all time, “No. I am your father.” There’s not much else for me to say.
And while I may not personally like Return of the Jedi apparently a lot of people do, as it holds a nice spot in the 8.3/10 realm on IMDb. Unfortunately, the only other Star Wars movie to get even close to these scores is The Force Awakens but even it has now dropped to 7.9/10 on the site, showcasing just how special these movies actually are.
3. The Dark Knight Trilogy
Christopher Nolan is an incredible movie maker. The proof? He took Batman and made the greatest superhero movie trilogy of all time. These movies could’ve been corny but he took the character on a much darker path, introducing a new sense of storytelling that made the hero face more peril than before.
Batman Begins, the origin story that would surprise viewers with this grittier take on the titular hero, is rated at a humble-but-very-good 8.2/10. I think, in fact, it’s the highest-rated comic book origin story film on IMDb, which makes sense.
The Dark Knight is a testament to storytelling. With a jaw-dropping 9/10 rating on IMDb, this movie is near perfection, and deservedly so. Whether we’re talking about Heath Ledger’s Joker, the incredible growth and eventual emergence of Two-Face, and Batman’s personal character growth, this movie is a feast of awesomeness from beginning to end. I’d love it if they brought this back out in IMAX.
And finally, you have The Dark Knight Rises at 8.4/10 which was a fitting conclusion to Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Bane and Selina Kyle/Catwoman make their debuts and Bruce Wayne’s story gets to come to a powerful end. Yeah, I wish they had made another movie but…oh well.
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Three of the greatest movies ever made, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is like lightning caught in a bottle; there’s a good chance we will never see the likes of a cinematic achievement like this ever again.
The first film of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, has 8.8/10 on IMDb, a near-impossible feat for the beginning of a trilogy but it makes sense, the movie is phenomenally told, from beginning to end, and yeah, it’ll pull the tears too.
The sequel, The Two Towers, drops .1, garnering an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb, which is still beyond impressive.
And the final movie, the film that won 11! Oscars, including Best Picture, sits at a pretty 8.9/10 on IMDb, and deservedly so. It ends the story the way it’s supposed to and it is a truly remarkable conclusion to a trio of outstanding movie making.
And the greatest trilogy, according to IMDb, is…
1. The Godfather Trilogy
Honestly, you can’t get much better than this. Both The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II are rated 9.1/10 and 9/10. That is off the basis of over a million people per movie. Two, The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II would go on to win Best Picture. When have you heard of anything like that? It’s only happened once…and it makes sense. These movies are incredible!
The Godfather: Part III, which would arrive sixteen years after the second film, would still manage to garner a 7.6/10 rating, meaning it still is received pretty well by those who watch it. And, it too would get nominated for Best Picture.
I still haven’t seen Parts Two and Three of these movies but I will one day and when I do…I know for a fact I’m going to be blown away.
So, there’s the five trilogies/quadrilogies. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.