Everyone loves a good movie trilogy. A great movie is great. Two is even better. Three is an absolute blast. Sometimes the second movie in a trilogy is the best, and on slightly rarer occasions the last movie is the one that stands out the most. but it’s perhaps even less common when the first movie in the series outshines the others.
Some of these standout movies were followed by somewhat lackluster sequels, like Iron Man. Others, like How to train your dragonhad much stronger competition, but managed to stand out the most.
Some Guys Just Can’t Handle Vegas – ‘The Hangover’ (2009)
It’s not a masterpiece of comedic intelligence, but if you fancy turning off your brain for a while and having fun with a movie, you can’t go wrong with the former. The hangoverabout three friends who wake up in Las Vegas after a bachelor party with no memories.
The film is absurd and exaggerated. It often feels like it shouldn’t work as well as it does, but it somehow manages to be one of the funniest and most creative American comedies of the 2000s.
Genius Slapstick with the Force of a Bullet – “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (1988)
If tongue-in-cheek, slapstick comedy is your thing and you still haven’t watched The naked gun, you may not know how incomplete your life is. It’s a hilarious crime comedy where an incompetent police detective stumbles upon a world-class assassination attempt while searching for his partner’s killer.
The film is full of quotable dialogue, funny jokes, and brilliantly executed visual humor. Its two sequels aren’t as well-regarded, but they’re not without their fair share of fans.
Dark and Badass Vampire Action – ‘Blade’ (1998)
Before the turbulent production of the MCUs Bladethere was the 1998 adaptation of the half-vampire, half-human hero who hunts evil vampires, which still stands out as one of the most distinct Marvel films of all time.
Blade was followed by an almost equally good sequel directed by Guillermo del Toro, then a tragically gruesome trio. The former is still applauded by audiences for being one of the forerunners of the modern superhero genre, with sleek, brutal action scenes and a fantastic lead performance by Wesley Snipes.
The One Who Started It All – ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe became the sprawling entertainment colossus it is today, there were Iron Man: A fun, standalone action adventure about a millionaire who creates unique armor to fight crime.
There’s a good reason why over a decade (and dozens of movies) later, the MCU’s first installment is still considered one of the best. It’s simple, well-written, and funny but not overwhelming, plus it has great action scenes and an iconic ending. Its two sequels may not have been as well received, but this one remains impossible not to appreciate.
The Swedish thriller genre at its finest – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009)
Not to be confused with David FincherThe 2011 remake of the same name, the original adaptation of the bestselling novel The girl with the dragon tattoo is a Swedish thriller about a hacker who helps a journalist find the murderer of a woman who has been dead for 40 years.
Whether this version or Fincher’s is superior is a good debating point, but what can’t be debated is that this is a great thriller with a brutally dark tone, chilling visuals and an incredible Noomi Rapace like hacker Lisbeth Salander. While both sequels are also edge-of-your-seat thrillers, they never quite reach the heights of the original.
The Magic of Forbidden Friendship – “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
If you ever hear someone say that DreamWorks isn’t a top animation studio, you don’t need to go any further than show them the How to train your dragon trilogy. The first film, widely hailed as the best of the three, follows a young Viking boy from a village of dragon hunters, who unexpectedly befriends a dragon and begins to learn that they may not be. not to be feared.
Besides being beautifully animated, the film is a touching exploration of unlikely friendship, father-son relationships, and the importance of constantly re-evaluating history. It has great music, great voice acting, and is quite simply one of the best animated movies ever made.
If You Want To Make God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans – ‘Amores Perros’ (2000)
Alexander G. Inarrituit is love dogs is one of the greatest Mexican films of the 21st century, perhaps even of all time. It’s a pulp Fiction-style drama about a car accident that sets off a chain of events in the lives of three people in Mexico City.
It’s hard to believe this is Iñárritu’s first film, as it’s such a wonderfully crafted film with a captivating atmosphere and a dark but stunning storyline. love dogs is the first installment of the director’s thematically linked death trilogy, followed by 21 grams so what babel. They are also amazing films, but there is nothing quite like this masterpiece.
The Father of the Spaghetti Western – “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)
The legendary Sergio Leonemaster and perfectionist of the Spaghetti Western genre, has made two trilogies in his career: His most famous, the Dollars Trilogy, which ended with The good the bad and the ugly; and its thematic trilogy Once upon a time, composed of Once upon a Time in the Westthen Duck, species of suckerand finally Once upon a time in America.
The latter is a gorgeous masterpiece, but it’s hard to beat Once upon a Time in the West. In the same way The good the bad and the uglyit is considered the greatest western of all time, a masterful deconstruction of the genre with a strong style and one of Ennio Morriconethe most amazing works.
Only guy to get in trouble before he was born – “Back to the Future” (1985)
The whole of Robert Zemeckisit is Back to the future the trilogy is an explosion of fun. Both sequels are highly underrated, but it’s the first that’s considered one of the greatest American films ever made, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect proof that you don’t need an artistic tone or super deep themes to perfectly tell an interesting story.
The structure is excellent, the characters and plot twists are all great fun, the music and effects have aged like fine wine, and there are a myriad of iconic cutscenes and lines to choose from. Time travel movies have never been so enjoyable.
A Masterpiece You Can’t Refuse – “The Godfather” (1972)
Francis Ford CoppolaThe magnum opus is not only the pinnacle of 70s cinema: many consider it the greatest film of all time. Even if you disagree, it’s hard to deny that this is a jaw-dropping achievement.
Although some claim that The Godfather Part II has somehow managed the feat of surpassing its predecessor, the majority of the public agrees that The Godfather is the best of the trilogy. It’s a sprawling crime epic with fascinating characters and engrossing plot points, and one of those movies you have to see at least once before you die.
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