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12 Best Movie Trilogies You Need To Watch

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If you’re in search of some of the best movie trilogies out there, you’ve come to the right place! We have concocted a list of movie trilogies for all types of moviegoers. We have found the best movie trilogies for multiple movie genres! So get your popcorn and get ready to binge-watch the trilogies of your choice. Or watch all of them because there is nothing wrong with that either!

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Under each of the movie trilogies, you will find a short summary of each movie in that trilogy. We’ve put them there to help you decide what to watch. Above all, these summaries are just small descriptions and don’t give away any major plot spoilers.

Top 3 Horror Movie Trilogies

If you want to find yourself yelling “Holy Frack!” or “Ay, caramba!” then these are the perfect movie trilogies for you! Any true horror movie connoisseur has to watch these movie trilogies. Some are classics, and some are newer. However, they are all going to have you on the edge of your seat. In other words, enjoy this selection we have put together for you!

The Scream Trilogy

Oh, who doesn’t love the classics! If you haven’t watched the original 3 scream movies then you are missing out my friend! Watching these movies can and will get the hairs on the back of your neck dancing. This trilogy is the epitome of amazing Horror Suspense Movies.

Scream Movie Description

A masked knife-wielding homicidal maniac begins to terrorize a group of high school students. The murderer seems to have fun and play games with his victims. He’ll make random phone calls to unsuspecting victims and ask questions that, if answered incorrectly, will result in the victim being killed. With victim after victim dying at the hands of this killer, can the surviving high schoolers uncover the identity of the maniac? Or, will he kill them all?

Scream 2 Movie Description

Sydney (Neve Campbell) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), two of the survivors from the first “Scream” movie, never thought that they would have to fear another killer. But, they were wrong! During an early preview of the film “Stab”, a movie based on the events of the previous “Scream”, two college students were viciously murdered. So, now, on the hunt for the copycat killer, Sydney, Gale, and two deputy’s must find him before they and more students end up dying at the hands of another killer.

Scream 3 Movie Description

Set in Hollywood, Ghostface appears to be back for the third time. During the production of “Stab 3”, multiple murders of cast members begin to occur. Drawn out by Ghostface, Sydney must now come out of hiding. Once again, Sydney must face off against this masked killer. Will she uncover the killer’s identity and defeat him? Or, will she not survive the maniac this time around?

The Conjuring Trilogy

Some of the best horror films ever made are the Conjuring Movies. This series technically shouldn’t be on this list because it isn’t a trilogy, yet. However, a third movie in the series has a proposed release date of 2020. So we’ve decided to add these movies into the list because they’re just too good to pass up.

The Conjuring Movie Description

Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are not only paranormal investigators but also demonologist. In need of help, Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron, have been experiencing supernatural activities and call the paranormal experts. At first, the unusual events seem harmless. However, they soon discover the spirits that haunt them are malicious and nothing less than pure evil. Now, the Perron’s must rely on Lorraine and Ed to save their family before they or one of their five children end up dead.

The Conjuring 2 Movie Description

Lorraine and Ed decide to make a trip up to North London for a possible paranormal case. On arrival, the two meet a single mother of four named Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor). Peggy believes there is a malicious presence in their home and she doesn’t appear to be wrong. After a short investigation, Lorraine and Ed decide to accept the case because one of the children begins showing signs of demonic possession. This spirit may pose a serious threat to not only the Hodgson’s but also the Warrens, as the spirit chooses them as its next target. Will the evil spirit rain terror on the Warrens too? Or, is their will strong enough to stop it?

Evil Dead Trilogy

Now, who doesn’t love a good dead coming back to life movie!? If you do, then this is the trilogy for you. Awakening the dead is never a good idea. However, it does make for an incredible movie experience that is worth the binge!

The Evil Dead Movie Description

Going on a small trip to a cabin in the woods, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend, and a few of their friends make the hike for a supposed fun and uneventful night away. The group comes upon a book, the “Necronomicon” with a tape recorder next to it. Unaware of the book’s dangerous power, they play the recorder out loud. Consequently, not long after, the group discovers they made a grave mistake. Now fighting the reawakened dead, Ash watches as each of his friends begin to drop off, becoming possessed. Needing to make life-threatening decisions, does Ash have what it takes to survive?

Evil Dead 2 Movie Description

Surviving the Cabin the first time around means nothing. As the bridge to leave ends up destroyed, Ash remains trapped in the cabin still fighting for his life. Ash is quickly figuring out that he may not be able to escape the woods at all. Will Ash continue his fight, or will he succumb to the evil dead?

Army Of Darkness Movie Description

Now trapped in the medieval times after the last battle with the dead, Ash becomes a prisoner of Lord Arthur. He now has nothing but his trusty chainsaw and can trust no one. In order for Ash to return to his time, he must find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis once again. Ash now embarks on the dangerous mission of retrieving the book for a chance to return to his time.

Top 3 Action Movie Trilogies

If horror movies aren’t your cup of tea, then we’ve got just the thing for you! An amazing list of action-packed movies that are going to get the blood pumping through your veins! From futuristic violence to the classic knuckle breaking punch, if you like action then this section is perfect for you!

The Terminator Trilogy

“I’ll be back.” You have to have heard that phrase before! If you haven’t then you must be living under a rock! It comes from The Terminator movies. You can’t call yourself a true movie protege if you haven’t watched the original 3 Terminators. If you haven’t seen them, drop everything you are doing and go watch them! However, if you have seen them, you can always re-watch these masterpieces.

The Terminator Movie Description

A Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) otherwise known as a cyborg assassin, has a new target. Her name is Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). The Terminator, disguised as a human, travels back through time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sahar Connor. Tasked with saving Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) follows the Terminator into the past. As a result, Kyle tells Sarah about Skynet. Skynet is a future artificial intelligence system that ends up sparking a nuclear holocaust in the near future. Skynet targets Sarah because her unborn son will lead the revolution against them in the future. Consequently, with the Terminator getting close, she and Kyle attempt to escape their imminent deaths.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Movie Description

After surviving the first terminator attack, Sarah Connor and her young son John (Edward Furlong) continue their fight for survival. 11 years after the first Terminator, Sarah now has to help protect John from the new shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick). However, they aren’t alone. Sent back through time to help protect young John Connor a reconditioned T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is now by their side.

Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines Movie Description

Years later, Connor (Nick Stahl) is now 25. Living in the shadows, Connor now has no record of his existence. As a result, Skynet is unable to track him now. However, this doesn’t stop Skynet. A new foe emerges from the future. The T-X (Kristanna Loken), Skynet’s most advanced and revolutionary killing machine. Connor’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of his former assassin, the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

The Matrix Trilogy

“He’s the one!” One of the most badass movie characters ever made has to be Neo! That makes The Matrix trilogy more than worth your time. With literal ground-breaking action, if you haven’t seen these movies you are truly missing out.

The Matrix Movie Description

Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer, lives a double life as Neo (Keanu Reeves). He’s a notorious hacker that comes across a single word multiple times, “matrix”. Neo now has an unanswered question, what is the Matrix? Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who is one of the most dangerous men alive knows the answer. Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a gorgeous woman, comes into contact with Neo, leading him to Morpheus. They help fight a continuous and ferocious battle against a team of super-intelligent secret agents. Furthermore, with Morpheus on the search for “the one”, Neo may be their last hope. So, can Neo live up to everyone’s expectations?

The Matrix Reloaded Movie Description

The costly fight against the machines continues. The only difference is that the rebellion now has Neo. Morpheus, Trinity, and Neo gain traction against the machines with their new found skills and weaponry. Continuously gaining new knowledge about The Matrix, Neo grows closer to filling his role of saving humanity. Could he really be “the one”?

The Matrix Revolutions Movie Description

The battle between man and machine reaches an astonishing final battle. While waiting for Neo to save them and humanity itself, the rebels of Zion must defend themselves. While simultaneously fighting the returning Agent Smith, Neo must escape the limbo world that has trapped him. Will Neo fail, or will he bring down the virtual world that the machines have trapped humans in? The fate of humanity lies in his hands.

The Dark Knight Trilogy

You’ve had to have heard of this guy! He instills fear into the hearts of all criminals. If you’re a bad guy, Batman will kick your ass! So, you absolutely don’t want to get into a fight with this man. The Dark Knight trilogy is a dark, violent, sensational piece of work. Subsequently, doing the feared vigilante justice.

Batman Begins Movie Description

Follow Bruce Wayne’s journey to becoming Batman (Christian Bale), a fierce vigilante feared by all criminals. Bruce begins his journey by training with Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) who is part of the League of Shadows. He learns the ins and outs of martial arts while training. Later on, Bruce discovers the truth about the League’s plans. The complete annihilation of Gotham City. Bruce quickly returns to Gotham with the goal of bringing peace and order back to the city without resorting to murder.

The Dark Knight Movie Description

All chaos is about to break loose with a new psychotic criminal on the loose. He goes by, the Joker. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep the crime rate low in the violent city of Gotham. However, as they will all soon realize, Joker will bring nothing but destruction. With Joker on the loose, does Batman stand a chance against this homicidal maniac? Or, will Joker show Batman what he always feared?

The Dark Knight Rises Movie Description

There has been no sign of Batman in Gotham for the past eight years. Both he and Commissioner Gordon have disappeared. However, that will all change with the arrival of two new villains. One is a sly thief that goes by the name Cat Woman (Anne Hathaway). The other, a terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy), known for his violent tendencies. As the battle between Bane and Batman ensues, it is unclear whether Batman actually stands a chance.

Check out our posts on the Best Anne Hathaway Movies and the Best Tom Hardy Movies You Can’t Miss.

Top 3 Space/SyFy Movie Trilogies

How do you feel about aliens, lightsabers, and time travel? If any of those pique your interest then keep reading on! This category was difficult because there are so many incredible trilogies that belong here! However, these are the 3 movie trilogies that will best suit your Syfy needs! They definitely satisfied our needs!

Alien Trilogy

Let’s talk about the original Alien trilogy. Though, all the other Alien movies are most definitely worth a watch! These movies are absolutely astounding. They will have you sitting on the edge of your seat chewing your nails! You simply can’t go wrong watching the Alien movies.

Alien Movie Description

Seven crew members are on board the Nostromo spacecraft, Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) and two Engineers, Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Brett (Harry Dean Stanton). The computer of the ship, named Mother, detects a distress signal on a nearby moon named LV-426. Company policy states that the crew must investigate any potential distress signals. Consequently, the crew is awakened from their cryo-sleep halfway through their journey back home.

Eventually landing on the moon, the crew come upon an alien ship.  Dallas, Kane, and Lambert go to investigate the ship as the rest of the team stay back making repairs and working comlinks. Kane ends up discovering a room with what looks to be hundreds of alien eggs. He comes into contact with one and a slimy spider-like creature attacks him, breaking through his suit and attaching itself to Kane’s face rendering him unconscious. After the team carries Kane back to the ship, they fight amongst themselves over whether they should bring him on board. After the argument, Kane ends up back on the ship.

The crew attempts to remove the creature from his face but realizes the creature’s blood is dangerously corrosive. Therefore, leading them to put a stop to their efforts. After a while, the creature ends up dead and falling to the ground, in turn, allowing Kane to wake up. Seemingly in perfect health, the crew is at their last meal before re-entering stasis. Out of nowhere, an alien-like creature explodes out of Kane’s chest. The creature makes its escape and is ready to unleash hell on the crew. With a creature prone to violence on the loose, does the crew have what it takes to survive the alien on board?

Aliens Movie Description

57 years later, Weyland-Yutani Corporation finds Lt. Ripley in stasis. Ripley gives her accounts on the events that occurred during Alien to her bosses. Not believing Ripley, the company bans her flight officer license. The company has recently lost all communication with the colony they sent to colonize the moon LV-426. Consequently, the corporation wants to send a team to investigate and they want Lt. Ripley on the team. At first, she is hesitant to go back to that gut-wrenching moon but reluctantly accepts. What happened to the colony? And what can they expect to find on that moon?

Alien 3 Movie Description

After crashing onto Fiorina 161, Ripley is the only survivor. Fiorina, also known as Fury, holds the world’s worst inmates that are prone to dangerous behavior. Ripley soon learns that an alien was, in fact, on board the ship and is now free on this world. Soon after, she gathers all the inmates and attempts to lead an attack to kill the alien before it kills anyone else. With no weapons or technology, the odds are not in favor of Ripley and the prisoners.

Star Wars Trilogy

Oh, man, do we have a good one here! We all know that we wish we could be Jedis! Personally, we love All The Star Wars Movies. However, this trilogy is going to be the original 3 movies. Did you ever play with a lightsaber as a kid? If you have, but you haven’t seen the original 3 films, then you are doing yourself a major dishonor. However, if you have seen these before, then do yourself a favor and watch them again!

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Movie Description

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), is a simple farm boy whose life is about to change. Luke is soon to meet Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Obi-wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), C-3PO, and R2-D2. When he does, Luke teams up with them to save the rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Currently imprisoned by the Empire, which is led by Darth Vader (David Prowse), Luke and his team must fight against the odds to save Leia and keep the hope of the rebellion alive.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Movie Description

As the intergalactic battles ensue and the adventure continues, Luke is in search of Yoda, one of the last Jedi Masters. Luke travels to Dagobah where he heard that Yoda may be in hiding. Luke plans on dueling Darth Vader and defeating the Empire once and for all. However, in order to do that, he must train with Master Yoda for any hope of defeating the ruler of the empire.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi Movie Description

The construction of the new Death Star has begun. That‘s not the only thing Luke and the Rebels have to worry about though. Imprisoned by Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo must rely on his friends to save him. Luke Skywalker embarks on a mission to free Han and make a plan to defeat Darth Vader and destroy the Death Star. During an attack launched against the Empire, Luke ends up captured by Darth Vader. Vader takes Luke to see the Emperor in hopes of turning Luke to the dark side. A final battle soon ensues between Luke and Vader as the Rebel fleet begins to gain the upper hand.

Back To The Future Trilogy

Don’t you know why the DeLorean is so famous!? It’s because of this set of movies! So, if you like time travel and classics, then this trilogy is the one for you! After watching them, you will want nothing more than to hop into the DeLorean with Marty McFly!

Back To The Future Movie Description

A crazy scientist named Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) invented the first-ever time machine. Brown called over his friend Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox) to conduct the first test. The experiment ends up taking a bad turn, consequently, sending Marty back in time to the ’50s by himself. The time machine runs on plutonium and as Marty arrives in the past he realizes that there isn’t enough left to get back. He must now find young Doc Brown and ask for help. However, anyone he interacts with could send a ripple through time which completely changes his future.

Back To The Future Part II Movie Description

Marty and Dr. Brown arrive back to their time after embarking on another mission. However, everything has changed. Marty and Doc need to find out what screwed up the space-time continuum and changed their whole reality. They must now work together to fix the timeline before it’s too late. As they begin to fix the timeline, Doc ends up transported to 1885. Now, Marty must also find a way to save Doc.

Back To The Future Part III Movie Description

For the final chapter in this crazy journey, Marty has traveled through time all the way back to 1885 in order to save Doc. As he arrives, the DeLorean ends up damaged. Marty must find a way to fix the time machine and save Doc. However, a new problem arises when Doc falls in love with a woman from 1885 and doesn’t want to return to his time. Can Marty convince Doc to come with him? Or will Doc stay for his love and face an unknown imminent death.

Top 3 Adventure Movie Trilogies

Rounding out our final genre of movie trilogies, we bring you the adventure trilogies! I don’t believe anyone dislikes adventure! It’s human nature to love venturing into the unknown. Arguably the best movie trilogies ever, you will find quite the selection in this next section! So, for all you adventure enthusiasts, we bring you the best adventure movie trilogies out there!

Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

Arguably one of the best trilogies ever to hit the big screens this series of movies tells an absolutely beautiful story. The Lord Of The Rings Movies offer one of the best action-packed adventures ever filmed! And even though it’s divided into three different parts, this trilogy is able to tell a single story seamlessly. As a result, you must give all three a watch if you haven’t already!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Description

Lost for centuries, a ring with the potential to destroy civilization makes its appearance in the hands of a creature named Gollum (Andy Serkis). Later on, the ring makes its way to a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm). Bilbo then leaves his inheritance and the ring to his son Frodo (Elijah Wood) Baggins. Soon after, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) warns Frodo of the ring’s true identity. Forged in Mount Doom, Frodo must travel there to destroy the One Ring. With all evil now looking for the ring, Frodo has a deadly journey ahead.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Movie Description

Frodo now continues his journey to destroy the one ring. He and Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) discover something following them. Gollum, who was the previous owner of the One Ring, now stalks Frodo in hopes of stealing the ring back. However, Gollum later becomes loyal to Frodo and helps him through his journey. As the journey continues, Frodo and his friends must fight through evil in hopes of reaching Mount Doom.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Movie Description

As the long journey comes to an end, a thunderous final battle ensues. Good and evil now fight with all their might for the control of Middle-Earth. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) leads his army in a fight against Sauron’s forces which allows Frodo to reach Mount Doom. Once there, Gollum attacks Frodo, taking possession of the ring. Now, tasked with getting it back, Frodo must hurry as he is running out of time.

The Hobbit Trilogy

One of the best movie trilogies has a trilogy of prequels!? Yes, it does! The Hobbit is another trilogy you most definitely don’t want to miss. You could even watch this trilogy before the Lord Of The Rings films. In doing so, you can get the backstory to Frodo Baggins! If you‘re a fan of fantasy and adventure then you have to give these films a try.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Description

Follow the journey of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). Living a relatively normal life, everything changes for Bilbo when he meets Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen). Gandalf, a wizard, manages to convince Bilbo to join him and the dwarves in a journey to claim the treasures hidden in the Lonely Mountain protected by a dragon named Smaug. On the journey, Bilbo meets a creature named Gollum (Andy Serkis) and comes into the possession of a golden ring. This ring has powers far beyond anything Bilbo can imagine.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Description

Continuing their journey to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo and the dwarves face greater dangers than before. First, they must reach Lake-town, which is located near the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo must now make his way into the mountain through a secret entrance and steal the Arkenstone. Accidentally awakening the dragon Smaug, Bilbo converses with the dragon while hiding for his life.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Description

The dwarves have now reclaimed their kingdom of Erebor and take up shelter in the Lonely Mountain. The dragon Smaug flies out of the Lonely Mountain towards Lake-town and begins to burn it to the ground. The Dwarves watch from the mountain as this occurs. After the dragon’s defeat, the people of the town come up to the mountain demanding a share of the wealth. The dwarves refuse and get ready for war. Soon after, the thunderous Battle of The Five Armies takes place.

The Indiana Jones Trilogy 

One of the most infamous tomb raiders out there, Indiana Jones will have your blood pumping with his thrilling adventures! Not many things are more exhilarating than stealing priceless artifacts from boobytrapped tombs! So, if you want a thrilling adventure, this trilogy is perfect for you!

Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Description

An archeologist that goes by the name Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) has discovered an ancient religious relic. However, he is not the only person after this relic. Indiana must make it past the countless booby traps surrounding the relic while fighting off a group of Nazis at the same time. The Nazis need the relic for their horrific plans of world domination. Can Jones beat the Nazis to the relic? Or, will they rule the world and fill it with terror?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Movie Description

Embarking on another adventure, Indiana Jones begins his search for the Sankara Stone. Stolen from the villagers of Mayapore, Indiana promises to help get the stone back. With the help of Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), Indy must get ready for the dangers that lie ahead. Can Indy get the stone back to its rightful owners? Or will he fall prisoner to the thieves?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Movie Description

On the search for the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones’s father has mysteriously vanished. Indy must now set out looking for his father and above all, save him. He uses his father’s work to track him to his last known location. As Indy gets closer to answers, the danger grows fiercer. Will Indy see his father again? Or will he be too late?

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