(Note- A trilogy is a set of three films that are connected. They can be seen either as a single work or as three individual films.)
1. The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray
PatherPanchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and ApurSansar (1959).
Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon. - Akira Kurosawa
The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray remains the greatest Indian work of all time, it follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. A pure cinematic experience from the master Indian craftsman which has stood the test of time.
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2. The Godfather trilogy by Francis Ford Copolla
The Godfather (1970), The Godfather II (1974) and The Godfather III (1990)
The Godfather series is based on the book of the same name by Mario Puzo. This is one of the most iconic and influential films of all time, the content and style of which has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers. A number of films influenced by this series have become classics themselves, which undoubtedly proves the impact of these three films on contemporary filmmaking.
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3. Toy Story by Pixar
Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story the first feature-length film created entirely in CGI by the iconic Pixar studios founded by the legendary Steve Jobs. Toy Story remains the most critically acclaimed trilogy ever by review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story marked the beginning of a series of classic Pixar movies which have seen a downfall in their popularity only after the recent Disney acquisition.
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4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Peter Jackson
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), the Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy-adventure films based on the novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. The series could have easily remained history’s most adventurous one until Peter Jackson decided to make the relatively boring prequel, ‘The Hobbit’ series. The fact that ‘Lord of the Rings’ remains the highest grossing Trilogy till date is testimony to the epicness of this franchise.
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5. The Dollars trilogy by Sergio Leone
A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
The Dollars trilogy established the Spaghetti Western genre and inspired the creation of many more Spaghetti Western films. The series made the violence and the shooting aspect a little more larger-than-life in films. The films also marked the arrival of Clint Eastwood as the Superstar we know today.
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6. Star Wars by George Lucas
"Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), "Return of the Jedi" (1983)
George Lucas had this vision of creating an epic space opera with very intricate details. This series is considered the most successful in the history of cinema and it has led to its own pop culture phenomenon.
And this year we have the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens directed by J.J.Abrams who successfully rebooted the Star Trek series.
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7. The ‘Before’ series by Richard Linklater
Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013)
The ‘Before’ series is a great romantic epic of a generation. Richard Linklater's series collectively forms a rich fourth-dimensional experience of romance shaped by place, memory and time. The films have enchanting moments of love, loss, chance, chat, regret and rebirth. We grow with the characters and the films are almost close to real which is the cause of success of this trilogy.
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8. The Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan
Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Superhero reboot, directed by Christopher Nolan, is dark, complex and unforgettable. This is a trilogy which did not just succeed as a comic book revival film but was remembered as a thrilling crime saga. The trilogy reminds us that superheroes aren't merely a frivolous distraction, but an embodiment of our best selves. The film trilogy not only makes Batman the greatest comic book character of all time, but also entitles ‘Joker’ played by Heath Ledger, as the most complex villain in all the cinema under the sun.
9. Silence of God Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman
Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1962) and The Silence (1963)
Ernst Ingmar Bergman, recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time, made the Silence of God Trilogy which was his most powerful and representative work. The trilogy exposed the audience to unseen levels of intellectual and emotional intensity. The films in the Trilogy are deeply personal, challenging and enriching works that exhibit Bergman's mastery.
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10. The Vengeance Trilogy by Park Chan-wook
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
“Revenge is a dish best served cold”
Each film in Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy deals with revenge, violence and salvation. The films in the series are brutal and hard hitting, they are connected thematically. Oldboy, the second in the series, is the best of the lot and is considered a modern cult classic .The films exemplify that Korean cinema is the home of the most riveting films in the world.
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11 .The three colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Three Colors: Blue (1993), Three Colors: White (1994), and Three Colors: Red (1994)
Krzysztof Kieślowski adapts the French ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity into three thought-provoking modern-day dramas about people who cope with personal losses and tragedies. The film is marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by its actors. Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark in contemporary cinema.
12. The Matrix Trilogy by The Wachowski
The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
"Brahma Sathyam Jagath Mithya - Brahman is real, World is unreal"
Wachowskis' groundbreaking "The Matrix" stands the test of time and this series is based on numerous philosophical and religious ideas. The follow-ups in the series weren't positively received during that time as they delved deep into philosophical themes. It is the one of the greatest Sci-fi series.
13. Death Trilogy by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006)
It is hard work to keep audiences hooked onto films about death. But that’s exactly what Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's (unofficial) trilogy connected by death did. All three feature harrowing plot lines and characters struggling with guilt, loss and regret. These three films are as much about love and living, from family ties to passionate affairs, as they are about the finality of death.
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