Spider-Man 3. Ocean's 13. Shrek the Third. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. We have a plethora of third movies available for viewing at your local cinema. And last year we had Mission: Impossible III and X-Men 3. With such an onslaught of third films coming out, it got me thinking about what some of the greatest third movies out there are. So, my enamoured readers, I am proud to present my top 3(+2) Third Films.
5. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Dean Jones and Don Knotts together. Two bumbling jewel thieves. Add to this two cars falling in love and you get one of the best examples of Disney film magic out there. Hands down my favorite of the four Herbie movies.
4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
I know some will point out that this is actually a stand-alone film as Clint Eastwood plays three separate characters in A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and this one, but even if that is the case, they still form a trilogy of tone and style. And The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly has that in spades.
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
While it may not be as action packed as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Crusade has more heart and a deeper emotional core. And it's still cool when Donovan ages 100 years in about 10 seconds, and the grail knight says, "He chose, poorly."
2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Peter Jackson finishes off his magnificent trilogy in grand fashion with some of the greatest epic battle sequences ever captured on film. But even though some of the biggest moments of spectacle are in this film, there is still plenty of room for some of the heaviest emotional scenes in the film.
1. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
This was my favorite film as a kid, and to some extent it is still my favorite of the Star Wars films. I am still amazed at h0w skillfully it is able to cut between the space battle, the Ewoks vs. the storm troopers, Han and Leia's attempts to bring down the shield, and Luke's final confrontation with Darth Vader in the thrilling final climactic battle sequence.
Three more third films of note:
Monkey Business (1931) - The third Marx Brothers film.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - The third Harry Potter film.
The Third Man (1949) - Has "Third" in the title.
Now it's time to prepare for The Bourne Ultimatum.