Screen Play: Our Favorite Trilogies

The best things in life come in threes

the hobbit!

Grab your walking stick — The Hobbit creeps into theaters today. That’s right, three solid hours of navigating Middle Earth, candlelit caves, and really big beards (preview the bristle below).

But it doesn’t stop there. Peter Jackson recently announced (via Facebook) his film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book series needs not two epic movies, but three. A crowd? Not if the musketeers, Olsens, and blind mice have a say in the matter.

Read on for an unexpected journey through twelve of our editors’ favorite trilogies (some streaming now*).

The Jersey Trilogy
Chasing Amy*

The Quack Pack
The Mighty Ducks

The Prince Trilogy
Purple Rain
Under the Cherry Moon
Graffiti Bridge

Three Colors

The Millennium Trilogy*
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Red Riding*
Part 1: 1974
Part 2: 1980
Part 3: 1983

Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Franchise
The Evil Dead*
Evil Dead II
Army of Darkness

Back to the Future: the Complete Trilogy
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III

George Lucas’s Wars of the Star
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises

The Series That Pulls You Back In
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part III

The Hannibal Lecter Feast
The Silence of the Lambs
Red Dragon

Find The Hobbit showtimes at fandango.com. Track down where to stream, buy, and watch all of the above at gowatchit.com. Heading to the theater? Flip through our must-see movies first. For more movie inspiration, check out our favorite holiday movies and rentals.

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures