The Good Trillogy/Sequel Thread

I think the recepie for a good sequel or trilogy, consists of one that is written before any of the films are made.  Inotherwords, a sequel that is not simply capitalizing on the success of the first film, by following the exact formula in the second.  There are of course exceptions to the rule.  Die Hard 3 was an exciting movie, but if you break the film down, it had the same concepts.  Terrorist launches huge threat that turns out to be large diversion for a bank robbery.  But it seemed to have enough added new material to make you forget that you were following the same concept.  Anyway, what I'm looking for in this thread, are films that don't follow this concept or theme process to create the second or third movie.  Lets not list the obvios Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, we already know about those.  And yes, Back to the Future has already been mentioned so that's off your list too and if you mention the matrix I'll download you onto my virus ridden hard drive, now get too it moviegoers!


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There is a soft place in my heart for. . .

Wally_Pipp's picture

The Mexico trilogy: Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi, Desperado, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

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El Mariachi?

TMundo's picture

I didn't know there was one before Desperado.  Once upon a time, hmmmm, they got caught up in the majestic aspect of the man himself, they tried to make the story elusive but somehow it just didn't come together the right way.

If you're in the mood for cheese. . .

Wally_Pipp's picture

At least, of the grated-parmesan-and-romano variety or even a nice grated locatelli, how 'bout the Man with No Name Trilogy?

Also known as the Dollars trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966), sorta/kinda work as a trilogy, although this may not have been Leone's intent when he made them.


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How about a fourth?

FearlessFreep's picture

Even though ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST isn't in the trilogy--it has Charles Bronson in the Clint Eastwood role--I like to think of it as an honorary member.  Sort of like D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers.

Great opening scene where the hired gun murders a whole family and turns out to be Henry Fonda!


Eddie and the Cruissers 2

Coaster's picture

Was actually better, more watchable, than the original. 

Squint Eastwood has gotta be the most quotable of all actors

Rajah's picture

"Dying ain't much of a living, son"

The Apu trilogy

FearlessFreep's picture

No, it isn't set in a Springfield convenience store.  It's three wonderful movies directed by Satyajit Ray, about a boy/young man growing up in India and experiencing great loss.

The trilogy that should have been: Sergei Eisenstein's IVAN THE TERRIBLE.  The third part was only half filmed, then Eisenstein had to stop and destroy what he had done because of suspicion the tyrannical hero was a metaphor for Stalin. (Only one or two scenes survive.)

The movie's aren't as good as his earlier work, but they're interesting to look at.  The Tsar has a neat little beard in the first movie, a bigger one in the second and a huge one in what little's left of the third.  The visual subtext is that he's turning into a monster!


Evil Dead

Decaf's picture




obvious super hero comment

Decaf's picture

Dark Knight, Spiderman 2 and X2 

not gonna say superman because superman 2 was actually pretty boring 



The American Pie trilogy?

HS's picture

Not the "Band Camp" spinoffs, but the original three starring Jason Biggs.  The sequels are both decent, and while they have the same tasteless humor, they nevertheless have different stories (well sort of, anyway).  I mean, only the FIRST one was about losing virginity, only the THIRD one was about getting married, etc.



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