The Top 3 Best and Worst Part Three Movies of All Time

With “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third installment in the Dark Knight Trilogy, currently breaking box-office records worldwide, we thought we’d check in on some of the famed Part 3 flicks of the past. We’ve included a list of both the best and worst films that have ever dared to grace the silver screen with a third gluttonous helping. So pull up your covers, hold onto you big sis and grab a railing for dear life, as three times may (or may not!) be a charm. Here are THE TOP 3 BEST AND WORST PART THREE MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!!

The Best

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
With the great Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood successfully taking on the lush spaghetti western in both “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For A Few Dollars More,” who would have thought their swan song would be the third installment in the series. Featuring titular characters Eastwood (in full quiet and bitter “good” mode!), Lee Van Cleef (“bad,” yet so good!) and zany Eli Wallach (“ugly” in spirit!), the film gives depth, scope and even a pinch of comedic zeal to the already amazing Leone western style that had become iconic. Be it good, bad or ugly, the three in this crowd are some vicious, yet so welcome brutal bastards.

2. Army of Darkness
How do you top the horror of the first “Evil Dead” and the humor of the second “Dead By Dawn”? Combine those mothers, infuse a big budget via Universal Pictures and throw in some memorable tag lines via S-Mart man Bruce “Ash” Campbell (“Give me some sugar baby!”) and you’ve got the third in a trilogy that screams “Let’s go!” From director-in-his-prime Sam “Spider-Man” Raimi, “Darkness” is an ode to everything from Ray Harryhausen to The Three Stooges, but above all else it’s simply one hell of a good time.  Plus anytime we can watch our man Campbell go from geek to chic, there truly is a deadite god!

3. The Bourne Ultimatum
I actually didn’t like Matt “Baby-Face” Damon as memory-loss assassin Jason Bourne in the first two films. But damn it if “Ultimatum” not only provided some seriously cool chases (the train station surveillance sequence is nail-biting material!) and creative fights (Bourne smashes a face in…with a book!), but also features one dynamite performance by Damon that blew me away! Guess three times is the charm for the talented Mr. Ripley! Bulked up, battle ready and bound for blood, “Ultimatum” converted me to Bourne fandom.

The Worst

1. The Godfather Part III
I have to ask—was Francis Ford Coppola out of his mind? An aging and not-scary-in-the-slightest Al Pacino, a wasted Andy Garcia and Joe , and an out-of-place Sofia Coppola who couldn’t act her way out of a bag marked the end to the Godfather legacy? All I remember about this sincerely inferior third act of the Corleone family saga was waiting patiently through many deep thoughts, countless speeches and a ton of meaningful threats for something to happen—it never did.

2. The Matrix Revolutions
After such a stellar first film and then a disappointing sequel, “Revolutions” had a lot of ground to make up. Alas, the final “Matrix” outing was like a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest—doomed from the start.  Overindulgent and thus squeezing the lifeblood out of every element that made the first film great—the relationship between Neo and Trinity, the wisdom of Morpheus and The Oracle, and the evil of Mr. Smith—the Wachowski’s sadly started to believe in their own hype and the result is a film so far from cool even the Fonze would have risked death to cross it’s wide and never ending span of self-important drivel. 

3. X-Men: The Last Stand
Proving that he is indeed no Bryan Singer, director Brett “Rush Hour” Ratner was handed a good script, a cast to die for, and even new characters to enhance the X-Men universe and he still managed to screw it all up. Badly staged, horribly shot and about as character-driven as “Legally Blonde 2,” all the amazing actors sadly flounder under the sub-par direction of Hollywood’s one-note wonder. Need to bring your successful and thoughtful franchise to a screaming halt both creatively and stylistically? Ratner’s got your back.
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