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Dekalog

I made a list about Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog. All the characters live in the same apartment complex, and sometimes appear briefly as minor characters in the other films.
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1. The Decalogue (1989)
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The Tramp

The greatest films featuring Charlie Chaplin's character the Tramp.
The Great Dictator isn't included because Chaplin said he wouldn't play the Tramp in a sound film, and considers the Tramp and the Jewish barber separate characters.
People who added this item 799  Average listal rating (508 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
2. The Kid (1921)
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People who added this item 802  Average listal rating (511 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.3 
3. The Gold Rush (1925)
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People who added this item 416  Average listal rating (270 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
4. The Circus (1928)
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People who added this item 1095  Average listal rating (657 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
5. City Lights (1931)
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6. Modern Times (1936)
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The Godfather

For me one of the reasons why I'm so angry at Coppola is because soon as I think about the 5 best American movies, he's got two of them [Pt. I and II]... They are as close to perfect movies as I think exist. - Sidney Lumet (Source)

The third film is a pretty good film, but it pales in comparison to the first and second films. If you're somebody who wants closure and is okay with a good, yet disappointing film, the third film is worth watching.
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7. The Godfather (1972)
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People who added this item 3830  Average listal rating (2349 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.1 
8. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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9. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
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Fellini's 'Trilogy of Loneliness'

A thematic trilogy by Federico Fellini
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10. La Strada (1954)
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People who added this item 91  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
11. Il Bidone (1955)

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12. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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Noriko Trilogy

A thematic trilogy by Yasujiro Ozu. Each main character is called Noriko and played by the same actress.
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13. Late Spring (1949)
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People who added this item 136  Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
14. Early Summer (1951)
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15. Tokyo Story (1953)
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The Human Condition


Masaki Kobayashi ... made the nine-hour epic "The Human Condition" which was critical of the way the Bushido Code permeated Japanese life and helped create the state of mind which led to World War II. - Roger Ebert
People who added this item 157  Average listal rating (71 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
16. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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People who added this item 109  Average listal rating (54 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating 8.5 
17. The Human Condition II: The Road to Eternity... (1959)
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18. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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Antoine Doinel films

François Truffaut made sequels to his semi-autobiographical masterpiece The 400 Blows.
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19. The 400 Blows (1959)
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People who added this item 104  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
20. Antoine and Colette (1962)
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People who added this item 258  Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
21. Stolen Kisses (1968)
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People who added this item 142  Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
22. Bed & Board (1970)

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23. Love on the Run (1979)


Man With No Name Trilogy

I don't know if Sergio Leone intended for Clint Eastwood's characters to be one character.

A Fistful of Dollars is based on Yojimbo.
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24. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
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25. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
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26. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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Terence Davies' 2nd Semi-autobiographical Trilogy

Directed by Terence Davies. Distant Voices, Distant Lives are two films combined.
I began making films [out of] a deep need . . . to come to terms with my family’s history and suffering, to make sense of the past and to explore my own personal terrors, both mental and spiritual, and to examine the destructive nature of Catholicism. Film as an expression of guilt, film as confession (psychotherapy would be much cheaper but a lot less fun). — Terence Davies
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27. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

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28. The Long Day Closes (1992)
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Yojimbo & Sanjuro

Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
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29. Yojimbo (1961)
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30. Sanjuro (1962)
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Star Wars

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31. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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32. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
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33. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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Apu Trilogy

To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever having seen the moon and the sun. - Akira Kurosawa
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34. Pather Panchali (1955)
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35. Aparajito (1957)
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36. The World of Apu (1959)
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The Silence Trilogy

A thematic trilogy by Ingmar Bergman.
These three films deal with reduction. Through a Glass Darkly – conquered certainty. Winter Light – penetrated certainty. The Silence – God's silence – the negative imprint. Therefore, they constitute a trilogy. - Ingmar Bergman (Wikipedia)
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37. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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38. Winter Light (1963)
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People who added this item 333  Average listal rating (184 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
39. The Silence (1963)


Don Hertzfeldt's 'It's Such a Beautiful Day' Trilo

The trilogy has a persistently cosmic existentialist slant. It's like you're making peace with chaos by finding beauty in the details. Bill is very confused but still reaches this euphoric awareness of life.
Sure, of course. At the core of it is that it takes terrible things to make most people appreciate what they have. It almost says that point blank in the film, but it's often a diagnosis or an accident or someone breaking up with to shake you up, slap you in the face, make you realize you've been droning through life. It's the bad things that kind of make you appreciate what you do have and remind you there are deadlines. If nobody died, we'd have no reason to get up in the morning. It's the ultimate reason for everything. Those bad things make us stronger, smarter people. That's really the arc of the third one. - Don Hertzfeldt (interview)

The trilogy doesn't have a name, but the films share existential themes.
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40. Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
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41. I Am So Proud of You (2008)
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42. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
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43. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

The trilogy edited into one film.
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Three Colors Trilogy

Like in The Decalogue, Krzysztof Kieslowski created three films where the characters make short appearances in the other films.

The films are based on the three colors of the French Flag, representing liberty, equality, and eternity. Roger Ebert said
In the trilogy, "Blue" is the anti-tragedy, "White" is the anti-comedy, and "Red" is the anti-romance.
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44. Three Colours: Blue (1993)
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45. Three Colors: White (1994)
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46. Three Colours: Red (1994)
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Herzog's 'megalomania' Trilogy

A thematic trilogy by Werner Herzog
A.O. Scott said
Along with “Aguirre” and “Fitzcarraldo,” “Cobra Verde” completes a trilogy of mayhem and megalomania in hot climates.

The films are about different imperialists played by Klaus Kinski.
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47. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
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People who added this item 495  Average listal rating (271 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
48. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
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49. Cobra Verde (1987)
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Toy Story Trilogy

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50. Toy Story (1995)
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My favorite film series and watch-list. I will mention when a series is thematic, instead of having the same characters in the films.

I added more than a few film series from Jaytoast's list Trilogies & Series, and got help by asking for film series on RateYourMusic.


Recommendations are appreciated.

I didn't include documentary series like the Up Series; documentaries are in my best documentaries list.


Everything below is just personal notes on series I've seen or might see.

I haven't included great films with disappointing sequels, like Chinatown's sequel The Two Jakes, 2010 (The sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey), or the sequels to The Silence of the Lambs.

I probably won't watch these interesting looking film series: Zatoichi Pink Panther, Godzilla, Tarzan, Dirty Harry, The Thin Man.
My Mother's Castle and My Father's Glory doesn't look very interesting.

Pretty good unincluded series (only the films in parentheses are recommended)
Back to the Future (the first film is a classic)
Christopher Nolan's Batman Films (the second one has a great performance by Heath Ledger)
Alien (Alien and Aliens were great)
Terimantor (the first two are great)
Matrix Trilogy (The first one is great)
Star Trek TNG films
Star Wars prequels
Harry Potter
Shrek
Austin Powers
Evil Dead (I might see the sequels).
28 Days Later

Most of the series below are action series and not recommended

Series I stopped following
Bourne Trilogy (haven't seen the last one)
Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one is great)
Planet of the Apes
X-Men
Narnia
Kevin Smith's "Jersey" series (I liked Clerks)
Spider-Man

Films with disappointing sequels
Halloween, Rocky, Saw, El Mariachi, Ocean's Eleven

Unincluded film series I watched at least partially that aren't worth watching (mostly action) : Lethal Weapon, Jurassic Park, Tremors, Beverly Hills Cop, Die Hard, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Mortal Kombat, Scream

I might finish Haneke's 'emotional glaciation' trilogy.
Erich Rohmer's Six Moral Tales.
Film series from Jaytoast's list I might watch:
Aki Kaurismäki's Proletariat Trilogy,
Ray's The Elements Trilogy,
Gespenster trilogy, Kaurismäki's Finland trilogy
Tetsuo Saga

Probably not:
Pusher trilogy by the guy who directed Drive
Red Riding
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films (The Millenium Trilogy)
I am Curious

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at May 25 0:12
I'm not interested in seeing those movies but thanks anyways.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at May 25 6:06
nice to see Polish movie at the top
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 24 23:59
Nice list! I still have to watch a lot of these, I'm totally going to check the Decalogue!
Have you considered Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance trilogy?
Gus Van Sant's "Elephant", "Gerry" and "The Last Days" are also a to be considered as a trilogy, they're not all equally good and they are only linked by the way they treat the relation between filmic and real time, but it's quite interesting.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 24 8:18
You should consider adding before midnight to the before sunrise trilogy...
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 24 11:48
I added it.
Posted: 7 months ago at Sep 20 17:07
Awesome list!
Here is another suggestion:
LARS VON TRIER - "The Depression Trilogy"
"The Depression Trilogy" consists of Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. All three star Charlotte Gainsbourg and deal with characters who suffer depression or grief in different ways. This trilogy is said to represent the depression that von Trier himself experiences.
Posted: 7 months ago at Sep 20 17:23
Roy Andersson's Living Trilogy: Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy: Paradise: Love (2012), Paradise: Faith (2012) and Paradise: Hope (2013). They focus on three women from one family; one of them travels to Kenya as a sex tourist, one has to spend time at a weight loss camp, and one tries to propagate Catholicism.
Edit: 7 months ago

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