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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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
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
Kevin Smith's "Jersey" series (I liked Clerks)
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
Pusher trilogy by the guy who directed Drive
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films (The Millenium Trilogy)
I am Curious