Julian’s Top 5 Trilogies You Should Totally Check Out

Julian Koonce, Sectional Editor

The date is August 13. It was an overcast morning at the Guardian office in Room 196. Things looked bleak. The Guardian fax machine starts ringing and whirring. Two words appear on a single sheet of paper from the “Top 5 Movies” writer Julian Koonce:

“I’m back.”

And indeed I am.

Today we’re taking a look at the top five movie trilogies, and as always, the list is based on my opinion. Not all of the trilogies are golden and complete. There are bad apples in the bunch sometimes, but as a trilogy, they’re looked at as classics. Here are my picks.

5) Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy: “Spider-Man” was the launch of big superhero movies in Hollywood and led directly to the comic book movie takeover that we’re in right now. It follows the practically perfect Peter Parker origin story from humble beginnings to battling it out with multiple villains in the final installment of the trilogy.

When most people think “Spider-Man,” they think this trilogy and for good reason. Sam Raimi’s horror background really helps this trilogy have some beautiful cinematic shots. The dialogue just borders on dramatic and hilariously fake comic book talk, which works a lot better than it sounds.

4) The Back to the Future Trilogy: Ah, yes, another trilogy with a film I’ve talked about before on this list. It’s no secret by now that “Back to the Future” is my favorite movie of all time, and it stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly trying to help his parents fall back in love after time-traveling 30 years into the past and ruining the right flow of events.

Honestly this is just a fun set of movies to watch with a couple people. The first Back to the Future is a classic and will remain for decades to come as it is the best while the second film takes it up ten notches. The third is a very underappreciated cap off to the trilogy which takes a foreshadowed but unexpected turn from the rest. It’s honestly a great set of films but you may want to spread out your viewings.

3) The Godfather Trilogy: Now, I’ve never talked about “The Godfather,” and I knew I should’ve after I talked about my favorite sequels and why Part II wasn’t on it (and everybody let me have it.) And I should’ve talked about it. This Martin Scorsese classic is one of the greatest films of all time, and its sequel could be considered better. The third is a little more distant in fans’ hearts.

Make sure you take out a large chunk of time if you’re planning on watching these films, because they’re long, but they are good. Sit back, grab some snacks and watch these classics. Maybe avoid eating any oranges during your viewing though.

2) Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy: From the director of some of the most critically acclaimed films ever came a comic book movie grounded in reality. The realistic take on Batman and some of the DC Universe’s most iconic villains is a refreshing look after the “Batman” movies of the ‘90s.

From watching poor Bruce Wayne be stripped of his parents, to Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as the Joker, all the way to the rather confusing ending to the trilogy, Nolan impresses with how you can take this superhero concept and make it into one of the most intense trilogies of all time from crime dramas, to action thrillers. It is the definitive superhero movie experience.

1) The Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983): Remember when we didn’t get a new Star Wars film every year and were spoiled with tons of shows on tv and on Disney+? Well I don’t because I’m still legally a child however, George Lucas’ original trilogy will always have a special place in fans’ hearts and will always be a classic tale.

Seeing the birth of a legend in cinema in Luke Skywalker is always a great feeling. The excellent story telling of the first and second movies are a great leadup to the explosive finale of the third film in the trilogy filled with twists, turns and iconic cinematic moments.