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Old 01-13-2022, 04:43 PM   #1
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What are some opinions on the best run of three movies by a director? Some of mine are:

Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather
The Conversation
The Godfather Part II
(I'll include Apocalypse Now as its impossible to exclude)

Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo
North By Northwest
Psycho

Akira Kurosawa
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
High and Low

Stanley Kubrick
Extremely difficult. I think I can include his entire filmography but I'll go:
2001
A Clockwork Orange
Barry Lyndon

Quentin Tarantino
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown

Billy Wilder
Could there be a more diverse list of consecutive films?
Witness for the Prosecution
Some Like it Hot
The Apartment

Terence Malick
Badlands
Days of Heaven
The Thin Red Line

Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull
The King of Comedy
After Hours

Spielberg is difficult to put a 3 run of great movies thanks to 1941 and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. I think his best run would be A.I, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can. Would be interested to hear some more lists.
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John Hughes had 5 in a row!

Sixteen Candles
The Breakfast Club
Weird Science
Feris Bueller
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
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How about for the 21st century?

Denis Villeneuve
Sicario
Arrival
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Nolan's best streak probably. Insomnia knocking Memento off the list, although full disclosure I never saw Insomnia.

Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
Inception
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Wanted to add Fincher, but can't say he's had 3 in a row that were amazing.

Paul Thomas Anderson
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
The Master
Apparently his next two, Inherent Vice and Phantom Thread are great, but I haven't seen those.

Mike Nichols
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
The Graduate
Catch-22
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Wanted to add Fincher, but can't say he's had 3 in a row that were amazing.

Paul Thomas Anderson
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
The Master
Apparently his next two, Inherent Vice and Phantom Thread are great, but I haven't seen those.

Mike Nichols
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
The Graduate
Catch-22
I love PT Anderson. Want to see Licorice Pizza as soon as I can. Inherent Vice was not great IMHO. I think you left off There Will Be Blood which is fantastic. His first film The Hard Eight is also worth a look
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John Landis
Animal House
The Blues Brothers
An American Werewolf in London

Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker
Airplane!
Top Secret!
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Edgar Wright
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

David Cronenberg
Videodrome
The Dead Zone
The Fly

Tim Burton
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Beetlejuice
Batman

Clint Eastwood
Mystic River
Million Dollar Baby
Flags of Our Fathers/Letters From Iwo Jima (included both since they're basically companion films)
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Coen Brothers

Raising Arizona
Miller’s Crossing
Barton Fink

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Fargo
The Big Lebowski
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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A Serious Man
True Grit
Inside Llewyn Davis
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Coen Brothers

Raising Arizona
Miller’s Crossing
Barton Fink

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Fargo
The Big Lebowski
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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A Serious Man
True Grit
Inside Llewyn Davis
I was surprised not to see the middle 3 earlier in this thread.

Any 3 of Tarrantino's last 4 are great too.
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I would personally take the Inglorious Basterds / Django / Hateful Eight run of three over the Reservoir Dogs / Pulp Fiction / Jackie Brown run of three from Tarantino
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Difficult to match David Lean frankly, and he followed up these 3 with Ryan's daughter in 1970

Doctor Zhivago '65

Lawrence of Arabia '62

Bridge Over the River Kwai '57
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I like this little run by Steve Soderbergh
The Limey (under-rated!)
Out of Sight
Erin Brokovich
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The Last Boy Scout
True Romance
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Spielberg is difficult to put a 3 run of great movies thanks to 1941 and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. I think his best run would be A.I, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can.
Jurassic Park and Schindler's List are on so much higher a tier than A.I., Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can that it doesn't even matter what the third movie is. Hook is more than enough.

I'd also put Raiders of the Lost Ark—E.T.—Twilight Zone higher than A.I.—Minority Report—Catch Me If You Can, or Raiders of the Lost Ark—E.T.—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom if you don't count Twilight Zone.

In fact, I'd say even Amistad—Saving Private Ryan—A.I. is a much stronger trifecta than A.I.—Minority Report—Catch Me If You Can.
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Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo
North By Northwest
Psycho
Dial M for Murder
Rear Window
To Catch a Thief

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Billy Wilder
Could there be a more diverse list of consecutive films?
Witness for the Prosecution
Some Like it Hot
The Apartment
Sunset Boulevard
Ace in the Hole
Stalag 17

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Desperado
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James Cameron
The Terminator
Aliens
The Abyss
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
(True Lies)
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