Christopher Nolan has been talking about doing a third Batman movie. His point is quite good. Third movies are rarely very good in a series. Of course, he also points out that sequels often suck.
Anyway, what third movies in a series are the best, or at least equal to the two that preceded them?
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Yes, I just lost credibility with some of you. My wife and I love this movie, though. Actually, it’s our favorite in the trilogy(there is no fourth one).
Return of the King: Easiest of the series to write and make. All the climaxes and conclusions are in this movie, and all are great. I actually think the Two Towers extended cut is the best movie of the three, though. This nearly equals it.
Goldfinger: The first, and one of the only, genuinely good Bond movies. It happens to be the third one made, at least starting with Dr. No. More of a coincidence than anything else, though. James Bond films are never(until Quantam of Solace) direct sequels.