With Thanksgiving upon us, I know I’ll soon be in the market for a good excuse to relax after the big meal. If you’re willing to commit to a comfy sofa, and total radio silence from relatives, I suggest you select a stellar movie trilogy and settle in for the night. What follows is my list of Top Five Movie Trilogies. These will get you past the initial food coma, through leftovers/second dinner, and eventually cocktails and pie. Timing is key. Cheers!
- The Godfather trilogy
Image credit: The Godfather Part II, 1974
This is how trilogies should be done. Family drama, a dead horse, and a lot of red sauce. Cannoli anyone?
2. The Bourne trilogy
Image credit: The Bourne Identity, 2002
I’m not typically one for action flicks, but when it includes Matt Damon and glamorous European capitals, I can’t resist. More tortured and damaged than Bond, Jason Bourne could be any one of us. You know, anyone with insane “kill a man with his bare hands” skills.
3. The Ocean’s trilogy
Image credit: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This trio of movies featuring Danny Ocean and his crew of Hollywood A-listers will certainly keep you awake even after the tryptophan begins to take effect. And with scenes of Brad Pitt CONSTANTLY eating, you may feel the urge to join him. Go right ahead.
4. The Before trilogy
Image credit: Before Sunrise, 1995
Perhaps an unconventional choice, but sometimes a person just wants something small, intimate, and wonderful. Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight are quite possibly the most romantic films ever made, and I can’t think of anyone better than Jesse and Celine to share an evening with. Je t’aime.
5. The Star Wars trilogy (IV-VI)
Image credit: Star Wars, 1977
I’m including the original Star Wars trilogy because I fear there might be a mutiny among my readers if I didn’t. Contrary to public opinion, yes I have seen Star Wars, and sorry, it’s just not my thing. However, watching the original trilogy films back-to-back is the only way I would want to see them again. It keeps you in the moment, tuned in, and invested in the fantasy. Plus, young Harrison Ford. Enough said.*
(*Gotta admit, if my only goal is to watch 6 hours of Harrison Ford, I’d personally opt for the Indiana Jones trilogy instead. But I know- Star Wars is a big deal).