Which director made the best '3 movies in a row' in your opinion?
By - KillingKameni
Not the best listed here, but John Carpenter: Escape From New York, The Thing, Christine.
Carpenter had a hell of a run through the '80s. You've got *The Fog* before those three, and then after them you have *Starman*, *Big Trouble in Little China*, *They Live* and *Prince of Darkness* all in a row.
Starman is excellent and had all elements of good story, better than ET I think.
Then big trouble in Little China is excellent action movie.
I don't think any body came close to making something like starman.
Blank Check is doing a podcast on his filmography right now. So many great movies!
Rob Reiner has a pretty ridiculous run in the 80s:
5 instead of 3 but, Stand By Me, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men, is arguably one of the greatest ever runs in cinema and that’s not even including Spinal Tap 2 years before Stand By Me.
Rob Reiner really shaped the 80s in terms of film culture.
His directing run was incredible. Sixteen candles, breakfast club, weird science, ferris beuller, planes, trains and automobiles, she's having a baby, uncle buck, curly sue
And then he made North . . . .
The good ones always swing for the fences…
Kevin Costner: hold my water
>Kevin Costner: hold my ~~water~~ recycled piss
I’d second this one; Rob Reiner hasn’t had recent success and isn’t really that active as a director anymore, so he is overlooked, but he directed masterpiece movies in multiple genres of film that are still the paragons to which other directors aspire. Romantic comedies, action/adventure, courtroom dramas, mockumentaries, psychological thrillers… the dude has done everything, and done it far better than anyone else.
Misery and A Few Good Men were the 90s, but I see your point
John McTiernan wins the action category: Predator, Die Hard, Hunt for Red October
What's especially impressive is how different all three movies are from each other.
Equally impressive in both quality and uniqueness is that he then had a 90s run with:
Last Action Hero -> Die Hard With A Vengeance -> The Thomas Crown Affair
Idgaf what anyone says. Last Action Hero was a good movie.
If it released today it'd be a huge hit. The appetite for meta is higher than I've ever seen
Three very different movies this time, too!
I had no idea Predator and Die Hard were made by the same guy… mind blown
He also did Last Action Hero and the 13th Warrior. Dud went on an absolute tear.
That’s amazing! Both of those movies were really ahead of their time in a lot of ways
I think this is the best answer. Me and my mate actually call this "doing a McTiernan". i.e. Directing 3 near perfect movies, back to back, in 3 different genres.
Predator is basically two different genres in one movie as is
David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago
Sounds like someone’s about to have [a Lean night. ](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p1LgcwEMKFE)
Holy shit... Is that what he meant by a lean night?! Its a pun right? I always thought lean night as in a slim night, a not as intense as he normally goes kind of night.
When it was pointed out to me that the director was Lean, I thought it was more of a double entendre.
I instantly thought of that! At first I thought he was being sarcastic because those movies are like 3 plus hours long. Didn't know it was the director David Lean.
Francis Ford Coppola:
• The Godfather (1972)
• The Conversation (1974)
• The Godfather: Part II (1974)
And then he made Apocalypse Now (1979) to make it 4 in a row
Pretty much untouchable right there.
Unbelievable 4-hit combo!
That was De Palma.
I agree with Coppola, but we should at least acknowledge Carol Reed.
Odd Man Out (1947)
The Fallen Idol (1948)
The Third Man (1949)
the movie he made after apocalypse now, 1 from the heart, bankrupted him and it just goes to show how vicious hollyood is that you can make 4 obscenely good movies in a row and still get sunk by 1 flop
Going back just a bit further to extend his streak, he won the Best Original Screenplay in 1970 for *Patton*. Fun fact: he ultimately took the job making *The Godfather* in part because he produced George Lucas' first feature *THX 1138* and it bankrupted their studio American Zoetrope (the first time).
Coppola is also responsible for Lucas pressing ahead with his idea for American Graffiti, because after THX 1138 ended in disaster he challenged Lucas to “write a film people actually want to see.”
The Conversation was so good
Paul Verhoeven had RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct in a row, and then followed up all that greatness with Showgirls
Then Starship Troopers though
How about Tim Burton Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands
Gonna go with Cronenberg to get some more horror up in here: Videodrome, Dead Zone and The Fly
Good call. Dead Zone is possibly my favorite Stephen King adaption, and The Fly is my favorite horror film. Cronenberg’s run in the 80’s was something special.
My personal favourite is Dead Ringers and I agree wholeheartedly!
Stanley Kubrick made, in order: Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket & Eyes Wide Shut.
That's a helluva run. So, yeah, that probably is the most obvious. Just insane.
John Hughes did Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off & Planes Trains and Automobiles. Depending on how you feel about those movies, that's a good run.
Sergio Leone was a great shout out I read in the thread as well.
Before *Spartacus* was *Paths of Glory* and *The Killing* too, both are spectacular films and two of the best of their respective genres (anti-war and heist).
Joel & Ethan Coen: *Fargo* (1996); *The Big Lebowski* (1998); *O Brother, Where Art Thou?* (2000).
Goddamn that’s strong.
Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink for me.
if you haven't seen it, blood simple is really fantastic and holds up against their best imo. kind of fascinating in that it's very much a proto-coen movie, but it's excellent.
Find me a *bad* Coen Brothers movie.
The lady killers
This is the only answer and it's in all not terrible. I don't like hail ceaser all that much.
hail ceasar isn't very good but at least its satire is coherent. and clooney playing an incredibly thinly veiled ronald reagan is pretty funny.
If Hail, Caesar! is your worst movie you’re pretty damn good at making movies. Not their best but still totally works.
Hail Caesar was very watchable, but I feel it's a victim of the Coen brothers "hamming it up" to fit the milieu of the time i.e. Hollywood in the 1950s. A completely understandable choice, but the movie seems much less organic than their other work and much more about recreating our modern, rose-tinted conception of that epoque.
They followed Hail Caesar with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs which, in my view, handles artifice much better and is overall a better film.
Stand by Me
The Princess Bride
When Harry Met Sally
A Few Good Men
It’s always surprising to me how versatile Rob Reiner is as a director.
The Last of the Mohicans
Pretty amazing run as any of these movies could be a best picture contender in any given year.
Collateral is straight up my all time favourite movie. Michael Mann is super talented
Personal favorite streak…Richard Linklater: Slacker, Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise
I immensely enjoyed the entire "Before" trilogy
This is going to sound super melodramatic, I'm very self-aware of that and apologies, but the first two (saw them two years before Midnight came out) straight up changed me as a person, and probably saved my life in the end. Not even kidding, they landed in my lap exactly when I needed them and it flipped something back on in my brain.
For about 3 years I was an isolated, alcoholic, agoraphobic hellbent on self-destruction, and Sunrise/Sunset made me want connection again; the good, the bad, the awkward and uncomfortable, all of it. And I did it. A year later, my life was unrecognizable from the previous year. I did the work, but that movie planted the seed and it's super close to my heart because of that.
God I love the ending of the second one. Before Sunset. Prob my fav ending for a romance style movie ever.
“Baby, you are going to miss that plane.”
What if we just take out Fast Food nation and Suburbia. Pretty good 17 movie run
As hard as it is to justify his best works as being peak cinema (waking life, dazed and confused, before trilogy) it's really hard to see his filmography and not see him as a top 3 American director
I can't pick. Contenders:
David Fincher: Seven
, The Game
, Fight Club
Wes Anderson: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel
Mel Brooks: The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein
Sergio Leone: For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once upon a Time in the West
I was thinking in David Fincher too. I saw The Game few days ago and it is superb. Seven and Fight Club are one of my favourite movies, saw The Game and confirmed he is also one of my favourite Hollywood directors.
Surprised Anderson isn’t here more. You could take basically any three movie run of his career and put it here.
Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson?
Paul W S Anderson. The Resident Evil franchise is the pinnacle of filmmaking.
It's borderline experimental!
I say Leone wins that round for me. The Game is awesome but not same level as the other two, Fox and Budapest are amazing but Kingdom was just okay, and I’ve never seen The 12 Chairs (looks awesome though). But the Leone ones are so tight I watch them once a year
Peter Jackson for LOTR is the cheat code here
Christopher Nolan has a very good streak too and you can take many points of his life, but the best of his "3 movies in a row" is for sure "The Prestige", "The Dark Knight" and "Inception".
When would memento fall un here killer flick.
Memento then Insomnia then Batman Begins.
Yeah that’s definitely the other contender. Love all 3, the Prestige is the GOAT
Same. The Prestige is such a perfect movie for me. Reveals aside, the whole movie is just a great depiction of two people going at it and sacrificing everything beyond reason for being the better guy.
In fairness that was basically just one movie released in three instalments.
I think, considering the overall length of those movies, that it would be more fair to call them five or six movies released in three installments.
That's why he said it's a cheat code
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Spirited Away (2001)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
His whole career honestly. He’s never made a bad movie.
Miyazaki had Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. All 5 star masterpieces
You can just watch one right after another and never lose the feeling of being in the same world
Miyazaki doesn't have a bad film at all
Agreed. My favourite is Nausicaa, and Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, and Totoro are probably three of the top 20 animated movies of all time, but I’d rank Castle in the Sky lower in his filmography. Still amazing though
I haven’t gone through the whole filmography, but I’d agree so far. I’ve been watching them with my kids over the past year. My favorite is The Wind Rises. It’s like an essay looking back on all his favorite themes and ideas. Then Spirited Away, then Castle in the Sky, then Ponyo, then Howl’s Moving Castle, then Princess Mononoke, then Nausicaa.
Oh man I watched the Wind Rises recently and it’s so freakin good. You can really tell that Miyazaki is passionate about aviation from that and Porco Rosso
I wish the wind rises was bad. Then I could have had an excuse to dislike it. It was so good. But so sad.
Brad Bird! The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
This is probably my pick too!
I LOVE all of those movies, holy cow what a run.
birds / Psycho / North By Northwest
To Catch a Thief / Rear Window / Dial M for Murder
Shadow of a doubt / Saboteur / Suspicion
Vertigo - North by Northwest - Psycho
I think this is the combo you really meant.
This could seriously be the winner.
Sir Ridley Scott with The Duelists, Alien and Blade Runner.
I’ve never yet seen The Duellists, is it really up there with those other two?
You could extend that run to his next film Legend
In my opinion, Martin McDonagh with In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards.
Is seven psy on par with the orher 2? In bruges is a masterpiece and 3 bill was really good. Sometimes i still scream you are an inanimate fucking object! To friends
Ralph Fiennes is crazy good. And that gun fight at the hotel. This movie is great.
Came here to say this. Some of my favorite movies.
One I haven’t seen mentioned yet is Peter Bogdanovich with his incredible trio of The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc, and Paper Moon. Three beautiful movies and throwbacks to an old Hollywood era.
Although Hitchcock’s fantastic trio of Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho may be the greatest streak of three ever.
Terry Gilliam did Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventure of Baron Munchausen, Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys all in a row. That's a helluva streak.
Jabberwocky is also in there.
Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Munchausen
John Landis had a great run.
American Werewolf in London
Unfortunately then the Twilight Zone tragedy happened and we learned he shouldn’t be in charge of a set anymore.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), and The Silence (1963)
He also made The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in the same year (1957) which is absolutely wild to me.
Solaris, Mirror and Stalker.
Tarkovsky really had a 7-film streak though, all of them are masterpieces
Most flawless track record ever imo, sadly facilitated by an early death just like with Edward Yang.
I think Tarkovsky is the only director with all 7 movies being masterpieces. He's easily my favorite and greatest director IMO. He's more than a director. He's an artist and a poet.
Christopher Nolan with Prestige, Dark Knight and then Inception.
Thats a great run. Probably an unpopular opinion but I also like the streak he's on now with Interstellar, Dunkirk and Tenet.
M Night Shyamalan:
The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth
Oh wait, I read the prompt wrong.
I agree with the director. The hat trick has to be, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. 👌
People mentioning Denis but not Prisoners? I’d take Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival
If Dune turns out, you get an amazing sci-fi trifecta: Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, and Dune.
Prisoners is Hugh Jackman's best movie to me. Despite Prisoners being a really challenging and emotional movie, I find it easy to rewatch because of the craftsmanship and performances. One of my all time favourite thrillers.
Edgar Wright is so good:
2004 Shaun of the Dead
2007 Hot Fuzz
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2013 The World's End
2017 Baby Driver
Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood ,The Master
Or Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love.
You can do it pretty much with any 3 PTA movies that came out next to eachother
PTA has the longest hot streak. No bad movies
The Last Days of Disco
Edgar Wright. Shaun of the Dead, Hott Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim.
You could just list his whole filmography.
I know the game might be controversial, however I loved it.
Or The social network, the girl with the Dragon tattoo and gone girl
Gone Girl was nuts. That movie sucked me in so hard.
The Game is fantastic
The Game is fantastic! My parents let me watch that when I was younger and the twist got me good!
Frank Darabont- Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile and The Mist
Denis Vileneueve - Incendiares, Prisoners, Sicario, Enemy, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049
David Fincher- Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, The Game, Zodiac, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl etc
With Darabont you are skipping The Majestic.
Waiting for Guffman
Best in Show
A Mighty Wind
Wes Anderson has not made a movie I’ve disliked yet so really any of them could work. But I’ll go with what he started his career with, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums, which is such a killer streak. Can’t wait for French Dispatch next month!
My favorite 3 movie run is Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel
Also an incredible run! Grand Budapest is probably one of my all time favorite movies
Perfect Blue - Millennium Actress - Tokyo Godfathers
Add *Paprika* to that and the man had a 100% hit streak. Gone far too soon.
Tarantino’s whole career is kind of a pretty solid streak. Even his weaker entries are pretty great.
Not only that but his weaker entries much like his better films, get better when you re-watch them.
This was my answer. H8ful eight really doesn't get enough love. The more I watch it, the more I love the pacing of the whole movie. Love the twist. Fuck I might watch it now lol.
I liked it well enough but thought it was weak, and then I watched the extended Netflix miniseries version and just love it now
This is Jackie brown for me. Didn’t think much of. Now a days. Man…..
Cameron - Terminator 2, True Lies, Titanic
Came here for JC, but with The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. One of the most iconic films ever made, followed by one of the most influential films of all time, followed by one of the most torturously ambitious/groundbreaking films ever completed. I'm not sure anyone can top that.
My opinion though, he's never made a film that's anything less than good (unless you count Piranha 2: The Spawning, for which he was the middle of three directors and had no writing input). Pick any three and you'd get the thumbs up from me.
Came here to say this, but was not planning to include Titanic.
The Terminator (1984)
The Abyss (1989)
Terminator 2 (1991)
...and True Lies (1994) perhaps, just to be whimsical.
We can all agree that true lies is an absolute banger though. So much better than it has any right to be.
I mean, tom arnold!
Children of men, Gravity, Roma
Y Tu Mama Tambien, Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men
"Prisoner of Azkaban" is simply a great movie. It's almost standalone amongst the others.
I kinda wish Cuaron had stuck around for the rest of the franchise, as much as I actually love the series as a whole.
Absolutely one of the best filmmakers of our time. He just pours everything into each film he does and it shows.
Ill say Kurosawa with:
The Hidden Fortress -> The Bad Sleep Well -> Yojimbo
My answer would be:
*Yojimbo* -> *Sanjuro* -> *High and Low*
Just pick any three movies from any point in time that he made they'll probably be masterpieces
How about an Adam McKay comedy foursome: Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys.
Vice and the Big Short were really good too
For a movie about mortgage markets The Big Short is immensely rewatchable
Most fascinating thing about The Big short?? Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale - 3 amazing actors that don't share even 1 scene together, in any combination. Can't be many movies where this has happened.
Edit: 2nd most fascinating thing, the pub in England where Brad Pitt's character makes a big $80m deal was in my hometown of Exmouth. They didn't actually come for filming that 5 min scene, unfortunately, and the real pub is quite different from the one they use.
How has no one mentioned William Friedkin?
He did French Connection, The Exorcist, and Sorcerer. Three masterpieces back to back.
Sorcerer never gets any love.
Definitely Tim Burton! Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990). Totally established his iconic aesthetic for years to come!
I can think of a few candidates…
Luis Buñuel: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty, That Obscure Object of Desire. \[These were his final three films, as well—incredible that he had such a hot streak so late in his career.\]
Pedro Almodóvar: All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education
Kieślowski: The Three Colours Trilogy
Bergman: Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries
EDIT: Powell and Pressburger: A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I’m Going!, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes \[This one might be my favourite, actually. I remember buying the P&P box set and just being amazed at how high their hit rate was.\]
Maybe not best, but I think Damien Chazelle should be mentioned:
Whiplash -> La La Land -> First Man
I know it didn’t get a lot of love like the previous two, but I really liked First Man and wish it got more recognition
its still a fucking crime that the oscars doesn't even nominate First Man for best score
The Terminator (1984)
The Abyss (1989)
Robert Zemeckis - Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future II
Not one person in this long ass thread mentioned Paul Verhoeven.
Dude did Robocop, Total Recall, and Basic Instinct in a row, three of the greatest movies in their sub genres.
Did a bit of research & missed the OP’s statement. Villanueve was one of my finds for sure. Hot streak!
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit.
Tim Burton - Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands.
Alfonso Cuarón - HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Gravity. (Or Y Tu Mama Tambien, but I never saw it)
I mean the best run ever has to go to Kubrick right?
Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut
Surprised nobody's mentioned Ben Affleck.
* Gone Baby Gone
* The Town
Fincher- Seven The Game and Fight Club
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Isle of Dogs
Sergio Leone, he made the dollars trilogy and follows it up with Once Upon a Time in the West. Fucking crazy
Peter Jackson without question
Mathew Vaughn did Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men and Kingsman
Here's one that I haven't seen yet:
Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and then Where the Wild Things Are
Very unique movies, sure, but I think they're great.
Where the Wild Things Are felt very depressing to me for some reason. Loved it though.
Darren Aronofsky is soooo close. Makes the list depending on who you ask of course.
Strangelove (1964), Odyssey (1968), Clockwork Orange (1971)
Honestly the dudes whole career was pretty much a streak
Who calls 2001, odyssey ? I was like Kubrick made a movie about Greeks ?
Imagine a Kubrick version of Homer’s Odyssey it would have been amazing
One I haven’t seen yet: Farrelly Brothers.
Dumb and Dumber (1994), Kingpin (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Oliver Stone. Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio
Scorsese from ‘80-‘85:
Raging Bull, King of Comedy, and After Hours.
what a run!
Godfather & II
Punch Drunk Love
There Will be Blood
-ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
-TALK TO HER
How about John Carpenter? The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing.
You could also precede the list with Halloween but he did release two made-for-TV movies between them (one was a bigraphical drama called Elvis and it starred Kurt Russell as Elvis, which I thought was interesting)
Farrelly Brothers: Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary
Nolan. Prestige. The dark Knight. Inception
Terrence Malick; Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin red line