Sure, some people can't stand the Ewoks, but 'Return of the Jedi' gave us forays into Jabba's palace, the truth about Luke and Leia, and redemption for one Darth Vader. An unforgettable end to the 'Star Wars' trilogy.
Not only did the third James Bond movie live up to the first two, it stands as perhaps the most beloved of 007's cinematic adventures to date, all thanks to the eccentric villain and his catchy theme song.
Alfonso Cuaron's sole 'Harry Potter' flick marked the series' turn into darker, more adult territory — an appropriate evolution, considering the growth of the central characters. It also marked the introduction of the great Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.
So good, in fact, is this Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, that it's often considered a standalone movie despite being a followup to the earlier 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'For a Few Dollars More.' (The threequel is the only of the films lacking a parodic episode title on 'Community', however...)
If you stuck around through the first two chapters of the epic journey of Frodo, Samwise, and their warrior companions, then you were probably looking forward to something HUGE to close out the story... and you were most likely not disappointed by 'Return of the King.'
The weird world created by Robert Rodriguez in 'El Mariachi' and 'Desperado' keeps its dark, oddball charms in the third chapter of the story, which features an all-star case of Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, and many others.
With a new 'Resident Evil' film on the horizon, it's hard not to think back on each of the previous installments, including 'Extinction,' and how much charm they all packed into the cinematic depiction of the famous video game's zombie apocalypse.
Just as Andy grew up over the course of the 'Toy Story' trilogy, so did his audience. Watching the college-bound young dreamer say goodbye to his lifelong friends once and for all was so heartbreaking and powerful; a perfect end to one of the most wonderful stories in the history of cinema.