The past half-century has given us a litany of great movie trilogies, but only one can stand out as the best of all time -- and the winner may shock you.
A new survey asking 2,000 Americans to pick the best movie trilogy of all time found the best three-movie series is the original Indiana Jones trilogy (sorry, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.)
The second and third place trophies were awarded to the first three Jurassic Park movies and The Godfather trilogy, respectively.
The surprising new results emerged from a survey conducted by Vudu Movies & TV, which found Back to the Future and The Lord of the Rings receiving high marks as well.
And if there were any debate on which is superior, the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) received twice the number of votes that the prequel Star Wars trilogy did (Episodes I, II, and III).
The survey went on to ask respondents which standalone movies from a trilogy were the best and worst of the bunch.
The first Jurassic Park took home the crown as the best standalone film within a trilogy (38 percent), followed very closely by the first Back to the Future (37 percent), with the original The Godfather (34 percent) rounding out the top three.
The first Die Hard (32 percent), Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (24 percent), and The Matrix also received high marks.
Conversely, the worst standalone films in a trilogy were voted to be Men in Black 3 (20 percent), Alien 3 (16 percent), and Back to the Future part III (16 percent).
But what's the general feeling people have when they hear a movie they really liked is getting a sequel? According to the results, excitement.
In fact, only 15 percent of respondents reported they'd feel disappointed if they heard that news out of fear it might not live up to the original, but 67 percent reported they'd be excited and optimistic about the new film.
And when it comes to the sequel vs. prequel debate, nearly twice as many respondents said they'd rather a film they like get a sequel (29 percent) over a prequel (15 percent).
"It's not surprising that the top trilogies are separated by such small margins - they've all got great stories, likeable characters, and themes that are pretty timeless. Which is what makes them, and trilogies in general, so powerful. There's so much opportunity to expand on stories, develop characters, and build excitement with each additional film," said Amit Balan, Director of Marketing.
The survey also asked respondents to vote on their favorite heroes and villains throughout movie history, not specific to trilogies.
Surprisingly, it saw Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs (44 percent) beat out Darth Vader from Star Wars (37 percent) as the best movie villain, and James Bond just narrowly eking out Indiana Jones as the best hero by only four votes.
Additionally, the survey revealed a lot about just how deep our love for trilogies goes. Showing your partner your favorite movie is a modern dating tradition, but only one in four respondents (25 percent) were able to confidently say that they share the same taste in movies as their partner.
And when it comes to movie genres, male survey respondents overwhelmingly preferred action (60 percent) and sci-fi (40 percent), whereas women said they favored comedy (50 percent) and drama (45 percent).
But whether you've made your partner sit through your favorite trilogy or not, according to the results, many of you (46%) have sat through your favorite trilogies in a single viewing.
"There's definitely something satisfying about watching your favorite trilogy back to back to back. Given the popularity of trilogies on Vudu, we wouldn't be surprised if a lot of our users fall within that 46%. If people are up to give it a shot, we've even got some free trilogies on Movies On Us, including classics like The Karate Kid. Or non-bingers can watch the ever-popular The Matrix for free as well," said Mitch Tai, Sr. Manager, Movies On Us.
The most surprising fact? One in ten trilogy fans (10 percent) said they've actually ended things with a partner because he/she didn't like their favorite movie.