2. Back to the Future III
Immediately following the events of Back to the Future II, Marty has to go back and save Doc who has ended up in 1885, which is ultimately all Marty’s fault. Using the second installment as a bouncing-off point instead of the backbone of the film.
Giving us a brand new story while still using the best aspects of the previous films, we get to see just how far back the McFlys go back in Hill Valley, how the Stricklands have always had a position of power, and how the Tannens have always had problems with manure.
This is really Marty’s redemption arc. In the first film, his going back to 1955 was almost by accident. In the sequel, he had to back to fix his mistake which really set up all of the third film. Smart writing on Bob Gale’s part.
Probably the best part of the third film is the set pieces that we get. Seeing Hill Valley before the clock tower was even lifted and installed in the courthouse. How folks were establishing themselves in a new part of America and trying to make a go of it was just the cherry on top of this really interesting and compelling finale.
Making $245 million on a $40 million dollar budget, this film was shot back to back with part two and released 6 months later. If you went to see part two you would catch a small teaser for the film at the end. They had this really planned out, which you don’t see much of these days!
At the end of the day, had the following film on our list not existed, well…we would be in a pickle for sure but this would have skyrocketed right to number one!