Middle Earth Movies Rankedby Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 16 Sep 2015 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
This is how I rank Peter Jackson's Middle Earth Saga, from best (#1) to worst.
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PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,489,021 | Gross: $377.85M
Culminating in a blistering finale to each story strand, this feature is only marred by multiple endings and a story sometimes stretched a little too thin. Still, the flick flies by and is as fun as ever.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,505,040 | Gross: $315.54M
Probably has the most 'story' of the three but seems to spend more time on exposition than anything else. Still, it feels like more gets done overall and it also has it's fair share of fantastic action.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,346,396 | Gross: $342.55M
The battle of Helm's Deep is one of the best battle sequences I've ever seen, easily the highlight of this movie. Gollum is also a great character and the world gets a little darker as the power of the ring begins to take hold.
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Votes: 564,377 | Gross: $258.37M
The best of The Hobbit films by a mile, this iteration has a slower but more brooding story and an even tone that allows for some more impactful action.
PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.
Votes: 437,427 | Gross: $255.12M
An over-focus on CGI makes the battles in this feel entirely intangible, a far cry from the fantastic scenes in 'The Two Towers' and 'Return Of The King', but some of the story beats are entertaining enough.
6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.
Votes: 718,519 | Gross: $303.00M
The first half of this is utter trash, the second half picks up a little and reintroduces Gollum but the overall experience feels childish and is really boring. I wasn't engaged at all with the story or characters and an inconsistent tone prevented me from ever being so.