3. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Mirando Otto, Brad Dourif, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett
By the time December 2003 rolled along, there was little to no doubt that The Return Of The King, the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's monumental adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy works, was going to be epic.
The comforting proof lied in the previous two films, yet The Return Of The King, punctuated by quieter character moments amidst the expected visual spectacles, is the only one of Jackson's three flicks to make history: It became the first, and still the only, fantasy film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. And rightfully so.