The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Mckellen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom
Who doesn’t hear the name Peter Jackson, and automatically think ‘Lord of the Rings’? This last movie in the epic Lord of the Rings Journey won over 106 awards and even after all of that, still had room to add 11 Oscars to its collection. Based off the books by J.R.R Tolkien, The Return of the King is the end of a great run in fantasy movies. Depicting the final showdown between middle earth and that giant eye in the sky and its minions, Sam and Frodo are on the last leg of their journey to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom. With appropriately dramatic fight scenes and a couple of awkward, yet tear jerk worthy guy moments, The Return of the King was everything we hoped for and a lot more. While there may be more movies of this caliber in the future, that doesn’t change the fact that Lord of The Rings held the title first, and considering who the director and author are, that place was rightfully earned.