The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is an epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is primarily based on the third volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (but also includes material from the second volume), and it is the concluding film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It follows The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers and was filmed simultaneously with them. It is considered to be among the greatest films ever made.
As Sauron launches the final stages of his invasion of Middle-earth, Gandalf the Wizard and Théoden King of Rohan step up their forces to help defend Gondor’s capital Minas Tirith from this threat. Aragorn must finally take up the throne of Gondor and summons an army of ghosts to help him defeat Sauron. Ultimately, even with full strength of arms, they find they cannot win; it comes down to the Hobbits Frodo and Sam to destroy the One Ring in Mordor, who themselves face the burden of the Ring and the treachery of Gollum.
Released on December 17, 2003, the film became one of the most critically acclaimed and box-office successes of the decade, and went on to sweep all eleven Academy Awards it was nominated for, which ties it with only Titanic and Ben-Hur for most Academy Awards ever won, including the Academy Award for Best Picture, the only time in history a fantasy film has done so. It also became the second highest grossing movie worldwide of all time behind only Titanic, unadjusted for inflation. The Special Extended Edition, containing 50 more minutes of footage, was released on DVD on December 14, 2004.