50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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5. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Directed by: Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.9 out of 10

As a result of its “comedy, adventure, and honest emotion … ‘Toy Story 3′ is a rare second sequel that really works,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. Ninety-eight percent of critics liked the movie, which again starred Tom Hanks and Tim Allen voicing the lead roles of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

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4. Aliens (1986)
> Directed by: James Cameron
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 9.0 out of 10

The original “Alien” (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is a frightening classic that holds positive ratings from 97% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Its follow-up, “Aliens,” directed by blockbuster master James Cameron, manages to gain even more favor, with a 99% Freshness rating. The sequel maintains the tension of the original while introducing an increase in overall action. Both movies received 94% positive reviews from audiences.

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3. The Dark Knight (2008)
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan
> Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.6 out of 10

Director Christopher Nolan reinvented the world of Gotham City with his dark and atmospheric “Batman Begins” (2005). He perfected it with “The Dark Knight,” thanks in part to the work of actors Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, and the late Heath Ledger, who delivered an iconic performance as the Joker. On Rotten Tomatoes, both critics and audience members gave it a 94% approval rating.

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2. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Directed by: Irvin Kershner
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 9.0 out of 10

One of the most beloved and exciting films of all time, “Empire Strikes Back” built upon the smash-hit success of the original Star Wars film “A New Hope.” The film delivers classic lines, memorable characters, amazing new planets, and one of the greatest twists in film history.

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1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
> Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 9.6 out of 10

Nevermind sequels, “The Godfather: Part II” is widely hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. The film chronicles Vito Coreleone’s (Robert De Niro) rise to power in the Mafia along with the struggle of his son (Al Pacino) to maintain power decades later. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for De Niro, and Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola.