50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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40. Finding Dory (2016)
> Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
> Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.7 out of 10

Following on the success of Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” “Finding Dory” brings back many of the same characters. Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is a forgetful blue tang fish searching for her parents, who gets assistance from her friends Marlin and Nemo. The sequel has a 94% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, who called the film in the Critics Consensus “funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.”

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39. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
> Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
> Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.4 out of 10

“Star Trek: First Contact” is a hit for both die-hard fans of the franchise and the less initiated. Critic Wesley Lovell writing for Cinema Sight notes that the flick is “not just the best of the Next Generation movies, but one of the best of the entire franchise.” The movie follows Picard and crew as they pursue the Borg, who are intent on traveling to the past to prevent Earth’s first contact with extraterrestrials.

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38. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
> Directed by: Chad Stahelski
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.5 out of 10

The latest edition of the successful saga of hitman John Wick (starring Keanu Reeves) finds Wick pursued by assassins after he kills a member of the international assassin’s organization. The movie resonated with critics, who gave a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and said in the Critics Consensus the action in the motion picture was “brilliantly choreographed” — 86% of audiences liked the movie. The film grossed more than $56 million in its opening weekend and has grossed more than its predecessors.

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37. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
> Directed by: J.J. Abrams
> Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.4 out of 10

Director J.J. Abrams focused on sleek visuals and satisfying action in this 2013 Star Trek flick. Captain Kirk, played by Chris Pine, leads the Enterprise and crew in an epic battle against a terrifying villain. The movie’s 84% approval amongst critics and 89% amongst audience members makes it an exceptional entry to the uneven franchise.

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36. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
> Directed by: Francis Lawrence
> Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.6 out of 10

In the second installment of the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy, heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and a compatriot are the targets of the government after their victory in the Hunger Games triggers a revolt. According to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel is “smart” and “smoothly directed.” Reviewers awarded it a Freshness rating of 89% and 89% of audiences liked it. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” caught fire with filmgoers, as the film grossed $158 million in its opening weekend.