5. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Directed by: Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, Vudu, AMC on Demand, Disney Plus, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video
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. The movie, which again stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen voicing the lead roles of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, has a 98% Freshness rating. It won two Oscars, including Best Animated Feature Film.
4. Aliens (1986)
> Directed by: James Cameron
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
> Available on: Vudu, Fandor, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Eros Now, Apple iTunes, DIRECTV, HBO Now, HBO Go, Redbox, FandangoNOW, HBO Now Amazon Channel, HBO Max
The original “Alien” (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is a frightening classic that holds positive ratings from 98% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Its follow-up, “Aliens,” helmed by blockbuster master James Cameron, almost matches the original, with a 97% 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.
3. The Dark Knight (2008)
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan
> Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Hulu, Fandango
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, Oscar-winning performance as the Joker. On Rotten Tomatoes, both critics and audience members gave it a 94% approval rating.
2. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Directed by: Irvin Kershner
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, Disney Plus, DIRECTV, Google Play Movies, YouTube, FandangoNOW, Fandango
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” is one of the most beloved and exciting films of all time. The sequel builds 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. With a Freshness score of 94% among Rotten Tomatoes critics, it is the highest rated of all the Star Wars films, and 97% of audiences liked the film.
1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
> Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW
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.