Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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10. Toy Story 4 (2019)
> Directed by: Josh Cooley
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.4 out of 10

The Toy Story films have always been popular, and the series’ fourth installment is no different. The film is the ninth-highest grossing digitally animated movie of all time, when adjusting for inflation. As with the preceding films, “Toy Story 4” combines humor, adventure, and emotional storytelling to create a winning movie, which was enjoyed by 97% of critics and 94% of audience members, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
> Directed by: George A. Romero
> Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.7 out of 10

Master of horror George A. Romero returns to a zombie-infested Pennsylvania for “Dawn of the Dead” a decade after releasing the seminal horror classic “Night of the Living Dead.” The film is able to not only deliver frights, but incisive social commentary as well. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the gore-fest a Freshness rating of 93%, and 90% of audiences liked the film.

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8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
> Directed by: Peter Jackson
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.5 out of 10

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” is the highest rated of all Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, receiving 95% positive reviews from both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie focuses more on action than its predecessor while maintaining its emotional core, delivering viewers a wholly satisfying experience.

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7. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
> Directed by: James Whale
> Starring: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 9.1 out of 10

James Whale’s “Frankenstein” (1931) was a hugely influential movie. The director followed it up with a wildly inventive and popular sequel, “Bride of Frankenstein.” Writing for Time Out, critic Geoff Andrew called the funny and suspenseful film “Whale’s most perfectly realised movie.”

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6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
> Directed by: James Cameron
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.5 out of 10

James Cameron’s early directorial effort “The Terminator” (1984) was a huge success, and currently has a perfect Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes. As he did with “Aliens,” Cameron delivered an action-packed and visually exceptional sequel with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991). The movie would win four Academy Awards.

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