Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

50. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
> Directed by: Len Wiseman
> Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 6.8 out of 10

Released just less than 30 years after the original “Die Hard” (1988), “Live Free or Die Hard” still packs a punch as an over-the-top action flick with Bruce Willis in the lead playing Detective John McClane. Numerous critics agree that the sequel may not be quite as much fun for those who are not fans of the action genre, however.

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

49. The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
> Directed by: Leo McCarey
> Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.3 out of 10

Bing Crosby revisits his role as Father Chuck O’Malley in this sequel to “Going My Way” (1944) in which he is sent to assist the financially struggling St. Mary’s Academy. Crosby didn’t win an Oscar for his performance as he did for the earlier film, though he was nominated again.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

48. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.3 out of 10

Harrison Ford returns as the adventurous Professor Henry “Indiana” Jones in the series’ second chapter, which proves a darker affair than its predecessor. A substantial 85% of audiences rating on Rotten Tomatoes liked it — though it is largely considered a step down from the beloved “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

47. Army of Darkness (1992)
> Directed by: Sam Raimi
> Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.0 out of 10

The third entry in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise trades in real horror for chaotic comedy, while retaining the series’ penchant for violence. Bruce Campbell once again stars as the offbeat hero, Ash, solidifying the character’s status as a cult figure.

Source: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

46. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
> Directed by: Chad Stahelski
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.3 out of 10

Keanu Reeves reprises his role as an assassin who returns to the criminal underworld to repay a debt only to find out there’s a price on his head. Adding star power to the sequel, which received a critics Freshness rating of 89%, are Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, and Bridget Moynahan.

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.