Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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45. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
> Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.5 out of 10

The fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise finds Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his team facing off against revolutionary terrorist organization the Syndicate. An exceptional 93% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a positive review, with an average score of 7.5 out of 10. Audience opinion was not as stellar, but still a respectable 87% of those reviewing the film on Rotten Tomatoes gave it the thumbs up.

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44. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
> Directed by: David Yates
> Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.1 out of 10

This is the seventh of the eight films featuring cinema’s favorite wizard. Harry and friends, Ron and Hermione try to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality. The film grossed almost $296 million domestically and 85% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes liked it.

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43. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
> Directed by: Brad Bird
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.7 out of 10

Four years prior to the release of “Rogue Nation,” Tom Cruise starred in the swift and sleek fourth Mission: Impossible film, “Ghost Protocol.” The movie follows Cruise’s Ethan Hunt as his organization, the IMF, goes underground after being falsely associated with a terrorist bombing. The vast majority of critics on Rotten Tomatoes (93%) liked it, frequently citing its exceptional action set pieces.

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42. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
> Directed by: Dean DeBlois
> Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.3 out of 10

The well-received final motion picture of the animated three-film trilogy finds the story’s hero Hiccup and his dragon Toothless fighting to protect all that they hold dear. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a Freshness rating of 91% and 87% of audiences liked the film. The movie grossed $55.5 million over its debut weekend in February.

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41. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
> Directed by: Paul Greengrass
> Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.2 out of 10

The second movie in the Bourne Trilogy sees Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in a distraught position, being forced to resurrect his role as a trained assassin. Although both critics and fans preferred the original “The Bourne Identity” (2002) just slightly more — the earlier film has a 7.9 rating on IMDb compared with the later movie’s 7.7, for instance — most agree that the sequel is a thrilling, worthy successor.

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