Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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35. After the Thin Man (1936)
> Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
> Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.7 out of 10

Released in 1936, “After the Thin Man” is a beloved sequel from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The second Thin Man film again stars William Powell as detective Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as his wife, Nora, as they work to solve a murder mystery with the help of James Stewart’s David Graham. The movie currently has a perfect 100% Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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34. The Raid 2 (2014)
> Directed by: Gareth Evans
> Starring: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.4 out of 10

After a policeman takes down one group of gangsters in Jakarta, Indonesia, the officer must confront corruption with the city’s police force in this Indonesian and American-produced crime/thriller sequel. Critics gave “The Raid 2” a Freshness rating of 80%, saying the sequel delivered the goods on action sequences that appealed to audiences in the original, and 87% of audiences liked it.

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33. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
> Directed by: Blake Edwards
> Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.0 out of 10

Bumbling Inspector Clouseau — played by Peter Sellers — takes the lead in “A Shot in the Dark,” released less than a year after 1963’s “The Pink Panther.” Not only is it a great standalone film, but Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus states that it’s “often regarded as the best of the Pink Panther sequels.”

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32. Incredibles 2 (2018)
> Directed by: Brad Bird
> Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.9 out of 10

The Oscar-nominated, long-awaited sequel to the hugely successful Pixar-animated “The Incredibles” finds a reversal of roles in the hero family, with dad Bob Parr managing the house, while wife Helen saves the world. Released 14 years after the original — which was awarded a 97% Freshness rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes — “Incredibles 2” received a Freshness rating of 94% from critics. “Incredibles 2” grossed about $180 million in its opening weekend, topping “Finding Dory” for highest grossing weekend for an animated film.

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31. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
> Directed by: Matt Reeves
> Starring: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.9 out of 10

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which is a reboot of the Apes franchise. In the Oscar-nominated sequel, humans in San Francisco try to stay alive following a plague that has devastated humanity and threatens the apes. The sequel received a Freshness rating of 91% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, who said in the Critics Consensus the film “expanded on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.”

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