Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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30. Creed (2015)
> Directed by: Ryan Coogler
> Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.0 out of 10

Nearly 40 years after the release of “Rocky” (1976) — and with five sequels in between — Sly Stallone resurrects the character of Rocky Balboa for “Creed.” The film finds the iconic boxer acting as trainer and mentor to Apollo Creed’s son Adonis, played by Michael B. Jordan. The film has the highest Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of the entire Rocky franchise at 95%, beating even the original film.

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29. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
> Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
> Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.9 out of 10

In the third of the eight Harry Potter films, the teen wizard is pursued by Sirius Black, a convicted murderer who has escaped prison. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” a Freshness rating of 90%, and 86% of audiences liked the movie. The film grossed almost $250 million domestically.

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28. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
> Directed by: Dean DeBlois
> Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.7 out of 10

Following the success of the first “How to Train Your Dragon” film, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and much of the original cast returned for another adventure. The film earned a 92% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

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27. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.8 out of 10

In the second of Quentin Tarantino’s homage to various movie genres such as martial arts films, blaxploitation movies, and spaghetti Westerns, the Bride, played by Uma Thurman, continues her vengeance against her assailants and boss and ex-lover, Bill (David Carradine). Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes said the film delivered “a suitably hard-hitting sequel,” and critics gave it a Freshness rating of 84%.

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26. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Directed by: Richard Marquand
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.2 out of 10

Despite falling just short of its predecessors “A New Hope” (1977) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) in terms of online ratings, “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” is still beloved by fans. The movie currently holds an audience score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.3 out of 10 rating on IMDb, the latter of which is higher than all other Star Wars movies aside from the first two.

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