Special Report

50 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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20. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
> Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.4 out of 10

While most movie franchises would have gotten stale by the sixth installment, Mission: Impossible just keeps getting better. Stylish and packed with stunts, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” earned a 97% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the best reviewed film of Tom Cruise’s storied career. The film was so popular that two more M:I films have already been announced.

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19. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
> Directed by: J.J. Abrams
> Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.3 out of 10

One of the most anticipated films of all time, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” finally delivered a universally enjoyed Star Wars film, after the prequel trilogy was universally panned. Fans and critics each enjoyed returning to a galaxy far, far away, giving the film 86% and 93% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. The film features newcomers like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega as well as stars from the original Star Wars trilogy, like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

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18. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
> Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.2 out of 10

A worthy companion to the 1982 sci-fi classic that came before, “Blade Runner 2049” hit theaters 35 years after the original “Blade Runner.” Despite terrific reviews from critics and audiences, “Blade Runner 2049” was a box office disappointment. The same could be said of the original, though it has since attained cult status.

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17. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 7.9 out of 10

The third film of the Indiana Jones franchise enlisted legendary actor Sean Connery to play Jones’ (Harrison Ford) father. This time, Indy and his allies must prevent the Nazis from acquiring the Holy Grail. The pairing of Connery and Ford met approval of critics who liked the fact that the sequel was “lighter and more comedic than its predecessor,” according to Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” received a Freshness rating of 88% from critics, while 94% of audiences liked the movie.

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16. Before Sunset (2004)
> Directed by: Richard Linklater
> Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 8.3 out of 10

Years after the whirlwind romance depicted in “Before Sunrise,” Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) reunite for another romantic encounter. “Before Sunset” ranks among IMDb’s top 250 movies of all time. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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