Special Report

The 25 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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25. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
> Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
> Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
> Worldwide box office: $1.2 billion (inflation-adjusted)

“Captain America: Civil War” is the last of the trilogy focusing on Captain America. In this high-action superhero flick, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is squaring off with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in a dispute over the Avengers’ future. Released in 2016, the film has a 90% Freshness rating among critics and 89% score among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.

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24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
> Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
> Directed by: J.J. Abrams
> Worldwide box office: $2.2 billion (inflation-adjusted)

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 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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23. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
> Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
> Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
> Worldwide box office: $801 million (inflation-adjusted)

Following the release of “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, “The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) teaming with an unlikely partner in S.H.I.E.L.D. — the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Together they must find an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. This second movie about Captain America is certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 92% audience score.

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22. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
> Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
> Directed by: Dean DeBlois
> Worldwide box office: $689.1 million (inflation-adjusted)

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. Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett joined the team as the main character’s mother. The film earned a 91% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated film. The movie had another sequel — “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019) — which was also very well received.

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21. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
> Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
> Directed by: Taika Waititi
> Worldwide box office: $868.5 million (inflation-adjusted)

“Thor: Ragnarok” is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 17th film and the sequel to “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.” In “Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must escape his imprisonment to save his home planet and the Asgardian civilization from destruction. According to Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus, the film is a “colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise.” Critics gave it a 93% Freshness score, while 87% of the audience gave it a positive review.