Special Report

The 25 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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20. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
> Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal
> Directed by: Jon Watts
> Worldwide box office: $1.1 billion (inflation-adjusted)

Tom Holland made his debut as Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). A year later, his own movie, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” was released. The sequel, “Spider-Man: Far from Home” follows Peter Parker on a vacation in Europe, where he encounters the world-threatening villainy he thought he left in New York. The movie is not rated higher than its predecessor by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but it is on IMDb.

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19. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
> Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
> Directed by: Bryan Singer
> Worldwide box office: $838.5 million (inflation-adjusted)

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the highest grossing movie of the X-Men series. In this seventh installment of the franchise, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent by the X-Men into the past to change history and prevent an event from causing catastrophe for humanity. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a Freshness score of 90%, and moviegoers awarded it a score of 91%.

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18. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Directed by: Richard Marquand
> Worldwide box office: $1.4 billion (inflation-adjusted)

This is the third installment of the original Star Wars series, following “A New Hope” (1977) and “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). After almost 30 years, “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 except from the first two.

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17. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
> Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
> Worldwide box office: $2.1 billion (inflation-adjusted)

The superhero blockbuster pits the Avengers and their allies in an epic battle against Thanos, who is set on the destruction of the universe. “Avengers: Infinity War” has a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. According to the site’s Critics Consensus, “Infinity War,” which is the 19th movie of the Marvel heroes series, “(mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.”

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16. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
> Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
> Worldwide box office: $791.5 million (inflation-adjusted)

“Mission Impossible – Fallout” is the sixth movie of the action franchise. 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 movie and series as a whole are so popular that two more M:I films were announced and are already filming.