Special Report

The 25 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

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10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
> Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
> Directed by: David Yates
> Worldwide box office: $1.5 billion (inflation-adjusted)

The eighth and final film of the Harry Potter series is also by far the best reviewed. The teen wizard series culminates with an epic battle between the main heroes and Voldemort and his followers. The franchise’s final movie has been well received by critics and audiences thanks in large part to terrific visual effects and powerful, grounded acting performances.

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9. Toy Story 4 (2019)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
> Directed by: Josh Cooley
> Worldwide box office: $1.1 billion (inflation-adjusted)

The Toy Story films have always been popular, and the series’ fourth installment is no different. The film is the fifth-highest grossing digitally animated movie of all time. As with the preceding films, “Toy Story 4” combines humor, adventure, and emotional storytelling to create a winning movie, which was enjoyed by 97% of critics and 94% of audience members, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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8. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
> Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
> Worldwide box office: $2.8 billion (inflation-adjusted)

“Avengers: Endgame” is the top grossing film in the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The movie, which runs for more than three hours, once again finds the Avengers teaming up to restore order to the universe in the wake of Thanos’ destructive actions. Critics have mostly enjoyed the film, giving it a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
> Directed by: Peter Jackson
> Worldwide box office: $1.7 billion (inflation-adjusted)

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” is the third installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This film continues the plot of “The Two Towers,” with Frodo, Sam, and Gollum journeying toward Mount Doom in Mordor to destroy the One Ring as their friends throughout Middle-earth continue to wage epic battles against the dark forces of Mordor. The film won all 11 Oscars it was nominated for and tied “Titanic” (1997) and “Ben-Hur” (1959) for the most Oscars of any film.

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6. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Directed by: Lee Unkrich
> Worldwide box office: $1.2 billion (inflation-adjusted)

Once again starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the voices of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, “Toy Story 3” has an almost perfect score, with 98% of critics liking the film. “Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.