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List Rules Sequels that arrived at least 10 years late. Vote up the movies that actually lived up to expectations.

A list of cinematic sequels that hit theaters after long stretches of franchise inactivity, with the best and worst ranked by savvy movie buffs. Hollywood sometimes has a hard time continuing a series, even one that sounds like a guaranteed blockbuster. With films that take forever to get made, all those years spent in development hell can heighten hype as well as the potential for spectacular flops. 

Jurassic World arrives more than two decades after the original and just shy of 15 years after the last Jurassic Park, and all that time riding the proverbial bench means outsized expectations like those that accompanied long-delayed chapters like Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, and, of course, The Godfather: Part III


This kind of film is like running into an old friend you haven't seen in years: either you're reminded of all the good times you shared or you're embarrassed to have ever been associated with them. So where do these sometimes classic and occasionally notorious movies that really took their sweet time coming to theaters rank when stacked against each other?

Vote up the sequels that were worth the wait, vote down each film that dashed hopes and brought shame to the originals. Your votes will make it clear which franchises aged like fine wines and which sequels arrived way after their expiration dates.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - Released in 2015, 32 years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) and 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy - Released in 2015, 30 years after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton - Released in 2010, 11 years after Toy Story 2 (1999).

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Jurassic World Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio - Released in 2015, 14 years after Jurassic Park III (2001).

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Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire - Released in 2006, 16 years after Rocky V (1990).

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish - Released in 2008, 20 years after Rambo III.

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Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks - Released in 2016, 13 years after Finding Nemo (2003).

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal - Released in 2013, 12 years after Monsters Inc (2001).

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Clerks II Ben Affleck, Rosario Dawson, Wanda Sykes - Released in 2006, 12 years after Clerks (1994).

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith - Released in 2012, 10 years after Men in Black II (2002).

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The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott - Released in 1990, 13 years after The Rescuers (1977).

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Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Released in 2007, 12 years after Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995).

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Tron: Legacy Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy - Released in 2010, 28 years after TRON.

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Escape from L.A. Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier - Released in 1996, 15 years after Escape From New York (1981).

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Willem Dafoe, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson - Released in 2009, 10 years after Boondock Saints (1999).

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor - Released in 1999, 16 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda - Released in 1990, 16 years after The Godfather: Part II (1974).

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken - Released in 2003, 12 years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

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Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth - Released in 2006, 19 years after Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

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Fantasia 2000 Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones - Released in 1999, 59 years after Fantasia (1940).

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf - Released in 2008, 19 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), which turned out not to be Indy's last crusade after all.

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Dumb and Dumber To Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner, Jeff Daniels - Released in 2014, 20 years after Dumb and Dumber (1994).

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Captain America: Civil War Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

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Blues Brothers 2000 Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Goodman - Released in 1998, 18 years after The Blues Brothers (1980).

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The Odd Couple II Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck - Released in 1998, 30 years after The Odd Couple (1968).