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The Best Action Movie Sequels

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Sequels can be hit or miss but the follow ups on this list of the best action movie sequels, ranked by action film buffs like you, are the best of the best in the action genre. That's right, from Terminator to Batman and every action hero in between, these are the all-time top Part 2 films in the genre, with trailers, cast lists, and more info. What are the best action movie sequels of all time?

This list features good action movie sequels with exciting fight sequences, high speed car chases, and explosions like you wouldn't believe. You want some thrills? Check out The Dark Knight, The Bourne Supremacy, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, or Lethal Weapon 2. Watch them all! Maybe all in the same day! And upvote the best action movie sequels below. If you don't see the Part II you think is greatest in the action genre, be sure to add it for other movie fans to vote on!

Action movie sequels extend the fast-paced, intense drama of the best action films, bringing back fan favorite action stars and good stories, for even more action-packed entertainment. Hollywood loves a sequel, and these action films are among the best sequels ever. Whether you like action horror films or action adventure movies, many great action movies have equally great sequels.
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    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert...  more
  • 2

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story and...  more
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    The Dark Knight

    Batman Begins

    ActorsChristian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and...  more
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    Aliens

    Alien

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael...  more
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ActorsScarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion...  more
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the...  more
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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Lethal Weapon

    ActorsMel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a sequel...  more
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ActorsCate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second...  more
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring...  more
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    ActorsBruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman, Sam Phillips

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City...  more
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    Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man

    ActorsTobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter...  more
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    ActorsAl Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Partially...  more
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ActorsCate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the...  more
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    Die Hard 2

    Die Hard

    ActorsBruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz, Robert Patrick, Colm Meaney

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs slightly: A...  more
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders...  more
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    ActorsSylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson-Soul

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

    Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context of...  more
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    X-Men 2

    X-Men

    ActorsHalle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The film...  more
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    Superman II

    Superman

    ActorsGene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, Sarah...  more
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    The Bourne Identity

    ActorsMatt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Karl Urban

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely...  more
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    ActorsTom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in...  more
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    The Bourne Supremacy

    ActorsMatt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Albert Finney

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony...  more
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Lethal Weapon 3

    ActorsMel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Danny Glover

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the fourth...  more
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ActorsKirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film directed by Nicholas Meyer. In the 23rd century, The Federation Starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers and Admiral James T....  more
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    The Expendables 2

    The Expendables

    ActorsSylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris

    Released2012

    Directed bySimon West

    The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own's life is taken, the mercenary group set out for revenge against rival...  more
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    Bad Boys II

    Bad Boys

    ActorsMegan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino, Gabrielle Union, Martin Lawrence

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys....  more
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