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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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The Terminator

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey, + more

Released: 1991

Directed by: James 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
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Batman Begins

Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, + more

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher 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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Star Wars

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin 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 ...more
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Alien

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, + more

Released: 1986

Directed by: James 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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Lethal Weapon

Actors: Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more
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Captain America: The First Avenger

Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen, + more

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter 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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Die Hard with a Vengeanc... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
slaft added Die Hard 2

Actors: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman, Sam Phillips, + more

Released: 1995

Directed by: John 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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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard 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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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven 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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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
Valley Forge added

Actors: Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd, George Lucas, Amrish Puri, + more

Released: 1984

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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 ...more
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The Bourne Identity

Actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul 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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Spider-Man

Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam 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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Tom Islava added The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
nitiri161 added The Godfather

Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, + more

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis 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. ...more
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Die Hard

Actors: Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz, Robert Patrick, Colm Meaney, + more

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny 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 ...more
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X-Men

Actors: Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn, + more

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bryan 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 ...more
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Bad Boys

Actors: Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino, Gabrielle Union, Martin Lawrence, + more

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
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First Blood

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson-Soul, + more

Released: 1985

Directed by: George 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 ...more
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Mad Max

Actors: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Arkie Whiteley, + more

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more
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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
slaft added The Bourne Supremacy

Actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, + more

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul 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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Mission: Impossible – Gh... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
but chickens double d added Mission: Impossible III

Actors: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, + more

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brad 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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Superman

Actors: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, + more

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard 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, ...more
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teddybear1029 added The Avengers

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more
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Rush Hour

Actors: Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sánchez, Don Cheadle, + more

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more