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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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Star Wars
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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The Terminator
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
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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Lethal Weapon
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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Alien
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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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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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Captain America: The First Avenger
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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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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 Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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 ...more
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Tom Islava added The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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
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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
nitiri161 added The Godfather
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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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
slaft added The Bourne Supremacy
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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The Bourne Identity
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
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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Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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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First Blood
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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X-Men
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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Mad Max
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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teddybear1029 added The Avengers
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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but chickens double d added Kill Bill Volume 1
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more
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Bad Boys
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