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The Best Action Movie Sequels

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, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    In this sequel set eleven years after "The Terminator," young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization's victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000  ...more
  • Batman Begins
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    67

    ActorsChristian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young  ...more
  • ActorsMark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    The adventure continues in this "Star Wars" sequel. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) face attack by the Imperial  ...more
  • Alien
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    49

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl  ...more
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
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    50

    ActorsChris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), lives in the nation's capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a  ...more
  • Lethal Weapon
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    53

    ActorsMel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

    South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity,  ...more
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    28

    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
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    92
    38

    ActorsMark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and  ...more
  • Spider-Man
    103
    49

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

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    When a failed nuclear fusion experiment results in an explosion that kills his wife, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is transformed into Dr. Octopus, a cyborg with deadly metal tentacles. Doc Ock  ...more
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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    65

    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
  • Die Hard
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    52

    ActorsBruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    A year after his heroics in L.A, detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is mixed up in another terrorist plot, this time at Washington Dulles International Airport, where he is waiting for his wife  ...more
  • ActorsBruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now divorced, alcoholic and jobless after getting fired for his reckless behavior and bad attitude. He is called back into action, however, when a cryptic  ...more
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    42

    ActorsElijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" presents the  ...more
  • 93
    52

    ActorsAl Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone  ...more
  • 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
  • Mad Max
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    40

    ActorsMel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Emil Minty, Vernon Wells, Michael Preston

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max (Mel Gibson) drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from  ...more
  • ActorsSylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

    John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is doing hard time in jail when his former boss, Col. Troutman (Richard Crenna), offers him a deal. If Rambo travels to Vietnam to try to find the American prisoners  ...more
  • X-Men
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    51

    ActorsPatrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Stryker (Brian Cox), a villianous former Army commander, holds the key to Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) past and the future of the X-Men. This threat re-ignites the call for a mutant registration act.  ...more
  • 75
    35

    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
  • The Bourne Identity
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    48

    ActorsMatt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is living in India when he is framed by Russian agent Kirill (Karl Urban) for the theft of millions from the CIA. Kirill begins to pursue Bourne, intending to assassinate  ...more
  • Superman
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    43

    ActorsChristopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Superman (Christopher Reeve) foils the plot of terrorists by hurtling their nuclear device into outer space, but the bomb's shock waves free the Kryptonian villain General Zod (Terence Stamp) and his  ...more
  • Lethal Weapon 3
    64
    39

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

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Detective Riggs (Mel Gibson) tries to settle down with his pregnant girlfriend, Lorna (Rene Russo), while his partner, Murtaugh (Danny Glover), comes to grips with the marriage of his pregnant  ...more
  • The Expendables
    52
    18

    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
  • The Bourne Supremacy
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    34

    ActorsMatt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues his international quest to uncover his true identity. From Russia to Europe to northern Africa to the United States, he must stay one step ahead of those who would  ...more
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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    35

    ActorsWilliam Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    As Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Capt. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) monitor trainees at Starfleet Academy, another vessel from the United Federation of Planets is about to try out the  ...more
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