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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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: James Cameron
    • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Irvin Kershner
  • The Dark Knight
    Batman Begins
    • Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Lethal Weapon 2
    Lethal Weapon
    • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    • Actors: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Aliens
    • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: James Cameron
    • Actors: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Richard Marquand
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Die Hard 2
    Die Hard
    • Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Renny Harlin
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
    The Bourne Supremacy
    • Actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
    • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
  • Spider-Man 2
    • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Mad Max 2
    Mad Max
    • Actors: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Emil Minty, Vernon Wells, Michael Preston
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • The Godfather Part II
    • Actors: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Bourne Supremacy
    The Bourne Identity
    • Actors: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Brad Bird
  • X-Men 2
    • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Superman II
    • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Richard Lester
  • Lethal Weapon 4
    Lethal Weapon 3
    • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
  • The Expendables 2
    The Expendables
    • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Simon West