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The Best Action Movie Sequels

Updated November 5, 2019 7.2k votes 561 voters 78.9k views74 items

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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  • 1
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movie 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,... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels

    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.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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    Mad Max 2

    Mad Max

    ActorsMel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Arkie Whiteley

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The... more on Wikipedia
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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Superman II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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 written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas... more on Wikipedia
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    The Expendables 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movie Sequels
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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... more on Wikipedia
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