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The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made 

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List Rules Only second / 2 / Part II movies in series

What are the best movie sequels ever made? This list includes several of the greatest movies of all time, and they all have one thing in common: they were film number two in a series. Which sequel do you believe deserves the top spot? Which movie is arguably the best in the franchise? Vote for your favorites, vote down any sequels you didn't like and feel free to add any films that might be missing - though remember, this is a list of second films, so no "Part III's" please. You can also re-rank this movie list in any order you choose.

It's really, really hard to argue that The Godfather Part II shouldn't be at the top, or at the very least, near the top of this list. It's one of only a handful of sequels to receive an Academy Award Best Picture nomination (it won, in 1974, by the way). The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers also received a Best Picture nomination, though it did not win (the third installment in the series, did). This is proof that just because a film is a sequel, it can also be among the very best Oscar-winning movies.

Some of the best sequels, not surprisingly, are also among the best superhero movies ever made. Among them: The Dark KnightSpider-Man 2 and X2. Other notable movies worth a mention (and a spot on this list) include Superman IIIron Man 2, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Disagree? Vote them down. To each, his (or her) own!

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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X-Men: Days of Future Pa... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Star Trek II: The Wrath ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Superman II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard Lester, Richard Donner

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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Star Trek Into Darkness ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

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