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Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth The Wait 

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List Rules Sequels that arrived at least 10 years after the previous installment. Vote up the movies that actually lived up to expectations.

A list of cinematic sequels that hit theaters after long stretches of franchise inactivity, with the best and worst ranked by savvy movie buffs. Hollywood sometimes has a hard time continuing a series, even one that sounds like a guaranteed blockbuster. With films that take forever to get made, all those years spent in development hell can heighten hype as well as the potential for spectacular flops. 

Jurassic World arrived more than two decades after the original and just shy of 15 years after the last Jurassic Park, and all that time riding the proverbial bench means outsized expectations like those that accompanied long-delayed chapters like Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, and, of course, The Godfather: Part III

This kind of film is like running into an old friend you haven't seen in years: either you're reminded of all the good times you shared or you're embarrassed to have ever been associated with them. So where do these sometimes classic and occasionally notorious movies that really took their sweet time coming to theaters rank when stacked against each other?

Vote up the sequels that were worth the wait, vote down each film that dashed hopes and brought shame to the originals. Your votes will make it clear which franchises aged like fine wines and which sequels arrived way after their expiration dates.

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Released in 2015, 30 years after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

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#203 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #44 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtrackslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Released in 2015, 32 years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) and 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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#421 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #52 of 153 The Best Science Fiction Action Moviesfeaturing Eye-Opening Fan Theories About Max Von Sydow's Character In 'The Force Awakens'

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Released in 2017, 35 years after Blade Runner (1982).

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#68 of 116 Movies That Need Sequels #34 of 153 The Best Science Fiction Action Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Released in 2016, 13 years after Finding Nemo (2003).

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#86 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #936 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #79 of 116 Movies That Need Sequels

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth The Wait


Released in 2012, 10 years after Men in Black II (2002).

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#1,069 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #80 of 165 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time #66 of 192 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth The Wait


Released in 2013, 12 years after Monsters Inc (2001).

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#78 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #301 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #18 of 56 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels

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Released in 1990, 13 years after The Rescuers (1977).

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#88 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #1,126 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Incredibles 2

 

Released in 2018, 14 years after The Incredibles (2014).

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Released in 2006, 12 years after Clerks (1994).

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#304 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #26 of 56 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels

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Released in 2010, 28 years after TRON.

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#133 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #40 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Released in 2009, 10 years after Boondock Saints (1999).

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Released in 1990, 16 years after The Godfather: Part II (1974).

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#47 of 217 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #18 of 113 The Best Mafia Films

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Released in 1999, 59 years after Fantasia (1940).

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#89 of 179 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #96 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Released in 2006, 19 years after Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

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#218 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #20 of 101 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made #415 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Released in 1998, 18 years after The Blues Brothers (1980).

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