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List Rules Sequels that arrived at least 10 years late. 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 arrives 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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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill


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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Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy


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

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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton


Released in 2010, 11 years after Toy Story 2 (1999).

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Jurassic World Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio


Released in 2015, 14 years after Jurassic Park III (2001).

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Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire


Released in 2006, 16 years after Rocky V (1990).

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish


Released in 2008, 20 years after Rambo III.

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Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks


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

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305 258
Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal


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

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Clerks II Ben Affleck, Rosario Dawson, Wanda Sykes


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

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The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott


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

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait
Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith


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

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Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead


Released in 2007, 12 years after Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995).

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Tron: Legacy Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy


Released in 2010, 28 years after TRON.

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Escape from L.A. Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier


Released in 1996, 15 years after Escape From New York (1981).

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Willem Dafoe, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson


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

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor


Released in 1999, 16 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda


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

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Blade Runner 2049 Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright

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

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken


Released in 2003, 12 years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

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Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth


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

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Fantasia 2000 Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones


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

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf


Released in 2008, 19 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

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Dumb and Dumber To Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner, Jeff Daniels


Released in 2014, 20 years after Dumb and Dumber (1994).

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Blues Brothers 2000 Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Goodman


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

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The Odd Couple II Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck


Released in 1998, 30 years after The Odd Couple (1968).