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Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth The Wait 

Tucker DeSaulnier
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Updated December 16, 2019 23.3k votes 2.4k voters 34.5k views 26 items

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

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Released in 2006, 12 years after Clerks (1994).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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