sequels The Greatest Fourth Films of All Time  

Brian Walton
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List Rules Only 4th movies in a series or franchise

Not every film franchise has the where with all to make it to a fourth movie. But when they do it's often considered an amazing rebirth of a film series or it completely kills the quadrilogy. Usually when a series makes it this far, it has built a degree of goodwill with its fans and if a fourth film does arrive, fans will go see it regardless of what film critics or naysayers may argue about the merits of the franchise. The number of the movies that have made it to a fourth film are action movies with a major movie star.

Movies franchise that started in the '80s are well represented on this list. And with good reason A lot of the movies that made it to its fourth incarnation are pretty great. Star Trek IV:The Voyage Home, Rambo and Rocky IV are two examples of awesome fourth films from that time, while Lethal Weapon 4 and Live Free or Die Hard may not have been made in that time period, but they both started in the '80s. No can dispute that in the pantheon of greatest fourth films, that these two are up there. 

You can vote up or down your favorite 4th movie sequel and determine the greatest part 4 of all time.
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Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more

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DerekLoganHancock added Mad Max: Fury Road Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Live Free or Die Hard is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. The ...more

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fourth Films of All Time
wiabux added Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film. It is the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, and director Brad Bird's first live-action film. It stars ...more

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Thunderball Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his famous role as Cold War/Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the fourth ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more

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willyboymcoy added Dogma Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock Dogma is a 1999 American comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also stars along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, ...more

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Fast & Furious Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster Fast & Furious is a 2009 American street racing action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The plot ...more

The Best Movies That Break the Fourth Wall

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wiabux added Ice Age: Continental Drift Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. It was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, and ...more

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Sudden Impact Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke Sudden Impact is a 1983 American action film and the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke. The film is notable for the ...more

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Terminator Salvation Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. It is the fourth and final installment in the original ...more

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willyboymcoy added Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Sharon Stone, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol is the fourth comedy film in the Police Academy series. It was released in 1987. A group of Police Academy graduates are sent to train a group of newly ...more

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the X-Men film ...more

The Worst Movies Of All Time

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Scream 4 Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox 10 years after the third movie. Courteney Cox and David Arquette return as Gale Weathers Riley and Deputy Dewey Riley. Neve Campbell also returns as Sidney Prescott. A killer is after a new ...more

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Vegas Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, Randy Quaid Vegas Vacation is a 1997 comedy film directed by Stephen Kessler. It is the fourth installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by Elisa Bell, based on a story by Bell ...more

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wiabux added Resident Evil: Afterlife Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added The Bourne Legacy Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more

The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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Bootsdad added Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. It is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series and focuses ...more

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wiabux added Shrek Forever After Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews Shrek Forever After is a 2010 action animated film written by Tim Sullivan and Josh Klausner and directed by Mike Mitchell. Shrek Forever After, formerly known as Shrek Goes Fourth and also ...more

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wiabux added Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. It is the fourth installment in the Alien film series, and ...more

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fourth Films of All Time
wiabux added Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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American Wedding Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli American Wedding is a 2003 American romantic comedy film and a sequel to American Pie and American Pie 2 as part of the American Pie theatrical series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed ...more

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The Final Destination Ali Larter, Krista Allen, Shantel VanSanten The Final Destination is a 2009 American horror film written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis, both of whom also worked on Final Destination 2. Released on August 28, 2009, it is the ...more

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harmoniaclaire added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is an upcoming 2015 war adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the second of two cinematic ...more

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wiabux added Saw IV Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer Saw IV is a 2007 Canadian-American horror film and the fourth installment of the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, ...more

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willyboymcoy added A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher fantasy film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars ...more

The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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wiabux added The Sum of All Fears Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack ...more

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Bootsdad added Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film written and directed by Joseph Zito. It is the fourth film in the Friday the 13th film series. Though it was billed as "The Final ...more

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wiabux added Bride of Chucky Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter Bride of Chucky is a 1998 black comedy horror film distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the Child's Play film series. The film is written by Don Mancini and ...more

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wiabux added Paranormal Activity 4 Sprague Grayden, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 4 is a 2012 American supernatural horror film, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, directors of Paranormal Activity 3, and written by Christopher Landon from a story ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added New Police Story Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu New Police Story is a 2004 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Benny Chan, and also produced by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 24 ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is the 2011 film based off the fourth and final novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. This currently optioned property is expected to start production ...more

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wiabux added Jaws: The Revenge Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Jessica Alba, Ricky Gervais, Antonio Banderas Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is a 2011 Latino-American 4D family-oriented, comedy adventure film directed by Robert Rodriguez and it is the fourth and final installment in the Spy Kids ...more

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Kaptain Curtis added Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series. This is the first film in ...more

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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Charles Bronson, Danny Trejo, Mark Pellegrino Death Wish 4: The Crackdown is a 1987 action crime film, and the fourth installment in the Death Wish film series. The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson, and features Charles Bronson, who ...more

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wiabux added The Next Karate Kid Hilary Swank, Pat Morita, Walton Goggins The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama film starring Pat Morita and Hilary Swank. It is the fourth and final film in the original The Karate Kid series. It was directed by ...more

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Omen IV: The Awakening Michael Lerner, Jim Byrnes, Don S. Davis Omen IV: The Awakening is a 1991 made-for-television film that serves as the fourth and final addition to the original The Omen series, directed by Jorge Montesi and Dominique Othenin-Girard. ...more