Top 10 Best Action Movie Sequels

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Action movies absolutely, just undeniably suck today. However, the genre itself is pretty great. Some of the sequels work and others do not. However, with action movies you can always find some phenomenal sequels. However, while some suck, many movie franchises have come from action movies, and some have barely any bad movies whatsoever. However, some action movie franchises have not derailed yet their sequels can sometimes be better than the original and on par. Let's take a look at these movies.

The Top Ten

1 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

What other movie could I pick. I mean really. What other movie could I pick? This movie is maybe one of the best ever to be released. While the franchise definitely went downhill eventually, but this movie is the pinnacle of maybe action movies all together. The effects are amazing. These are still amazing effects that are better than most effects in Hollywood today. James Cameron at his peak, after three great movies ('The Terminator', 'Aliens', and 'The Abyss'). The actors all do great jobs in their roles, Arnie, Hamilton and Patrick all give performances along with Edward Furlong, an actor who went on to perform phenomenally once again 7 years went on to do even better with 'American History X' which in it he plays Danny Vinyard. The final scene is cool, and the camerawork is brilliant by Cameron, but the build up is a big part of what makes it so phenomenal. The Terminator in this movie is actually a bit better than the first - something that pleasantly surprised me while watching ...more - iliekpiez

Terminator 2 is by far the best movie ever made, let alone action sequel! It proved that a sequel CAN be better than an original

Greatest Movie Ever, Best Sequel, Best Action Movie, Best Characters, Best Archs - RustyNail

Overrated - darthvadern

2 The Dark Knight

After the amazing return to form of 'Batman Begins', Batman returned on an even higher high note. And this would be one of the best received movies of all time. I actually thought for a while this was one of the most overrated movies of all time. I saw it multiple times and still could not get it. However, when I saw it one day, I got all of the praise. It was all deserved and I now saw the movie as an epic movie. The opening like Fury Road, knows how to start off with a bang. We get the reveal of Health Ledger as the Joker, probably one of the most famous movie villains and rightfully show. Batman could kill him, but Joker can get him psychologically - something Nolan can do so well. What is so clever about the movie is that it is not a typical Batman adventure - Batman is being called a vigilante by the citizens of Gotham. All the actors are powerful - Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart and Christan Bale all deliver phenomenal performances. The special effects are absolutely ...more - iliekpiez

This movie is overrated. - Userguy44

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3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

This is personally my favourite Indiana Jones movie. After the Temple of Doom, which I personally loved, but if you did not love it, you probably found it a terrible movie. However, The Last Crusade was Indy at his peak. It was the end of the Indy trilogy, and might as well been the entire franchise as well. The character interaction between Indy and his father is still amazing. Lucas did create him, showing just how better of a producer than he was director. Spielberg uses Jones Sr so well, with the perfect actor for the character (Sean Connery). The contrast is absolutely superb, with great punched up dialogue. While Raiders and Temple of Doom were both funny, this was really funny. This is probably the funniest Indy movie. The setpieces I also feel are improved from the other films as well. Ford is still Indiana Jones. Jones is Ford's best role in acting, and he just is Indy, and as Ford as Indy, that equals an absolutely brilliant performance. The sequence are so well composed, ...more - iliekpiez

In my opinion the absolute worst of the franchise, I didn't hate it but it doesn't feel like an Indiana Jones movie - darthvadern

In my opinion, this is the best movie in the series. It's definitely my favorite. - phillysports

I liked this movie. Also the chemistry between Indy and his father. - TheDarkOne_221b

4 Aliens

James Cameron was in his golden age as a director in the 1980s and early 1990s. He directed a sequel to Alien. Probably met with questions, after how creepy the first one was, why was Cameron directing it? He took the franchise into a different direction. And this movie was absolutely awesome. I still prefer the original, but that was the original. The movie does have connection with the original - it takes place 57 years later and still has all the ideas and themes and expands upon them. Cameron did not have nerve - this was only his third movie, and remember I love his early works other than his very first one, which sucked. He understood Ripley, a phenomenal character by the way, and adds extra layers to her character. The set up was pretty great, something that action movies do poorly nowadays. None of the noodling is never at the expense of thrills either. Cameron understood what the original was meant to deliver - a gut reaction. Aliens achieves that aim as well. The build up is ...more - iliekpiez

5 Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller's Mad Max franchise is one of my personal favourite action movie franchises. The tribal culture in this film is brilliant; the film really dives deep with it. In fact, when the film starts you could predict just how good the film could be. The creatures of the world are no longer scavengers - but creatures of circumstance. We have a new character played by Theron, her best performance and also her best character with her awesome actions and unique character. Miller has also updated the needs of the world too - now it is just complete survival. As such the character of Max has been updated as well. Now Max is a man who just finds his own way. Heck, Max is not even the focus, and Furiosa is. A bold move by Miller which actually worked in the film's favour, as she wants to hold on to something that might be the most important thing to the world - the next generation. The soundtrack is one of the best in film history. Not just this decade, but film history. It still is ...more - iliekpiez

Trying to watch the original Mad Max movies after seeing Fury Road becomes a lot more difficult due to how much better Fury Road is in every regard. - nerffan8000

6 X2: X-Men United

My personal favourite X-Men film. The original is extremely underrated. I love the original, but the second one was better in almost every single way. It does what a sequel should do expand upon the themes - and X2 does it perfectly. There are some absolutely tremendous scenes. Interesting subplots, superb scenes. An example of an absolutely superb scene is when that Iceman is rejected - you can feel the tragedy of this moment and just how cold the moment is. There is also nice little touches like when Wolverine asks Iceman make his bottle colder - a pretty clever scene. The character interactions in this feature I also feel a bit better than the first film. For example, the interactions between Magneto and Rogue are pretty realistic. The action scenes are cool yes, the build up to those action scenes are incredible. There is a lot at stake - this time is the school as a whole, something precious to them and therefore they will fight for it. The action scenes still are amazingly ...more - iliekpiez

7 Spider-Man 2

This list was extremely difficult to make. So much that Spider-Man 2 is only at the number 10 spot, saying quite a lot about the quality of these movies on this list. However, that is not taking away anything from this movie. The film is seen as one of the best superhero movies there is to offer. And it is completely deserved. The way that the movie does the challenges of Peter as Spider-Man as real life problems start having a big effect on him is extremely believable. You can see why he would quit being Spider-Man, everything just seems to be going wrong for the poor guy. We have a new villain, and done to my personal preference, I do prefer the Green Goblin, but Doctor Octopus is more developed as the villain than the Green Goblin was. The way that the movie also snips between story threads is also great; Raimi and his team of writers did a great job with the story this time out. The character of Peter is improved - he faces more real life challenges, instead of silly challenges, ...more - iliekpiez

A brilliant successor. I liked The first spiderman more but this was also good. - B1ueNew

Worst of the trilogy but I still love it - darthvadern

8 The Empire Strikes Back

Sometimes, the sequel can be better than the originals

9 John Wick: Chapter 2

People will wonder why I have not put a Mission Impossible sequel onto the list. Because not only have I not seen Fallout, but I like other movies better. And the original is my favourite anyway. The original John Wick was awesome. A great movie. The sequel for me, is on a whole other level. On my extremely outdated Best Movies of 2017 remix, I put this movie at the very top. Wrong and outdated since I have seen Blade Runner 2049 since then. While the movie is extremely violent, it also is a pretty funny movie as well. A lot of jokes work. Keanu Reeves is phenomenal as John Wick once again this time too, with his love for the action genre. The film's opening is stellar. Absolutely stellar, while they could not top it, there were a lot of scenes which came close to being better than the opening. The film takes does not waste any time into the mythology of Wick's worlds of Assassins; and does it so well. The film lends the story ability to travel down the film's venues. The director and ...more - iliekpiez

10 Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Awesome movie, and the best of 2018 (although someone COULD make a case for Incredibles 2).

I've seen both of those. They're alright, but the REAL best film of the year is isle of dogs. - xPorkless

The Contenders

11 Casino Royale

Of all the Bond movies, this is my personal favourite. People were doubting Craig as Bond. Then they saw Craig as Bond. Then they loved Craig as Bond. The Bond franchise was at its low. Roger Moore Movies are never usually remembered as the best of Bond, and while I really liked Dalton as Bond, the audiences did not. Brosnan worsened the situation with three bad movies in a row. Casino Royale changed everything. The movie is absolutely outstanding. From when it starts, the film is outstanding. The opening sequence is tremendous and so well filmed. In fact, the camerawork in the movie as a whole is also mind blowing. They take certain characters, and it works better for the movie and franchise as Bond was in desperate need of a new direction. The villain is great. This is a villain who has depth, and maybe my favourite Bond villain and that he has a great motivation. Campbell breaks his own and others tradition - he already had directed one of the best Goldeneye, it takes a new ...more - iliekpiez

This comment doesn't make sense no actor playing James Bond would have been thought to be a good James Bond, Sean Connery wasn't even British and had that non british accent, every actor had their bad movie just like most actors playing James bond had their great movie and bad movie, outside of the one and done actor - germshep24

12 Avengers: Infinity War

It is almost a perfect movie, especially with how much had to be done. Oh and Thanos and Thor are great.

13 Incredibles 2

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14 The Bourne Ultimatum

Ended the Bourne trilogy perfectly. Franchise should've stayed a trilogy. The trilogy as a whole has used a technique in telling a story to making it a story. My god does it succeed. This movie is no different. This is my personal favourite Bourne movie. It picks up immediately after Supremecy, which continued the trend the trilogy had of getting better every single time. The movie is a climax of a much larger tale. All the good excitement has been saved for this one. And the movie delivered in style. Damon has now grown into his character like an alternate skin. It is Damon's best role, and he has truly grown into his role. The looks have been hardened and due to this Damon's performance improves as Bourne. The screenplay is extremely inventive, and really impressive as well. We have two incredible car chases which are well shot again by Greengrass, whose movies always have masterful camerawork. He hurdles from buildings, and is one of the things that leads up to the plane chase. ...more - iliekpiez

15 Die Hard 2: Die Harder
16 Shrek 2

Not an action movie - kanetheundertaker25

Very laugh laugh! Lol leleleleoeleoleoeleoeoel - --ChadBlake--

17 Kill Zone 2
18 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best action movie of all time. - zeroclubsboii

This needs to be higher. This movie is so well written. - B1ueNew

19 Spider-Man 3

Honestly this movie was very edgy and had a dark tone and I liked it. Sandman and Green Golbin were excellent villians too! - darthvadern

20 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
21 Conan the Destroyer
22 The Great Muppet Caper
23 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
24 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Not an action movie - kanetheundertaker25

Action? - Undistinguished

25 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
26 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Best Captain America move EVER! - TheDarkOne_221b

27 Batman Returns
28 Superman II
29 Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
30 Undisputed III: Redemption
31 The Raid 2
32 Ip Man 2
33 The Legend of Drunken Master
34 Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
35 Once Upon a Time in China II
36 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
37 Rambo: First Blood Part II
38 Lethal Weapon 2
39 Deadpool 2
40 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
41 Kill Bill: Volume 2
42 Goldfinger

The best James Bond movie ever made.

43 Kung Fu Panda 2
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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2. Spider-Man 2
3. The Dark Knight
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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Aliens
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