John Wick 2, Keanu Reeves

While the rest of you are counting down toward The Last Jedi, I know that there are cinematic pleasures to be found in sequels earlier in the year. John Wick 2 is out Friday, and if the first film is any indication, we’re in for two hours of stylish, energetic action that will have us whooping with glee.

To celebrate, I’m sharing the best action movie sequels to grace our screens, ranging from ’80s classics to Oscar winners from the last few years. John Wick 2 is currently looking very fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so we have high hopes that it could join this list in the future.

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1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Though the film that introduced us to Chris Evans as Steve Rogers is a delightful throwback, its sequel is a thoroughly modern movie with epic action sequences and insightful political commentary. With the casting of Robert Redford, there are nice nods to ’70s thrillers, but The Winter Soldier is a movie that only could have been made in this decade. It showed audiences that Marvel movies don’t have to be all brawn and no brains.

2. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum

Matt Damon fights a guy with a book. That is all.

3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Tobey Maguire, Spider-Man 2

The joy of this film isn’t just in the solid action sequences like the cafe kidnapping sequence and the final fight with Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina); it’s the way director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire infuse each one with heart and emotion. The train scene is a marvel (pun intended), but its aftermath is even better.

4. Casino Royale (2007)

Daniel Craig, Casino Royale

From its breathless opening parkour scene through its emotional finale, this first film with Daniel Craig as 007 doesn’t disappoint. Beyond the perfect casting of the super spy, Casino Royale features a great villain in Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre and a worthy love interest in Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd, but the fight scenes in places like a bathroom and a stairwell are brutal and a complete tonal change from the Pierce Brosnan years.

5. Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

Uma Thurman and Gordon Liu, Kill Bill Vol. 2

You may consider it one half of a whole (versus a proper sequel), but this Quentin Tarantino film stands–and kicks and punches–well enough on its own. As the Bride, Uma Thurman trains with Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) and has showdowns with Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Bud (Michael Madsen), and the titular man himself (David Carradine). Fight scenes are balanced with quotable dialogue and great characters.

6. Aliens (1980)

Sigourney Weaver, Aliens

While the first film was more of a horror movie set in space, James Cameron’s sequel is more action heavy (and I’m not complaining). Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is joined by a team of space marines, so there’s more firepower here, making it a bigger–and some might say better–film than the original. Inflation or no, the fact that this movie was made for only $18 million is perhaps its biggest feat.

7. The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Batman Begins brought a darker sensibility to Gotham than we’d seen with the Tim Burton franchise, but this film elevates the universe in a new way. Christian Bale settles into the title role nicely, but I could devote a whole book’s worth of praise to Heath Ledger’s perfectly unhinged Joker. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight could be the best comic book movie ever, but it also works as an incredible action film and crime drama outside the world of DC.

8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Raiders of the Lost Ark is an essential film, but it might rank just a bit below the third movie in the franchise for me. Though Steven Spielberg’s Last Crusade has huge action scenes and plenty of fights with Nazis, its best moments are often those between Harrison Ford’s Indiana and his father Henry (Sean Connery), even while the world is burning around them.

9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max Fury Road

Max (Tom Hardy, replacing Mel Gibson) may get billing in the title, but this movie is all about Charlize Theron’s Furiosa and George Miller’s approach that mixes practical effects with modern technology. Twenty years have passed since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, but Miller brings a sequel that feels fresh, vital and entirely necessary. The Road Warrior also deserves special attention, but this movie is a singular feat.

10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eddie Furlong, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The less said about the later Terminator films the better, but this first follow-up to James Cameron’s original film is a wonder of special effects and the iconic personality of its hero. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as The Terminator, but this time, he’s sent to save Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong). Almost three decades later, the T-1000 liquid metal scenes still make our jaws drop.

What are your favorite action movie sequels? Mad I didn’t include Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? (It’s fantasy, guys.) Share what you think in the comments and watch action movies for free on Tubi TV.