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Top 12 Best One-Two Punches In Hollywood History

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Alien (1979)
"Alien" created a more comprehensive and atmospheric vision of space, space-travel, and the daily life and surroundings of space-travelers than any film before or since... And then added killer aliens. A fantastic film, one of my all-time favorites, and "Aliens" made good on all its promise.
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People who added this item 3254 Average listal rating (2245 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.4
Aliens (1986)
With the table so eloquently set, "Aliens" declares that it's time to eat! The cuisine tastes every bit as good as it looks and smells. Bravo!
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People who added this item 5937 Average listal rating (3708 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.2
The Godfather (1972)
Coppola's The Godfather is every bit the masterpiece most people claim. Shot and told with absolute and utter confidence, the final result is essentially flawless. So seldom have we been invited into a world so rich, intimate, foreign, and familiar than that of the Corleone family. No matter how many times I watch it I'm still mesmerized. It's a film that truly has a life of its own.
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People who added this item 4195 Average listal rating (2555 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9
The debate over which is the superior film will rage forever. Personally I don't feel part II quite measures up, but it's a fully satisfying, engaging, and strong continuation of the original film.
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What an amazing world. One of the original reasons I love film.
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Even better than the first. Poor "Return of the Jedi" didn't stand a chance.
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People who added this item 7382 Average listal rating (4838 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story (1995)
There's really nothing not to love about this film...
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Toy Story 2 (1999)
...or this one.
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Though a little dated, I still love the story behind this film. A solid, even classic, Sci-Fi adventure.
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People who added this item 5041 Average listal rating (3403 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5
What an amazing tribute to everything that was great about the original. It took seven years, but I think most people would wait 17 for a sequel this good. Possibly the best pure sequel ever created in the way it outshined the original, could easily stand alone, but also in how it resurrected the first film from a foot-note fate.
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People who added this item 1758 Average listal rating (1065 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Richard Linklater is among the best at the 24hr story. Strong performances, a fresh script, and a solid ear for emotional truth make this a thoroughly enjoyable film.
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Before Sunset (2004)
And then he goes and does it again, except better.
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Balls. That's what Peter Jackson has for taking on this project. Perhaps the only thing more epic about the J.R.R. Tolkein masterpiece is the fandom that surrounds it. And he hit it out of the park. Modern adventure blockbusters aren't supposed to be this good.
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The scope of this project, the months of location shooting, the giant cast, the armies of extras, the thousands of tons of make-up, latex, costume pieces, the sheer extravaganza of it all astounds me. Jackson finally got the best director Oscar he deserved upon release of the series' conclusion.
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People who added this item 1975 Average listal rating (1303 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Evil Dead (1981)
Classic. Funny, gruesome, joyous romp through the zombie genre.
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Evil Dead II (1987)
Fans demanded it and they got it. Not only kept things fresh, but somehow found ways to improve upon the original.
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Batman (1989)
The Batman franchise had some dignity back in the day.
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The best in the series, Burton made the film he wanted to make and it paid off.
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Go all 12 rounds with these great original films and their follow-ups that definately didn't disappoint. In several cases the sequal proved to be even stronger.

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Posted: 7 years ago at Oct 21 9:03
"Alien" was 1979??? Gawh I'm old and had to double check... yep... I did see it in the theater.
Posted: 7 years ago at Oct 21 22:01
Apparently I need to check out Before Sunrise and its sequel. Only entry I might argue with on this list is Kill Bill 1 & 2, which was only split up after the entire thing was shot & Miramax decided nobody would want to sit through the whole thing at once. Jerks. I'm still checking Amazon regularly for the release of The Whole Bloody Affair.

Great list!
Posted: 7 years ago at Oct 22 1:36
Nice list!

I must say though, Return of the Jedi was always my favorite in the original trilogy. Between the escape from Jabba's palace, the epic simultaneous 3-battle conclusion and the deaths of Yoda and Anakin (one of the greatest death scenes in the history of film) I've always considered ROTJ to be the pinnacle of Star Wars. I suppose I'm in the minority on that one though.
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Oct 25 17:11
Nice list, you could even put in Batman Begins and Dark Knight since many consider the Dark Knight to be by far the best movie based off of comics. Spider-man and Spider-man 2 also come to mind in the same veign, even X-Men as well. I don't know what kind of criteria's you were going for, but those are some note worthy addtions.

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