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Not all great movie series have to be trilogies. 2022 top gun Maverick, While it’s likely to lead to more sequels, only the latest movie is proof that a two-movie series can work well. Coming out 36 years after the original, it’s a master class in how to make a legacy sequel, even managing to surpass its predecessor in every way.

There have been dozens of such duologies over the years. Whether they were planned as such or only gotten so far, two films have served these franchises well. But which duology is the greatest of all?

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10 The Guns of Navarone – 7.5 & 6.4


One of the most important adventure epics of the 60s, The cannons of Navarone tells the story of a special mission to destroy German cannons on the Greek island of Navarone. Author Alistair MacLean wrote several such WW2 novels including his only sequel, Power 10 of Navaronewhich was filmed in 1978.

The writing and music are great and convey a brilliant sense of adventure, duty and danger. Both films feature incredible casts with terrific chemistry. Gregory Peck and David Niven are accompanied in the original by Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas. Peck and Niven are replaced by Robert Shaw and Edward Fox power 10alongside Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Carl Weathers and Richard Kiel.


9 The Odd Pair – 7.6 & 6.4


the odd couple in bed

The film adaptation of a 1968 play by Neil Simon tells the story of dissimilar roommates Felix and Oscar. Divorced sportswriter Oscar enjoys the luxury of keeping his apartment sloppy. But when his regular friend Felix moves in, there is a lot of merriment. In addition to numerous remakes and adaptations, the film received a sequel an amazing 30 years later.

The odd couple is one of the funniest movies of all time, thanks to the brilliant script and chemistry between Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The actors were such a great couple that they reunited for four films in the 1990s, including another great duology, Grumpy old men. Also of note is the catchy jazz theme song by Neal Hefti, who also wrote the 1960s Batman Theme.


8th Blade Runner – 7.0 & 7.1


A Pan Am billboard in Blade Runner

It took 35 years for Ridley Scott’s cult classic Bladerunner to finally get a follow up and Bladerunner 2049 The wait was worth it. The original was adapted from the science fiction novel by Philip L. Dick Do androids dream of electric sheep? The stories are set in a dystopian future where “Blade Runners” are hunting rogue androids known as Replicants.

Harrison Ford stars in both films and has great chemistry with his co-stars, particularly Ryan Gossling in the sequel. Rutger Hauer excels in the 1982 original as renegade replicant Roy Batty. The meditative synthwave music of the soundtracks gives the films their own and unmistakable tone. Bladerunner and its sequel are the definitive neo-noir films.


7 The Hustler/ The Color of Money – 8.0 & 7.0


Tom Cruise and Paul Newman in The Color of Money.

The Queen’s Gambit and The man who fell to earth Author Walter Tevis wrote his first novel, the hustlerin 1959. Within two years the hustler was a feature film starring Paul Newman as pool hustler Fast Eddie. Tevis’ 1984 sequel The color of money was made into a film again in just two years, with Tom Cruise starring alongside Newman in the film.

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Both films are classics and undoubtedly the most iconic pool films of all time. You observe the themes of winning and losing in both pool and life and the characters are superbly written. Both films received many Oscar nominations, with Newman eventually winning an Oscar for The color of money.


6 Flags of Our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima – 7.1 & 7.9


About as consciously a duology as they come. Clint Eastwood made two films about the Battle of Iwo Jima in 2006. flags of our father took the perspective of the Americans Letters from Iwo Jima tells the Japanese point of view.

flags of our fathers focuses on the famous raising of the American flag and the men who raised it. It received positive reviews. but Letters from Iwo Jima performed even better, earning multiple Oscar nominations with a win. Japanese critics praised Eastwood for the care with which he gave the Japanese characters.


5 The Cornelius Ryan Movies – 7.7 & 7.4


The soldiers relax on a patio in A Bridge Too Far.

Writer Cornelius Ryan has published some great books chronicling the major events of World War II from both sides of the war. The longest day researched the events of D-Day. The film adaptation was promoted with 42 international stars, including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton and Sean Connery. It won an Oscar for cinematography, which featured some stunning aerial footage.

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A bridge too far continued the format The longest day and focused on the Operation Market Garden debacle. The film boldly exposed the failures of the allied powers. Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford highlighted another incredible cast. Cornelius Ryan has interviewed hundreds of people for his books, resulting in films of incredible impact.


4 Finding Nemo/Dory – 8.2 & 7.3


Marlin and Nemo swim together in Finding Nemo

2003 Find Nemo is one of the most popular Pixar films of all time. It tells the story of a clownfish named Marlin who embarks on a journey to rescue his son who has been captured by a diving dentist. In the 2016 sequel, he and his son rescue the royal blue kelp that helped them in the first film.

Both films are incredibly charming and deal with themes of overprotective parenting and friendship. They’re full of great characters, including short-term memory Dory, vegetarian shark Bruce and surfer-type sea turtles. Both films took home numerous awards Find Nemo won the Oscar for best animated film.




3 Top Gun – 6.9 & 8.6


Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun 2 gives a thumbs up in a fighter jet cockpit

top gun is a real classic of the 80s. The charismatic Tom Cruise, a heated romance, an incredible soundtrack, friendships and rivalries and thrilling scenes involving F-14 planes combine for an undeniably funny popcorn flick.

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But 2022 Top Gun: Maverick manages to significantly outperform its predecessor, and it does so in style. While capturing all the nostalgia for the original, it carves its own path with a great story full of great characters. Filming was supported by the US Navy, resulting in stunning aerial footage and an incredible third act. loner is undoubtedly the must-see movie of 2022.


2 The Incredibles – 8.0 & 7.6


The Incredibles family is ready to fight

After directing the classic 1999 animated film The Iron Giant, Brad Bird made a career leap into the Pixar animation studio in 2000. He brought with him a brilliant idea: a suburban superhero family dealing with a midlife crisis, high school social life, and other family issues. 2004 The Incredibles was a hit and The Incredibles 2 followed in 2018.

The movies are cleverly written and a lot of fun, and the characters are made accessible through their affiliation. The films’ music and tone are influenced by 1960s superhero and spy productions. Bird won his first Oscar for The Incredibles and was asked to step in as director Ratatouillewhere he gained a second.


1 Kill Bill – 8.2 & 8.0


Quentin Tarantino kill Bill was conceived as a single film but was split into two parts during post-production. According to IGN interview with Tarantino, this decision was made so that no scenes would have to be cut. The films follow the betrayed assassin The Bride on her quest for revenge.

While every Tarantino film is acclaimed, many feel it kill Bill maybe his masterpiece. It oozes style and even the detours from history are satisfying. The films are also packed with incredible action sequences that are surprising and unforgiving.

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