8. “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and “The Godfather Part III” (1990) – 16 years
Francis Ford Coppola’s first two award-winning films in the Corleone saga came out in 1972 and 1974 respectively — but in 1990 he came back to direct a third installment. Why the long wait between sequels? Coppola himself said that he only did the third film due to financial issues caused by the failure of his 1982 musical bomb “One from the Heart” — not exactly a recipe for artistic greatness. It was the only film of the trilogy that didn’t win any Oscars. Coppola has since claimed that he and Puzo were going to do a fourth film but Puzo’s death in 1999 put a halt to it.
7. “The Blues Brothers” (1980) and “Blues Brothers 2000” (1998) – 18 years
The original 1980 film starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd served to introduce a whole new generation to blues music… but the sequel (which actually came out in 1998 despite the title saying “2000”) failed to make an impact. Though it included original director John Landis and starred Ackroyd again, Belushi had died in 1982 and Ackroyd could not carry the film by himself. Even though some blues legends like Aretha Franklin and James Brown were part of the cast and soundtrack, the film disappointed on just about every level.