Movie Sequels Better Than the Original

Making a movie sequel isn't easy, especially if the original movie was a big hit. But if done right, the movie sequel can sometimes do better than the original. Think about all of the greatest movies that you've watched, some of them were sequels. The introduction of a new character, a new plot twist, or simply just building on the original plot can turn a movie sequel into a classic.

Toy Story 2 (1999)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Loren Javier

Toy Story 2 is one of the few films that have ever received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The animated movie was initially supposed to be released as a direct-to-video sequel, but Disney changed their minds after realizing how big it could be. Lucky for us, they did, because Toy Story 2 is one the best movies ever made in any genre.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest films ever made. The introduction of Doc Ock is Spider-Man's main villain took the movie to another level. Everyone who's watched the movie remembers that iconic scene when Spiderman was hanging onto the train. That scene alone was worthy of an Oscar. Spider-Man 2 made over 700 million in the box office and is widely regarded as the best Spider-Man film of all time.

The Dark Knight (2008)

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Image Credits: Flickr/BagoGames

Heath ledger's portrayal of the Joker is one of the greatest adaptations of a comic book villain that we'll ever see. The Dark Knight is undoubtedly the best movie sequel ever made. It was a better movie than the original and went on to received worldwide recognition. Somehow the movie received only one Academy Award that year, and it was for sound editing. The Dark Knight arguably paved the way for superhero trend that swept through Hollywood in the 2010s.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Silver Screen Collection

If you put Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in front of the screen, you're guaranteed a masterpiece. All three Godfather movies are brilliant pieces of cinematic work of art. But the second one is the best because it perfectly picks up from the original and enhances it by showing a complete side of Michael Corleone's. The Godfather Part II set a high bar for movie sequels that arguably hasn't been topped.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/bredgur

For any sequel to be regarded as good, it needs to build up the story started in the first movie and take it up a level, and Terminator 2 did just that. It was a great movie across the board; the writing, sound, production, and acting were exceptional.

X-Men 2 (2003)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

If you sit down, grab some popcorn, and watch all of the X-Men movies, you'll undoubtedly see why X-men II is the best one. The second X-men movie established the series as one of the best superhero franchises of all time. There are several scenes from the movie that have left audiences all over the world gasping in disbelief.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Vincent

When Peter Jackson was tasked with bringing the classic J.R.R Tolkien films to life, he didn't disappoint. The second film of the iconic trilogy particular stands out because of how well it was written. The Academy recognized the brilliance of the Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, and it won every single Oscar that it was nominated for.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Dave Catchpole

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the best movie of the franchise. Each one of them may have their own merits, but they aren't as good as the Prisoner of Azkaban. J.K Rowling introduces a range of impactful new characters; she also plays around with Harry Potter's fascination with the darker side of the dark arts.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Manuel Sagra

What George Lucas did with the Star Wars franchise may never be emulated. Very few movies will ever have the cultural impact that those movies have had. Out of all of the Star Wars movies, one movie stands out; The Empire Strikes Back. There are several reasons it is the greatest ever Star Wars movie; to this day, the film is still widely celebrated.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Featureflash Photo Agency

Is there a better buddy cop film than Lethal Weapon? The most incredible thing about Lethal Weapon 2 is how Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's kept getting better and funnier with every passing scene. The movie had the right director, the perfect script, and two very talented leads. 

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Dick Thomas Johnson

In the Bourne Supremacy, Matt Damon fully embodies his role as Jason Bourne. There was nothing flashy about his performance; he skillfully delivered a masterclass into how to bring a character like Bourne to life. Another thing that made the movie so good was that it was mostly about revenge, and who doesn't love a good revenge sequel?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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Image Credits: Flickr/BagoGames

The first How To Train Your Dragon movie was so successful, there were questions about whether the film could be topped. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was released four years after the original, and it exceeded all expectations. Critics were left in awe of the animated film and gave it an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Mission: Impossible—Fallout (2018)

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Sarunyu L

No one delivers a good spy thriller quite like Tom Cruise. And in 2018, he gave yet another stellar performance when he released the Mission: Impossible Fallout. There is a lot of debate about whether its the best one in the franchise. But for us, what takes it over the top is the movie's breathtaking stunts. And the fact that Cruise primarily performed most of them on his own makes the film even more special.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Sarunyu L

Out of all of the Marvel movies, the first Thor movie is the easiest to forget. The second Thor movie wasn't anything to write home about either, and it seemed like Thor would have to ride the coattails of the Avenger's movies to keep the character relevant. But on their third try, something changed. They gave Taika Waititi the director's chair, and he brought the Norse God back from the abyss. He took Thor: Ragnarok in a completely different direction and created one of the best films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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Image Credits: Flickr/Global Panorama

People weren't drawn to the first remake of the Planet of the Apes franchise for several reasons. So the Director of the film knew that he had to do something different. In the Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, the Apes have built their civilization under Caesar's guidance, who is played by Andy Serkis. The movie is more thought-provoking and gripping than arguably any other film in the franchise.

Sometimes movie sequels are made to be a quick money-grab, and that's why they have such a bad rap. The reason why we rate these classic movie sequels so highly is that they had to earn their stripes before they were given their deserved recognition. The law of diminishing returns often works against movie sequel, but under the right guidance and with the right people, a movie sequel can easily be better than the original.