Hollywood loves to shove movie sequels down our throats. Why? Because they always make money. You see hardcore movie fans complaining about the amount of sequels, but the average moviegoer doesn’t seem to mind, which is a shame because most sequels are truly terrible.
However, there have been some sequels that were actually better than the original. Check them out down below. And if you think we missed any, let us know in the comments!
No. 10 – How to Train Your Dragon 2
Honestly, it’s extremely hard to find anything wrong with the original How To Train Your Dragon. It was such a great film. It took in over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. How could the sequel possibly be better? Well, it’s simply more mature than the first film. It’s more emotional, but it’s still so endearing and entertaining. I can’t wait for the third film to be released in 2017.
No. 9 – Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but it certainly worked in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Sure, the first Hellboy was amusing. It was a good film; however, it just can’t compete with Hellboy 2. You could tell everyone involved felt more confident in the second movie. During its opening weekend, Hellboy 2 took the top spot with $35.9 million. The first Hellboy film banked $23.2 million.
No. 8 – The Dark Knight
You knew this film was going to make the list for one reason: Heath Ledger. His performance as the Joker was incredible and most everyone agrees his Joker was the best movie villain in the last 20 years. Yeah, you are going to find some people who claim his performance is overrated, but I am willing to bet those same people fill their bowl with milk before cereal. And we all know those people can’t be trusted.
No. 7 – Blade II
Guillermo del Toro took over as the director for the 2nd Blade film, and he managed to make the movie even more exciting. Almost everything was better in Blade 2, including the action, the characters and the plot. Of course, Wesley Snipes deserves some credit here as well. The Blade films wouldn’t have been as successful without him. He is the main attraction.
No. 6 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
This was a pretty easy choice for the list. Not only was this film better than the original, but some fans claim it’s the best Star Trek film, ever! It was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1982, and probably had more memorable moments than every other Star Trek movie combined.
No. 5 – Toy Story 3
We could have included Toy Story 2 in this list, but we decided to just focus on the best film in the franchise. Toy Story 3 was an emotional rollercoaster. I thought my days of crying over toys were over, but I was obviously wrong. Even after watching it several times, I still cry! It’s just like that one scene in Air Bud where the boy sends Buddy away. It gets me every single time. HE DIDN’T WANT TO GO! DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH HE LOVES YOU?!
No. 4 – Aliens
Okay, so we have included The Dark Knight on this list in large part to Heath Ledger’s phenomenal performance. And now we are including James Cameron’s sequel to Alien because of the famous line: “Get away from her, you bitch.” It’s just so freaking satisfying. In fact, I think the line should be included in every film, even when it makes no sense.
No. 3 – The Godfather Part II
It doesn’t get any better than The Godfather Part II. And if you want proof, just go watch The Godfather Part III. It’s not like it was a bad film, but Godfather Part II just set the bar so high that Shaq wouldn’t even be able to reach it while jumping on a trampoline. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and is currently ranked #7 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “100 Greatest Movies of All Time”.
No. 2 – Before Sunset
Fans of the 1995 classic, Before Sunrise waited almost 10 years for director Richard Linklater to release the sequel, Before Sunset. And it’s safe to say it was worth the wait. Most critics and fans agree that the 2004 film was even better than the original. In 2013, the third film in the series Before Midnight was released and it scored a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Linklater magic, folks.
No. 1 – Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is now more than ten years old, and there have obviously been better superhero films since its release in 2004. I mean, we are in the middle of superhero mania right now. But back then, Spider-Man 2 was considered to be the best film in the superhero genre.