Since the last article I published featuring the top 10 worst movies sequels of all time left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth I’ve decided to move on to a cheerier subject and came up with a list of the top 10 best movie sequels of all time. Being a huge movie fan I am naturally leery of the dreaded sequel. So rarely does the sequel to a stellar original ever live up to the hype and equal or exceed the quality of its predecessor. Still, it does happen from time to time, and I’ve made my picks for the top 10 best movie sequels of all time. Check them out and see how they compare to your own:
10 – Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan
The best of the original Star Trek movies by far. It has a grittier more violent feel, and is one of those rare times in the history of the Star Trek universe where you actually feel like the protagonists are in real jeopardy.
9 – Spiderman II
The original Spiderman was a huge success, raking in more than $400 million domestically. Comic book geeks everywhere flocked to this movie, seeing it over and over again. With the bar set so high it was hard to imagine Sony could actually equal let alone top what they accomplished with the first film, yet they did just that. Everything about the second movie was just a little bit better. It earns a deserving spot on the list of the top 10 best movie sequels of all time. It’s a shame the 3rd installment brought Sony back to reality. Terrible.
8 – Evil Dead 2
This cult horror series peaked with the second installment. Though the original Evil Dead and Army of Darkness (the third movie) are both gems as well, the second movie still stands as the crowning jewel of the trilogy. Bruce Campbell’s best work.
7 – Drunken Master 2
It took a long time for the sequel to the original Drunken Master to come out, but it was worth the wait. Jackie Chan is absolutely spot on as the Drunken Master. Equal parts action and comedy this is one of those rare movies you can watch over and over again without getting tired of it.
6 – The Dark Knight
The number 6 spot on the list of the top 10 best movie sequels of all times is actually sort of a sequel to a sequel. Batman Begins essentially reinvented the Batman series and gave it credence among movie goers once again. As good as that reinvention was though it could not compare to just how good its sequel The Dark Knight was. There are an insane amount of hype around this movie following the death of Heath Ledger, and The Dark Knight not only lived up to that hype, it blew everyone’s expectations away.
5 – Aliens
It is kind of sad to see how the AvP spinoff movies have tarnished this once great franchise. The original Aliens was an entertaining sci-fi horror film with a pretty unique villain, but Aliens absolutely blew it out of the water. The sense of menace is absolutely palpable, and I still feel my heart start to race when I’m alone watching this movie in the dark. A classic movie sequel.
4 – The Road Warrior
You can’t forget Mad Max on a list of the top 10 best movie sequels of all time. The original Mad Max movie was a cool, post-apocalyptic romp that launched Mel Gibson’s career. The sequel cranked the action and the violence up a notch, and made this movie an instant cult classic. A shame Beyond Thunderdome couldn’t raise the bar even higher. Why would they ever cast Tina Turner as a villain? It boggles the mind.
3 – The Empire Strikes Back
There aren’t too many movie sequels where the bad guys win, but The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to Star Wars: A New Hope had that particular rare plot twist. Ultimately, since it was the second part of a trilogy, you knew the good guys were eventually going to win, but it was kind of refreshing to see a fictional movie without a happy ending.
2 – Terminator 2 – Judgment Day
The original Terminator wasn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie, but it was the one that really launched his career and made him an international movie star. This James Cameron vehicle was a surprise hit when it launched in 1984, and there was a lot of hype when the sequel finally launched 7 years later. Audiences were surprised to learn that Schwarzenegger wasn’t actually the villain in the sequel. His fame had grown to this point where audiences wanted him to be a hero rather than a villain, so he took on the role of a “good” terminator, and protector. The decision proved to be a good one, and to this day the movie is hailed as one of the greatest action movies of all time.
1 – The Godfather II
Despite the quality of the other films on this list of the top 10 best movie sequels of all time this one was quite a landslide. As good as the original Godfather movie was it seemed impossible that the sequel could actually live up to the lofty standards set by Coppola’s original masterpiece. You can argue about which movie was better, but I can guarantee you that nobody who was a fan of the first film was disappointed by the second.