Top 10 Movie Sequels Better Than The Originals

What makes a good movie sequel? Well, the answer is obvious. It should expand on its predecessor, taking what was originally done. In most cases, the movie sequel is better than the original in almost every way. Now, okay, if the “original” in question is already a killer movie (which it often is), improving it is no easy task. It makes movies like The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back miraculous.

So, to celebrate Tom Cruise’s box office sequel, Top Gun: Mavericklet’s look at the best sequels to grace Hollywood!

10) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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It’s a classic for a reason. T2: Day of Judgment only further cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger’s place as a Hollywood action hero. And in doing so, it expands on the mythology launched by its predecessor and adds some heart to the proceedings.

Whereas The Terminator was groundbreaking for its time-traveling AI plot, T2 shows a lot more heart. Much of the film’s emotional core stems from the father-son relationship between Arnie’s T-800 and Edward Furlong’s John Connor. And when it doesn’t pull a chord at you, the movie pulls out all the chills thanks to Robert Patrick’s emotionless villain and Cameron’s penchant for intense action scenes.

9) Blade Runner 2049 (2019)

Blade Runner 2049

As far as movies go, Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, blade runner, never needed a sequel. His examination of the boundary between humanity and cyborgs is neatly bound by the end of the movie. However, he got one anyway – but, luckily, Blade Runner 2049 turned out to be brilliant despite its useless existence.

The magic of BR2049 lies in how it further explores the dystopian world of its predecessor. Instead of just being The New Adventures of Rick Deckard and having an aging Harrison Ford at center stage, the main protagonist is Ryan Gosling’s K (or ‘Joe’). Indeed, much of the film follows the mystery of where Deckard is — as well as the manipulative nature of Joe’s overbearing employers.

8) 22 Jump Street (2014)

In Hollywood, it’s remarkably hard to find comedic sequels better than their predecessor. the original American pie is often considered a groundbreaking teen comedy, but its sequels fall flat under its shadow. 22 jump streetFollowing 21 jump streetbreak it orient oneself.

And it’s hard to determine where 22 jump street succeeds. It could be its cast’s boosted confidence, its muddling of modern action conventions, or just the luck that its gags landed. No matter the reason, 22 jump street develops what came before and then some.

7) X2: X-Men United (2003)

2000s x-men was a powerful superhero blockbuster that tackled comic book themes. In his follow-up, X2 took these themes – of discrimination, subjugation and bigotry – and adjusted them at eleven. Here, the enemy of the X-Men was not Magneto. Instead, it was humanity itself.

Despite its impressive roster of characters, X2 manages to tell his story without a hitch. Hugh Jackman is more iconic than Wolverine and Patrick Stewart proves perfect as Professor Xavier. It’s just a shame that its sequel was more convoluted than clever. That said, X2 remains a solid example of a movie sequel better than the original movie that spawned it.

6) The Dark Knight (2008)

batman begins is an awesome movie. He did what had to be done – to save the ailing franchise after the disaster that was batman and robin. Darker and more grounded than previous on-screen iterations, it would quickly become overshadowed by The black Knight three years later.

Christopher Nolan’s second foray into Gotham is often heralded as the movie that put superhero movies back in the spotlight. It’s no longer the children’s business, TDK explored themes such as anarchy, terrorism and symbolism. The story was further amplified by the impeccable performances by Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as Joker.

5) Toy Story 2

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Pixar has always pioneered computer animation, starting with toy story in 1995. However, the company is driven by principles, not technology. The heart of the company’s films lies In history – the animation is a visual aid only.

toy story 2 is a perfect example of this, taking the cast of the first film and improving on everything its predecessor did. Not only is the animation sharper, but the emotional stakes are higher. You will be addicted to watching Buzz and co. try to save Woody from a greedy toy collector, in a movie sequel far better than the original.

4) Aliens (1986)


Before James Cameron broke our hearts with Titanic and seduced us with Avatarit was highlighted via aliens. The sequel to Ridley Scott’s creatively titled 1979 sci-fi horror Extraterrestrial succeeded by trying a new tact instead of following its predecessor closely. It upped the action, the set-piece experimentation, fleshed out its lead heroine, Ripley, and gave us the timeless line “Get away from her, bitch!”

aliens proved one thing – you don’t need to nervously stick to the predecessor agreements to create a good sequel. We saw this happen with Jeannot Szwarc’s 1978 film Jaws IIwho recreated the original almost for that. aliens is different to the point that it shifts the genre from horror to action – all the while being better off for it.

3)Spiderman 2 (2004)

Sam Raimi’s first turn at web-slinger helm in 2001 Spider Man was already an impressive feat. But when Spiderman 2 released in theaters in 2004, it was even better. Raimi further explored the humanity behind Spider-Man’s mask in a way no superhero movie had done before.

While the first film has Peter adopt his new identity, the second makes him realize the consequences this has on his life. His struggle is central to the plot – and ties into Doc Ock’s villainous story. SM2 takes the laughs, the cries, the action and the rollercoaster ride that was Spider Manand takes it to even greater heights.

2) The Godfather II (1974)

The Godfather Part II

Even 50 years after its initial release, Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Godfather remains an offer that no serious movie buff can refuse. However, the same can be said of its brilliant sequel, The Godfather Part IIwhich partly adapts unused material from Mario Puzo’s original novel while adding its own imperfections.

The most notable stylistic change from its 1972 predecessor is the film’s structure. The film tackles the “present” story of Michael Corleone who continues to rule his late father’s mob empire. Meanwhile, the other story takes us back to the early 1900s, following the trials and tribulations of a young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro. On paper, reversing narratives seems like a recipe for failure, but executing it ensures that Godfather Part II comes out above the original.

1) The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

You’ll find George Lucas’ sci-fi sequel high on “best Star Wars movies” lists. And I assure you that this is no coincidence. The Empire Strikes Back takes everything on its iconic predecessor – and dials it up to eleven.

Epic settings like the Battle of Hoth, the Asteroid Belt and, of course, the epic duel between Luke and Darth Vader, Empire did not stall on the action. And when it didn’t excite us, it enticed us with its drama – Han and Leia’s budding romance, Luke struggling under Yoda’s tutelage, and that dramatic (and iconic) twist fleshed out the cast that knocked us even more. in love with them. Star Wars has never looked so good in what is arguably the best movie sequel of all time.

But that’s just our point of view. What do you think are the best movie sequels of all time? Which movie sequels are better than the original?

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