The best movie sequels ever made are the ones that match the original movie in terms of quality and entertainment. Whether it is a sequel to an action, drama, or sci-fi film, these sequels are always worth watching. Some great movies give us a lot of surprises and we love them even more after watching them. And then we end up seeing the same plot again and again, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying these classics as much as ever.
Best Movie Sequels Ever Made
- The Dark Knight, 2008
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest superhero films ever made. It was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Aaron Eckhart.
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the fifth chapter in the Star Wars Saga. It is one of the best movie sequels ever made. The movie takes place three years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and follows Luke Skywalker as he struggles to bring his father back from the dark side of The Force.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991
One of the best movie sequels ever made, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is still as entertaining as it was 20 years ago. It was the first film to have a sequel with a fully CGI-animated character.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 superhero film that follows Captain America’s battle against terrorist organization HYDRA led by his old friend turned enemy Nick Fury, who has gone rogue after being manipulated by HYDRA leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
- The Godfather Part II, 1974
The Godfather Part II, released in 1974, is considered the best movie sequel of all time. This movie was able to use the cinematic technique of building on other movies and add a new layer to it. It also introduced the famous line “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”
- Aliens, 1986
Aliens is a science fiction horror film that was released in 1986. It is the sequel to the 1979 movie Alien and received high praise from critics and audiences alike. The movie was directed by James Cameron – who also directed the movies Avatar and Titanic. Aliens was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins. The film is set three months after Sauron’s defeat in The Fellowship of the Ring and at the beginning, Saruman’s army and orc forces attack and destroy Isengard (Saruman’s fortress). At this point, we see how Gandalf has fared since his defeat at Dol Guldur.
- Toy Story 2, 1999
Toy Story 2 is an American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. In 1999, when Toy Story 2 was released, it was the second highest-grossing animated film in box office history. It was a critical and commercial success. Toy Story 2 won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2000 and received Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Original Song, and Best Sound Editing.
- Spider-Man 2, 2004
Spider-Man 2 is the best movie sequel of all time. It’s not just because it’s a fun superhero movie, but because it manages to be deeply personal and relatable for its audience. Spider-Man 2 follows Peter Parker as he tries to balance his personal life with his crime fighting, with the latter being more important than ever after Spider Man is seemingly killed. It also explores interesting themes of how being a superhero affects your life both personally and professionally, as well as how Peter has to deal with the guilt of putting others in danger.
- Back to the Future Part II, 1989
Back to the Future Part II is the sequel to Back to the Future released on November 26th, 1989. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Bob Gale. The film takes place after Marty McFly has traveled back in time to October 21, 1955 where he has inadvertently changed his own past and must repair history in order to return to 1985. Back to the Future is not only one of the best movies ever made but it’s also an iconic cinematic trilogy that defined an entire generation.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984
Adventure sequel. Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones, on the trail of fortune and glory in Old Shanghai, finds himself ricocheted into a dangerous adventure in India. Indie goes in search of the magical Sankara stone, and uncovers an ancient evil which threatens all who come into contact with it.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1982
As Adm. James T. Kirk & Capt. Spock monitor trainees at Starfleet Academy, another vessel from the United Federation of Planets is about to try out the planet-creating Genesis Device in a seemingly deserted portion of frontier space.
- X-Men 2, 2003
The film, released in 2003, is the second in the X-Men film series and stars Hugh Jackman and Famke Janssen.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the second in the series of books that have been translated into film, however this film was based off a popular piece of work that many people are familiar with. Harry just finished his first year at Hogwarts, but he can’t help being curious for what’s in store for him in his second year. He’s told there are electric cars flying around the school this year and trees that change size & shape fighting back, but what really draws Harry’s attention is the blood on the walls.
- Rocky II, 1979
Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film written, directed, and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the sequel to the 1976 film Rocky, and was the last installment in the Rocky franchise that was distributed solely by United Artists.