Every new movie that hits theaters nowadays seems to be a sequel. This year alone there’s Kick-Ass 2, Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, and Fast and Furious
1000 6. There are so many sequels that we can hardly keep track of them, especially since most of them aren’t all that spectacular. Often times, the original movie is the best movie of the bunch. But there are exceptions, and J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness might be one of them. So, to celebrate the movie’s release, we decided to take a look at 10 of the best movie sequels out there.
10. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Home Alone 2 doesn’t deal with aliens, killer robots or awesome cowboys. Instead, we get child-star Macaulay Culkin and a set of dimwits playing a silly game of cat-and-mouse in New York City. It’s a goofy movie, yes, but it’s also an amazing sequel for numerous reasons. This time, Kevin’s not confined within four walls, he’s got the the Plaza Hotel, Central Park and the Rockefeller Center as his playground. Lost In New York is great family entertainment, and also one of the two movies that inspired Skyfall… let’s not forget that little details.
9. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The third film and final film in Sergio Leone‘s The Man With No Name trilogy is regarded as one of the best westerns of all time. Quentin Tarantino calls it the best film ever made, and while that’s up for debate, we say it’s definitely one of the greatest movie sequels out there. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly offers double the trouble for Clint Eastwood‘s Blondie. He has to work with/fight against two bad guys this time. In the end, we get a more powerful film, plus an arduous, one-of-a-kind Mexican standoff.
8. Toy Story 2
It’s not often that a sequel turns out to be as loved as its predecessor. But the Toy Story franchise is truly one of a kind. Pixar really hit the jackpot with each of these movies because they’re all great. With its heartwarming message, new characters, enhanced computer animation and sense of maturity, Toy Story 2 cunningly showed that Pixar wasn’t a one-hit wonder.
7. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
While The Hobbit proved to be quite disappointing, the sequels to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring are considered to be among the best films ever. In The Two Towers, Peter Jackson gave us an epic, dark and violent, even breathtaking. adventure, not to mention one of the greatest battle sequences in cinematic history.
6. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is the superhero movie. With fierce direction, Christopher Nolan delivers on every level. He relates the film to our times, gets excellent performances from his actors (especially from the late Heath Ledger), and ultimately turns this genre pic into a piece of art.
5. The Empire Strikes Back
Empire Strikes Back is rather different from the original Star Wars. It’s a dark, daring and sometimes scary epic with shocking revelations and nasty battle scenes. There’s the introduction of iconic characters and, for being a film that was made in the ’70s, the special effects look phenomenal. Even after 30-something years, the film still stands as one of the best of its kind.
4. The Godfather II
Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather didn’t need a sequel, but like many fine films, it got one anyway – and we’re very grateful for it. With a parallel story line, the sequel depicts the different situations in which Michael and Vito Corleone rose to power. It gives us more background than the original, thus making us understand more deeply the characters’ motivations. It’s a rich film, that Godfather sequel.
No one does sequels like James Cameron. Even during his early days as a filmmaker, he knew how to knock ‘em out of the ball park. Hey, you gotta give the guy credit for making a sci-fi movie worthy of seven Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nod for Sigourney Weaver. Her Ellen Ripley is often considered one of the best and baddest female protagonists, plus the feminists love the character. Aliens is one of Cameron’s best films, and still stands as one of the greatest sci-fi flicks ever made.
2. Silence Of The Lambs
People often seem to forget that The Silence of the Lambs is actually a sequel. Unlike most of the films on this list, this followup is way better than the original. Anthony Hopkins gives a haunting performance as the cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter; and Jodie Foster is as brave and beautiful as always.
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Judgement Day is a heart-pounding epic that sets the bar for all sequels. Like we mentioned before, Cameron is a master when it comes to these types of films. He knew exactly how to expand the Terminator universe so that the sequel would offer something fresh, but also maintain the spirit of the original. Even though the movie thrives on its thrilling adventure, action and amazing special effects, the development of each character is equally important.
What do you think of our list? Which are your favorite sequels?