Great Movies with Even Better Sequels

Oh, the sequel – often overlooked. But don’t be fooled, sometimes the second act of a story is even better than the first, and we’ve got the sequels to back us up. (some spoilers ahead)
7. The Road Warrior (1981)


The original Mad Max is staple of Australian cinema. It was so successful, the Guinness Book of Records even cited it as the most profitable feature film in history. Naturally a sequel was greenlit, with ten times the budget of the original. With a lot to live up to, Road Warrior used the extra dosh to shatter expectations and make vehicular anarchy look oh so fun. 


6. Terminator 2 (1991)


Okay, this one’s probably gonna cause a little controversy cause we know there’s a divide between fans of the original and those who think T2 is the superior film, but hear us out:
We argue that while both films are action classics - Arnie is a lot more fun as the good guy. Doing a 180˚ on his character was a massive risk for the franchise and we commend James Cameron for making such a bold choice. 


5.  Evil Dead II (1987)


Evil Dead II boasts some amazing scenes: from Bruce Campbell having a chuckle alongside possessed furniture, to his recently deceased (but unfortunately not-deceased enough) girlfriend juggling her own decapitated head.

Okay, this isn’t really a sequel, but more of a remake. Sam Raimi saw the opportunity to embrace the campy quality of the story and wrote Evil Dead II as a parody to the first film’s straight(ish) horror. This time round, we’re in on the joke.


4. Toy Story 2 (1999)


Originally the sequel to Toy Story was going to be a straight-to-video release, but the team at Pixar saw potential in the second instalment. Toy Story 2 proved to be even funnier than the original while still managing to break our hearts when appropriate. It’s an example of how kid’s movies can be just as poignant and sophisticated as anything made for adults.
Oh, and the entire film was made in a mere nine months - an unheard-of accomplishment in animation.


3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  (1980)



We love all seven Star Wars films (that’s right, there are only seven so far… what early 2000’s prequels? No idea what you’re talking about!), but The Empire Strikes Back stands out amongst the others. For starters, it boasts the greatest ‘wow’ moment in the entire franchise; the whole “I…am your father” bombshell is one of the most quoted lines in the history of pop culture… 
…and this was before Dr Phil made paternity tests a thing.


2. The Dark Knight (2008)



It’s hard being the middle child in a film trilogy. They’re often used as a bridge for exposition while all the best final showdowns and hook-ups are saved for the third act… …But not The Dark Knight. Oh no, this is probably one of the few exceptions where the second film is the strongest of the trilogy. From killing off Batman’s love interest, to Harvey Dent’s sinister transformation AND topped off with Heath Ledger’s scene-stealing turn as The Joker, this sequel had everything.


1. The Godfather Pt 2



In terms of sequels, The Godfather Part 2 is more of a continuation of the arc established in Part 1 - but it still belongs on this list, and you better believe it deserves the number one spot! It ups the stakes, deepens the emotions and darkens the plot, whilst delivering a sequel and a prequel in one hit. It’s no surprise Part 1 and 2 Godfather films won the academy award for Best Picture.

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