Top Sequels That Are Better Than The Original

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Creating a great sequel to a movie can be a difficult task since it has to live up to the expectations created by its predecessor. While some sequels are hit and miss, there are some that succeed in surpassing the original and become even more beloved than the movie they follow.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the best sequels that have bested their originals. From blockbusters to cult classics, these movies have incredibly satisfying second instalments that have made them much more popular than the originals.

  1. The Godfather Part II (1974)

The godfather part II is one of the greatest sequels of all time. This 1974 crime drama picks up where the first film left off and offers a sequel that rivals the original. The story sees legendary gangster Michael Corleone making some drastic choices as he attempts to gain control of the Cosa Nostra.

The movie received 11 Oscar nominations and won six, including Best Picture. It on a Metascore of 97 and boasts a classic cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall. Its masterful direction, powerful performances and innovative storytelling makes The Godfather Part II the definitive sequel and a movie that has gone down in history.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

No list of great sequels would be complete without the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. The Empire Strikes Back has become a classic, renowned as one of the best movies of all time. This 1980 science-fiction classic expands the story of Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader and discovers some shocking truths.

The movie was praised for its darker, more serious tone and its iconic performances. It was nominated for five Oscars, and holds a Metascore of 81. It is regularly featured near the top of many “best sequels” lists, and holds a resounding position within the ‘Star Wars’ franchise and all of cinema.

  1. Aliens (1986)

The 1986 sci-fi classic Aliens shows the return of the iconic Ellen Ripley, as she faces off against a new alien threat that is even deadlier than the original. The sequel moved away from the horror-oriented style of the original and instead embraced action and suspense.

The movie received critical acclaim for its ambitious direction and gripping action sequences and was nominated for seven Oscars. It holds a Metascore of 95 and has gone on to be one of the most lauded sequels of all time. Aliens remains one of the greatest action movies of all time, and arguably one of the greatest sequels ever made.

  1. The Dark Knight (2008)

The success of Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins allowed him to create a sequel that was even more ambitious and influential. The Dark Knight picks up the story of Batman as he faces off against a powerful new enemy – the Joker.

The movie was praised for its dark tone, resonant themes and powerhouse performances. It won two Oscars and holds a Metascore of 94. The Dark Knight had a lasting impact on the superhero genre, and is regularly cited by critics as one of the best sequels ever.

  1. Toy Story 3 (2010)

No one expected the ‘Toy Story’ series to make a comeback after a 10-year hiatus, yet it did with an incredible film that made us all weep like children. In Toy Story 3, our beloved toys – led by Woody and Buzz – must find a way to protect each other from the perils of going to a daycare centre.

The movie received rapturous praise and was hailed as the perfect ending to a beloved series. It won two Oscars, holds a Metascore of 99 and boasts some of the most memorable scenes in animation. Toy Story 3 amazed audiences and critics alike, not just as an excellent sequel, but as a heartfelt story of friendship and family.

From dark superheroes to beloved toys, these movies have made a huge impact on movie culture. Sequels can often be a tricky venture, yet these films have all managed to surpass the original and become cinematic classics. Whether you’re looking for an intense blockbuster or a heartfelt story, these sequels could be a great place to start.

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