20 Movie Sequels That Are Actually Better Than The Originals

    Batman Begins was so good, but I think we can all agree that The Dark Knight raised the bar for superhero movies and is arguably the best.

    In the world of filmmaking, it's a borderline miracle when you happen upon a solid movie sequel, let alone the rare find that outdoes the original.

    Yet there are a number of impressive sequels that have managed to exceed expectations, either offering a different, unique tale in a familiar universe or building upon the existing characters in an even more intense and exciting story.

    With that in mind, I've put together 20 essential sequels that not only are great in their own right but actually outshine their cinematic predecessors:

    Warning: There are some minor spoilers ahead!

    1. 22 Jump Street (2014)

    Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum ride in a motorized football helmet

    2. The Godfather Part II (1974)

    Al Pacino as Michael holds John Cazale as Fredo by the neck at a crowded upscale party

    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

    Flying hooded, wraithlike figures descend upon Hogwarts Castle on a rainy evening

    4. The Dark Knight (2008)

    Heath Ledger as the Joker holds up a playing card ominously while holding open his purple jacket

    5. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

    A jet pilot looks over to a pursuing jet on his right side

    6. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

    A terrifying doll stares at someone lying on a shag carpet

    7. Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)

    Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins engage in a mixed martial arts fight in prison

    8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

    A young Mel Gibson in a modified police officer outfit wanders down an empty road with a dog in tow

    9. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

    Three haggard, gun-toting criminals walk down a desert highway in the glaring sun

    10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    A young child in a camouflage jacket sits behind leather jacket–wearing Schwarzenegger as the T-800 on a motorcycle

    11. Addams Family Values (1993)

    A bald man in a suit, charred from an explosion, stands in the burning wreckage holding a silver platter

    12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    Jennifer Lawrence kneels in a windbreaker while looking visibly concerned

    13. X2: X-Men United (2003)

    Hugh Jackman as Wolverine leaps onto a group of armed mercenaries

    14. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

    A frightened man wielding a shovel looks down on something traumatizing

    15. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

    Spider-Man crouches on top of a subway train in front of industrial metal tentacles

    16. Fast Five (2011)

    Vin Diesel and The Rock have an intense confrontation

    17. Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)

    Jason Statham attaches jumper cables to his tongue and nipple to recharge his electric heart

    18. Batman Returns (1992)

    Catwoman straddles Batman in a snowy graveyard

    19. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

    Two young women sit in a group meeting in '80s floral garb

    20. And finally: Aliens (1986)

    Sigourney Weaver with a large futuristic gun walks through a strange hallway

    Is your favorite sequel here?

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