Sequels are often considered to be a feeble attempt to cash in on the success of the original film, while this is generally the case, a few sequels though obviously an attempt to cash in on the success of the original film, are themselves good movies, rivalling the original, or sometimes (though rarely) surpassing it. Here is a list of sequels which we believe were as good if not better than the original movies they are a continuation of:
1) Terminator 2:Judgement Day (1991)- A movie like Terminator (1984) is a tough act to follow, I mean how does one possibly come up with the concept for a movie even more badass than a robot going back in time to kill the mother of the leader of the human resistance against Skynet? Well the creators of Terminator 2 managed to do this. The sent the bad guy in Terminator 1 (or at least the same model cyborg) back in time to save John Conner (the leader of the resistance) from an even nastier, more powerful robot sent by Skynet to kill him while he was a child. While both movies are amazing, Terminator 2 is slightly better because of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s change from antagonist in the first movie to protagonist in part two. Unfortunately the 3 and 4th movies of the Terminator series were disasters and nowhere near the same level as the first two. (Read: 5 of the worst movie sequels ever)
2) Star Wars 5: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)- Star Wars 4 was the first movie of the series, the “first” three movies or the prequels were made later. The Empire Strikes Back was the second Star Wars made. It has the charm of the first movie, and is the first movie to feature Yoda the Jedi Master. In this movie Luke Skywalker is trained by Yoda to be a Jedi Knight while Darth Vader chases Luke’s friends across the Galaxy and captures them. This movie is just as good as the Star Wars 4, and far superior in all respects to Episode 6 and the three prequels.
3) The Godfather Part 2 (1974)- This is the Sequel and Prequel of The Godfather (1972) it is about both the life of Michael Corleone after he becomes the Don, and his father Vito Corleone’s childhood and the founding of the Corleone family, the two stories are separated by decades but are presented as parallel occurrences. Michael Corleone is played by Al Pacino and Vito Corleone is played by Robert De Niro. Like The Godfather this movie is a masterpiece but it would be too difficult to decide which movie is superior.