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Film Sequels Worth Watching | Best Film Sequels

Updated on September 10, 2014
Film Sequel Highlight: The Dark Knight
Film Sequel Highlight: The Dark Knight | Source

Best Film Sequels

These film sequels are not always as good as the first, but have certainly strived to be as good, and sometimes better. So are they worth watching if they are the last films I'll ever see again? Heck yeah! So are they going to cure cancer and rid the world of bad people? Hell NO! But a good film can cure anybody's boredom and first for life.

These sequels have been carefully chosen to ensure that only the best would be put before your eyes. Everyone's a critic when it comes to films, and there is one thing we all share as film critics, and that is a profound hate for a bad sequel.

That is why only the crème de la crème have been chosen, however pretentious this may all sound, we are being deadly serious. As we present to you the very best sequels ever brought to a screen near you.

In No Specific Order, Here Are The Best Film Sequels:

  • Die Hard 2

... and pretty much all of the Die Hard's after this excluding a good day to die hard, which was simply terrible. Way to work a series to death Hollywood! ...And they wonder why we hate them, but of course still want our dosage of fresh films each week.

  • The Dark Knight

... and the Dark Knight Rises (which kind of sounds like a title change for the second, but turns out to be the name of the third in the series) which had a lot to live up to, and failed.

Although seeing the film once, would lead you to believe it was good, but watch it twice and this time really think about what you're watching, and all of a sudden you see just how bad the film is in comparison to the second instalment in the series. Talk about dropping the ball, Nolan.

  • Terminator: Judgement Day

... sadly though, the rest after all sucked, with the third, a complete disaster, and the fourth (Salvation), a try-hard attempt with potential, which it didn't live up to (even with Cristian Bale).

  • Captain America: Winter Soldier

... which certainly redeemed the Captain America character after looking pretty boring in the first Captain America film and the Avengers Assemble film. The new suit and kick-ass spirit certainly helped raise the profile for this Marvel series, as it was pure and simply AWESOME!

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

... bringing the series to an unexpected glory after the first failed in wowing audiences, at least not quite how The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring wowed us anyway.

But at least this sequel is more exciting than The Lord of the Rings sequel, with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which seemed to drag on, with too much storytelling and not enough action.

Our hopes now is that the third and final Hobbit film in the series is going to make it all worth-while, ending with a bang, rather than a WTF!!... Really!!... That was B*#*S*#*. One can only hope.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

... as the first was great, with a teen aimed edge, which is proven to be an audience pleaser as Twilight had shown.

The second has left audiences even more shocked with happiness, as it had more action, more romance, and more GAMES time than the first. YAYYYYYYYYY... for Hunger Games... and may the odds ever be in your favour.

  • The Bourne Supremacy

... words cannot describe how great the Bourne series is, with the first being great, the second being Great, the third being GREAT, and the fourth being GOOD (although not quite great).

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

... and all of the others, except for the Goblet of Fire, which did not live up to expectations in my opinion, although passed through fairly unnoticed in the series, making it not too bigger deal, when looking back at the series as a whole.

  • Toy Story 2

... difficult imagining animation without the Toy Story series, which has kept its consistency in being perfection as an animated film series going now consecutively for three films. So, all that's left to say now is, can we have a fourth please, Pixar?

  • The Empire Strikes Back

... as well as the third Star Wars film from the originals was great, before Star Wars received a trilogy of prequels to the originals, which were not as good in comparison.

  • Lethal Weapon 2

... and Lethal Weapon 3 which was a welcome addition to the series, but Lethal Weapon 4 was a series killer, not offering anything new and exciting, but just re-running the same things, we had already seen before, giving a serious case of de ja vu.

  • Rocky 2

... as well as all the other Rocky's apart from Rocky Balboa which was an unnecessary sequel after the others which soon became timeless classics. Luckily though, most soon forgot that bad sequel, Rocky Balboa, which nearly ruined the series in its entirety.

  • Spider-Man 2

... and Spider-Man 3 was a let-down, as it attempted to do something exciting, but wound up failing in its every attempt at bringing evil in Peter Parker, and making audiences gasp at his every move. This was sadly not the case, which caused the film series to stop for nearly a decade, now it has been revamped, and brought back into cinemas with a new actor playing Peter Parker.

Although Spider-Man (first), was a great film at the time of its release, as in the early 2000's superhero films were mostly dreadful, making this a real treat for Marvel fans in particular. Which only made sense that they would do a sequel, Spider-Man 2, which was a great addition, making it sad to see the third not deliver to the same high level as the previous two.

  • The Godfather: Part II

... as a new era unfolds for the head of the mob family, there's more blood, more feuds, and more gangster action. The Godfather, even today, stands as the best gangster series ever produced in Hollywood.

It was sad to see the third in the trilogy fail to carry the series forward, as this would have been ideal, as the first and second have gone down in film history as some of the best films of all time.

  • Aliens

... and Aliens 3 was a great film, which differed well from that of the first and second films in the series, offering up new and exciting action to be witnessed.

However the fourth and final sequel in the series was a mess, not fulfilling the same level, as that of its prequels. This was a shame considering the fact that the three previously released Aliens films were all top notch, making it one of the best series ever produced in Hollywood.

... then producers got together and thought to themselves, how could we ruin the Aliens series reputation further, then coming up with the idea for the prequel to Alien (first in series), called Prometheus, which failed to achieve any kind of suspense, action, or talent from its actors.

  • Skyfall

... after Quantum of Solace anything would be better, but Skyfall blew me away, finally grasping what a real Bond villain should look and act like, as well as getting to grips with the 21st Century film making way, edging seriousness, with fewer of the cheesy bits.

Cheesy was OK in the 70's, 80's, 90's, and I guess even for the first half of the 2000's but once we hit 2006 onwards, films finally got serious and stayed serious, ensuring better films for audiences to love, rather than loathe.

Although Casino Royale was a passable Bond film, offering up a new and improved addition to the Bond portfolio, with the latest Bond played by Daniel Craig.

Hopes now turn to a just-as-good Bond film, to follow on from Skyfall with the same level of super-spy meets super-villain AWESOMENESS, which cannot be matched. As if its another Quantum of Solace, then I'm just going to give up on the Bond series for good.

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These were the best film sequels I could think of, mostly from modern times, as I am a bigger fan of the more realistic modern day films, which in my opinion are far more supreme to that of the olden day classic films, with the exception of a few all-time greats.

It is harder than you might think coming up with great film sequels, as most seem to receive a smaller budget than the first, resulting in different actors (usually the type you'd hire, only in the case of budget cuts), different directors, weaker special effects, and less marketing for the film.

Other times the sequels have a similar budget to the first with the same actors, same directors, same producers, but lack the great storyline to keep the film fast-paced, and fun for audiences to watch, from start-to-finish.

Then at other times, films have a bigger, or sometimes much bigger budgets than the first, but still fail to deliver as they make attempts at wooing audiences with costly special effects and CGI. Forgetting that without a great direction, acting, producing, and editing, a sequel can still fail to impress, resulting in the possible collapse of a could-have-been trilogy, or possibly even series.

With all this in mind, and the best sequels listed above in our list, is there anything you would add or take away from the list, and if so, please leave the film names in the comments box below. Any questions will be answered ASAP, so please leave any questions or thoughts which you may have, once again, in the comments box below.

Thank-you for reading

"I do the research, so that you don't have to"

Your friendly movie, games writer: Craig Easom


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      Dreammore 3 years ago from British Empire


      The Dark Knight is an awesome film which has to be the best Batman film ever produced. Thank-you for sharing the hub and thank-you for commenting.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      The Dark Knight stands out for me -- although there are plenty of good sequels on your list.

      Pinning your page to my Pinterest board, Movies & Trailers.

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      Dreammore 3 years ago from British Empire


      Skyfall is one of two Bond films I enjoyed watching, the other being Casino Royale, but for the Pierce Bond films, I can honestly say, I wasn't impressed. Thank-you for taking the time to comment.

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      mts1098 3 years ago

      Well I did not realize Skyfall was a sequel because I stopped watching Bond films after Pierce...As for the other ones...yes great movies...thanks

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      Dreammore 3 years ago from British Empire

      I think it says you're a wise film-watcher, and I couldn't agree more Billy, as these sure are great sequels, and some of my favourite films.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure what it says about me, but I've seen all but one of these. :) Great sequels for sure.