The 12 Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

#1) The Godfather: Part II

Godfather Part II Fredo and Michael The 12 Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of The Godfather, but apparently the second one is kind of good. It’s got something to do with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in alternating timelines and follows the rise of Michael Corleone as the Don of a legendary crime family, while simultaneously exploring the background of the late Vito Corleone and the beginnings of his crime empire. I don’t know. It sounds kind of lame to me (sarcasm alert!).

Who am I kidding, The Godfather: Part II is a sprawling epic that captures the intensity of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in a way the first film simply couldn’t. While Godfather II doesn’t necessarily introduce a new scene-stealing new character like others on this list, it did broaden the scope of the iconic Vito Corleone with the sub-plot origin tale of how the Don came to be.

The scene that stands out and attacks the true heart of this film is also the coldest. The boat scene closes the complicated and fascinating relationship between Michael and his brother Fredo. The well-paced progression of their struggling brotherhood perfectly mirrors Michael’s own boiling rage, as he loses control of himself and his family. The image of Fredo on the boat is one I think of every time I look at a lake.

While The Godfather: Part III lacks the general adoration amongst movie lovers that the first two got, it may be the fault of a sequel which set the bar so high it still seems almost insurmountable. Anybody looking for a lesson on how to tell a great story need look no further than this sequel – the greatest of all time. Is it any coincidence that the writer, Mario Puzo, is on our list twice? (Puzo also wrote Superman II.)

What do you think? Is the list solid or would you change it around? Tell us about your favorite sequels and why they belong in a top list. Sound off in the comments section below, but don’t forget this is an opinion and not fact. Everybody has their favorites and they are likely all different.

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  1. Dark Knight was a good movie, but nowhere near deserves the worship the weirdos on the internet give it

    • The Dark Knight??? The Dark Knight deserves its spot. Spiderman 2 is the one that’s being ridiculously overpraised.
      And when will people start realising that Star Wars was nothing but pantomime nonsense. Godfather Part II wasn’t half the movie the original was but I can live with that being #1.

  2. How in THE hell can you even rank Godfather II ahead of Empire and Dark Knight! Only reason must be to get this thing noticed or people talking about it. I realize it is the opinion of the site but dead wrong on Number 1. Should be Empire 1 and Dark Knight 2 and you can go from there. Since no one was with you or whomever you decided to help you with this list…..but It’s not something you should have published. Empire is and always will be the greatest sequel ever made…bottom line….end of story….exclamation point…whatever. You called Godfather 2 a sprawling epic….thats empire genius.

    Wake up!

    • One of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.

      • Yeah, fanboyism does that to people.

    • The Godfather Part 2 is the greatest film ever made

  3. Obviously, you’ve never seen THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

  4. Dear mike: You’re in the 501st, aren’t you…? 😉

    • Nah, the 501st is an elite unit, this guy clearly lacks any capacity of being elite.

  5. How the hell is rocky 2 not on this list! all of these fag movies! rocky 2 should be rated #2 and the godfather part 2 should keep its place at #1

  6. Where’s Adams Family Values? Easily ranks above any of the various superhero movies on this list, excepting (maybe) the Dark Knight.

  7. How the hell can you rank The Dark Knight over Terminator 2: Judgment Day? T2 is one of the biggest reasons why we have The Dark Knight or almost every comic book movie out there today. And it’s equally ridiculous that Aliens is so far down on your list. If James Cameron has any legacy it’s simply that he made two of the greatest sequels ever made, period.

    • I think the bigger travesty is pantomime nonsense like Star Wars getting ahead of both the Dark Knight and T-2. But Terminator, despite its visually beauty suffers from extremely poor dialogue exchanges ( much like almost every other Cameron movie ). It’s the definitive action movie but I actually preferred the original, by quite a distance. Switch Empire with Dark Knight and T-2 with T-2. That would probably be my list.

  8. Honestly Cap 2 can be included now. Such a great film, but an even better sequel!

  9. That os scare to me. Not real that is so cool

  10. Rocky II Anyone?? Should be 2nd only to the Godfather 2.

  11. Where is James Cameron’s Aliens?