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the greatest sequels ever made

fun fact about me, i love serial fiction and tend to ignore the initial outings. i find the assembling of the cast and the origins to be enervating, soporific, at least in comparison with the second iteration, in which all that busywork has been hitherto taken care of. the sequels always get going faster and this interests me mightily. so when i rewatch a series, i 99.9% of the time skip the first one

here, then, a list of sequels, which in my view, trump the first for entertainment and quality

i'm leaving off series like Star Trek and Star Wars because a) I love the first of the movies and b) it's just too much for a list.


  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mad Max 2
  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
  • Slumber Party Massacre II
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Evil Dead II
  • TRON: Legacy
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Batman Returns
  • Amityville II: The Possession
  • Fast Five