Top Ten Good Sequels to Bad Movies

Sometimes a movie comes out and it's crap. It happens (a lot). Then they announce that they want to make a sequel and everyone thinks "WHY? ". Of course, typically a sequel to a much-disliked movie is also bad, but in some cases the funniest little thing happens... IT'S ACTUALLY GOOD! This list compiles the best movie sequels that followed a horrible predecessor.

The Top Ten Good Sequels to Bad Movies

1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Except for the Obi-Wan parts and the Battle of Geonosis, Attack of the Clones was crap. Revenge of the Sith was awesome in a dark way.

I didn't necessarily hate ep1 and 2, but this one truly outperforms both of them. This one is one of the best Star Wars movies.

While it wasn't really a stellar film, this movie was leaps and bounds better than episodes I and II. Episodes one was just dull and disappointing on the whole, and two was essentially just filler for 3 (which makes it even worse.)

Three, though, was the first prequel Star Wars movie that actually felt needed, showing the rise of the empire, anakin's transformation into Vader, and features some of the series best fight scenes. It also had a much more coherent and enjoyable story, essentially ignoring the other two movies (thank goodness).

Bottom line, Lucas really pulled himself together for the final prequel, and he did a pretty great job.

Absolutely. The prequel trilogy would just have been a poor bore that fans of the original trilogy would "just get over with", if it were not for this incredible thriller. - PositronWildhawk

2 Fast Five

'Fast Five' wasn't the first movie in the 'Fast and the Furious' series to be good. The first movie is pretty well respected (especially in retrospect), while '2 Fast 2 Furious' can be thanked for the introduction to series regulars Roman and Tej. Then we get to 'Tokyo Drift'. There was nobody in it (except for a cameo at the end by Vin Diesel) from either of the first 2 movies, and the whole "drifting" thing means cars don't drive as fast (see a problem? ). Of course, the 4th movie brought back most of the original cast members from the 1st movie, but didn't quite perfect the whole "cars are not the main focus, just the tools used to do other stuff like perform heists and undercover busts" concept, so the movie ended up being another hot (albeit inspired) mess. So it's a good thing 'Fast Five' came along. Otherwise the series would have probably died a painful "straight-to-DVD" death. - BKAllmighty

Fast And The Furious Was So Cool, 2 Fast,2 Furious Was Okay, Fast Furious, Tokyo Drift Was Bad, F4st And The Furious Was Kinda Bad, Fast Five Was Pretty Good - VideoGamefan5

3 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The original 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' wasn't terrible, but it sure was dull. It had a massive budget and what was it used on? Never ending sequences of space patterns and reaction shots of the Enterprise crew members (over and over and over again). It took 20 stinking minutes just to get the ship out of space port. So the sequel didn't exactly have anywhere to go but up. It may have had a smaller budget (wonder why) but the action was more frequent and more exiting, the story was better executed, and Khan, himself, made the movie brilliant. - BKAllmighty

I Like Star Trek I But Star Trek II Is Better - VideoGamefan5

4 The Wolverine

It's a bit confusing since there are currently 7 movies in the 'X-Men' series (and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is sort of a stand-alone prequel movie) but 2013's 'The Wolverine', being the second Wolverine solo movie, basically acts as a sequel to the 2009 disappointment. It made more sense, didn't screw around with the continuity like the first movie did, and took place in Japan (which is awesome). - BKAllmighty

And then Logan blew this away - PeeledBanana

All the x men movies are pretty good, wait... There's so many... I can't EVEN REMEMBER IF THERE GOOD OR NOT! MARVEL STOP IT PLEASE!

5 Addams Family Values

No, the original Addams Family wasn't terrible, but it wasn't exactly great. The sequel really raised the bar, however, and added more macabre humour and added a few interesting new characters. The scenes where Wednesday and Puglsey are at summer camp are equally funny and surreal to watch. - BKAllmighty

6 Mission: Impossible III

The first installment in the series was decent, albeit slow and pretty dialog-heavy. The sequel was a lot more of a mess. I've seen it, maybe, 4 times and I still can't remember what the plot was about. Then #3 came out in 2006 and BOOM it was awesome.J.J. Abrams' first directorial effort proved to be a smashing success and led him to become one of the biggest action movie directors on the planet. Thankfully, the series has continued on its righteous path of getting bigger and better with each new entry. - BKAllmighty

Honestly, I was only ever for the first one. - PositronWildhawk

7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The first movie was not as much bad as it was over-kitschy. The tone of the film is miles away from every other MCU movie and, in retrospect, it has sort of become that "ah crap I have to see the 1st one before I can get to the good one" movie that everyone quietly resents. Plus, 'The Winter Soldier' kicked butt on so many levels that it made the original film look underdeveloped and uninspired. I still like 'The First Avenger' but I'd toss it in a second if I had to choose between 1 and 2. - BKAllmighty

The first Captain America movie was awesome, this one was even better. - letdot52

The First Avenger most certainly wasn't bad, but Winter Soldier blew my mind. But this still shouldn't be on here

8 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Even though the first Terminator was great, but sure. - JakePlaid The first Terminator was a hundred times better than its overrated sequel. T2 sucks - Geckovirus

9 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

I don't like this movie. I thought it was kinda dull and it is all over the place. Jesse Eisenberg is terrible as lex Luther. The only good scene in this movie is the warehouse scene. Other than that, screw this movie.

This one was actually quite decent

10 Dawn of the Dead (1978)

I know the original 'Night of the Living Dead' is considered to be a classic but when you have 'Dawn of the Dead' on the screen in front of you you'll sort of forget the retroactively tame original film. If 'Night of the Living Dead' premiered tomorrow it would not be given good reviews while 'Dawn of the Dead' is still just as watchable as it was back in 1978. - BKAllmighty

The Contenders

11 Ouija: Origin of Evil

A million times better than the first film. - Jackamalio

This a prequel not a sequel

12 X2
13 The Expendables 2

The first one was borderline bad, I think. It wasn't nearly self-deprecating enough. It tried too hard to be a serious action film and the few giggly moments left the audience wanting more. The second movie, however, took things to a whole new (and better) level with the humour thrown in. One-liners are everywhere and the chemistry between the many memorable faces is wonderful to watch. '3' lost a bit of the magic, but let's hope '4' picks itself back up. - BKAllmighty

14 Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age 1 is not a bad movie

15 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks



16 Star Trek Beyond
17 Aladdin and the King of Thieves

This movies probably sucks I haven’t seen it though it has bad reviews.

18 Logan (2017)


The first two was garbage but the this one redeemed it.

The thing that made this this wolverine film the wolverine we wanted was that it was rated R. The first two were PG-13 and ended up so chessy and boring.

19 Sherlock Gnomes
20 The Rescuers Down Under

Yeah, I didn't like the original that much so this is much better!

You're gonna threaten us for (extremely) praising that film, haters of AniMat, Jambareeqi and PhantomStrider?! If so, then suicide! - The Ultimate Daredevil

21 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Though it didn't perform as well at the box office as the first one, this movie was a big improvement over the first one. This movie focuses more on the turtles themselves and their development, unlike the first film where they were essentially plot elements for April. It also took itself way less seriously and had more humor, making feel more like a ninja turtles movie than the cookie-cutter blockbuster that was the first film. It actually FEELS like a ninja turtles movie.

Overall, this is what the first movie should have been, and is recommended; funny, action packed, and super fun as a result. - Jackamalio

22 Avengers: Infinity War

This and the first movie are equal, but Age of Ultron was bad.

23 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

You've got it all backwards, the first one was epic but this was lazy.

24 Wayne's World 2

The first movie was crap I didn't like it it was over cliche and it had a boring plot which was a cliche. But the second movie was good it had a great plot and funny

25 Pet Sematary Two
26 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
27 The Reef 2: High Tide
28 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
29 The Woman

The Woman is one of my favorite horror films of the decade, but I didn't know it was a sequel until several years after I saw it. While The Woman has an amazing atmosphere, filled with tense moments and an overall well-told story, the movie it is a sequel to, Offspring, is as bland as horror movies get. It has none of the qualities which make The Woman good and is filled with bad performances and a story that's boring throughout. I'd recommend seeing The Woman before checking out Offspring (I'm glad I did.)

30 22 Jump Street
31 House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim
32 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Before everyone says it's a reboot, it has so many nods to the first Jumanji and this was better because it was more fun than the original.

33 Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
34 Planes Fire & Rescue
35 Cars 3

Cars 1 was good but 2 kinda sucked this one redeemed the franchise - B1ueNew

36 Shrek 2

Better or not

37 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World was cool, but there were two problems.
One, unlike other films, Steven Spielberg (director of Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park and executive producer of Jurassic Park 3 and Fallen Kingdom) had NO INVOLVEMENT!
2. The whole film was a rehash in terms of story.

This film fixed both problems by bringing Spielberg back into involvement, and was the best looking and impressive thing I have seen since Lost World!

38 Frozen II

The first Frozen movie sucks, but this will redeem the Frozen franchise (yes, Disney confirmed this to be a franchise). The trailers were fantastic (while the trailers for the first Frozen movie was really bad and even worse than the movie itself) and the animation is at its best for Disney. I know this will do good.

39 The Angry Birds Movie 2
40 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
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