Best Movie Sequels (Second Movie Only)

What are the best second movies of any series? Star Wars counts as two separate trilogies.
The Top Ten
1 The Dark Knight

Batman Begins was a great introduction, but it wouldn't be Batman without the menacing and truly terrifying Joker, portrayed by Heath Ledger.

Close call for me between The Dark Knight, T2, and Aliens. But I can't get over Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.

I knew it. This is 100% better than Batman Begins.

2 The Empire Strikes Back

The original Star Wars was a classic with revolutionary special effects that made it what it is. As much as I liked the original, the sequel added more characters and added to the original story. In fact, it's my favorite movie. I actually felt like the end opened up the story for the sixth movie more than it concluded the story itself, though.

3 Terminator 2

This is a great movie and one of my all-time favorites. It is better than the first (which was also very good). But what is New Moon doing here? It should be on worst sequels.

My favorite movie ever. Though the first was a classic, this is even better. Legendary.

Terminator was great, but it was missing a lot. T2 solved most everything.

4 Aliens

Absolutely, by far, the most fantastic sci-fi action. Ripley is easily the best and baddest female heroine ever.

Should be in the top 3 at least. It's definitely a better sequel than Dead Man's Chest, Toy Story 2, or Superman II.

Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, machine guns, and tons of aliens. This one is a shoo-in.

5 The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers

Battle of Helm's Deep still holds up. This movie has aged really well.

A masterpiece created from a book that is even better than the awesome writings of Tolkien.

Every movie in the trilogy is perfect. But I think The Two Towers is the darkest LOTR movie.

6 The Godfather II

You can't be serious to put The Godfather at number 5. It is the first-ever sequel to win Best Picture.

The fact that it is nearly on par with the original shows how good the movie is.

Robert De Niro as Vito just stole the heart away. Best sequel ever!

7 Toy Story 2

Way better than the rest. The first is great, but the second one is the best. The third, ehh... and I don't know how the 4th one will do?

I like this one over number 3. Out of the 3 this one is the most underrated.

Not as good as the first, but still great!

8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Probably the best of the Captain America franchise in my opinion.

9 Spider-Man 2

Better than the original with greater characters and a stronger plot.

This movie came out when I was about ten years old, and it still amazes me in its quality. Good acting, good cinematography, good special effects, and above all else, a compelling plot.

10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

I have the drunken swagger walk down pat. Captain Jack Sparrow is the best of the best. This is my all-time favorite movie. Awesome job, Johnny Depp. I just have to meet you one day. You did one hell of a job.

A severely underrated movie overall but definitely an underrated sequel. I am glad to see it made the top ten.

The Contenders
11 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
12 Back to the Future Part II

The first movie is undeniably an all-time classic, which has more class than any movie from the 00s. However, Part 2 delivers even more of a punch when you have to deal with a time paradox in an alternate timeline. You can't beat these sequels!

13 Shrek 2

It was definitely better than the first. It had a lot of things in it that the first film never did. It was more expansive with the characters, and it showed more story. The music was perfect, especially songs like "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.

It may not be my favourite second film, but I voted for it anyway because, unlike most other sequels, I thought it was way better and more original than its predecessor. Unfortunately, the franchise went way downhill after that.

This one is the best Shrek title. In my opinion, it is way better than How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the Boss Baby.

14 The Wrath Of Khan
15 The Lost World - Jurassic Park
16 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Heck yes! Why isn't this above stupid Star Wars?

17 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

While it's not nearly as good as the first Home Alone movie, Home Alone 2 is definitely a lot better than its successors.

This movie was as good as the original. Too bad that this was the last Home Alone movie that was great.

Almost as good and classic as the first. And, in some ways, better.

18 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
19 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
20 Batman Returns
21 Evil Dead II
22 How To Train Your Dragon 2
23 The Bourne Supremacy
24 Kung Fu Panda 2
25 Spider-Man: Far From Home
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