Best Second Installments In Movie Franchises

Second installments in movie franchises are usually better than the original, as good as the original or worse than the original, here's the best ones!

The Top Ten

1 Toy Story 2

I still have the DVD/Blu-Ray with me and it was the best installment of that series. - yamionthetrap

I like it better than the first and third film, but how this is so far in front I don't understand. - truckturner

This was so memorial - 23windomt

If the boo - T! Fits.
This movie was my favorite!

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2 The Empire Strikes Back

Now this is an obvious one, I never met anyone who says that they did not like this movie! - Phillip873

One of the best movies ever made. - B1ueNew

Truly an excellent movie! I love it! I may think Return of the Jedi was the bes of the trilogy, but this is a clone second! I used to find this movie a bit overrated but I've grown to like this one even more! It might even be third best in the whole franchise! I really loved the settings in the movie! Hoth is an amazing setting and I loved the battle of hoth! We also have Bespin which is a gas giant with a CLOUD CITY! That is awesomne! I love this movie! - darthvadern

I must say you've got some... interesting opinions, such as Spiderman 2 being the worst of the trilogy, this being worse than ROTJ, HTTYD2 being better than the first, Madagascar 2 being even remotely quality, and all 3 kung fu pandas being good. Not to mention you didn't include the Dark knight or Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers.(SHAMMME)
But in the end that's just opinion, and in mine, this is the best of the SW series.
(ps your list description is pretty obvious)

Well, I haven't seen The Lord of Rings or The Dark Knight so that's why I didn't have them on the list, feel free to add them if you want too - darthvadern

3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Although this movie is overrated in my opinion, I still really liked this one. It's about as good as the original, I still think the third one is the best one. - darthvadern

I would say this is another of the rare movies that is as good or better than the original - germshep24

Very Badass movie.

4 The Dark Knight

Another movie that the second movie surpassed the original in its trilogy - germshep24

Where is POTC2? I mean it's not better than this but it should still be here

Guys come on

5 The Godfather Part II

In my opinion better than the original - germshep24

Already on the list - darthvadern

6 Aliens

The perfect action movie, this was just as good as the original - germshep24

7 Spider-Man 2

Yes, this film was really incredible but I actually liked the 1st one better... I just always liked Green goblin so much... - B1ueNew

Although my least favourite of the trilogy, this is still one of the best movies ever made! The story was excellent! It focuses on Peter Parkers double life as a teenager student and a superhero, it's great! The villian: Doctor Octopus / Otto Octavious is the best villian in the entire trilogy tied with Green Goblin, he has such strong motivations and such a cool design! Masterpiece movie! - darthvadern

Well, it’s my favorite movie. - MrCoolC

8 Batman Returns

Batman was a risk, because this was during a time when Superhero movies weren't a cash grab, this one came out with a more serious tone, with better acting - germshep24

9 Shrek 2

Here's another excellent Dreamworks sequel! I think 3 was the best of the series but this is a close second! The story is once agian excellent and expands upon the original! It's really colorful as well! I don't think there was a single bad moment here (except for those perverted girls). Excellent sequel! - darthvadern

The greatest movie ever made. How is this not #1?

10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Should be much higher. This film was brilliant - B1ueNew

The Contenders

11 The Godfather Part II

The mods aren't good at keeping repeats off lists - germshep24

12 Kung Fu Panda 2

If I am going to be completely honest there isn't such a thing as the worst Kung Fu Panda movie! I liked 3 the most but the first two were equally as good in my opinion! The story was so intense and it's easly the darkest of the trilogy! I also loved the villian: Lord Shen, he was really cool! - darthvadern

13 How to Train Your Dragon 2

Here is a Dreamworks sequel that manages to be better than the original, and it's awesomne! The story expands so muh on the original and it's excellent! The new characters are so interesting and the movie feels so fresh! I used to think this movie was overrated but I had to watch it thrice to fully enjoy the masterpiece this movie is! - darthvadern

God Hiccup got so hot. Besides that point it was also a great movie and really bumped everything from the first movie up a level. When I saw the first h2tyd movie I liked it a lot, but but also kinda disappointed because it was sooo different from the books. In this movie it actually kinda veered back towards some of the themes in the book series and also expanded on things in the first movie and also Hiccup got really hot. It was good.

14 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

I will admit that this movie kinda rehashes the original and it's not the best one in the series, however, it's my second favourite in the series. This time Indiana Jones is in India looking for these things I don't remember what they're called. But it's a great movie! Really classic! There's tons of classic moments in here! - darthvadern

Indiana Jones as a whole is a good franchise (even if the 4th ones a bit weird) and Temple of Doom does not stop that! - Phillip873

15 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

One of the first of the marvel universe movies that I truly enjoyed - germshep24

Why did I forget this? This movie is also an excellent movie and the best of the Captain America trilogy, I thought the first one was ok and the third was messed up, but this is truly an excellent sequel! - darthvadern

16 Superman II
17 Batman vs. Two-Face
18 Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Night of the Living Dead might of created the zombie genre but this movie perfected it - germshep24

19 Alice Through the Looking Glass
20 My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
21 Paddington 2
22 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd
23 Undisputed 2

The point this series really kicked off and became one of the best martial arts series created - germshep24

24 Evil Dead II

Pretty much the first but with slapstick and a bigger budget better than the original - germshep24

25 Ice Age: The Meltdown

I unlike most people prefer the Ice Age sequels over the original. Especially the third and fourth one. The second one is the third best in the franchise in my opinion. I think this movie does everything right unlike the original and I think this should've been the original instead. I also love the villians: Cretaceous and Maelstrom, they're so colorful and look awesomne! - darthvadern

26 Avengers: Age of Ultron

This was a huge disappointment just a remake of the first Avengers - germshep24

Bad movie - B1ueNew

I tried to watch this movie but I couldn’t it just got boring to me but the first one is amazing - RawIsgore

27 Incredibles 2

Good but I prefer the first one much more - germshep24

28 From Russia With Love

The second James Bond movie.

29 A Shot in the Dark

This improved the aspects of the original, the first one had a better story and plot, but this was able to deliver a much better mix of humor in it - germshep24

30 Deadpool 2
31 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Nah, it was pretty bad honestly - darthvadern

32 Monsters University

Prequel really - 23windomt

Great one! - darthvadern

33 Legend Of The Drunken Master

On level with the original Drunken Master - germshep24

34 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

This is the best of the trilogy! Although I think the Madagascar trilogy as whole is very overrated, I really liked this sequel! It's very nostalgic and has a great story! I loved the return of Nana from the original! Really great movie! - darthvadern

35 Rio 2

It's ok in my opinion, the original was way better though - darthvadern

36 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
37 The Lego Batman Movie

Just so you know, I didn't add this movie on the list, someone else did - darthvadern

Nah, I found it boring, worst Lego movie in my opinion - darthvadern

There were many Lego Movies before this - iliekpiez

That's not the 2nd lego movie, it's a spin-off.

It's the second in the LEGO movie franchise though, the title of the list doesn't say it has to be a sequel. - dalekdoctor2011

38 Cars 2

Pretty awesomne sequel! - darthvadern

39 Blues Brothers 2000

I'm pretty sure someone was trolling when this was added, this is considered one of the worst movies ever made, doesn't have the charm of the first nor does it have the original duo that made it iconic - germshep24

40 Rush Hour 2

This is my personal favorite of the series - germshep24

41 The Matrix Reloaded

Not as good as the first, but definitely apt up the action - germshep24

42 10 Cloverfield Lane
43 Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

First of all: this isn't a 2nd installment in a franchise
Second of all: This movie sucked eggs
Third of all: This is not a sequel
FOURTH of all: it shouldn't be higher than the godfather 2 or lord of the rings 2 - B1ueNew

Actually it is a 2nd installment it is the sequel to Man of Steel - germshep24

It's the 2nd installment in the DCEU so it counts. - girlcool

Terrible - darthvadern

44 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

This isn't a good movie, but it was made for kids so it isn't surprising all the end to entertain kids is put talking animals and fart jokes and your good - germshep24

This one's horrible! Worst of the franchise, I mean I really liked the third one, but the rest sucked - darthvadern

This movie sucked, All of these movies are terrible and unfunny - B1ueNew

45 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

It's not even out yet. - B1ueNew

46 Ant-Man and the Wasp

Has the charm of the first one, not a bad story - germshep24

NOPE, this is probably the worst sequel I have ever seen, Other than the Emoji movie this is the worst movie I have seen in THEATERS - B1ueNew

47 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
48 Mission: Impossible II
49 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
50 Rocky II
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Toy Story 2
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Spider-Man 2
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Aliens
1. The Godfather Part II
2. The Godfather Part II
3. Batman Returns

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