33 Favorite Film Sequels

This is not a list of the "best" sequels. Just my own personal favorites. Lists like these are always difficult, and so many classics are not included like Bride of Frankenstein or Dawn of the Dead. I've also not included any James Bond films, mostly because they're really not sequels, per se, but also it makes it easier to chose from the rest.
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1.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Shocking...since I pretty much feel it's the best movie ever. ” - matthewivan1138
 
2.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the... little emotions. In... you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards? ” - matthewivan1138
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ You bow to no one. ” - matthewivan1138
 
4.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Kneel before Zod! If the point of a sequel is to be better than the first, this is the best sequel of all time. It's fifty times better than its predecessor. I mean, c'mon, Superman has a Cling-Wrap "S" weapon!!! ” - matthewivan1138
 
5.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." Any discussion of sequels HAS to include this movie. ” - matthewivan1138
 
6.
Rocky III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. (99 mins.)
“ He's gettin' killed out there! Oh nah, nah, nah, he ain't gettin' killed, he's gettin' mad! Easily my favorite of the Rocky franchise. It's got fantastic moments, great training sequences, and iconic theme song, Thunderlips the Ultimate Male, Clubber Lang, and Paulie in L.A.!!! ” - matthewivan1138
 
7.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
“ May He who illuminated this, illuminate me. The last true Indiana Jones film. ” - matthewivan1138
 
8.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Shaky-cam goodness at its best. ” - matthewivan1138
 
9.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ Most people consider this the best sequel ever made, often thought of as superior to The Godfather. It's wonderful, but The Godfather is better. ” - matthewivan1138
 
10.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (132 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ I wasn't much of a fan of M:I 1 or 2. 3 and 4 were outstanding. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable films of not only 2011, but also the last decade. Effects, pacing, scoring, writing...aces. ” - matthewivan1138
 
11.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ Fixed the Newel post! Any movie that has required yearly viewings absolutely must rank in the top 15. ” - matthewivan1138
 
12.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
 
13.
Patriot Games (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When C.I.A. Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an I.R.A. assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge. (117 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ HFRO is one of my favorite movies of all time. Patriot Games doesn't try to outdo its predecessor. It's a far more personal story, both for Jack Ryan and for Sean Beam's character. And it does offer perhaps Harrison Ford's greatest film quote: "Tits." ” - matthewivan1138
 
14.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ If only Part 2 could have been as good. A lot of people don't like this one because of it's "walking" parts. I love those. I think it just a remarkable job of setting everything up for the conclusion. The acting is easily the best in the eight movie series. And, unlike Part II, it actually focuses on the deathly hallows. The animation scene alone helps this film stand-out from an otherwise "just fine" series. ” - matthewivan1138
 
15.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap. (131 mins.)
“ Of course this has to be on the list! Ewoks!!! ” - matthewivan1138
 
16.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales. (119 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ Before all my fellow Trekkers *beep* themselves, don't worry, Khan is coming. I love ST4. It's by far the most original of the series and I find it by far the most entertaining. Well...double dumb ass on you! ” - matthewivan1138
 
17.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Sandwiched in between two outstanding films is yet another incredible achievement. ” - matthewivan1138
 
18.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
19.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
20.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
21.
The Color of Money (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
22.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
23.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
24.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
“ It had been 16 years since the absolute *beep* known as Rocky V came out. Rocky Balboa is a fitting conclusion to the franchise. It's the first time since the Rocky of 30 years prior to truly look to its characters to drive film, instead of training montages. It revisits many of the original scenes from Rocky, including the run to the art museum. ” - matthewivan1138
 
25.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
26.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
“ Montages and great 80's music! US vs. USSR. Epic. ” - matthewivan1138
 
27.
X-Men 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
28.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
29.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
30.
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy, goes to Florida to receive an award. In the... (90 mins.)
Director: Alan Myerson
 
31.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Most difficult decision here was which sequel I like better, this or Army of Darkness. ” - matthewivan1138
 
32.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ Sam? Play our song! "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!" ” - matthewivan1138
 
33.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
“ If only because Generations was so awful, this one deserves a spot on the list. But James Cromwell brings this one home. "I don't care, I don't wanna be a statue. I'm gonna take a leak." ” - matthewivan1138