20 Sequels/Remakes Better Than the Original

My favorite sequels/remakes that are better than the original put in chronological order.
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1.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ I'm a great fan of horror films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and one of the greatest franchises was the Frankenstein series. The first was already a favorite of mine, but this film really gave you more of a passion for the monster and Boris Karloff did it best to express the monster's sadness and loneliness. ” - wwer06
 
2.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ I would say "From Russia With Love" was better than the first film as well, but Goldfinger takes the cake and I'm sure you agree. ” - wwer06
 
3.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The entire Man With No Name trilogy is my favorite Western series and as the films continued they just got better, but when this film came along and ended the trilogy, the Western genre got a new classic to add to it's collection of legends. ” - wwer06
 
4.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ This is one of the most original and well set plots I've ever seen in a horror film. The 1956 original was groundbreaking, but this remake took the original to a new level with more to work with and more to "get away with". ” - wwer06
 
5.
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
“ This is my all-time favorite Star Wars film. You get a better look in the Star Wars setting and a more focus in the lives of the main cast with countless memorable scenes and dialogue. ” - wwer06
 
6.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Many see the Friday the 13th franchise as a series that has gone too far, but I believe the first four are really some of the best horror films ever. The first film was already an icon slasher, but with the introduction of Jason Voorhees, the slasher genre had a new silent killer. ” - wwer06
 
7.
The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ The first Mad Max film was already a cult-classic in the making, but they went further to make an action icon with this thrilling sequel that today, still gets the adrenaline going. ” - wwer06
 
8.
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
“ One of the greatest franchises to the science fiction genre, Star Trek nearly was lost if it wasn't for the successful release of the first film. Fans were wanting more, so the cast got back together with this sci-fi classic that allowed one of the greatest film franchises to continue. ” - wwer06
 
9.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ John Carpenter did an amazing job with this movie, remade from "The Thing From Another World" (1951). The original was already amazing, but just like with "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", the 1970s and 1980s gave filmmakers more to work with and more to get away with to give the films more impact. ” - wwer06
 
10.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The original from 1932 is today, a film-noir classic, but it's 1983 remake is now a gangster classic. The original had revolutionary camera angles and brave new plot, but the remake took the original to a bolder step. The original gave you a sympathy for the corrupted immigrant who was originally intended for good, but the acting of Al Pacino gave you that of the original and the drive to actually live like him! Pacino owned the role of Tony Montana and today has gotten the film constant respect. ” - wwer06
 
11.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ As far as comedy goes, this film did a good deed in bringing back the original 1961 cult-classic and making it better. The original had a very low budget and the 1986 remake really gave the comedy-musical a better look with some of the most memorable scenes and songs of the 1980s. ” - wwer06
 
12.
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
“ When I think of the Evil Dead series, I think the definition of cult-classic. The first Evil Dead from 1981 was already a cult-classic in horror for it's different style and outrageous gore, but the sequel really made the series with more gore, funnier moments, more badass moments, and a more memorable performance from Bruce Campbell, the king of b-movies. ” - wwer06
 
13.
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
“ This is an action classic, sequel to "Terminator" (1989). The plot is so original with amazing special effects, far ahead of it's time thanks to James Cameron and his wonderful film-making. ” - wwer06
 
14.
Batman Returns (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tim Burton wonderfully returned Batman to the big screen with his 1989 film and people wanted more, and with the dark originality of the great director, he brought us Batman Returns. Hate me, but I believe Burton's two Batman films are able to compete Nolan's trilogy very closely, both are amazing series'. ” - wwer06
 
15.
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
“ Peter Jackson did the impossible in making the live-action Lord of the Rings trilogy and he did a great job. The Fellowship of the Ring introduced us into the world of Middle-Earth and we got even more in The Two Towers, we saw more kings, more villains, more heroes, more places, and of course the legendary character, Gollum. ” - wwer06
 
16.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ I'm a great fan of the original 1973 horror classic, but this remake did an amazing job in remaking it and even made it more scarier. The original was already creepy and scary, but this remake had you literally on the edge of your seat. ” - wwer06
 
17.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ My most favorite horror film of all time is "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), and I loved the series that took off after it, but I have major respect for Zack Snyder's remake and how it was actually better than the original Dawn of the Dead. It had more action, more suspense, and had a good amount of memorable moments that were different from the original, which actually had many as well. ” - wwer06
 
18.
King Kong (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ I usually side with the original 1933 classic, but Peter Jackson is a great fan of the original as well and he knew what he was doing. It's a bold move in my mind, but Jackson did it right and I really have to see him as one of the greatest modern directors for it. ” - wwer06
 
19.
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.)
“ Christopher Nolan did wonders with his Batman trilogy, he could have went further than he did, but he is the most original director to step into the director's chair for the caped crusader. "Batman Begins" followed the comics very well and the fans were chanting for more, well he delivered with this amazing, dark sequel. ” - wwer06
 
20.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Well this is a prequel, and hate me, but this was the best Alien film. Aliens was great to, but Prometheus completely revolutionized the series. I was never in so much suspense in an Alien movie. It was amazing and I think it's underrated. ” - wwer06