9 best movie sequels of all time, ranked

Photo: Batman Returns. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe
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Worthy successors are hard to come by in Hollywood, but which movie sequels broke the mold? Just what are the greatest genre sequels ever made?

We love a good movie, we really do! But one thing we love more is when they produce a really good sequel.

Sequels aren’t hard to come by in Hollywood. We’re very much in the era of franchises, which are built on sequels, reboots, and prequels. What is hard to come by, though, are great sequels; ones that shine so bright they might even outshine their predecessor.

While the mark of a great sequel isn’t to do better than the first movie (that’s rare, after all), it is to improve or enhance what came before; adding to the legacy instead of desecrating it.

Genre movies love their sequels. Whether it’s comic book movies, action flicks, or science fiction classics, there are just so many great movie franchises that spawn a lot of sequels. A lot of those sequels are bad, some of them are great, and then a rare few are spectacular.

Here at Bam Smack Pow, we’re picking the very best sequels that the sci-fi, and superhero genres have to offer. With that in mind, just what are the best genre sequels of all time?