With The Dark Knight now firmly set as the second largest grossing film of all-time with I felt there was no time better than right now to take a look at the all-time greatest sequels in film history. Not an easy task and many factors must be considering when devising such a list.
First off, I didn’t consider any of the James Bond films or the Man with No Name films (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, A Fistful of Dollars) as sequels. To me pulling out one James Bond film is pretty much impossible. I have my personal favorite (The Living Daylights) and perhaps I will do a list of James Bond films when Quantum of Solace releases, but for now this list is without a Bond film. I also didn’t add any of the films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For a while I had Two Towers on this top ten, but decided to nix it as those films were basically all made as one giant film and released broken up into three parts. You may disagree with the decision, but if you think it is disrespectful of the films check out my list of Top Ten Film Trilogies and you should have renewed faith.
Other than those two exceptions the only qualification was that you had to be a direct and intended sequel to a theatrically released film. I say “theatrically released” because that restricts film such as The Queen, which was, for all intents and purposes, a sequel to the 2003 HBO/Channel 4 TV film The Deal. As much as I love The Queen it just doesn’t fit the criteria. So, with that said, let’s get underway with the
This list includes at least eight films I consider to be better than their original film and two others that serve as a complete toss-up for most. I am not sure how much you will agree or disagree with my decisions, but I am sure you will have an opinion…