15 Movies That Weren’t As Good as the Sequels

In movie series, it is often expected that the first film will be the most successful. However, there are instances where the second film in the series surpasses the original and becomes even more popular. Someone recently asked, “What is a movie series where the second film is the best?’ and here are the top 15 answers.

Star Trek

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“The second movie proves even more than the first, that the Star Trek formula could translate well into film.”

“I think Wrath of Khan brings us back to a more palatable experience, rather than the original motion picture.”

Blade Runner

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“I know this is blasphemy to some people, but Blade Runner 2049 is an absolutely flawless masterpiece in my eyes that built upon everything that worked about the original and vastly improved on everything that didn’t.”

Tron

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“The first movie isn’t good, period. Other than the nostalgia factor, it’s barely watchable these days.”

“After seeing Tron Legacy and then going back to see the original Tron, I almost thought it was a joke.”

Terminator

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“James Cameron is the sequel king.”

“Came here to say it! Nice to find it at the top. I reckon I’ve loved it since my dad let me see it at age 6.”

Toy Story

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“I actually preferred the 4th installment – it was the perfect end to the story.”

“Definitely Toy Story 2. The scene where Woody’s arm is getting fixed is just too iconic.”

The Dark Knight

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“The Dark Knight night struck a nice balance. Really captured the perfect vibe.”

“Christopher Nolan is fantastic. The acting performances in this film are truly as great as they come, with one of the best performances we have ever seen, by the late Heath Ledger.”

Back To The Future

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“I always enjoy the second one more. I’m a stickler for cassette futurism.”

“I feel like the second one took the story beats from the first movie and made it more fun. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the third movie.”

Aliens

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“The genius of the second movie is the unrelenting stress. It never stops. The suspense and tension ratchet up continuously.”

“I found it to be brilliant filmmaking. And then, of course, there’s Bill Paxton. Classic.”

Captain America The First Avenger

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“The Winter Solider is not only the best Captain American movie but, in my opinion, the best Marvel movie.”

“I agree. After I watched it, I read some reviews, and I’m still surprised that some people hated it.”

Bad Boys 

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“I watch the second movie every time I come across it.”

“I always preferred Bad Boys 2 over the first one, even when the first may be more nostalgic.”

The Godfather

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“I loved the first, but the second is far more complex, being able to see Vito and his son both go on parallel journeys, allowing us to better understand their relationship.”

“I prefer the second because the story arcs are less predictable.”

Rush Hour

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“It had my roommate and me in stitches for a good while. Especially the scene when the assassin lady detonates the bomb, and Tucker & Chan slide down the row of Chinese Lanterns.”

“I love both of the movies, but it’s just as funny, if not funnier, than the first. The chemistry between Tucker & Chan is once again the highlight of the film!”

Shrek

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“THIS. This was the answer I was looking for.”

“Shrek 1 is great just in the first half – until they save Fiona. Shrek 2 is great the entire time.”

Desperado

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“So much better than the first film. I can’t even remember what the first is called!”

“The second installment was far better than El Mariachi.”

The Addams Family

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“Adams Family Values was so good I used to think that it was the original. That’s where it’s at.”

“I always assumed it was the first one, which shows how good it was.”

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