Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Mark Hamill

Poll: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

After a couple of months of taking it pretty easy on you with polls, we’ve got a whopper this month.  It used to be, with the exception of Godfather II and Aliens, that sequels were a dirty work in Hollywood.  They never were anywhere as good as the original and, in fact, seemed to completely lose whatever made the original film good in the fist place.  And then came the age of the franchise….

The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, The Joker

Sequels started to get better.  Then as franchises popped up like mushrooms, some of them got better with each installment (though plenty still get worse every time out).  2008’s The Dark Knight, sequel to Batman Begins, snub for Best Picture was pretty much wholly responsible for the Academy expanding the Best Picture nominees to a max of 10.

X-Men 2, Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler

In going through this list, I tried to find films that were better than the original installment (or at least in the ballpark).  There are no MCU films on the list because it’s nearly impossible to pull a sequel out and have it stand on its own.  Not a criticism, but if I had included them, they’d probably be at least a third of the list.  One pick per franchise.  The story had to advance the characters and overall plot of the franchises’s story.  So carefully consider, vote on the main page at, and in a month, we’ll crown the greatest sequel to ever hit the screen!

Godfather, Godfather Part II, Al Pacino, Michael Corleone, Fredo Corleone
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”

One thought on “Poll: Greatest Sequel of All-Time”

  1. Well, for some reason The Search for Curly’s Gold is not on your list, so I’m going to have to grit my teeth and vote for The Empire Strikes Back. You really make it difficult.

    It hadn’t occurred to me how many of my favorite movies are sequels. Toy Story 3, TDK, Godfather II, Skyfall, ESB, Aliens, Indy 3, Bourne Supremacy… and even as a non-Trekker, I can appreciate Wrath of Kahn. Nothing will ever top Empire Strikes Back though, because as great as ANH is, it doesn’t remotely prepare you for Empire. Empire comes out of the blue, and blindsides you. Best sequel ever.


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