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Movie Sequels That Were So Phenomenally Good They Erased The Original

It is a common belief that sequels are almost never as good as the first movie. But that is not always the case, there are certain movie sequels that were made better. Also, sometimes a good sequel is very necessary, especially when makers are building a franchise. Or making a trilogy or movie series. The quality of a sequel defines its success. There are certain movies on the list of the best movies ever made that are sequels. These movie sequels are so phenomenally good that they made us forget about the original movie. Check them out in the list below.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a phenomenal movie sequel

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a phenomenal movie sequel
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The third film of the Dollars trilogy, The Good, and The Bad, The Ugly is a masterpiece in the world of filmmaking. But when it was being made, the makers were not sure it would reach the heights it did. Sergio Leone was the director of this classic Italian epic spaghetti Western movie. The reason why the movie was so highly acclaimed is because of its filmmaking technique. It was a huge success at the box office and is the movie that brought Clint Eastwood to stardom. With the widescreen cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli and the background music by Ennio Morricone, the movie became a huge success.

The Godfather II is a movie sequel better than original

The Godfather II is a movie sequel better than original
The Godfather II

The 1974 sequel of The Godfather made everyone forget that it was a movie sequel. Though the first movie was a classic in itself, with the sequel Francis Ford Cappola managed to best himself. The movie also won more Oscars than the previous. In fact, it was the first sequel to win the Best Picture Academy Award. Al Pacino was excellent in both the movies, but the flashbacks of Robert De Niro just made the sequel far better. Also, it is both a sequel and a prequel to the original movie.

Spider-Man 2 is a phenomenal movie sequel

Spider-Man 2 is a phenomenal movie sequel
Spider-Man 2

The Sam Raimi trilogy of Spider-Man was the very first adaptation of the superhero in live-action. The very first movie, Spider-Man is one of the best superhero origin movies ever made. But the second entry of the trilogy took over the prequel. In fact, most would say that it is the best Spider-Man movie ever made. The movie is highly appreciated for the emotional weight it carries. The second movie is about the question – what if Spider-Man does not want his powers. And also the “great responsibilities they come with.

The Dark Knight is one of the best movie sequels

The Dark Knight is one of the best movie sequels
The Dark Knight

Another superhero trilogy that stands out from the rest is the Dark Knight trilogy by Christopher Nolan. And the movie that stands out from the rest is The Dark Knight. It isn’t just the best Batman movie but the best superhero movie ever made. With the excellent performance of the legendary Heath Ledger as Joker. And the man in the chair, Christopher Nolan, sets the perfect backdrop. It is dark and gritty like the Batman comics are. The movie is just perfect in all its sense. It is a sequel that made us forget about the first movie of the trilogy, and also the third.

Before Midnight is a great movie sequel

Before Midnight is a great movie sequelBefore Midnight is a great movie sequels
Before Midnight

The Before trilogy by Richard Linklater is one of the best romantic movies out there. The Before Sunrise movie, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, had the best ambiguous endings ever. And a sequel to the movie would make the audience only skeptical. But in this case, the trilogy went from good to better to best. And the third entry of the trilogy was the most successful too. It is the saddest yet the most poignant of them. A couple that meets every nine years, and the challenges they face, the series just gets better. Before Midnight was the best ending to the love story of Jesse and Celine.

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