It's hard to take a garbage pile of a movie and make a good sequel. It's even harder to top a great piece of cinema with a sequel. Many people have failed, but we were eager to see what sequels you thought held up. We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “What's a sequel that was better than the original?” Here are the top answers. 

TELL US NOW. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY Martina A. shares, Sure, the first movie is good. But the sequel...great action, great acting, the funny and cool one-liners, and the epic ending where all we cried. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II Jacob C. says, Everything was dialed up to 11! It was from start to finish excellent and still holds up well today! CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Amelia B. says, The sequel leans even heavier into the camp. Just when you think it can't get cheesier, a more ridiculous musical number follows. I didn't care for the original until I saw the sequel. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Tim c. says, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan learned from the mistakes of the first Star Trek movie, and went back to the original series to find its inspiration - and brought back one of the most memorable guest stars. CRACKED.COM

Want More Cracked in Your Life?

Get the One Cracked Fact daily newsletter! With exclusive content & links to the best from Cracked every day, it’s the only email you need. 

TELL US NOW. SHOCK TREATMENT HHE the Jenna v. informs US, Shock Treatment is the lesser known sequel to the the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show and has an actual plot and better songs overall than Rocky Horror. Ask any super fan (including myself)! CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. A NIGHMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS Paul S. says, Freddy is such a grand idea, a killer that you can never run away from. EVERYONE must sleep. Dream Warriors fully realizes the potential of it for both the heroes and the villain. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS Lucian L. shares, The Two Towers was a clear improvement on The Fellowship of the Ring. I'm not complaining, mind you. The second book was generally better paced than the first, too, and for the most part, the movies were faithful to the books. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR Kevin R. says, I love Mad Max, but The Road Warrior is epic. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. IP MAN TRILOGY Munif M. tells US, The core values, drama, emotion & even the soundtrack remains solid throughout the trilogy. But the action gets bigger, badder & better with each sequel! With a respectful, satisfying conclusion to wrap it all up to boot. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH April R. says, I think it's pretty much universally agreed upon that Gremlins 2 was so much better than the original. The gags were great, and plentiful. It was so much fun to watch, suitable for the whole family. And it poked fun at everything, including itself. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Chris A. says, Many of things iconic to Star Wars were introduced there. The AT-AT, Yoda, Boba Fett, a greater expansion on the Force, the Emperor, the I am your father plot twist, along with many other great one-liners...Oh and green light sabers. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE DARK KNIGHT Scott F. says, More complex story and the acting was stepped up with the presence of Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. ALIENS Kim M. says, Alien, the first installment, was no doubt shocking and gained much appreciation for innovation, but Aliens was more polished. Inevitably, better video quality and compelling for those less interested in simple horror popups and further character development. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. INSPECTOR GADGET 2 James B. says, French Stewart was a better choice for the role than Matthew Broderick, and it was actually faithful to the cartoon, and funny, unlike the first movie. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Stephen K. shares, The first Captain America is a decent enough, but overall forgettable WW2 story. Winter Soldier stands out because it puts the superhero stuff on the back burner and makes what is essentially a thriller/spy movie and pulls it off extremely well. It's unique and memorable no matter how many MCU movies come out after it. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Rachel C. says, Catching Fire far surpassed the Hunger Games. I'd even say it was better than the book. Lean and effective. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO Tony D. jokes, ...just because of the title. All sequels should contain the words 'Electric Boogaloo.' CRACKED.COM
Forgot Password?