Getting a sequel to a hit movie right can be a tricky process. Do it right, and you’re best picture winner “The Godfather Part II.” Do it wrong and well, hello “Space Jam: Legacy.” But as sequels and remakes have come to dominate movie theaters, it’s clear that making a successful sequel means more than just slapping a “2” on a beloved property — it takes a good script, hopefully many of the original actors and just maybe, a few new twists on the material.
It’s no coincidence that much of this list comes from the past 30 years – previous to that, sequels weren’t as ubiquitous on movie screens. However, don’t sleep on some of the more vintage titles like “Pink Panther” sequel “A Shot in the Dark,” comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or the oldest entry, “The Bride of Frankstein.” While most of the titles below belong to franchises like “Star Wars” and “Avengers,” there are also a few indie outliers — because why should major studios have all the fun with follow-ups?
HERE is Variety‘s guide to some of the very best movie sequels of all time.