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The 10 Best Movie Sequels

We reveal the rare occasions when the sequel is tops

THE 10 BEST

1
THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
The first sequel to win Best Picture is an epic look at the American dream and its violent flip side, with Robert De Niro as the young Vito.

2
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
The ice planet Hoth, Lando kickin' it in Cloud City, Yoda, and the most memorable line in the Star Wars saga: ''I am your father.''

3
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
Not a sequel, you say? Well, it came after 1986's Manhunter, didn't it? Trust us, the logic is airtight. So is the film.

4
ALIENS (1986)
Sometimes bigger is better. In James Cameron's follow-up to Alien, there's no longer one face-hugging beast, but a whole planet of them!

5
THE ROAD WARRIOR (1982)
The craziest action movie ever made. If The Passion was Mel Gibson's communion with the divine, this is his drag race with Satan.

6
BEFORE SUNSET (2004)
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy replace flirty twentysomething yackety-yak with bittersweet regret and age-earned romantic wisdom.

7
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
Arnold goes head-to-head with the liquid-metal T-1000 in a follow-up that's bigger, louder, and wall-to-wall with F/X eye candy.

8
STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982)
Moby-Dick in space, with Ricardo Montalban's megalomaniacal Khan as Ahab and Kirk as his white whale. KHHAAAAAN!

9
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
A toss-up with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this second part of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti-Western trilogy is a masterpiece.

10
TOY STORY 2 (1999)
So many kids' flicks sell their audience short with half-baked sequels, but Buzz and Woody's second adventure is every bit as good as the original.

Originally posted Mar 03, 2006 Published in issue #867 Mar 10, 2006 Order article reprints