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Top Sequels/Prequels

Determining whether a film is a sequel or a prequel is not as clear as one might think. Some of the films listed below, such as Three Colors: Red (1994) and Dogma (1999), can be called sequels only in the loosest sense. Furthermore, some can make a case that films like The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Pulp Fiction (1994) are sequels. Unless otherwise indicated, the original film(s) are on the Master List and rank higher than the sequel.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Original Film(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather (1972) 18
2 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner Star Wars (1977) 36
3 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone A Fistful of Dollars1 (1964) and For a Few Dollars More1 (1965) 44
4 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan Batman Begins1 (2005) 47
5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers1 (2002) 48
6 Aliens 1986 James Cameron Alien (1979) 61
7 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron The Terminator1 (1984) 66
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 67
9 In the Mood for Love 2000 Kar-Wai Wong Days of Being Wild1 (1991) 135
10 Bride of Frankenstein 1935 James Whale Frankenstein (1931) 155
11 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 236
12 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton Dr. No1 (1962) and From Russia with Love1 (1963) 244
13 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 21 (1999) 261
14 Three Colors: Red 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Blue1 (1993) and Three Colors: White1 (1993) 282
15 The Road Warrior 1981 George Miller Mad Max1 (1979) 295
16 Playtime 1967 Jacques Tati Mr. Hulotís Holiday1 (1953) and Mon Oncle1 (1958) 300
17 Dawn of the Dead 1978 George A. Romero Night of the Living Dead (1968) 307
18 Toy Story 2 1999 John Lasseter Toy Story (1995) 310
19 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater Before Sunrise1 (1995) 315
20 Evil Dead II 1987 Sam Raimi The Evil Dead1 (1981) 369
21 Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller Mad Max1 (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome2 (1985) 377
22 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom1 (1984) 380
23 The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass The Bourne Identity1 (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy1 (2004) 384
24 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979) 393
25 The World of Apu 1959 Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito1 (1957) 402
26 Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell Dr. No1 (1962) et al. 431
27 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 439
28 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Alfonso Cuarůn Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone1 (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets1 (2002) 449
29 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 468
30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone1 (2001) et al. 484
31 The Avengers 2012 Joss Whedon Iron Man (2008) et al. 540
32 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 Steve Box and Nick Park A Grand Day Out2 (1991), The Wrong Trousers1 (1993), and A Close Shave2 (1995) 563
33 Aparajito 1956 Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali (1955) 575
34 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight (2008) 614
35 Star Trek 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979) et al. 623
36 Three Colors: White 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Blue (1993) 635
37 Spider-Man 2 2004 Sam Raimi Spider-Man1 (2002) 652
38 Mon Oncle 1958 Jacques Tati Mr. Hulotís Holiday (1953) 682
39 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 695
40 Batman Returns 1992 Tim Burton Batman (1989) 698
41 X2 2003 Bryan Singer X-Men1 (2000) 736
42 The Bourne Supremacy 2004 Paul Greengrass The Bourne Identity1 (2002) 737
43 The Godfather: Part III 1990 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) 774
44 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty 1938 Leni Riefenstahl Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938) 790
45 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Mike Newell Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets1 (2002), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 827
46 From Russia with Love 1963 Terence Young Dr. No (1962) 856
47 Zoolander 2001 Ben Stiller Derek Zoolander: Male Model2 (1996) and Derek Zoolander University2 (1997) 866
48 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 J.J. Abrams Star Wars (1977) et al. 925
49 Superman II 1980 Richard Lester Superman (1978) 971
50 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 John Ford Fort Apache (1948) 1009
51 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1030
52 28 Up 1984 Michael Apted Seven Up!1 (1964), Seven Plus Seven1 (1970), and 21 Up1 (1977) 1081
53 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1087
54 Back to the Future Part II 1989 Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future (1985) 1095
55 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas Star Wars (1977) et al. 1139
56 42 Up 1998 Michael Apted Seven Up!1 (1964) et al. 1144
57 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Chris Columbus Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) 1151
58 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1153
59 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992 David Lynch Twin Peaks1 (1990) 1189
60 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 Sergei M. Eisenstein and M. Filimonova Ivan the Terrible (1945) 1251
61 Skyfall 2012 Sam Mendes Dr. No (1962) et al. 1259
62 Chasing Amy 1997 Kevin Smith Clerks. (1994) and Mallrats2 (1995) 1263
63 Shrek 2 2004 Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon Shrek (2001) 1287
64 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Anthony and Joe Russo Captain America: The First Avenger1 (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier1 (2014) 1289
65 21 Up 1977 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) and Seven Plus Seven1 (1970) 1290
66 2046 2004 Kar-Wai Wong Days of Being Wild1 (1990) and In the Mood for Love (2000) 1304
67 Day of the Dead 1985 George A. Romero Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) 1314
68 35 Up 1991 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) et al. 1322
69 49 Up 2005 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) et al. 1329
70 Before Midnight 2013 Richard Linklater Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) 1336
71 Irrťversible 2002 Gaspar Noť Carne2 (1991) and I Stand Alone1 (1998) 1348
72 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 Anthony and Joe Russo The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron1 (2015) 1384
73 Die Hard with a Vengeance 1995 John McTiernan Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 21 (1990) 1390
74 Army of Darkness 1992 Sam Raimi The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987) 1399
75 Seven Plus Seven 1970 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) 1431
76 X-Men: First Class 2011 Matthew Vaughn X-Men (2000) et al. 1449
77 Wonder Woman 2017 Patty Jenkins Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice2 (2016) 1453
78 Avengers: Endgame 2019 Anthony and Joe Russo The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron1 (2015), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 1454
79 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 Anthony and Joe Russo Captain America: The First Avenger1 (2011) 1475
80 The Queen 2006 Stephen Frears The Deal2 (2003) 1498
81 Through the Olive Trees 1994 Abbas Kiarostami Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) and And Life Goes on1 (1991) 1499
82 Manon of the Spring 1986 Claude Berri Jean de Florette (1986) 1503
83 Logan 2017 James Mangold X-Men (2000) et al. 1505
84 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) 1521
85 A Shot in the Dark 1964 Blake Edwards The Pink Panther (1963) 1544
86 Kriemhild's Revenge 1924 Fritz Lang Siegfried (1924) 1574
87 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Bryan Singer X-Men (2000) et al. 1575
88 The Color of Money 1986 Martin Scorsese The Hustler (1961) 1587
89 The Barbarian Invasions 2003 Denys Arcand The Decline of the American Empire2 (1986) 1590
90 End of Evangelion 1997 Hideaki Anno and Kazuya Tsurumaki Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth2 (1997) 1591
91 Desperado 1995 Robert Rodriguez El Mariachi1 (1992) 1613
92 Blade Runner 2049 2017 Denis Villeneuve Blade Runner (1982) 1647
93 The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer 1961 Masaki Kobayashi The Human Condition I: No Greater Love1 (1959) and The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity1 (1959) 1669
94 Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979) et al. 1672
95 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 1679
96 Rocky II 1979 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976) 1686
97 Back to the Future Part III 1990 Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989) 1697
98 The Long Day Closes 1992 Terence Davies Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) 1701
99 Drunken Master II 1994 Chia-Liang Liu Drunken Master2 (1978) 1761
100 Rio Grande 1950 John Ford Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) 1791
101 Stolen Kisses 1968 FranÁois Truffaut The 400 Blows (1959) and Love at Twenty2 (1962) 1860
102 Fast Five 2011 Justin Lin The Fast and the Furious1 (2001) et al. 1882
103 The Battle of Chile: Part 2 1976 Patricio GuzmŠn The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975 1884
104 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 Lana and Lilly Wachowski The Matrix (1999) 1901
105 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa Yojimbo (1961) 1921
106 Lethal Weapon 2 1989 Richard Donner Lethal Weapon (1987) 1932
107 O Lucky Man! 1973 Lindsay Anderson If.... (1968) 1942
108 And Life Goes on 1992 Abbas Kiarostami Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) 1943
109 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Gore Verbinski Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 1948
110 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 Francis Lawrence The Hunger Games (2012) 1950
111 The Wrong Trousers 1993 Nick Park A Grand Day Out2 (1991) 1954
112 Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 Guillermo del Toro Hellboy1 (2004) 1966
113 Thor: Ragnarok 2017 Taika Waititi Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World2 (2013) 1972
114 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 Leonard Nimoy Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock2 (1984) 1973
115 How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 Dean DeBlois How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 1988
116 The Battle of Chile: Part 3 1979 Patricio GuzmŠn The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975), and The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976) 2015
117 The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lewis Gilbert Dr. No (1962) et al. 2017
118 The Raid 2 2014 Gareth Evans The Raid: Redemption (2011) 2020
119 Die Hard 2 1990 Renny Harlin Die Hard (1988) 2022
120 56 Up 2012 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) et al. 2035
121 Rocky IV 1985 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), and Rocky III1 (1982) 2044
122 The Look of Silence 2014 Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing (2012) 2057
123 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 Gareth Edwards Star Wars (1977) et al. 2060
124 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi 2017 Rian Johnson Star Wars (1977) et al. 2072
125 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011 Brad Bird Mission: Impossible (1996) et al. 2080
126 Star Trek into Darkness 2013 J.J. Abrams Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979) et al. 2089
127 Rocky III 1982 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979) 2108
128 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 Jeremiah S. Chechik National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) 2170
129 Supercop 1992 Stanley Tong Police Story1 (1985) and Police Story 22 (1988) 2180
130 Blade II 2002 Guillermo del Toro Blade (1998) 2190
131 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) et al. 2198
132 Paddington 2 2017 Paul King Paddington2 (2014) 2202
133 Creed 2015 Ryan Coogler Rocky (1976) et al. 2231
134 GoldenEye 1995 Martin Campbell Dr. No (1962) et al. 2242
135 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Joss Whedon The Avengers (2012) 2249
136 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 George Lucas Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) 2263
137 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Peter R. Hunt Dr. No (1962) et al. 2320
138 Antonio das Mortes 1969 Glauber Rocha Black God and White Devil (1964) 2330
139 The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity 1959 Masaki Kobayashi The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) 2367
140 Dog Star Man: Part IV 1964 Stan Brakhage Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962) et al. 2368
141 Dogma 1999 Kevin Smith Clerks. (1994), Mallrats2 (1995), and Chasing Amy (1997) 2371
142 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 Matt Reeves Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 2429
143 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible (1996) et al. 2435
144 Mission: Impossible III 2006 J.J. Abrams Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II2 (2000) 2454
145 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 Gore Verbinski Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) 2455
146 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991 Nicholas Meyer Star Trek: The Motion Picture2 (1979) et al. 2468
147 Live Free or Die Hard 2007 Len Wiseman Die Hard (1988) et al. 2469
148 Mission: Impossible - Fallout 2018 Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible (1996) et al. 2474
149 Dog Star Man: Part II 1963 Stan Brakhage Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962), Dog Star Man: Part I1 (1962) 2482
150 Dog Star Man: Part I 1962 Stan Brakhage Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962) 2499
151 Incredibles 2 2018 Brad Bird The Incredibles (2004 2505
152 Dog Star Man: Part III 1964 Stan Brakhage Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962), Dog Star Man: Part I (1962), and Dog Star Man: Part II (1963) 2506
153 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 Lana and Lilly Wachowski The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003) 2507
154 Thunderball 1965 Terence Young Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Goldfinger (1964) 2535
155 Ju-on: The Grudge 2002 Takashi Shimizu Ju-on: The Curse2 (2000) and Ju-on: The Curse 22 (2000) 2566
156 The Castle of Cagliostro 1979 Hayao Miyazaki Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo2 (1978) 2576
157 Iron Man 3 2013 Shane Black Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 22 (2010) 2583
158 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 1977 John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree2 (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day2 (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too2 (1974) 2625
159 The Curse of the Cat People 1944 Robert Wise and Gunther von Fritsch Cat People (1942) 2693
160 I Stand Alone 1998 Gaspar Noť Carne2 (1991) 2717
161 The River 1997 Ming-liang Tsai Rebels of the Neon God2 (1992) and Vive L'Amour2 (1994) 2730
162 Clear and Present Danger 1994 Phillip Noyce The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Patriot Games2 (1992) 2786
163 28 Weeks Later 2007 Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 28 Days LaterÖ (2002) 2788

1 Indicates that the original film is on the Master List but is ranked lower than the sequel/prequel.
2 Indicates that the original film is not on the Master List.

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