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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) 20
2 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) 42
3 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner Star Wars (1977) 43
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 57
5 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone A Fistful of Dollars1 (1964) and For a Few Dollars More1 (1965) 69
6 Aliens 1986 James Cameron Alien (1979) 77
7 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron The Terminator1 (1984) 78
8 Bride of Frankenstein 1935 James Whale Frankenstein (1931) 137
9 In the Mood for Love 2000 Kar-Wai Wong Days of Being Wild1 (1991) 148
10 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan Batman Begins1 (2005) 177
11 Dawn of the Dead 1978 George A. Romero Night of the Living Dead (1968) 232
12 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton Dr. No1 (1962) and From Russia with Love1 (1963) 241
13 Three Colors: Red 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Blue1 (1993) and Three Colors: White1 (1993) 246
14 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 264
15 Toy Story 2 1999 John Lasseter Toy Story (1995) 297
16 Playtime 1967 Jacques Tati Mr. Hulotís Holiday1 (1953) and Mon Oncle1 (1958) 300
17 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater Before Sunrise1 (1995) 329
18 The Road Warrior 1981 George Miller Mad Max1 (1979) 342
19 The World of Apu 1959 Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito1 (1957) 384
20 Evil Dead II 1987 Sam Raimi The Evil Dead (1981) 391
21 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer Star Trek: The Motion Picture1 (1979) 414
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) 417
23 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 508
24 Aparajito 1956 Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali (1955) 543
25 Three Colors: White 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Blue (1993) 548
26 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) 549
27 The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass The Bourne Identity1 (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy1 (2004) 603
28 The Godfather: Part III 1990 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) 615
29 Spider-Man 2 2004 Sam Raimi Spider-Man (2002) 636
30 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 Shave1 (1995) 655
31 Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell Dr. No1 (1962) et al. 660
32 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Alfonso Cuarůn Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets1 (2002) 673
33 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 723
34 X2 2003 Bryan Singer X-Men1 (2000) 729
35 From Russia with Love 1963 Terence Young Dr. No1 (1962) 742
36 Mon Oncle 1958 Jacques Tati Mr. Hulotís Holiday (1953) 749
37 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 799
38 Zoolander 2001 Ben Stiller Derek Zoolander: Male Model2 (1996) and Derek Zoolander University2 (1997) 814
39 The Bourne Supremacy 2004 Paul Greengrass The Bourne Identity1 (2002) 822
40 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 906
41 Star Trek 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek: The Motion Picture1 (1979) et al. 945
42 The Barbarian Invasions 2003 Denys Arcand The Decline of the American Empire2 (1986) 965
43 Back to the Future Part II 1989 Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future (1985) 975
44 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) 979
45 Manon of the Spring 1986 Claude Berri Jean de Florette (1986) 1020
46 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 Sergei M. Eisenstein and M. Filimonova Ivan the Terrible (1945) 1038
47 Batman Returns 1992 Tim Burton Batman (1989) 1049
48 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas Star Wars (1977) et al. 1070
49 The Avengers 2012 Joss Whedon Iron Man (2008) et al. 1155
50 Chasing Amy 1997 Kevin Smith Clerks. (1994) and Mallrats2 (1995) 1171
51 Shrek 2 2004 Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon Shrek (2001) 1183
52 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 John Ford Fort Apache (1948) 1236
53 Army of Darkness 1992 Sam Raimi The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987) 1247
54 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 Lana and Lily Wachowski The Matrix (1999) 1255
55 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992 David Lynch Twin Peaks1 (1990) 1265
56 Back to the Future Part III 1990 Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989) 1266
57 Superman II 1980 Richard Lester Superman (1978) 1287
58 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 George Lucas Star Wars (1977) et al. 1288
59 28 Up 1984 Michael Apted Seven Up!1 (1964), Seven Plus Seven1 (1970), and 21 Up1 (1977) 1312
60 A Shot in the Dark 1964 Blake Edwards The Pink Panther (1963) 1334
61 42: Forty Two Up 1998 Michael Apted Seven Up!1 (1964) et al. 1376
62 Through the Olive Trees 1994 Abbas Kiarostami Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) and And Life Goes on1 (1991) 1381
63 2046 2004 Kar-Wai Wong Days of Being Wild1 (1990) and In the Mood for Love (2000) 1385
64 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 George Lucas Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) 1423
65 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) 1482
66 Stolen Kisses 1968 FranÁois Truffaut The 400 Blows (1959) and Love at Twenty2 (1962) 1505
67 The Long Day Closes 1992 Terence Davies Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) 1507
68 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Chris Columbus Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) 1536
69 Alien≥ 1992 David Fincher Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) 1553
70 Day of the Dead 1985 George A. Romero Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) 1555
71 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 Leonard Nimoy Star Trek: The Motion Picture1 (1979), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock2 (1984) 1563
72 21 Up 1977 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) and Seven Plus Seven1 (1970) 1569
73 Kriemhild's Revenge 1924 Fritz Lang Siegfried (1924) 1595
74 The Color of Money 1986 Martin Scorsese The Hustler (1961) 1604
75 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight (2008) 1607
76 The Wrong Trousers 1993 Nick Park A Grand Day Out2 (1991) 1614
77 Skyfall 2012 Sam Mendes Dr. No (1962) et al. 1649
78 Desperado 1995 Robert Rodriguez El Mariachi (1992) 1654
79 49 Up 2005 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) et al. 1656
80 Die Hard with a Vengeance 1995 John McTiernan Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 21 (1990) 1679
81 Alien: Resurrection 1997 Jean-Pierre Jeunet Alien (1979), Aliens (1986) and Alien≥ (1992) 1687
82 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1707
83 35 Up 1991 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) et al. 1743
84 Seven Plus Seven 1970 Michael Apted Seven Up! (1964) 1749
85 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Peter R. Hunt Dr. No (1962) et al. 1762
86 Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Motion Picture1 (1979) et al. 1772
87 GoldenEye 1995 Martin Campbell Dr. No (1962) et al. 1777
88 The Queen 2006 Stephen Frears The Deal2 (2003) 1831
89 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1834
90 Rocky IV 1985 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976), Rocky II1 (1979), and Rocky III1 (1982) 1866
91 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 David Yates Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone (2001) et al. 1873
92 O Lucky Man! 1973 Lindsay Anderson If.... (1968) 1881
93 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa Yojimbo (1961) 1884
94 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 Lana and Lily Wachowski The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003) 1911
95 The Curse of the Cat People 1944 Robert Wise and Gunther von Fritsch Cat People (1942) 1933
96 Antonio das Mortes 1969 Glauber Rocha Black God and White Devil (1964) 1942
97 The Battle of Chile: Part 2 1976 Patricio GuzmŠn The Battle of Chile: Part I1 (1975 1948
98 The Battle of Chile: Part 3 1979 Patricio GuzmŠn The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975), and The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976) 1955
99 Thunderball 1965 Terence Young Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Goldfinger (1964) 1969
100 And Life Goes on 1992 Abbas Kiarostami Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) 1987
101 Rocky III 1982 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976) and Rocky II1 (1979) 2044
102 The Human Condition: A Soldier's Prayer 1961 Masaki Kobayashi The Human Condition: No Greater Love1 (1959) and The Human Condition: Road to Eternity2 (1959) 2047
103 End of Evangelion 1997 Hideaki Anno and Kazuya Tsurumaki Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth2 (1997) 2070
104 Before Midnight 2013 Richard Linklater Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) 2074
105 Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome2 (1985) 2078
106 Rio Grande 1950 John Ford Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) 2090
107 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Gore Verbinski Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 2095
108 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 Jay Roach Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) 2099
109 Clear and Present Danger 1994 Phillip Noyce The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Patriot Games2 (1992) 2111
110 Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 George P. Cosmatos First Blood (1982) 2138
111 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991 Nicholas Meyer Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) et al. 2146
112 Drunken Master II 1994 Chia-Liang Liu Drunken Master2 (1978) 2152
113 The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lewis Gilbert Dr. No (1962) et al. 2234
114 Rocky II 1979 Sylvester Stallone Rocky (1976) 2274
115 Ju-on: The Grudge 2003 Takashi Shimizu Ju-on: The Curse2 (2000) and Ju-on: The Curse 22 (2000) 2289
116 Heimat 2 1992 Edgar Reitz Heimat (1984) 2291
117 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) 2312
118 The Decline of Western Civilization II, The Metal Years 1988 Penelope Spheeris The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) 2314
119 Dogma 1999 Kevin Smith Clerks. (1994), Mallrats2 (1995), and Chasing Amy (1997) 2315
120 Die Hard 2 1990 Renny Harlin Die Hard (1988) 2329
121 A Close Shave 1995 Nick Park A Grand Day Out2 (1991) and The Wrong Trousers (1993) 2335
122 I'm All Right Jack 1959 John Boulting Private's Progress2 (1956) 2358
123 I Stand Alone 1998 Gaspar Noť Carne2 (1991) 2369
124 Dog Star Man: Part IV 1964 Stan Brakhage Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962), Dog Star Man: Part I2 (1962), and Dog Star Man: Part II2 (1963) 2384
125 Scream 2 1997 Wes Craven Scream (1996) 2391
126 Son of Frankenstein 1939 Rowland V. Lee Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 2400
127 Return to Oz 1985 Walter Murch The Wizard of Oz (1939) et al. 2402

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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