Top 10 Great Movies With Bad Sequels

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Greatest Movies With Bad Sequels of all time till 2017. In the history of movies, there are greatest movies that come out. Then, filmmakers try to recreate the brilliance of that movie with a sequel, sometimes many sequels. All to make more money with something that is familiar to everyone. It very rarely works as well a second or third time around. Because the films usually completely dumb down the first movie’s premise and drop the important parts, in favor of something a lot simpler. In some cases, there are some exceptions; sometimes the sequel is better than the original. This is my list of the top ten greatest movies with bad sequels. I hope you enjoy reading this list.

List of Top 10 Greatest Movies With Bad Sequels of all time till 2017

10. “Grease”

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Both the first and second movies have great songs and dances, but the second movie has a hard time getting around the fact that it is largely a rehash of what the first movie did. The first movie was a big deal that is still loved by musical and movie fans everywhere. The second one stars a young Michelle Pfeiffer in a lead role and a lot of new people.

9. “Jurassic Park”

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The first film, shows director Steven Spielberg’s ability to thrill audiences as well as show the ability of computer generated imagery in the nineties. The sequels, however, just show how hard it is to do sequels, to anything.

8. “Jaws”

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The second of two appearances from Spielberg, the original is considered one of the best films ever made, with a Hitchcock like approach to the score (to have the score tell the audience that the shark is coming). It is the film that set the standard for later summer blockbusters. “Jaws: The Revenge” is considered one of the worst films of all time and the third one is only slightly better, with nothing all that great to talk about either film.

7. “Speed”

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In “Speed”, a smart cop (played by Keanu Reeves) who works with a bus driver (played by Sandra Bullock) to help keep a bus going at speed so it does not set the bomb that has been placed on board, off. The sequel, only Bullock returns, and the story involves a cruise liner. The reason the movie does not work is that it seems too familiar and has too much weak dialogue and not enough characterization to keep things moving. It also, unlike the original, does not have enough exciting action sequences. The sequel could have been good, but no Keanu made it tough; it might have faired better if they had junked a sequel idea and tried to do something fresh.

6. “The Godfather”


The first two were pretty great movies, but why do a third one at all? And why wait over fifteen years to make it? Most criticize the way the movie is convoluted and Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone (a role for which she won two Razzie Awards). It was so poorly received when it came out, that there were plans to do a fourth film before Mario Puzo died.

5. “Halloween”


Michael Myers, in later movies, became a supernatural being that could regenerate body parts and could survive anything. Making it so that you could never kill him, you could really only run away from him. The later movies drop their character development in favor for Michael simply running through and just killing everyone.

4. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

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I feel like with this franchise, they just dumbed the premises and Freddy down to keep people coming back. Most of the sequels use a lot of horror cliches, Freddy says a lot of one liners, and mows down stupid teenagers that are mainly cardboard cutouts. That being said, there are some good sequels; these are all of the movies that Wes Craven had a hand in making (Dream Warriors and New Nightmare). This is one of the greatest movies with bad sequels of all time.

3. “Caddyshack”

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The original film has a lot of things going for it. It has a lot of comedic heavyweights in it, like Ted Knight, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Chevy Chase. The film is a winner with all of its quotable dialogue, great characters, and slapstick humor. In the sequel, only Chevy Chase returned after a lot of pushing on the studio’s part. It was a needless sequel that should not have been made.

2. “The Matrix”


When the original “Matrix” came out, it blew people’s minds, and popularized “bullet time”. It showed what great films could be, both in storytelling and visual art. The film has an engaging and odd performance from Hugo Weaving with great storytelling that makes it a great science fiction film. The sequels, supposed to be one film split in two, some critics did not like all the expositional dialogue and focus on action. The final film, to some, felt that the resolution to the story was anticlimactic and was generally unsatisfactory.

1. “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy”


I think this trilogy has only one bad sequel, and that is “The Phantom Menace”. The other two prequels were a lot better and tell Anakin’s origin story better. I actually like the movie, but it is not good. The movie is so bad, that Jar Jar Binks is not, like everyone thinks, the worst part about the movie. It is the trade route talk that makes the entire movie confusing if you were not paying attention from the start. The script needed so much work that it is a surprise George Lucas would actually go through with the making of the film.

That was my list of the top ten greatest movies with bad sequels of all time till 2017. Sequels, often times, show us how special great movies are; you get to see how hard it is to make a great movie, and how hard it is to recapture that lightning the second time around. For those wondering where certain movies like “Rocky” were or “Superman”, maybe “Iron Man” or “Taken” are; well there are only a select amount of movies that can make the cut on a list such as this. I hoped you enjoy reading my list.

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