When we think of sequels, we think of movie success. After all, if the first film wasn’t successful, there wouldn’t be a second or third.

From Harry Potter to Lord of The Rings, sequels have become part of people’s all-time favourite films. Harry Potter sold out, and Lord of the Rings is one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

At NEEDaFIXER, we love great movies and can’t refuse an epic sequel. Here are our favourites and why we love them!

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the popular sequel to The Terminator (1984). The film follows Sarah Connor and her son, John, as an android assassin pursues them. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the iconic Terminator. He travels back in time to protect John, the key to civilisation’s victory over a future robot uprising.

The sequel is the undisputed star of The Terminator film franchise. Screenwriter William Wisher and director James Cameron exited after the second film. Several sequels followed but never recaptured the magic. And we’ll always remember the classic catchphrase, “Hasta la vista, baby!”

Batman Returns (1992)

Directed by Tim Burton, Batman Returns is the sequel to Batman (1989). The film stars Michael Keaton as the titular character from DC Comics. The plot follows Batman/Bruce Wayne as he tries to stop the corrupt businessman Max Shreck in his tracks.

Batman Returns didn’t outgross its predecessor but still did well at the box office. Fans and critics alike generally enjoyed the film, but many criticised it for being too dark and violent. The portrayal of Batman and the Penguin still divides fans, but we can all agree they’re hard to forget.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Topping The Godfather is an offer we can’t refuse.

Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather: Part II stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The plot flashes back to the early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City. In the present, his son Michael tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

For us, the complex characters and dual storyline makes this a must-watch film. Coppola won a well-deserved an Oscar for best director. The Godfather: Part II opened in 1990, nearly 16 years later.

Harry Potter

You can’t have a list of super sequels without mentioning Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe’s stint as a young wizard and his education at Hogwarts charmed a generation.

Based on the novels by J.K. Rowling, the seven movies led to millions of fans and hundreds of millions in merchandise revenue. You can still find everything from sleeping bags, glasses and mugs to wands and outfits.

The movies follow this order:

  1. The Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
  2. The Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  3. The Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
  4. The Goblet of Fire (2000)
  5. The Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  6. The Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  7. The Deathly Hallows (2007)

Inventive and inspirational, Harry Potter shows how quality film production can bring literature to life.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is a series of 3 epic adventures based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. With such rich source material, Peter Jackson directed and produced the biggest film project in history.

The films in order are The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). Each film follows hobbit Frodo Baggins and his fellowship’s quest to destroy the One Ring, the most powerful artefact ever created. Their success, or failure, will decide the fate of Middle-earth.

We love ambition at NEEDaFIXER, and we’re hooked on the exotic film locations, not to mention the first-class standard of shooting. The Lord of the Rings grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. To say we’re impressed is an understatement.

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