50 Movies That Deserve A Sequel
Watching movies is one of the greatest past times in the world! From horror to comedy, science fiction to documentaries, the film industry does an amazing job of keeping us entertained when we're bored out of our minds. It helps when the movies that we love have a part-two to their epic story, but some of them are single-filed and stand-alone.
Let's use our imagination and take a look at 50 movies that deserve a sequel!
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Did you know that Steven Spielberg was the director behind the 1988 hit movie, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial? With Universal Pictures, a group of kids comes across a random alien that presents itself as friendly and is simply wanting to go home. The beauty of this movie is that because it was related to aliens, it went on to make nearly $750 million on a budget of $10 million!
It surpassed the popularity of Star Wars and became the highest-grossing movie of all time until 1993. With more than enough awards to back it up, a sequel could beef it up some more.
The Goonies (1985)
One-Eyed Willy had a stash of gold out in the world and a group of kids were bold enough to take the chance on an adventure to find it via the 1985 classic film, The Goonies. With its inception nearly 40 years ago, '80s babies were anticipating a sequel where the kids go on another adventure, but that clearly isn't happening.
Director Richard Donner and the cast played around with the idea, but nothing came of it over the past several decades. Can you believe that they even considered the sequel being a musical? Now, that would be interesting.
Universal Pictures created a funny premise in Twins where two long-lost twins find each other in the most random way. It was interesting to see Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Danny DeVito (right) play opposites with one twin being big and the other one being small. The movie became an instant '80s classic.
It's been more than three decades and producers are currently in talks about creating a sequel! The film would be called "Triplets" and it would feature Arnold, Danny, and get this... Tracy Morgan! We can only imagine what will come of such a plot twist.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington is the prime reason why Halloween and Christmas make sense together. The 1993 film depicts a lovable skeleton who goes on a journey to save Halloween by bringing the joy of Christmas to his side of town. With his decrypted lady, Sally, and his adversary, Oogie Boogie, Jack becomes successful in his mission of saving Halloween.
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Director Luc Besson created a classic film with Leon: The Professional. As a professional hitman, Leon engaged in cases related to drugs and murder... and apparently the DEA had the same scheme. Leon does his best to take the agents down while rescuing a small girl whose parents were murdered by the corrupt agents.
In the end, Mathilda learns the trade of being a "neutralizer" right before her mentor is taken out. Does she have what it takes to continue his work almost 30 years later? This is the perfect setup for a deserving sequel!
With a star cast featuring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey, it's odd that Se7en did not receive a sequel, especially when you consider the plot. A rookie detective is trained by his veteran mentor to help solve the case of a serial killer who murders based on the seven deadly sins.
The film received an 8.6/10 rating and grossed a small profit; perhaps that's why they didn't make the sequel, but man it is deserving of one, with plenty of other serial killers to base it on.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin is the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger played Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman featured as Poison Ivy. The dynamic duo spent 120 minutes discovering their master plots and stopping them in the iconic Batman style.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Matt Damon (left) and Ben Affleck became superstars by featuring in Good Will Hunting. The story of a troubled teen that seeks a mentor played by the late and great actor, Robin Williams (right), and learns about himself from a mental, emotional, and existential perspective. The movie is no less than profound and insightful.
However, Damon and Affleck are on to bigger and better projects, along with producing and writing other modern films. Therefore, the likelihood of a sequel is 0%, but the thought of it is enlightening.
A Bug's Life (1998)
Bugs are one of the most detested animals on this green Earth, unless we're discussing A Bug's Life. Disney made a good one around the turn of the millennium showcasing a rogue ant that travels the grass looking for "warriors" to help defend his anthill from grasshoppers trying to ravage and overpower it.
In the end, he ends up recruiting bugs from a circus, and along with his fellow - and mildly reluctant - female ant companion, the crew goes on to save the hill! To know what happens next would be really good Disney... we need closure.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Thanks to the kid, it didn't happen and the movie did modestly well at the box office. With an 8/10 rating, the movie was thought to have a sequel coming, but Bird said "no." Imagine the second version as a live-action version! This idea makes The Iron Giant deserving of a modern sequel. Make it happen, Bird!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Jim Carrey just doesn't miss when it comes to just about any movie that he plays in. In his 2004 cinematic hit, A Series of Unfortunate Events, he plays Count Olaf, a stage actor who plans on stealing the fortune of his cousins who had just been killed in a fire. Now, he has to take care of their three children to get closer to it.
Part two could be based on the children growing up and stealing the money back! But that wouldn't match the end of the first film, which is why the second wasn't created. Worth a shot!
Will Smith and Eva Mendes make a good couple, don't they? At least in Hitch they did. Will plays a metropolitan matchmaker who eventually finds himself falling head-over-hills for a young lady whom he tries his best to court. But of course, it wouldn't be a romantic comedy without some dorky moments, like when he had the allergy reaction!
As he helped his friend, played by Kevin James, achieve a date with his ultimate crush, Hitch was able to grab his as well, which is where the sequel comes in. Where are the babies?! Make it happen Columbia Pictures.
40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Steve Carell played Andy Stitzer, a 40-year-old electronics worker who was also a virgin. When his buddies find out, they do what they can to help him find a lovely lady to "do the do" with, and the journey of this endeavor is what makes the movie a complete masterpiece. Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogen also had a part in this hilarious film.
Even with high ratings and a massive profit, the movie didn't merit a sequel because of the lack of interest in creating one. Consider if Andy and Trish had a baby?! Now that would make for a solid second version.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith was a popular movie that caused a box office uproar, earning more than $500 million on a $110 million budget! This movie is also what led to their famous marriage in real-life. The brilliance of this movie is why a sequel is necessary.
If medieval fantasy is your cup of tea, then you had to have seen Eragon, the story of a predestined journey of a young boy who comes across a dragon egg that becomes the most prominent entity in the homeland of Alagaesia. The film is the first inception of the Inheritance series, with two more to follow.
However, the sequel will not be made because of the lower-than-expected viewership from a global box office perspective. If it does, the second book will be made into a movie to piggyback on the first.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
The Simpsons Movie is one of those famous American movies that was long awaited because the sitcom was - and still is - an ultimate watch. What's cool - and eerie - about The Simpsons is how they are able to place real-life situations into the episodes and movie before it even happens!
This is more than enough merit to conjure The Simpson's Movie 2 considering all that is happening in the world currently. The sequel was in talks of happening, and then COVID-19 hit and hindered progress, which eventually killed the idea altogether.
I Am Legend (2007)
The plot is exciting and the tension only builds as the movie goes on. Another apocalyptic movie to carry on this one could create real numbers at the box office, as long as Will gets that mannequin's number this time.
Nancy Drew (2007)
Which is exactly why it deserves a part two. There are plenty of books to choose from with similar plots, and it will give the production team a chance to redeem the famous name of a foundational book fair character.
Remember all the things you did to fit in in high school? Michael Cera (right) and Jonah Hill (left) certainly do as they relive those days via their highly-rated movie, Superbad. The two-codependent friends are obsessed with getting laid and believe their best chance is by bringing alcohol to a party.
The antics they engage in make for an epic night and a highly-grossing movie. With no sequel in play, what if there was a college version of Superbad? This would make director Greg Mottola think twice.
However, that may not be the case. The film was highly successful - film and profit-wise - and was considered for a sequel, but Jolie decided not to rejoin the cast, and McAvoy would have a "new partner". That probably wouldn't have gone over well with Wanted fans.
Step Brothers (2008)
The film was successful to the point that it earned more than double what it took to make the movie and has won several awards for the cast, writing, and overall best film. Even though Ferrell says one is not in the works, America sure would appreciate it if it were.
If you had any superhuman ability, what would it be? Jumper reveals a young boy with the power to teleport - or "jump" - to any destination in the world that he chooses. However, the young David finds himself landing in the middle of historical wars concerning those with the same abilities as him, and those who want to sentence them to death.
The premise sounds intriguing, right? The fans thought so when they helped the movie gross more than it cost to make. Yet, producers didn't see the value in making a sequel because of views afterward, which dropped, but superhuman movies will never go out of style!
Hancock is one of the greatest heroes of all time because of his character development. He starts as a drunkard who is destructive and doesn't take accountability for his actions. When a marketing professional shows up to help him clean up his image, the hero begins to emerge and does good for the city instead of harming it.
The plot twist of his superhuman wife only adds fuel to this magical film flame and it deserves to be spread like wildfire with a sequel. However, because of modest worldwide viewership, producers believe that it will be unlikely.
Get Smart (2008)
Although it was close to being made, director Peter Segal described how "too much time had passed for a sequel" considering at this time, it was 2019. However, the original spy movie is still good enough for a second watch!
Pixar struck gold when they developed and released Up, which showcased the life of Carl Fredricksen and his pal Russell, as they create an adventure in the clouds with Carl's floating house. The storyline seemed super simple, and that's what made it such a hit. That, plus the sentimental moments are exactly why Up earned $735.1 million at the box office.
It was nominated for almost 10 awards and is still considered one of the best movies of 2009. Director Pete Docter should seriously consider getting another $700 million with a second edition to this modern-day smash film.
District 9 (2009)
District 9 is a dystopian-based film that interestingly captures visiting aliens who are locked up in a particular area that is designated just for them. The district is filled with filth and waste, and they are fed cat food by the humans who keep them encased. As they are herded and relocated, more forms of xenophobia occur, revealing much about the human mentality.
Did you know that the movie is loosely based on the apartheid era that related to how areas were designated "whites only" by the government? A sequel is necessary at this point to see what the aliens do next.
Mandy Moore is the voice behind the princess that has been reluctantly trapped in the highest tower that her stepmother could find in the Disney movie, Tangled. Her stunningly handsome prince, voiced by Zachary Levi, was there along the way to not only save the day but learn how to be a better man for the princess.
Their love story would make a great basis for a Tangled 2 considering that they ended up together. Maybe some kids in the future? That could work, but would a sequel take away from the original story of Rapunzel? Only Disney knows the truth about what will come next!
Leonardo DiCaprio led one of the top-rated movies of all time in Inception. Most people find the plot hard to follow; in Layman's terms, Leonardo plays a thief who steals corporate secrets from the minds of CEOs. But this time, he is paid to use his technology to plant an idea in a CEO's mind and reap the profits from it.
Inception definitely deserves a part two, but it won't happen. Why? Because director Christopher Nolan does not make sequels to his near-perfectly planned movies. Sure would be worth it though.
Robin Hood (2010)
"Steal from the rich and give to the poor." That is the mantra of the widely known thief/hero, Robin Hood. 12th and 13th century England had their hands full with the man known as Robin Hood and his band of merry men who went up against corruption from the villages, which caused even more issues and created an uprising by the citizens that will never get old.
The action-adventure film did "OK" at the box office, possibly due to so many adaptations of the same character. Nonetheless, it deserves another movie. Fun Fact: Robin Hood was not a real person.
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy had their breakout season in 2011 when they starred in the comedy movie, Bridesmaids. The competition heats up when the status of maid of honor is up for grabs. The unemployed pastry chef - played by Kristen Wiig (center right) - takes things to new levels as she goes through the motions of proving that she is the bride's best friend.
Tragically, there will be no sequel for this as of now. Yet, let's think about how a sequel would go based on the ending. How about the maid of honor gets married herself and becomes an ultimate bridezilla? Director Paul Feig may find that intriguing.
Real Steel (2011)
Real Steel is one of those movies that you wouldn't have expected to be popular by simply reading the script in the beginning. In the end, Hugh Jackman and director, Shawn Levy, did a swell job at portraying a retired boxer as he helps a young boy kick major butt as an underdog in a robot fighting arena.
The film was able to put Hugh Jackman in a different light other than his famous role as "Wolverine" in the X-Men franchise. With a gross of $300 million at the box office, perhaps Hugh has found his new calling.
John Carter (2012)
The screenplay seemed promising, but after the movie was released, according to box office sales, it was considered a flop. More realism and practicality could make a sequel more promising for future development. Until then, Disney+ has your back for the original movie.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
The Tooth Fairy, The Sandman, The Easter Bunny, and let's not forget the ultimate guardian of holidays, Santa Claus! These notable characters are led by their fierce, yet nervous leader, Jack Frost, as they travel on their fun-filled adventure to save the world from the evil prince of doom, the Boogeyman Pitch.
Will Jack and his friends save the day? Watch the movie and find out, but do it slowly because producers note that because of viewership, a sequel is not coming. But it could be improved with more holiday characters, now that's a sequel.
World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt stars in the American action horror movie, World War Z, where he portrays a United Nations agent who travels from country to country warning citizens and governments alike about an impending zombie apocalypse that he's doing his best to stop. The movie has all makings of a next-level movie that could become a fun conspiracy.
Inside Out (2015)
One of the coolest movies Disney has created was Inside Out, and it's because of the creativity within the plot. Each character portrays an emotion like sadness, anger, joy, happiness, and even fear. It's enjoyable to watch and yes, it will give you some insight into your own emotions.
Inside Out makes the list because it is certainly deserving of a sequel. The level of emotional intelligence in this film can be applied to any and every human that watches it. Could we see a part two in 2024? Disney says "Yes!"
Action-comedy movies are one of the best genres because it makes your heart race while making you laugh, like in Spy. Melissa McCarthy played her part in leaving her desk and becoming a field agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. The situation that this lady lands in is literally knee-slapping and worthy of part two.
But will it happen? Probably not because although a script has been toiled with, the production team - nor Fox - has an interest in creating another version.
The game is ever popular and continues to bring revenue, while the movie grossed $439 million at the box office. Talks of a sequel were in the works, however, it did not get passed a conversation because the attendance - and profits - were not as high as anticipated, so the idea was scrapped.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
When Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was released, many people anticipated the hype of the film because it was released during a time of superheroes and mystical powers. Speaking of which, the powers are what merit a second take on the movie because the skills of the kids are what thickens the plot.
Once Jacob realized this, the film goes from light-hearted and kind to mildly disturbing with many plot twists that you wouldn't expect. Tim Burton should get started on the sequel ASAP!
Moana was one of the top movies of 2016 because of its cultural references, top-tier cinematic graphics, and of course, the awesome songs that came along with it. Watching the young Pacific Islander follow her heart to venture out into the unknown to return the heart of the mountain was heroic. With the help of the demigod Maui, Moana was successful in her venture.
Which is why a Moana 2 is necessary. Imagine her all grown up and going on another oceanic adventure with her pal Maui. Well, you won't have to worry because Moana 2 is in the works for 2024!
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2016)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command For Law and Enforcement) was based in the 1960s as a spy agency where a CIA agent named Napoleon Solo and a Russian KGB operative named Illya Kuryakin gather on a joint mission to defend the world from opposing sides who threaten it with nuclear weapons.
The beauty of the characters is that they didn't get along very well, but they bite their tongue and save the day from the mysterious criminal organization... or did they? That's where the second adaptation comes in to answer the question.
The story of how a sly fox, Nick Wilde, and an optimistic and determined bunny rabbit, Judy Hops, reveal a big secret in their town is the plot of Zootopia. Even for a Disney movie, the plot itself was quite sinister after it was explained by the villain at the end of it (why do they always do that?)
Yet, on a $150 million budget, Zootopia grossed $1.024 billion in box office ticket sales! Additionally, the film was named the "fourth-highest-grossing film of 2016." If this doesn't merit enough for a sequel, then what does?
Girls Trip (2017)
Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish make their splash debut together in Girls Trip, where four women take a leap for fun and potential romance by heading to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. From hanky-panky to serious moments that almost break up their girl group, Girls Trip is worth a second version.
The comedy-drama has all that you can imagine from slick remarks, family, job security, and even strippers! Maybe a second version based on men could be the move for the production team.
The Transformers franchise will continuously keep itself relevant as Autobots and Decepticons will always be at each other's metal throats. One of our favorite Autobots received his own movie in Bumblebee, the story of the alien car that was discovered by a young woman, and chose to protect her from evil-doers from other worlds.
Many Bumblebee fans are wondering "will there be a sequel?" At the moment, there are no plans for a second version of the action-adventure film. However, the possibility of it can happen towards 2025, according to sources
The Darkest Minds (2018)
President Gray was not playing around when he told the adults to take their teenagers, lock them up, and throw away the key, which is the basic premise of The Darkest Minds. In this warped world, teenagers are feared by adults due to their "recklessness" and they are imprisoned by the president to "keep the streets clean."
6 Underground (2019)
Michael Bay makes the list with his 2019 movie, 6 Underground, featuring the silver-tongued thespian, Ryan Reynolds, and a cast of five other characters that have faked their deaths for the sake of adventure, travel, or a down-right dismal life. Each person has their own unique skills that they use to accomplish the mission for their "handler."
With all the action, fast cars, explosions, and cool sunglasses, they weren't enough for Netflix to grant it a sequel. Although the movie has a 6/10 rating, Netflix producers considered it a "bust," so we may not see a sequel, although it would be cool.
Chris Hemsworth does more than protect the nine realms, he also protects small children from raging lunatics. In his 2020 movie, Extraction, Chris plays a fearless mercenary that is enlisted to find and extract a kidnapped son of an international crime lord. The movie was given 7/10 stars and shows Hemsworth in a more human light.
To see him extract another kid from their unwanted dwellings would be cool, right? Fasten your seat belt because a sequel is on its way! Extraction 2 is being released in 2023 with all the action of the first, and a new plot twist for extra entertainment.
The Old Guard (2020)
The Old Guard consists of a covert team of operatives who have discovered that they are immortal and choose to be mercenaries throughout the centuries, stopping global catastrophes from happening. Their newest member is a young Army soldier who discovered her power after being sliced in the neck and lived.
The American "superhero" movie ends with one of the old guards passing away and the latest one taking their spot. Does the newest member have what it takes to continue the old ways? According to Netflix, shooting for a sequel began in June 2022, so let's wait and see!
The Invisible Man (2020)
Cecilia, played by Elisabeth Moss, is the victim of domestic abuse as her boyfriend attempts to hurt her in various ways to the point of torment. Then, he dies and Cecilia is reluctant to believe his death considering she is still being tormented by an unknown figure conveniently named The Invisible Man.
But is it her boyfriend? Is he the one causing more havoc after her boyfriend's death? Watch the movie to find out, and you'll see how the ending of the movie is the perfect setup for a sequel.
Disney's Cruella is the latest adaptation of one of the vilest adversaries in villain history, Cruella Deville. Emma Stone did a good job playing her role as the evil dog master, and it was voted #6 on The Best Disney Live-Action Remakes list. It follows the early years of Cruella and how she came to be her distasteful, yet fashionable self.
The comedy/crime movie did well in theaters and was among the most highly-watched movies that year. The sequel could piggyback on what Cruella will do next with her newfound self-awareness, or maybe she'll keep being her devilish self... only time will tell.