The Online Best Sequels Lists Used:
You can click on the site text name to reference their respective lists.

1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2. The Godfather, Part 2
3. LOTR: Return of the King
4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
5. Infernal Affairs 2
6. Indiana Jones/The Last Crusade
7. Toy Story 2
8. LOTR: The Two Towers
9. Aliens
10. X2: X Men United
11. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
12. The Dark Knight
13. Clerks 2
14. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn
15. Spider-Man 2
16. Rocky 2
17. Army of Darkness
18. Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
19. Shrek 2
20. Die Hard 3

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
3. LOTR: Return of the King
4. Aliens
5. Spider-Man 2
6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
7. LOTR: The Two Towers
8. Indiana Jones/The Last Crusade
9. X2: X Men United
10. Bride of Frankenstein
11. Kill Bill Vol. 2
12. Dawn of the Dead
13. Toy Story 2
14. Evil Dead 2
15. Harry Potter/Prisoner of Azkaban
16. Rocky 2
17. Superman 2
18. Bourne Supremacy
19. After the Thin Man
20. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn
21. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
22. Before Sunset
23. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
24. Christmas Vacation
25. Die Hard 2

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. The Bride of Frankenstein
3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
4. Dawn of the Dead
5. Project A: Part 2
6. LOTR: Return of the King
7. Drunken Master 2
8. Armor of God 2
9. Police Story 3
10. Batman Returns
11. X2: X Men United
12. Aliens
13. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
14. Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
15. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
16. Evil Dead 2
17. Babe: Pig in the City
18. Goldfinger
19. From Russia with Love
20. Toy Story 2

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
3. The Silence Of The Lambs
4. Aliens
5. The Road Warrior
6. Before Sunset
7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
8. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan
9. For A Few Dollars More
10. Toy Story 2

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. LOTR: Return of the King
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
4. The Dark Knight
5. Aliens
6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
7. The Bourne Ultimatum
8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
9. Toy Story 2
10. Bride of Frankenstein

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. Before Sunset
3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
4. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
5. The Bourne Ultimatum & Supremacy
6. The Dark Knight
7. Aliens
8. Magnum Force
9. Rocky 2
10. Superman 2

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
3. LOTR: The Two Towers
4. Indiana Jones /Temple of Doom
5. Aliens
6. The Bride of Frankenstein
7. Batman Begins
8. Evil Dead 2
9. Drunken Master 2
10. Spider-Man 2
11. Toy Story 2
12. Harry Potter/Chamber of Secrets
13. Predator 2
14. Die Hard 2
15. Escape from the Planet of the Apes

1. The Godfather, Part 2
2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
4. The Road Warrior
5. Aliens
6. The Dark Knight
7. Drunken Master 2
8. Evil Dead 2
9. Spider-man 2
10. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
3. Aliens
4. The Godfather, Part 2
5. LOTR: Return of the King
6. Spider-Man 2
7. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
8. Superman 2
9. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
11. Batman Begins
12. X2: X-Men United
13. Harry Potter/Prisoner of Azkaban
14. Toy Story 2
15. LOTR: The Two Towers

1. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
3. Evil Dead 2
4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
5. Aliens
6. The Godfather, Part 2
7. The Dark Knight
8. X2: X-Men United
9. The Road Warrior
10. Spider-Man 2
11. Superman 2
12. TIE: Dawn of the Dead; The Devil's Rejects; and Back to the Future, Part 2
13. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
14. Toy Story 2
15. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

What Sequel do you think is the greatest of all time?

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Site Visitors Final Results:

1. T2: Judgment Day

2. Aliens

3. The Godfather II

4. Batman: The Dark Knight

5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

6. LOTR: Return of the King

7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

8. Star Trek II

9. Mad Max 2

10. Spider Man 2

SFMZ's Top Ten Sci-Fi Films of All Time!

Sci-Fi Stands Tall in SFMZ's Top Ten Sequels of All Time
Six of ten films that made the list are Sci-Fi

Using the same formula for SFMZ's Top Ten Sci-Fi Films of All Time, we sampled ten online top sequels polls to determine SFMZ's Top Sequels of All Time. Based on their average ranking per poll, each film was measured how well it fared in the lists in the sidebar on the lower left. Only films that appear in at least five of the ten polls were measured.

Calculation Example: The Godfather II appeared in all ten polls in the sidebar and holds the rankings of 1st (seven of them), 2nd, 4th, and 6th. These rankings total 18 divided by 10 (the number of polls it appeared), creating an average of 1.80 (The lower the score the better).

Evil Dead 2

Score: 9.80, 5 Polls

"The mother of all sequels."
. . . . . Bruce Campbell

Ash (Bruce Campbell), the sole survivor of The Evil Dead, returns to the same isolated cabin deep in the woods with his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler).

The two discover a mysterious tape recorder and hear the voice of Professor Knoby reciting passages from the Necronomicon, or Book Of The Dead. Little do they know that the professor's words are powerful enough to invoke a spell that unleashes the spirit of evil alive in the remote forest surrounding them.

Watch in terror as the plot sickens and the supernatural demons invade the cabin on a gory crusade for human victims. In desperation, Ash attempts to escape his horrific fate by battling with the gruesome ghouls with the help of some unexpected visitors. However, he discovers that he is no match for the unspeakable creatures lurking behind every door, and waiting beyond every corner.

Spiderman 2

Score: 9.17, 6 Polls

"The Best Superhero Movie
I've Ever Seen!
" . . . . . Roger Ebert

Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero.

Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a scientist driven mad by experiments involving powerful mechanical arms.

When the deranged Octavius (aka Doc Ock) forms an alliance with the vengeful Osborn, who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father, the wall-crawling hero is in for his biggest battle yet. With SPIDER-MAN 2, Raimi retains--and improves on--all the elements that made the first film so good, including an excellent story (crafted, in part, by acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon), tight pacing, and stunning special effects.

Star Trek II:
The Wrath of Khan

Score: 9.14, 7 Polls

"A likable adventure with nice touches
of warmth and humor
." . . . Leonard Maltin

Featuring the cast from the original television series, it is the 23rd century. The Federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers, and Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career.

But Khan is back. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) -- brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth -- has raided Space Station Regula One.

They have stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk...with the threat of a universal Armageddon!

"This multi-layered action picture works so well you don't need to be a "Trekkie" to enjoy it." . . . . . Mark Bourne, DVD Journal

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max 2:
The Road Warrior

Score: 8.8, 5 Polls

Won AFI Best Costume, Editing,
Sound, and Production Design Awards.

Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife and son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter.

Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky, now known as "The Road Warrior" searching for sources of fuel, stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors who are struggling for survival.

He finds the community is being terrorized by a band of brutal motorcyclists led by The Humangus and his finest warrior, Wez, who bid to loot all the gasoline from the refinery for themselves.

The community hires Max, as Max agrees to help the community transport the gasoline across the highway and fight for freedom, as they are pursued by the Humangus and his warriors. Written by Daniel Williamson

The Dark Knight

Score: 7.00, 5 Polls

"A haunting, masterful epic
that's full of surprises!
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good.

The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes.

Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The Dark Knight won two Osars: Best Achievement in Sound Editing and the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor.

Aliens - 1986

Score: 5.9, 10 Polls

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space.

Her stories are disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien's planet is now inhabited and colonized.

When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own.

Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival.

Considered by many to be the best of the series, ALIENS is a fast-paced, high-intensity thrill ride that set a new standard for action films and cemented director James Cameron's status as one of Hollywood's leading directors following the success of THE TERMINATOR.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Score: 5.43, 7 Polls

"James Cameron has again taken a first rate science fiction film and crafted a sequel that's in some ways more impressive." . . . Variety

A decade after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) destroyed the original Terminator, a second unstoppable killing machine (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives from the post-apocalyptic year 2029. But this time his mission is to stop an even deadlier Terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal and determined to kill young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the future leader of the human resistance. Sarah, John, and the Terminator counter by going after the scientist responsible for developing Skynet.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is an action-packed blockbuster with some of the most amazing stunts ever filmed and ground-breaking, Academy Award-winning special effects. Star Schwarzenegger this time is made kinder and gentler against the silent, relentless T-1000. One of the most popular films of the 1990s, James Cameron's action masterpiece is both a thoughtful look at violence in human nature and an exciting, nonstop thrill ride.

The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King

Score: 3.40, 5 Polls

Won 11 Oscars including Best Picture,
Director, Visual Effects, and Original Score

THE RETURN OF THE KING finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis). Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle.

As with The Two Towers, the director weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Director Peter Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, The Return of the King skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history.

Star Wars V:
The Empire Strikes Back

Score: 3.00, 10 Polls

"It's a near flawless movie of its kind."
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

The Empire Strikes Back continues creator George Lucas's epic saga where STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE left off. The Rebel Forces--which include young adventurer Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), rogue pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the beautiful but seemingly humorless Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)--have been successful in destroying the Evil Empire's Death Star.

However, the Empire's top commander, the terrifying Lord Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones), is scanning the galaxy for the Rebels' secret location. After a visually stunning showdown on the ice planet Hoth, the Rebels are forced to flee, and Luke separates from Han and Leia.

Masterful storytelling weaves multiple, archetypal plotlines that pit Vader against Han and Leia as he desperately attempts to capture Luke for political--and, secretly, personal--reasons. Greek tragedy meets a philosophical hero's journey in EMPIRE, a remarkable sci-fi epic in which the performances are as powerful as the spectacular special effects.

The Godfather II

Score: 1.80, 10 Polls

Won six Oscars including Best Picture,
Director, Writing, and Original Score

The sequel to THE GODFATHER tells the story of both a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), newly arrived in America, and his son Michael (Al Pacino), forty years later, running the family empire.

On the streets of Hell's Kitchen in 1917 New York City, Vito is initiated into the ways of the local cosa nostra by his friend Clemenza (Bruno Kirby). After killing the local mafioso in a towel-wrapped gun, Vito becomes the new man to be respected and feared.

Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Corleone), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), and John Cazale (Fredo Corleone), reprising their roles from THE GODFATHER, are outstanding as the people forced to watch the new godfather's moral destruction. Robert De Niro, speaking in Italian, captures the mannerisms of Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone from the first film brilliantly.

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