James Cameron upped the ante with this follow up to his robo-pocolyptic movie about a cyborg that comes back in time to alter the future. Terminator 2 was revolutionary in its use of CGI and grand in terms of storytelling. It offered thrills, fast-paced action and terrifying sequences involving the villain T-1000, which helped it eclipse the first movie by a mile.
Quite possibly the best of the six Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes back was dark at times and entertaining throughout, climaxing in the shocking, but now famous revelation by Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker.
Francis Ford Coppolla’s sequel to the magnificent adaptation of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Pacino’s acting helped to continue the brilliant storyline of Michael Corleone’s grasp over the mob world, while simultaneously Robert De Niro portrayed the younger Vito Corleone, in what was an amazing use of interchanging stories. This sequel was truly a masterful stroke of genius.
Christopher Nolan decided to outdo himself and blew Batman Begins out of the water with The Dark Knight. The action was better and the story was more powerful. Heath Ledger stole the show with his wonderful and terrifying performance as the Joker, winning a posthumous Oscar for the role. All the while, Nolan showed us just how grim and noir a comic-book movie could be. This film lands at number 1 on our list based on the breadth of financial and critical success it enjoyed compared to its predecessor.