The 25 Best Movie Sequels of All Time, According to Internet Voters

While plenty of never quite live up to the high standards set by the originals, others go on to outperform their first installments and/or in .

Thanks to Ranker, you can see how your personal opinions about certain sequels measure up against those of the masses. The crowdsourced ranking site plays host to a list of the , as voted on by anyone with an internet connection. The ranking system is more complex than just ordering the films from most to fewest votes. You can upvote or downvote a movie, so the algorithm accounts not only for the number of upvotes, but the ratio of upvotes to downvotes, too. Voters also have the option to re-rank a list entirely, and the algorithm gives extra weight to re-rankers’ votes.

“Yeah, it’s complicated,” Ranker on the site. “But we’ve done a lot of testing and years of data-science to determine that the order of a list on Ranker is about as accurate as anyone can get.”

According to the results, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s 2008 follow-up to 2005’s Batman Begins, is the best movie sequel ever made. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) rounded out the top three. The list has something for just about every kind of viewer, from cinephiles (1974’s The Godfather Part II came in fifth place) to kids (Shrek 2 and Toy Story 2 both made the top 15).