Movies That Didn’t Need Sequels

It seems like we’re drowning in sequels these days. I’ll be honest; not all sequels are bad, and not all of these sequels that will be listed are bad. Still, some movies just didn’t need a sequel(s). Here’s 9!


The original 2004 film is a massively iconic comedy, and you can see why! The characters are great, the script is funny, and the movie is fun! To me, the sequel to this movie is just an unfunny bore. Anchorman 2 tried so hard to catch the same lightning in a different bottle, and it just didn’t work. I wouldn’t say that the sequel tarnishes The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but the continuation of said legend may have smudged it.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

I think that this is an incredibly fresh comedy for the family. This movie was such an unexpected treat for me! The directors of this film (Lord & Miller) went on to make The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street…and Cloudy may be my favorite of their films! Unfortunately, Lord & Miller did not go on to write or direct Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. I think that this movie had a cool idea…until you realize that this is almost the exact same plot as The Lost World. The sequel is the quality of film that I was expecting when I saw the first film. This sequel wasn’t fresh or exciting in my opinion.

Dirty Harry

This is an incredible film and it’s still relevant today! This film is 45 years old, and it’s themes still hold up! I really love this movie. Dirty Harry is brutal, honest, real, and relentless! The sequels? No. They ruin the spirit of the first film by taking away Harry’s edge. I truly believe that this film would be more loved had it not been for the sequels.

The Hobbit

I know that this one is kind of cheating, but imagine if this was just one, fun, two hour film. That actually gets me excited, where the current trilogy makes me want to go back to bed.

Home Alone

When I was a kid, I really liked Lost in New York. The city was this kids, and I was just a little jealous. Then they made a third film…and it was bad. Then they made a fourth…and it was abysmal. Then they made a fifth…you see where I’m going with this. In all honesty though, I watched the sequel a while ago. Culkin gives a really wooden performance in the first sequel, and the film is almost exactly the same as the first. The original film is a fun family film and the sequels are not.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Now this one really upsets me! The Hunchback of Notre Dame is on the darkest Disney movies of all time! This movie really was ahead of it’s time, and had a lot to say. The sequel? Garbage! Pure trash! It’s just stupidity and bad animation. The sequel is an insult to a great movie! Gah! This one drives me nuts!

Iron Man

Now I’m not saying that I didn’t want more Iron Man. I love him in the Avengers film, I just didn’t care for the Iron Man sequels. If we just got this one movie that most people like, it would have been such a treat to see him come back to join the Avengers!

Men in Black

The first Men In Black is one of the coolest movies ever! Man, what a fun movie! The sequels? Not so much. I’m going back to legacy on this one. I think that people ignore the first film because it was tarnished by the sequels. If Men in Black were a stand alone film, it would be hailed as a beloved classic.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Look at this poster! This poster encapsulates the entire feel of this awesome, fun film! Man, I love this movie. Unfortunately, you can’t tell this to anyone because they’ll bring up the sub par sequels. Did we need those? The first one has a perfect ending for an imaginative audience. We could have imagined the awesome adventures that Captain Jack Sparrow would have pursued. Instead we got some poorly written, clunky, “funless” movies.

So those are my thoughts. What sequels do you find unnecessary?

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