When it comes to sequels in Hollywood, "not as good as the original" is certainly one of the most common complaints you’ll hear. The first movie in a series sets a bar, and it’s by that bar that all subsequent titles are judged. For most franchises this proves to be an insurmountable task (Back To The Future and Jurassic Park spring to mind), but there are a few out there that have follow-up stories that are better than their predecessor.

Taking into consideration only franchises with three or more movies, and two sequels that are better than the original, we’ve put together a list of 10 franchises that actually got better as they went on. Read on for our selections, and hit the comments section with your thoughts!

Star Trek
Star Trek
Star Trek is easily one of the most beloved franchises of all time, dating back to when audiences first watched William Shatner at the helm of the Enterprise on the original series. That being said, things didn’t exactly get off to a great start on the big screen, as Star Trek: The Motion Picture isn’t terrible, but it is quite slow and boring. Fortunately, the series then brought us Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (one of the best sci-fi movies ever made), and while it’s true that there are still plenty of other bad Star Trek films, we’ve also been gifted with some truly awesome titles, including The Undiscovered Country, The Voyage Home, and First Contact.

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