Top 10 Best Legacy Sequels of All-Time!
With 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Jurassic World Dominion' at the top of the box office this summer, Moviefone counts down the 10 best legacy sequels ever made.
According to Wikipedia, a legacy sequel is a movie that follows the continuity of the original movie, but takes place further along the timeline, often focusing on new characters with the original ones still present in the plot.
We've seen this on TV with shows like 'Cobra Kai' and 'The Book of Boba Fett,' and in movies such as 'Toy Story 4,' or 'Terminator: Dark Fate,' and most recently with 'Jurassic World Dominion' and 'Top Gun: Maverick.'
With 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Jurassic World Dominion' currently killing it at the box office, now is a good time to countdown the top ten best legacy sequels ever made.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney), the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
The Color of Money (1986)
Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.
Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021)
When a single mom (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson) and the secret legacy their grandfather (Harold Ramis) left behind.
Star Trek (2009)
The brash James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) tries to live up to his father's (Chris Hemsworth) legacy with Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan (Eric Bana) from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time, seeking revenge against a future version of Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his allies (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac) face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of Stormtroopers.
TRON: Legacy (2010)
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy and daring son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), investigates his father's disappearance and is pulled into The Grid. With the help of a mysterious program named Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Sam quests to stop evil dictator Clu (also Jeff Bridges) from crossing into the real world.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”
Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.