If you’re sick of horrible follow ups to good movies, check out these best sequels that don’t suck. The films below stay away from cheesy plots and ridiculous storylines. You won’t find movies like “Speed 2” on this list. Instead, watch sequels that might even surpass their original counterparts.

  1. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” This action movie from James Cameron not only didn’t suck, but it actually outdid the original “Terminator.” Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, this time as the good guy. This twist provided a whole new perspective on the same story about John Connor’s fate. A new villain is added, the T-1000, and the action is even greater and more explosive than the first film.

  2. “The Godfather Part II” The original “Godfather” easily makes the list of best films ever made. It might seem like Francis Ford Coppola would feel intimidated to make another film version, but he did indeed create a sequel just as engaging and powerful as the first. In this sequel that certainly doesn’t suck, we follow Al Pacino’s character as the new patriarch of the Corleone family. Simultaneously, we get to see his father’s rise to power back in Little Italy, with a performance from Robert De Niro.

  3. “Toy Story 2 and 3” These Pixar sequels might just be even better than the original story. In these sequels that don’t suck, Woody and Buzz Lightyear reunite and meet some new toys. Cowgirl Jessie is introduced in “Toy Story 2,” while “Toy Story 3” brings Ken and Barbie into the limelight.

  4. “Aliens” James Cameron has a gift for making good sequels. This follow up to the sci fi horror film picks up several decades later. Sigourney Weaver’s character is awoken from her frozen slumbers to find explorers colonizing the very planet full of those drooling aliens that she battled long ago. In this sequel that doesn’t suck, Weaver’s character kicks some major alien butt as one of film’s best heroines.

  5. “The Dark Knight” The follow up to Christopher Nolan’s popular “Batman Begins” movie blows the original out of the water. Much of its greatness is due to the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the villain Joker. His psychotic manipulations make him a terrifying force. The supporting cast made up of Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, and Maggie Gyllenhaal ensures that this is one sequel that doesn’t suck.