According to Reddit, the 10 best prequel movies of all time

With the intent to expand on what is already known about a specific fictional world, prequels are usually very important additions to successful franchises. Whether they’re focusing on telling the backstory of a fictional character, introducing new faces to their audience, or simply bringing clarity to the original plot, this type of episode certainly makes a difference. This is natural if done correctly.

There are effective prequels out there that have managed to construct compelling backstories – by Twin Peaks: Firewalk With Me To Annabelle: Creation – who have earned the esteem of cinephiles on Reddit.



10 “Twin Peaks: Firewalk With Me” (1992)

Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee in Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me
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Directed by Mastermind David LynchThis intriguing psychological horror serves as a prequel to the television series of the same name and takes place a year after the murder of Teresa Banks (Pamela Gidley), a resident of Twin Peaks’ neighboring town, Deer Meadow. The film also narrates Laura Palmers (Sheryl Lee) last days.

Initially viewed as a critical and commercial failure, it is retrospectively considered one of the greatest prequels ever made, and Reddit agrees: “No question on my mind: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” u/AmeliaMangan wasn’t that only one to say. “A great prequel that actually benefits from watching the series first,” added another user.

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9 “The Godfather Part II” (1974)

Young Vito Corleone on the street looking intently at something behind the camera in The Godfather, Part II (1974) (1).
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Although The Godfather Part II Both a sequel and a prequel, most users on the platform admit it’s a favorite nonetheless. The second part of the franchise simultaneously examines Vito Corleone’s (Robert DeNiro) early life and career in 1920s New York and features his son Michael (Al Pacino) take over the family’s criminal empire.

When a Redditor asked why the movie wasn’t the best answer to the question on the platform, u/onelittleworld explained that it was “probably because half the movie is a sequel and the other half is a prequel.” However, they also added that “the NYC DeNiro-as-Vito sequences are among the greatest moments in film history.”

8th “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)

The man with no name stands in the desert in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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With Clinton Eastwood in one of his most memorable roles of all time, The good the bad and the ugly directed by the Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone is still one of the most popular westerns. The third part of dollar trilogy is considered to be the forerunner of For a few dollars more and follows a trio of bounty hunters searching for hidden Confederate gold.

A lot of people are confused as to whether the film is actually a prequel or not, but u/VisibleEvidence did a good job of clearing up any doubts: “‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ is considered a prequel as it is Eastwood’s character progressively acquires the clothes he wears during the first two films and because it’s set during the American Civil War,'” the user is quoted as saying.

7 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984)

Ke Huy Quan, Kate Capshaw and Harrison Ford crouch behind rocks in a cave looking slightly up at Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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Yet another obvious answer is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doomthe prequel to Hunter of the lost treasure. Harrison Ford reprises his role as the beloved action hero in a sequel set a year before the franchise’s first film. This time, the character is tasked by villagers to reclaim a sacred rock stolen from them by a dangerous cult.

One reason for this according to u/dropthemike7 Steven Spielberg‘s film works because he isn’t”attempt to be prequels (and a lot of people don’t even know they are!).” Additionally, u/Le_Baus admits that they “still struggle to see it as a prequel, even though technically it is.”

6 ‘Red Dragon’ (2002)

Anthony Hopkins grins in Red Dragon
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With a similar premise as The silence of the LambsThis memorable prequel provides viewers with more information about legendary fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). In Red DragonHannibal helps an FBI agent (Edward Norton) track down the serial killer “The Tooth Fairy”.

With many votes on their comment, a user on the platform admits that they really enjoyed the prequel (although it’s not as good as the sequel): “I enjoyed Red Dragon, the prequel to Silence of the Lambs . Admittedly, it’s not as good, but it has fantastic performances by Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton and Emily Watson,” they said. “Definitely worth a watch in my opinion.”

5 ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (2016)

Felicity Jones in
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Villain One is widely popular war of stars Story, and many cinephiles on the site seem to appreciate that. Set a week before the first installment in the franchise, the film follows a group of rebels who band together to steal plans for the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon.

Along with an engaging storyline, it also benefits from a great acting performance; It stars a number of talented actors including Felicity Jones, Diego LunaAnd Mads Mikkelsen. “I liked Rogue One and it ends exactly how Episode 4 begins, so very, very much a prequel,” wrote u/WarcraftFarscape.

4 ‘Prey’ (2022)

Naru hides from a Predator
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Takes place approximately 300 years before the events of the original predator Movie, this 2022 sci-fi flick follows a fierce and fearless Comanche warrior and Native American survivor, Naru (Amber Middonner) and her entire tribe, which is haunted by both a humanoid alien who hunts humans and French fur traders.

“I know it’s relatively new, but ‘Prey’ is up there!” u/ravingmoonatic replied when asked which was “the best prequel ever”. Another user hopes there will be more “imaginative concepts for future Predator movies” in the comments: “I want to see a yautja fighting a samurai, pirate, viking, barbarian, and roman centurion, in that order .”

3 ‘Pearl’ (2022)

Mia Goth as Pearl, swinging an ax to the ground in
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Featuring one of the most popular faces in horror right now – Scream Queen Mia Goth Ti West‘S pearl is a horror movie prequel too X. Set in 1918, the film follows a young woman who feels trapped on her parents’ remote farm and aspires to become a star to escape.

This joint venture production by A24 and Little Lamb Productions caught the attention of many people when it was released last year. “Pearl is already my favorite prequel, it’s the perfect match for X,” wrote u/We1rdStuff. Another user added that they “can’t wait for MaXXXine,” the third and final film in the horror franchise.

2 ‘End of the Line 5’ (2011)

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Nicholas D'Agosto in Final Destination 5
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The fifth installment in the supernatural horror franchise is the (spoiler alert) prequel to the first film in the series. It’s about the foreboding of Nicholas D’Agosto‘s Sam that he and his colleagues, his boss and other people will die in a bridge collapse. In a race against time, the character tries to find a way to prevent this.

Because that turns out later final destination 5 Actually set in 2000 (and not 2011 as many people have led us to believe), the film’s twist is part of what makes it so memorable. “Final Destination 5 was pretty good,” wrote u/miceyfressh. “Definitely the best of the series. Granted not to erase the highest bar,” replied u/meganev.

1 ‘Annabelle: Creation’ (2017)

Lulu Wilson holds Annabelle in Annabelle Creation
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A prequel to the 2014 film (which was also a prequel) and the fourth installment of the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle: Creation takes place twelve years after the tragic death of a doll maker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) daughter bee (Samara Lee). When they decide to invite a nun and several girls from a closed orphanage into their home, they all fall victim to the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

“Annabelle: Creation is a really solid horror film and acts as a great prequel to the other two films in the trilogy,” noted u/dalie333. “Also the only good, let alone decent, Conjuring spinoff,” added another user.

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