8 Other Movies From The 80s That Deserve A Sequel

After more than 35 years of waiting, fans of the 80s classic Superior gun can breathe a sigh of relief, because Maverick is back for a new generation. With the ever-impressive Tom Cruise, a stellar supporting cast, and stunning trailers, there’s plenty to be excited about, and its May 27 release date doesn’t come too soon.

Top Gun: Maverick was certainly a long time coming, but there are plenty of beloved 1980s films that had all the pieces in place for a sequel but never got one. Whether they’re icons of the decade everyone knows about or unsung gems that take a bit of research, these films would be a lot of fun to build on with a sequel.


Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Flight of the Navigator

One of Disney’s forays into science fiction territory, Flight of the Navigator has developed a cult following for its imaginative premise, likable characters, and early CGI effects that still work. As a bonus at a time when science fiction has started to get more pessimistic, it also has an upbeat tone that makes it a great family movie.

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As a Bryce Dallas Howard-directed remake arrives on Disney+, it would be fun to see how protagonist David Freeman’s life has changed since 1986. With knowledge of time dilation and artificial intelligence that has advanced so much over the Over the past few decades, David’s New Adventures practically write themselves.

World History, Part I (1981)

Mel Brooks is a comedy legend, with many of his films being beloved by audiences to this day, but History of the world, part one might be the one that most obviously calls for a sequel. As funny as the three segments of the movie are (especially the French Revolution), they only scratched the surface of what could be done with a parody story, and the fake trailer for Part II just pointed it out.

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Interestingly, Hulu is developing a History of the world, part II series, with Brooks returning as producer and writer. Time will tell if he can listen to the irreverent magic of First partbut a revival of Brooks’ signature style could really set the show apart from similar ones like drunk story.

Born July 4 (1989)

Tom Cruise in Born on the 4th of July

Based on the autobiography of Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist Ron Kovic, Born July 4 was a critically acclaimed hit, widely considered one of Tom Cruise’s best films. Although a war drama doesn’t seem like the type of movie that demands a sequel, Kovic has maintained his activism long past the film’s timeline, being involved in the movement against the war in Iraq.

While Cruise action franchises like Impossible mission are deservedly hugely popular, it would be nice to see him return to the role that first showed off his impressive talent for drama. A film about an aging Kovic facing a new conflict in a new generation might just be the way for him to earn another Oscar nomination.

Nightjars (1981)

As one of the greatest action heroes of the 80s, Sylvester Stallone had a long list of memorable films throughout the decade, with nightjars being one of the most underrated. Starring Stallone as Deke DaSilva, an NYPD detective he takes on international terrorist Heymar Reinhardt (Rutger Hauer), the film is an excellent cat-and-mouse thriller that lives and breathes the early ’80s.

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Stallone has been moving forward for years, which means a sequel starring him should probably be a passing-of-the-torch story, but a DaSilva revamp could have more adventures. The late 80s and 90s (to say nothing of the post-9/11 era) saw terrorism change dramatically and seeing DaSilva face off against neo-Nazis or a Waco-style militia in a period room offers possibilities interesting.

Clue (1985)

Cast of the movie Clue (1985)

If a board game seems like a ridiculous source for a movie, then Hint should put that notion to rest. Although it initially flopped at the box office, the film went on to develop a strong cult following, thanks in large part to its hilarious cast of characters led by Tim Curry’s Wadsworth.

A new version of Hint has actually been in development for a while, but the sequel to the first film (hopefully with the third ending as canon) provides an opportunity for a new cast of comedic actors to bring the characters from the board game to life. It would also be a treat to see surviving original cast members like Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren, at least for cameos.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Roger Rabbit handcuffed to Bob Hoskins

Although the ’80s are often considered the nadir of Disney’s Dark Ages, the studio still released many great films throughout the decade, none more innovative and influential than Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Deftly combining animation and live action to tell a classic detective story with Tex Avery humor, the film’s Toontown is a humor goldmine just waiting to be revisited.

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Although the death of Bob Hoskins in 2014 seems to put the kibosh on a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, there are plenty of great actors who could play the role of Eddie Valiant. Alternatively, another possibility is a sequel set in the present day, with Roger trying to navigate a Toontown that has changed drastically from the days of Mickey Mouse and looney tunes.

Flash Gordon (1980)

A cult classic so early 80s it practically oozes 70s, Flash Gordon took the premise of the original series and followed it through, resulting in a cheesy but very enjoyable space opera. You could say the movie set the tone for the rest of the decade, with everything from the acting, to the visuals, to the totally serious sexual overtones in their over-the-top nature.

A large number of Flash GordonFans have been clamoring for a remake or a reboot, but a direct sequel, albeit with a new cast, would likely be the best way to capture the version they fell in love with. With Taika Waititi attached to direct a new film, perhaps he can bring the glorious vision of the 1980 film to a new generation of viewers.

Gorky Park (1983)

An underrated gem of a murder mystery, Gorky Park was not a financial success, but it received generally positive reviews for its engaging mystery and excellent performances, particularly from star William Hurt as Soviet detective Arkady Renko. What many may not know is that the book Gorky Park is it the first in a series, each of which would have potential as a film in its own right.

The series’ strong ties to ’80s and ’90s Russia, along with the untimely death of William Hurt, would necessitate a younger actor cast as Renko. Still, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot proved that literary sleuths have a lot of potential on the big screen, and a new movie or TV series set in a time and place that many audiences don’t know would be unique.

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