"Top Gun: Maverick" hit theaters this Memorial Day weekend. Some reviewers are even saying it's better than the original — a high bar, indeed. Often, when a first movie does well, a sequel is almost bound to disappoint. Topping that first film and meeting audience expectations is a massive challenge, and it’s rare that sequels are nearly as good as the first film — except for these 15 movies, that is. These sequels more than improved on their initial versions, making them favorites among audiences and critics alike.