The sequel is a tricky thing to land. Those that do, the best ones, are often extensions of their predecessors, films that riff off of the general greatness (good sequels rarely come from bad first films) of what went before them to extend that first film's vision or scope.
The greatest sequels are often made by the same director, then—he or she simply carrying on from whence they left. Think The Godfather Part II, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Before Sunset or Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
There are occasions though, when a different director takes over the proverbial reigns of a franchise to produce a film on par with, and sometimes better than, the original. Whether they be direct sequels or franchise reboots, the directors here have managed to do just that; to take something not their own and imbue it with something that is, leaving a distinct watermark next to some already well established ones.
Here then, are the 10 Best Sequels By Different Directors, and there's not a Hunger Games or Twilight in sight...