16 OG Movies That Actually Left Us Wanting Sequels

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Sep 15, 2016 Movies

love actuallyFrom Bridget Jones's Baby to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Zoolander 2 to just so many more, there's certainly been no lack of sequels to hit theaters this year -- but there are still plenty of favorite flicks we'd love to see reappear with a "part two" tacked on to their titles. Some are romantic comedies that left us wondering if our fantasy couple really did stay together forever and ever. Others featured characters so fascinating we can't help but think about what they might have gone on to do with their lives ... but all of them deserve another installment on the screen!

And while it's true that sequels aren't always better than the originals (sometimes quite the opposite), we'd still be first in line if any of these fantasy films ever really happened. (Are you listening, Hollywood?)

 

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  • Heathers

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    Who can forgot the iconic last scene in Heathers (1989) when Veronica (Winona Ryder) announced "Heather, my love, there's a new sherriff in town"? We'd love to know what she did as the owner of that red scrunchie! Start a new clique? If anyone could revolutionize the high school social hierarchy system, it's Veronica!

  • Bridesmaids

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    Annie (Kristen Wiig) was definitely having something of an existential crisis in Bridesmaids (2011), but when the movie ended it seemed like she was on the road to getting her life together. Did she? And did that life include a wedding of her own to Nathan? A sequel could answer these crucial questions!

  • Pretty Woman

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    The blockbuster hit Pretty Woman (1990) had a quintessential Hollywood happy ending with damsel in distress Vivian (Julia Roberts) being rescued by her handsome, rich "prince" Edward (Richard Gere). But did their romance last? Did Vivian take on the role of trophy wife and spend the rest of her days shopping on Rodeo Drive, or did they pick up and move somewhere more genuine and start a family? (Let's go with the latter.)

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

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    Andy (Anne Hathaway) was well on her way to having a successful publishing career at the end of The Devil Wears Prada (2006) thanks to the intervention of former boss Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), but we're left wondering about her relationship with alienated boyfriend Nate (Adrien Grenier). Did Andy move to Boston to be with him (or did he move back to NYC)? Or maybe Andy chose work over love in true Miranda Priestly fashion (no pun intended).

  • Fame

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    The graduating class of New York City's High School of the Performing Arts had big dreams at the end of Fame (1980), but did they ever come true? Did Leroy make it as a dancer? Did Bruno's rock band take off? And what about Coco?? (We'll never get over that screen test scene, NEVER.)

  • Mean Girls

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    By the final moments of Mean Girls (2004), Cady (Lindsay Lohan) had completed the transformation from weird to "plastic" to plain old normal, but did she manage to avoid getting sucked into the popularity trap in college? Plus, we'd love to see more of Regina George (Rachel McAdams) as a rage-fueled lacrosse star ... and can we please sign up for a class with Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey)?? Okay, technically there was a Mean Girls 2, but we want to know what happened to our OG mean girls -- and, of course, make fetch happen.

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  • Clueless

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    Audiences everywhere cheered when Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Josh (Paul Rudd) finally got together at the end of Clueless (1995), but we never got to see them as a couple -- and that's a shame, because those two are adorable! We know one thing: Josh apparently wouldn't have aged at all (have you seen Paul Rudd lately?!).

  • Pretty in Pink

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    Every '80s kid has been haunted by the same question for years: Did Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Blane (Andrew McCarthy) stay together after the end of Pretty in Pink (1986)? And what about Duckie (Jon Cryer)? We really hope he found love with that girl who smiled at him (Kristy Swanson).

  • Say Anything

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    One of the classic coming-of-age tales, Say Anything (1989) left us all hanging in regards to the romance of Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye). Sure, she gave him that pen, but did he really write to her when she was in England? (We think the answer is yes!)

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  • 50 First Dates

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    Sure, the plot of 50 First Dates (2004) was a bit ... implausible, but the idea of amnesia-stricken Lucy (Drew Barrymore) and Henry (Adam Sandler) falling in love over and over again was still cute enough for us to hold out hope that someday, she might finally get her memory back. And if she did, would it be through some typically Sandler-esque wackiness?

  • Knocked Up

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    It seemed like Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) were ready to be parents when the credits rolled in Knocked Up (2007), but were they really and truly ready to be a couple? (At least we sort of got to see more of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters in This Is 40.)

  • Love Actually

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    So many, many questions left unanswered at the end of Love Actually (2003): Did Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman)'s marriage ever truly recover? Did Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) and David (Hugh Grant)'s romance survive the public eye? Did Mark (Andrew Lincoln) ever move on from his crush on Juliet (Keira Knightley)? Our daydreams depend on these answers!

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  • Trainwreck

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    We had a lot of misgivings about the rather neat and tidy ending of Trainwreck (2015), considering that Amy (Amy Schumer) and Aaron (Bill Hader) only ended up getting together because Amy completely made over her personality to win his approval. We'd love to see a sequel where Amy starts acting like (a perhaps slightly less self-destructive version of) herself again ... and Aaron still loves her.

  • Sleepless in Seattle

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    We refuse to believe that Annie (Meg Ryan) and Sam (Tom Hanks) didn't get married and live happily ever after at the end of Sleepless in Seattle (1993), but we'd still love to see it all play out onscreen. (And no, You've Got Mail doesn't count as a sequel.)

  • Election

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    Thanks to a flash-forward at the end of Election (1999), we know that Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) went on to work with a congressman, but did she ever achieve the kind of success she so desperately wanted? Because that's one career journey we'd love to watch! And did Jim (Matthew Broderick) really live out the rest of his days as a tour guide at the American Museum of Natural History?

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  • Juno

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    We're pretty sure that the witty and wise Juno (played by Ellen Page in the 2007 movie of the same name) was gonna be just fine after giving up her baby with Paulie (Michael Cera), but we still want to know what happened next. Did the couple start an indie rock band and move to Portland? (Seems likely.) 

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