Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Terminator. This collection of classic movies has one important thing in common (aside from all being awesome). All six of these classic films have had sequels, prequels, or remakes very recently, or are about to have sequels, prequels, or remakes very soon.
Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars. I was raised on it. In fact I love all of the movies that I have mentioned, but there are some movies that stopped at one, and these are the movies that are going to remembered for all of eternity as timeless classics.
A classic adventure story, The Goonies captures the lives of Mikey, his three friends, his brother, his brother's girlfriend, and his brother's girlfriend's friend as they try to save Mikey's house from being foreclosed. They end up finding a treasure map in the attic and they follow it to the fabled treasure of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willy while being chased by a murderous Italian family. Oh, and let's not forget Sloth and his famous "HEY YOU GUYYYYYYYS!!!"
This movie started out with a very simple goal, and ended with that goal being completed. There is no purpose in keeping it going. With a movie as perfect as The Goonies, no sequel is necessary.
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club is one of the biggest milestones in film history. The story of five totally different high-schoolers coming together and bonding through their similarities rather than their differences. Learn to love the quirks of the five kids as they share Saturday detention and go from total strangers to as close as friends can be.
A sequel would have little to no impact compared to the first one. They went from strangers to cohorts in a single day, so how would a sequel work if they were already friends? I've heard many people talk about how they would love a modern reboot of The Breakfast Club but that's ridiculous. You know that term "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", well The Breakfast Club is about as far as you can get from broken.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Another classic John Hughes high-school movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off follows around a well-liked high-school student (Ferris Bueller as you might have guessed) as he decides one day not to go to school. No particular reason. He just wants a day off. He fakes being sick, grabs his girlfriend, his best friend, and his best-friend's dad's sports car before taking off. They spend the whole day doing whatever they want, from eating out at nice restaurants to going to baseball games, all the while Ferris' sister and his principal both try to catch him playing hooky.
The movie is called Ferris Bueller's Day Off. If they were to do a sequel, what would they even call it? Ferris Bueller's Second Day Off. This is another one of those Breakfast Club cases. It is such a well-known and widely-liked film that a reboot just wouldn't work.
The Princess Bride
This film cannot possibly be captured in one genre. There's action, adventure, romance, comedy, everything that anyone could ever want in a movie. Sure the title is misleading. Most people who haven't seen this movie would think that it was a chick flick, what with the kissing and the true love and the mawwiage, but The Princess Bride is perfect for anyone. It has swashbuckling, it has rodents of unusual size, it has six-fingered men, and of course Miracle Max!
The Princess Bride is based of the novel written by S. Morgenstern and adapted by William Goldman. The novel was the only one of its kind, and although Goldman has spent years trying to come up with the script for a sequel, he was unsuccessful. That just goes to show that The Princess Bride should not be touched. It is just inconceivably wonderful.