The Dark Knight, Fracture, Batman Begins The Prestige, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Cloverfield, Alien, Aliens, Predator, Good Will Hunting, Fight Club, King Kong (Peter Jackson), Lord of the Rings trilogy, V for Vendetta, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2, Inglourious Basterds, Road to Perdition, Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Goodfellas, Casino, The Brave One, Sunshine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Avatar, Signs, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Empire of the Sun, Shindler's List, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Spiderman: Two, X-Men, X-men United, The Incredible Hulk, Watchmen, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, Snatch, Rock 'n' Rolla, The Matrix, The Beach, Mexico trilogy, Planet Terror, Death Proof, Escape from New York, The Thing, Layer Cake and more I'll have to think of later.
Guy Ritchie, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Arnofsky, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott, Edgar Wright, Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Rodriguez, John Carpenter, Emmet Malloy, Davis Guggenheim, Sergio Lione, The Coen Brothers, and David Fincher.
The first Matrix was lightning in a bottle, I mixed both action and brains, turning it into a unique and fun sci-fi, and a box-office hit. Part of what made it awesome was the mysteries left unsolved, Zion, the Chosen One, and the future of the war.
When they chose to continue it, they didn't really make a strong story out of it. Sure, the effects were cool, with the highway sequence being particullary awesome. But again, no good story to follow-up the original.
It felt like a hollow cash-in, instead of a real sequel.