Top 10 Movie Remakes of All Time

Top 10 Movie Remakes of All Time

While the word “remake” is enough for an average movie fan to frown in disgust thanks to Hollywood’s habit of shamelessly exploiting classic storylines and making mediocre movies..

..there are still some exceptions to the rule when both remake and the original movies are top quality features. Here’s a list of ten best remakes, some of which not only filled the shoes of their predecessors but turned out to be better movies than the original.

10. 3:10 To Yuma. Great performance by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale made the 2007 remake a worthy successor of the western made 40 years before. James Mangold pays tribute to the western movie classic while taking it to the next level with the deep dialogue between the two men that add another dimension to the story of a captured outlaw trying to outsmart the rancher who’s paid to escort him on a train to prison.

9. Cape Fear. Martin Scorcese ads a touch of surrealist to a tale of the convicted rapist seeking revenge on the family of the public defender who represented him on the trial and withheld crucial information believing he was guilty. In the original version, the convicted felon Max Cady goes after a man who witnessed the rape. Robert De Niro carries out the role of the psycho rapist brilliantly, and young Juliette Lewis playing the defender’s teenage daughter he’s after definitely steals the spotlight.

8. Dawn of The Dead. The second in the Living Dead series, the 1978 Dawn of the Dead was written and directed by George A. Romero. It stood out from other horror movies of the 70s thanks to the complexity of characters unusual for this movie genre, and turned into a horror classic. The 2004 remake is Zack Snyder’s directorial debut that differs from the original with zombies being pretty fast compared to the original slow walking undead hordes, which is the number one argument for fans to pick either movie as favorite.

7. Father of The Bride. The 1950 original shows Elisabeth Taylor was an experienced actress even at the age of 18, as she carries the role of the daughter getting married and causing all kinds of headaches for her father. On the other hand, Steve Martin made sure the 1991 remake could be compared to the original, filling the heartwarming story with great comedy elements.

6. Italian Job. Michael Cane at his finest in the 1969 story about the plot to steal a gold shipment in Italy by creating a traffic jam. While the original movie has more comedy elements, the 2003 remake is more action packed, with the plot moved from Italy to the United States. Big names like Charlize Teron and Edward Norton in supporting roles make the newer version interesting to watch.

5. Oceans 11. One of the rare cases when the remake actually has a better plot than the original, as well as the acting performance. In fact, these two movies don’t share much besides the title and the basic plot. The 1960 original spinned around Frank Sinatra and his gang using the singer’s popularity to attract the audience while lacking a good story without holes. On the other hand, the 2001 version of the biggest Las Vegas casino robbery attempt has gathered some of the biggest stars of our time like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and unlike the famous singer, these people can really act.

4. Ring. Horror movies fans have probably had most old vs. new debates over The Ring, or Ringu as the original title goes. You’d think that a Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror movie couldn’t turn into anything good, but the 2002 version not only proved to be a huge success but did what only a few remakes managed to do and outshone the original. With the disturbing scenography and amazing casting, The Ring is an excellent horror movie, while Ringu is more of a shocking film with a less coherent scenario which makes it less scary than the remake.

3. Scarface. Although the original 1932 Scarface is a great movie about a downfall of an ambitious gangster on his way to the top, the 1983 remake is not only an amazing movie but a legendary classic. Oliver Stone wrote a masterpiece screenplay whose lines have been quoted for decades now, and Brian De Palma proved his directing genius turning the gangster classic into something much more. The unforgettable Al Pacino as raging Tony Montana is one of the most famous gangster roles ever to be portrayed on the silver screen.

2. Seven Samurai. Kurosawa’s classic about a village that hires 7 samurai to protect them from bandits who plan on stealing their crops is turned into a story of a Mexican village that assembles the army of seven gunfighters to fight the army of bandits that have been terrorizing them for years. John Sturges managed not only to Americanize the plotline and lose nothing in the process, but to create a masterpiece of its kind. Great names like Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson, epic gunfight scenes – The Magnificent Seven is all you need in a western drama.

1. The Thing. When debating the original vs. remake movies, most movie buffs will agree on one thing – there is no doubt The Thing from 1982 is among the best remakes ever made. John Carpenter makes the story about people in the Antarctic outpost getting killed one by one by a shape shifting alien packed with suspense, keeping your eyes pinned to the screen until the very last second of the movie. One of Kurt Russell’s best roles and an epic horror movie that is a must see whether you’re a fan of the genre or not.

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