Top Five Best Movie Remakes of All Time
When it comes to Hollywood remaking a movie that previously exists or adding onto the original & creating a new movie that takes many cues from its predecessor, two very vocal groups come out of the woodwork. First, there’s the “Hey Guys Give This Remake a Chance” group. And then there’s the “I Hate Everything About Remakes” group. With the release of the not-at-all controversial remake of the beloved 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, here is a list of some of the absolute best movie remakes of all time.
#5. The Parent Trap (1998)
This 1990’s family comedy was a staple in every household at the time and I wore out the VHS like no other. The remake of the 1961 film starring Hayley Mills and Maureen O’Hara came at a time when jean jackets were chic as ever. A young Lindsay Lohan gives a fantastic performance playing separated twins who come together after a Bad To The Bone poker game at a summer camp to reunite their divorced parents, played by a 1998 Dennis Quaid and the late, incredibly great, Natasha Richardson. Lohan’s British accent is actually pretty adequate and this movie will truly leave you feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy.
#4. The Thing (1982)
Regarded as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all-time, John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 black-and-white picture The Thing from Another World has gained much popularity over the years despite having a less than stellar performance at the box office. A heavily bearded Kurt Russell leads the cast as MacReady and his performance as the reluctant hero came about one year following his role as Snake in another Carpenter collaboration Escape from New York (1981). The prequel to The Thing was released in 2011, aptly titled: The Thing (2011) and starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
#3. The Departed (2006)
The remake of the 2002 Japanese crime thriller Infernal Affairs stars an incredible amount of heavy hitting actors including the always beautiful Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, the luckiest woman in the world Vera Farmiga, Jack Nicholson and the illusive Martin Sheen… Also Mark Wahlberg has one of the greatest lines in all of film history (right). DiCaprio and Damon’s performances are phenomenal, both managing to illustrate the struggles with their respective covers wonderfully and the direction of Martin mothereffing Scorsese is one of his best.
#2. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Western remake of the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai (1954) stars an onslaught of all-time greats, including Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Horst Buchholz, and James Coburn. The chemistry between every member of the cast is felt through the duration of the movie and every single shot is a thing of absolute beauty. Elmer Bernstein’s magnificent (ah thank you) score enhances the movie tremendously and that Magnificent Seven theme song is guaranteed to make anyone feel like a hero. Antoine Fuqua directs the upcoming remake of this remake, slated to be released this September so fingers crossed it is half as glorious as the 1960’s version.
#1. Scarface (1983)
When asking if a remake could possibly be better than its original predecessor, the 1983 classic Scarface will always end up on that list. Al Pacino embodied Tony Montana and the supporting cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Loggia, and Steven Bauer, brought the movie up immensely. The insanely quotable dialogue, brute violence, and themes revolving the struggle to rise and establish yourself in a new country resonated with audiences old and young alike and has transcended generations. Not to mention just how fantastic that Giorgio Moroder composed soundtrack is. I don’t even care what I’m doing at the moment, if any song from that soundtrack starts playing I sing/scream the song as loudly as I can.
The Fly (1986), remake of the 1958 film.
“Ronnie – No. Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
Dawn of the Dead (2004), remake of the 1978 film.
“Dr. Foster – Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills! The people it kills get up and kill!”
Oceans Eleven (2001), remake of the 1960’s Ocean’s 11.
“Danny – Does he make you laugh?”
“Tess – He doesn’t make me cry.”
The Birdcage (1996), remake of the French farce “La Cage aux Folles.”
“Celsius – Chewing gum helps me think.”
“Albert – Sweetie, you’re wasting your gum.”
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