With the current trend of Hollywood studios and streaming services like Netflix mining older material for new hits, it’s no surprise that movie remakes are more popular than ever. While some remakes fail to capture the magic of the original, there are plenty of examples of movies that have improved on the source material. Here are 12 movie remakes that are better than the originals.
1. The Italian Job (2003)
The original 1969 heist movie was a fun caper, but the 2003 remake starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron is even better. The updated version features a more complex heist, higher stakes, and thrilling action sequences.
2. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The original 1977 horror movie was a classic, but the 2006 remake starring Aaron Stanford and Vinessa Shaw is even more intense. The remake ups the gore factor and features some truly harrowing moments.
3. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
The original 1960 heist movie featured an all-star cast, but the 2001 remake starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon is even better. The remake is funnier and more stylish, and the heist itself is more complex.
4. The Ring (2002)
The original 1998 Japanese horror film was a classic, but the 2002 American remake starring Naomi Watts is even scarier. The remake features better special effects and a more atmospheric setting, making it one of the most chilling horror films ever made.
5. The Departed (2006)
The original 2002 Chinese crime thriller was great, but the 2006 American remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson is even better. The remake is more intense, and the cast is phenomenal.
6. True Grit (2010)
The original 1969 western starring John Wayne was a classic, but the 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges is even better. The remake is more faithful to the book, and Bridges gives a great performance as the gruff Rooster Cogburn.
7. War of the Worlds (2005)
The original 1953 science fiction classic was groundbreaking, but the 2005 remake starring Tom Cruise is even more suspenseful. The remake features updated special effects and a more realistic take on an alien invasion.
8. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The original 1962 political thriller was ahead of its time, but the 2004 remake starring Denzel Washington is even more relevant. The remake is set in the Iraq War and features a chilling performance by Liev Schreiber as the brainwashed title character.
9. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The original 1978 zombie classic was groundbreaking, but the 2004 remake starring Sarah Polley is even more gruesome. The remake features updated special effects and a more intense take on the zombie apocalypse.
10. Let Me In (2010)
The original 2008 Swedish vampire film was great, but the 2010 American remake starring Chloe Moretz is even better. The remake is more faithful to the book, and Moretz gives a haunting performance as the young vampire.
11. The Fly (1986)
The original 1958 science fiction classic was ahead of its time, but the 1986 remake starring Jeff Goldblum is even more disturbing. The remake features updated special effects and a more graphic take on the story of a man gradually turning into a fly.
12. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The original 1968 heist movie was great, but the 1999 remake starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo is even better. The remake is more stylish, and the heist itself is more complex. Plus, Russo’s performance as the femme fatale is unforgettable.
While it’s always fun to watch the original movie, sometimes a remake can be just as good – or even better. If you’re looking for a new movie to watch this weekend, consider one of these 12 remakes that are better than the originals.