1. Scarface (1983)
Remake of Scarface (1932), United States
The original, which takes place in Chicago instead of Miami, ends the same way as the remake, with both Scarfaces dying under the words, “The World is Yours.”
2. Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Remake of 3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985), France
While the sequel to the remake came in 1990 (Three Men and a Little Lady), the sequel to the original did not come until 18 years later and was aptly titled just that.
3. Scent of a Woman (1992)
Remake of Profumo di Donna (Scent of a Woman) (1974), Italy
Vittorio Gassman, who played Al Pacino’s role in the original, also voiced Mufasa for the Italian version of The Lion King.
4. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Remake of Le Dîner de Cons (Dinner of Fools) (1998), France
Thierry Lhermitte, who starred in the original, is also the star of two other films on this list: La Totale! and Un indien dans la ville.
5. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Remake of Bedtime Story (1964), United States
Although the remake has two stellar leads in Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the original is no slouch since it stars Marlon Brando and David Niven.
6. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Remake of La Jetée (The Jetty) (1962), France
The original was a short film at only 28 minutes long, but both still end tragically for their heroes in an airport.
7. True Lies (1994)
Remake of La Totale! (1991), France
Jamie Lee Curtis actually won a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of Helen Tasker in the remake.
8. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
Remake of Un indien dans la ville (An Indian in the City) (1994), France
Late film critic Gene Siskel named Jungle to Jungle the worst movie of 1997.
9. The Departed (2006)
Remake of Infernal Affairs (2002), Hong Kong
The actual Chinese title of the original, 無間道, translates to “The Unceasing Path,” which is an allusion to Buddhism’s lowest level of the “hell realm,” Avīci, where all who enter will suffer constantly.
10. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Remake of Boudu Sauvé des Eaux (Boudu Saved from Drowning) (1932), France
Disney, who released the remake through their subsidiary Touchstone Pictures, received their first R-rating with the film.
11. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Remake of Yojimbo (1961), Japan
A Fistful of Dollars is actually considered an un-official remake of Yojimbo, since its makers failed to gain the rights to the original film and were successfully sued for doing so.
12. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Remake of The Maltese Falcon (1931), United States
After being deemed “lewd” in 1936, the original film was not seen again until 1966, when restrictions were lifted. It was then released to television as Dangerous Female.
13. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Remake of Angels in the Outfield (1951), United States
The original film was set around the Pittsburgh Pirates, since the Los Angeles Angels weren’t established until 1961.
14. EDtv (1999)
Remake of Louis 19, Le Roi des Ondes (Louis 19, King of the Airwaves) (1994), Canada
Despite middling reviews, the remake was a major bomb, only making around $35 million on an $80 million budget.
15. Major Payne (1995)
Remake of The Private War of Major Benson (1955), United States
The original starred Charlton Heston, just one year before his turn as Moses in The Ten Commandments.
16. The Toy (1982)
Remake of Le Jouet (The Toy), (1976), France
The original was the first film for French director Francis Veber, who would go on to direct and write films such as Le Dîner de Cons (the original Dinner for Schmucks) and My Father the Hero.
17. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Remake of The Incredible Journey (1963), United States
Unlike the remake, the original did not have actors voicing the animals’ thoughts but only a narrator.
- Speaking of climate change, can you pass this basic quiz about it? ›