Best Movie Remakes of All Time

List by john Last updated April 15, 2017

"remake" screams "cash cow" in many peoples minds however there have been some extremely good ones in cinema history; arguably better than the original in some cases. This list features the best movie remakes ever chosen for quality. Some of the movies in this list are not widely known as being remakes and I am sure it wont be long before we start getting remakes of remakes.

remakeList order as defined by john
Cape Fear movie poster

Cape Fear (1991)

There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Except fear.
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The original was good but Cape Fear 1991 remake is simply awesome and De Niros' acting is on point.

The Thing movie poster

The Thing (1982)

Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.
Horror Science Fiction MysteryVote count904Vote avg8/10Watch trailer

John Carpenter re-imagined the story that was "The Thing from Another World" (1951)

The Fly movie poster

The Fly (1986)

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Horror Science FictionVote count574Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

A remake of the 1958 cult classic "The Fly".

King Kong movie poster

King Kong (2005)

The eighth wonder of the world.
Adventure Drama ActionVote count1,396Vote avg6/10Watch trailer

With a budget of 207 million dollars it's no wonder that the King Kong remake is cinematic gold.

The Departed movie poster

The Departed (2006)

Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
Drama Thriller CrimeVote count2,842Vote avg8/10Watch trailer

The Departed is actually a remake of the 2002 Chinese film "Infernal Affairs"

Ocean's Eleven movie poster

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Are you in or out?
Thriller CrimeVote count2,777Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

Oceans 11 was originally made in 1960 and starred Frank Sinatra

Scarface movie poster

Scarface (1983)

The world is yours...
Action Crime DramaVote count1,886Vote avg8/10Watch trailer

A classic 80's re-envisioning of the 1932 movie.

War of the Worlds movie poster

War of the Worlds (2005)

They're already here.
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It's debatable whether this remake topped the 1953 original

Casino Royale movie poster

Casino Royale (2006)

Everyone has a past. Every legend has a beginning.
Adventure Action ThrillerVote count2,875Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

A mega hit of the original 1967 film.

The Hills Have Eyes movie poster

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The lucky ones die first.
Horror ThrillerVote count397Vote avg6/10Watch trailer

The original is a classic but certainly shows its age. This remake tells the story in a great way and actually adds to it.

Dawn of the Dead movie poster

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

When the undead rise, civilization will fall.
Fantasy Horror ActionVote count608Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

The Good Thief movie poster

The Good Thief (2003)

He doesn't want money. He wants what money can't buy.
Crime Drama ThrillerVote count16Vote avg6/10Watch trailer

Peter Pan movie poster

Peter Pan (2003)

All children grow up except one.
Adventure Fantasy FamilyVote count424Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

The Manchurian Candidate movie poster

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

This summer everything is under control.
Drama Thriller MysteryVote count211Vote avg6/10Watch trailer

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie poster

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Willy Wonka is semi-sweet and nuts.
Adventure Comedy FamilyVote count2,033Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie poster

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

From deep space... The seed is planted... the terror grows
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True Grit movie poster

True Grit (2010)

Punishment Comes One Way or Another.
Drama Adventure WesternVote count1,127Vote avg7/10Watch trailer

Heat movie poster

Heat (1995)

A Los Angeles crime saga
Action Crime DramaVote count1,210Vote avg8/10Watch trailer

Michael Mann remade his own 1989 tv show, L.A. Takedown into this movie.


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