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.


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Cape Fear (1991)

Crime Thriller
There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Except fear.
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Vote count 536 Vote avg 70 Release date 1991-11-15

The original was good but Cape Fear 1991 remake is simply awesome and De Niros' acting is on point.


The Thing (1982)

Horror Science Fiction Mystery
Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.
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Vote count 1,260 Vote avg 77 Release date 1982-06-25
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John Carpenter re-imagined the story that was "The Thing from Another World" (1951)


The Fly (1986)

Horror Science Fiction
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Vote count 802 Vote avg 71 Release date 1986-08-15

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


King Kong (2005)

Adventure Drama Action
The eighth wonder of the world.
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Vote count 1,827 Vote avg 65 Release date 2005-12-14

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


The Departed (2006)

Drama Thriller Crime
Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
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Vote count 3,517 Vote avg 79 Release date 2006-10-05

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


Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Thriller Crime
Are you in or out?
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Vote count 3,241 Vote avg 71 Release date 2001-12-07

Oceans 11 was originally made in 1960 and starred Frank Sinatra


Scarface (1983)

Action Crime Drama
The world is yours...
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Vote count 2,340 Vote avg 79 Release date 1983-12-08

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


War of the Worlds (2005)

Adventure Thriller Science Fiction
They're already here.
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Vote count 1,786 Vote avg 61 Release date 2005-06-23

It's debatable whether this remake topped the 1953 original


Casino Royale (2006)

Adventure Action Thriller
Everyone has a past. Every legend has a beginning.
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Vote count 3,332 Vote avg 72 Release date 2006-11-14

A mega hit of the original 1967 film.


The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Horror Thriller
The lucky ones die first.
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Vote count 555 Vote avg 61 Release date 2006-03-10

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 (2004)

Fantasy Horror Action
When the undead rise, civilization will fall.
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Vote count 826 Vote avg 68 Release date 2004-03-19


The Good Thief (2003)

Crime Drama Thriller
He doesn't want money. He wants what money can't buy.
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Vote count 27 Vote avg 60 Release date 2003-04-03


Peter Pan (2003)

Adventure Fantasy Family
All children grow up except one.
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Vote count 530 Vote avg 68 Release date 2003-12-25


The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Drama Thriller Mystery
This summer everything is under control.
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Vote count 320 Vote avg 62 Release date 2004-07-30


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Adventure Comedy Family
Willy Wonka is semi-sweet and nuts.
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Vote count 2,588 Vote avg 66 Release date 2005-07-09


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Horror Thriller Science Fiction
From deep space... The seed is planted... the terror grows
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Vote count 192 Vote avg 72 Release date 1978-12-19


True Grit (2010)

Drama Adventure Western
Punishment Comes One Way or Another.
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Vote count 1,404 Vote avg 71 Release date 2010-12-22


Heat (1995)

Action Crime Drama
A Los Angeles crime saga
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Vote count 1,531 Vote avg 76 Release date 1995-12-15

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



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