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10+ Movie Remakes That Were Better Than The Original

It's been said that there are no new ideas. Everything, sooner or later, is either stolen or remade. It's hard to argue otherwise, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing.

To prove my point, here are 10+ movie remakes that were better than the original.

These films have not only outlasted their predecessors - they've completely overtaken them. Let us know if you agree at the end of the article!

*The Manchurian Candidate*.

Paramount Pictures

The original version of The Manchurian Candidate was released back in 1962 and starred Frank Sinatra opposite, Angela Lansbury.

The remake with Denzel Washington boasts all of the excitement of the original with a modern twist.

*Ocean's Eleven*.

Warner Bros. Pictures

The original Ocean's Eleven starred some of the most famous, cool, and popular figures in all of Hollywood. If you're going to attempt to re-make The Rat Pack, you better swing hard.

That's exactly what Brad Pitt and George Clooney did.

*A Star Is Born*.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Once again, another film that's been remade on a few different occasions.

There isn't much debate as far as which is the best: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper knock it out of the park in A Star is Born.

*True Grit*.

Paramount Pictures

Not many people could do The Duke justice, but Jeff Bridges isn't your average actor. The performances of Bridges and Matt Damon carry True Grit, giving it the modern re-vamping it so desperately needed.

It's one of the great Westerns of this or any generation.

*3:10 To Yuma*.

Lionsgate Film

3:10 to Yuma is unquestionably my favorite Western and it's all thanks to the combined efforts of Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, and Ben Foster.

It's a phenomenal piece of filmmaking that blurs the thin line between hero and villain.

*The Wizard Of Oz*.

I didn't even know that TV had been around long enough for remakes to have become a 'thing'.

The original version of The Wizard of Oz starred Oliver Hardy and was a silent, comical version of Frank L. Baum's classic tale.

*Vanilla Sky*.

Paramount Pictures

This isn't so much a remake as it is an English-version of the film. Vanilla Sky was originally called Open Your Eyes or in Spanish: Abres Los Ojos.

Penelope Cruz starred in both the original and remade versions as well.

*Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey*.


That's right: the most beloved movie from your childhood is in fact, a remake! This lovable tale of 3 lost pets making their Incredible Journey home, originally debuted back in 1963.

Almost 30 years later, it received a reboot.

*Casino Royale*.

I will never understand the world's fascination with the character of James Bond. Furthermore, how people are happy to watch the same movie over and over again every twenty-odd years, just with a new face.

That said, Daniel Craig's Casino Royale is lightyears ahead of the original.

*Apocalypse Now*.

United Artists

It's tough to compare a made-for-tv movie like Heart of Darkness to one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema. Few films on this planet have garnered the legendary status of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalyspe Now.

To this day it remains one of the greatest war films of all time.

*True Lies*.

20th Century Fox

Once again, this is an example of Hollywood piggy-backing on the success of the foreign markets. The original film titled La Totale! sets the groundwork but is blown away by the remake.

There's just no competing with Arnold in his prime.

*The Fly*.


"Be afraid, be VERY afraid!"

Such a classic line; one of the all-time horror movie greats! The original version of The Fly debuted in the late 50s. It's all but impossible to watch, too.

Jeff Goldblum helps give the film a much needed modern day infusion.

*The Departed*.

Warner Bros. Pictures.

The original film Infernal Affairs is admittedly a classic in its own right. But seeing Leonardo DiCaprio sharing the screen with Jack Nicholson?

There's no comparison. The Departed not only meets the expectations of the original: it exceeds them.

*The Jungle Book*.

Walt Disney Pictures

Doing a live-version of a beloved animated classic is always a risky gambit: just ask Aladdin and The Lion King. Where The Jungle Book succeeded was in its ability to reinterpret the source material.

It remained true to form but offered unique new insights as well.

*Freaky Friday*.

Buena Vista Pictures

Freaky Friday is one of those films that just keeps getting remade every couple of generations. However, the 2003 version starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan is by far the best of the bunch.

Jamie and Lindsay have great chemistry.