The booming trend of remakes in the present era of Hollywood has offended numerous fans of the original movies but such practice has not only happened just recently. In fact, the conventional productions of movie remakes have been occurring since the inception of the film industry and some even surpassed the original. Here are the 15 remakes better than the original:
15. The Ten Commandments (1956)
Director Cecil B. DeMille wowed movie-goers with his 1923 silent religious movie The Ten Commandments but more than thirty years later, he had significantly improved as a film-maker and remade his own movie.
With the aid of technological advancements as far as shooting a movie was concerned, his 1956 The Ten Commandments was considered a massive upgrade and the movie went on to win an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects from its seven nominations.
14. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Just ten years after the release of the 1931 crime movie The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. decided to remake it by reducing its “lewd” content and increasing the element of suspense.
Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, the remake was heavily praised as one the best mystery thrillers of its time. Additionally, the movie was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture.
13. True Lies (1994)
With none other than James Cameron sitting in the director’s chair and with Schwarzenegger as his leading man, True Lies was a gigantic commercial success and went on to earn a whopping $378.9 million at the box office.
12. Ben-Hur (1959)
While it is widely known that Ben-Hur holds the distinction of winning the most Academy Awards i.e. eleven (a record tied with Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), it is often negated that it the epic religious drama movie is a remake of the 1925 silent movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
However, remakes of a remake do not guarantee similar results in terms of success. Based on the novel of the same name by Lew Wallace, the 1959 version of the movie had two remakes afterward only to earn dismal feedback as far as critical reception and the box office was concerned.
11. Man of Fire (2004)
The 1980 thriller novel Man of Fire by A. J. Quinnell had not one but two movie adaptions. One was released in 1987 starring Scott Glenn while its remake was released in 2004 starring Denzel Washington.
While both movies were great in their own right, if there is one individual who can accurately judge which version was better, it is definitely the author himself. As it just so happened, Quinnell liked the 2004 version of the movie much more.
10. Godzilla (2014)
Who can ever forget the over-hyped disaster that was Godzilla? Released in 1998, the movie was an absolute train wreck and killed all the chances of a surefire sequel despite ending in a cliffhanger.
Sixteen years later, Hollywood had learned their lesson as the 2014 remake was, by and large, a much better version and served as the first installment of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise.
9. The Thing (1982)
There is no question regarding the status of the 1951 black-and-white movie The Thing from Another World as a stupendous science-fiction and horror flick, but its remake by John Carpenter is without a doubt a part of cinematic history.
As a master of horror and suspense, the director added even more shades of mystery in his 1951 remake and is truly responsible for making The Thing one of the most memorable horror movie monsters of all time.
8. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Now expanded into a successful movie franchise, it all started with the original 1960 heist movie, Ocean’s 11. Starring an ensemble cast of Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis, Jr., the movie was one of the most anticipated ones at the time of its release but met with a lukewarm reception.
Forty years later, Warner Bros. made an improved version of the movie with a modern spin and even a bigger ensemble cast of Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, etc.