Liked an old classic and would love to watch the latest heartthrob starring in it? In that case, your wish may come true with the movie's remake version. We can't get enough of our oldies, can we?
Did You Know?
The movie Christmas Carol has been remade more than a dozen times. A few sources claim that there are about 56 adaptions of the novel.
"Old is Gold" is what we say. However, when it comes to the entertainment industry, this saying doesn't hold true. Over the last few decades, a number of movies that are Remakes of the Original ones have been released.
The Remake has new actors and a production unit but retains the heart of the Original classic, i.e., its Basic Plot. These movies had the money registers ringing at the box office.
However, not all Remakes are the exact adaptations of the Original movie. The movie, The Italian Job just shares its movie title with the Original one but the plot and the characters are entirely different. Such movies cannot be compared with the Original ones.
This story enlists only those movies whose plots are more or less identical to the Original one. We present to you ten such movie Remakes that made it big the second time around as well.
Top 10 Film Remakes
* Movies are not listed according to their ranks.
Father of the Bride
Basic Plot The father of the young, soon-to-wed bride becomes nervous about the fact that his little child is now a young woman, who is going to get married soon. He develops an instant dislike towards his potential son-in-law. The wedding preparations and the father's insecurities create hilarious moments that form the rest of the movie plot.
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring - Spencer Tracy Elizabeth Taylor Joan Bennett
Screenplay - Frances Goodrich Albert Hackett
Box Office - $6 million
Director: Charles Shyer
Starring - Steve Martin Kimberly Williams Diane Keaton
Screenplay - Charles Shyer Nancy Meyers
Box Office - $89,325,780
The Ring (Ringu in Japanese)
Basic Plot Two friends watch a cursed videotape, and one of them dies a mysterious death seven days after watching the tape. The other friend who has also viewed the tape realizes that even she is cursed and will die in a week's time. Her attempt to save herself and her family and also to find out the truth of the cursed tape forms the rest of the story.
Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring - Nanako Matsushima Hiroyuki Sanada Rikiya Ōtaka Yoichi Numata
Screenplay - Hiroshi Takahashi Kôji Suzuki
Box Office - $13,005,000
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring - Naomi Watts Martin Henderson Brian Cox
Screenplay - Kôji Suzuki Ehren Kruger Scott Frank
Box Office - $249,348,933
Basic Plot This movie taps the popular superstition of Friday the 13th. A mother-daughter duo keep on arguing over petty things. The consequences of one such disagreement leads them to switch into each other's bodies.
The rest of the story tells the various experiences the duo have in each other's bodies and eventually how they get to understand one another better.
Original Year: 1976 Director: Gary Nelson Starring - Barbara Harris Jodie Foster John Astin Screenplay - Mary Rodgers Box Office - $25,942,000
Basic Plot Two undercover moles who are unaware of each other's existence in the police department, set out to complete the tasks assigned to them. However, when one of them escapes a sting operation, both come to know of each other's presence. Their attempt to expose the real enemy forms the plot for the rest of the movie.
Director: Wai-keung Lau
Starring - Andy Lau Tony Leung Anthony Wong
Screenplay - Alan Mak Felix Chong
Box Office - HK$55,057,176
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring - Leonardo DiCaprio Matt Damon Jack Nicholson Mark Wahlberg
Screenplay - William Monahan
Box Office - $289,847,354
Scent of a Woman
Basic Plot A heart-warming tale of a blind retired army Colonel and his aide, Scent of a Woman showcases human emotions in a wonderful way. The Colonel is determined to commit suicide but before doing so, he along with the aide set out on a journey.
It is during this trip that the aide finds out about the Colonel's real intentions. His attempt to save the Colonel forms the rest of the story.
Remake Year: 1992 Director: Martin Brest Starring - Al Pacino Chris O'Donnell James Rebhorn Gabrielle Anwar Screenplay - Bo Goldman Box Office - $134,095,253
Basic Plot The tale of power and greed to become the undisputed gangster forms the plot of the movie. An overly ambitious gangster leaves the gang of a famous kingpin to form one of his own. He then kills the kingpin and becomes the undisputed gangster, taking over the latter's empire.
The remaining plot revolves around his quest in escaping the law and protecting his family from his crime-filled life.
Starring - Paul Muni George Raft Ann Dvorak Boris Karloff
Screenplay - Ben Hecht
Box Office -N.A.*
Director:Brian De Palma
Starring - Al Pacino Steven Bauer Michelle Pfeiffer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Screenplay - Oliver Stone
Box Office -$65,884,703
Basic Plot A filmmaker decides to cast an unemployed girl as the heroine for his new venture. For shooting the film, they set sail to a mysterious location known for its strange creatures. When the film crew's ship is left stranded on the mysterious island, the girl gets captured by native tribes, who want to offer her as a sacrifice to the giant Kong.
The crew sets out to rescue her but encounter many giant creatures in their journey. Their attempts to rescue the girl forms the rest of the plot.
Director:Merian C. Cooper
Starring - Fay Wray Bruce Cabot Robert Armstrong Merian C Cooper
Screenplay - James Ashmore Creelman Ruth Rose
Box Office -$1,856,000
Starring - Naomi Watts Jack Black Adrien Brody
Screenplay - Fran Walsh Philippa Boyens Peter Jackson
Box Office -$550.5 million
Dawn of the Dead
Basic Plot The film traces the lives of people, who hide in a mall to escape the "deceased people turned zombies", only to find out that they are captured by zombies. The survivors find out that the zombie infection spreads by biting.
Even after several attempts to save their lives, many of the initial survivors are bitten and turn into zombies. The survival attempts of the remaining people takes the story forward.
Director:George A. Romero
Starring - David Emge Ken Foree Scott Reiniger Gaylen Ross
Screenplay - George A. Romero
Box Office -$55,000,000
Starring - Sarah Polley Ving Rhames Jake Weber Mekhi Phifer
Screenplay - James Gunn
Box Office -$102,356,381
But, his guilt gives him insomnia, and his fight over his guilt and his attempts to save himself builds the climax of the movie.
Screenplay - Hillary Seitz Christopher Nolan (uncredited)
Box Office -$113,714,830
Insomnia (Insomnia - Norwegian)
Basic Plot When a teenage girl is found murdered, two detectives are sent to assist the police in their investigation. However, in an unfortunate event, one of the detectives ends up killing his partner. A new cop is appointed to find the culprit who killed the detective.
Original Year: 1997 Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg Starring - Stellan Skarsgård Sverre Anker Ousdal Bjørn Floberg Screenplay - Erik Skjoldbjærg Nikolaj Frobenius Box Office - N.A.*
Remake Year: 2002 Director: Christopher Nolan Starring - Al Pacino Robin Williams Hilary Swank Screenplay - Hillary Seitz Christopher Nolan (uncredited) Box Office - $113,714,830
The Thomas Crown Affair
Basic Plot A wealthy financier is bored of his life and decides to steal a famous painting from a museum. His robbery is successful, but the detective appointed by the police department suspects him to be the culprit. However, following a series of events, the two end up falling for each other. The unveiling of the truth forms the rest of the movie plot.
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring - Steve McQueen Faye Dunaway Paul Burke Jack Weston
Screenplay - Alan R. Trustman
Box Office - $11 million
Director: John McTiernan
Starring - Pierce Brosnan Rene Russo Denis Leary
Screenplay - Leslie Dixon Kurt Wimmer
Box Office - $124,305,181
There are many Remakes that have surpassed the Original ones, in terms of popularity and box-office collections, like Ocean's Eleven. Be it the Original flick, or the Remake, what counts is its entertainment quotient!