Top 10 Best Movie Remakes of All Time

Whether you're the type of cinephile who's quick to defend remakes as a fresh take on classic stories or one who vehemently advocates for the sacredness of the original film, there's no denying that remakes have become an integral part of Hollywood's storytelling tradition.

From edge-of-your-seat thrillers to heartwarming family classics, genre-bending science fiction to pulse-pounding action flicks, the cinema landscape has seen an influx of reimagined films that have stirred the pot of critical and public opinion alike. Some are heralded as triumphs, breathing new life into beloved tales and characters with a modern twist. Others, well, they may fall short of their source material in one way or another, but they still offer a unique viewing experience nonetheless.

Each selection on this list is here because of the voice of the masses, movie-goers just like you who decided to have their say in this cinematic conversation. And don't worry if your top pick isn't on the list yet - there's always room for more. So grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and let's dive into the captivating world of movie remakes. Because let's face it, there's nothing quite like a good movie, even if it's one we've seen before... just not quite like this.
The Top Ten
1 The Thing (1982)
2 King Kong (2005)

The Original of 1933 is really a cult movie. So, I won't say anything about that. As for the 1977 King Kong movie, the Peter Jackson movie is a thousand times better. Naomi Watts is so much better than Jessica Lange. Naomi Watts should have won an Oscar for this movie.

I've never been able to pinpoint it, but there is something special about this film. Not the story, that is for sure.

I love the movie and its characters, but why make it 3 HOURS LONG?

It was'nt as good as the original film, but I would say it's the best remake out there. Peter jackson is a legend!

3 The Departed (2006)

Never knew this was a remake of a Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs. Still a great thriller crime movie.

4 Scarface (1983)
5 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Way better than the original.

6 Cape Fear (1991)
7 The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

My all time favorite movie and my favorite romantic film as well

8 True Grit (2010)

The story is well written and the acting is fantastic.

9 The Fly (1986)
10 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Just because it's more faithful to the original story doesn't mean it's better. I seriously don't understand why people would think this remake is better than the original film. I didn't like the original Roald Dahl book. And it's no wonder I prefer the 1971 Mel Stuart film that people view as a commercial, even though it's more than just a commercial.

Media Mementos, you got everything backwards. If only someone, ANYONE, would convince the general public that the 1964 book is just as bad as the 2005 remake.

Now, Johnny Depp is awesome in this movie, and the soundtrack was amazing Tim Burton stuff (Not nearly as incredible as Edward Scissorhands, Burton's all-time best film, but still cool). However, that doesn't change the fact that the original with Gene Wilder as the title role was infinitely better. The Oompa Loompas seemed more like real people, and know...minions from Despicable Me. Also, there aren't any unnecessary subplots in this film that only serve to stretch the run-time, and Gene Wilder is incredible as Wonka, the most ingeniously subtle performance I've seen my entire life, whereas Johnny Depp (Though, again, is awesome in this movie) is all over the place. However, this film does have a lot of heart and a lot of elements that Roald Dahl lovers like myself will adore, and Freddie Highmore is fantastic as Charlie Bucket. This is a good movie, don't get me wrong, but it's not Edward Scissorhands good.

Oh come on the original didn't have the book name like the remake.
Roald Dahl hated the 70s movie, and his wife said he would've liked the remake.

Not as good as the original, but still a great flick! It's much more darker and closer to the book, just the way Roald Dahl wanted it to be! I liked the first one a lot better, but this one was great too. (Oh, and P.S. Kudos Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. )

The Newcomers

? The Little Mermaid (2023)
The Contenders
11 The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Such a good film.

12 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
13 Godzilla (2014)

I love it so much, this is probably better than King of the Monsters.

14 Freaky Friday (2003)

Along with the Parent Trap has been remade in just about every generation

15 Ocean's Eleven (2001)
16 The Getaway (1994)

No way that this is better than the Original. Don't tell me that Alec Baldwin is better than Steve McQueen. Kim Bassinger is a good actress but she's not as convincing as Ali McGraw was for that movie. Don't get me wrong, I think that this one is well "re"made and very entertaining to watch but it's not better than the Original.

17 The Shadow (1994)
18 The Italian Job (2003)
19 A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
20 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
21 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Masterful character-driven western that vastly transcends the original.

22 It (2017)

I love this movie so much!

23 Point of No Return (1993)
24 Carrie (2013)

It did have a better prom scene. The original version was so weak. The remake is more violent and has better effects. Which makes it awesome.

Are you kidding? Carrie with Sissy Spacek is a classic. They will never make a Carrie better than the Original.

25 The Blob (1988)
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