Remaking films and movies isn’t a new concept to the world. Many of the original movies we loved or have heard of are outdated in technology and production, and taking that to a modern stage does a lot for the film and storytelling. You’ve probably watched at least one remake movie in your life, even if you haven’t realized it was a remake! The fresh perspective is truly wonderful, and sometimes it even does better than the original it’s based off. Let’s talk about the best movie remakes of all time, a look back at the films that outshined the originals.
The Godfather (1972)
Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece crime drama film is considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. The story follows the Corleone family, a powerful Mafia clan in New York City, and the struggles of their patriarch, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), to hold onto his power and protect his family amidst a web of violence, betrayal, and corruption. The film is famous for its iconic performances, memorable quotes, and stunning cinematography.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Steven Soderbergh’s stylish heist film is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack classic. The story follows Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his team of eleven criminal experts as they plan to rob three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas simultaneously. The film’s fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, and star-studded cast, including Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon, make it an entertaining and engaging watch.
Brian De Palma’s crime epic tells the story of Tony Montana (Al Pacino), a Cuban refugee who rises to the top of the Miami drug trade, but ultimately falls from power due to his ruthless ways. The film’s gritty realism, intense violence, and Pacino’s iconic performance as Montana have made it a cult classic and one of the most memorable films of the 1980
The Fly (1986)
David Cronenberg’s horror classic is a remake of the 1958 Vincent Price film. The story follows a brilliant scientist, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), who creates a teleportation device but accidentally merges his DNA with that of a housefly, leading to a gruesome transformation. The film’s disturbing visuals, tense atmosphere, and Goldblum’s haunting performance make it a must-watch for horror fans.
A Star is Born (2018)
A Star is Born” (2018) is a romantic musical drama directed by Bradley Cooper, who also stars in the lead role alongside Lady Gaga. The movie tells the story of Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a seasoned musician struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction who discovers and falls in love with Ally (Lady Gaga), a struggling artist with an incredible voice.
As Ally’s career begins to take off, Jackson’s demons threaten to destroy their relationship and his own career. The film explores the ups and downs of their relationship as they navigate the harsh realities of the music industry and the pressures that come with fame.
Filled with powerful musical performances, the film showcases Lady Gaga’s stunning vocals and Bradley Cooper’s surprising musical talent, as well as his directorial skills. The movie also features a standout performance by Sam Elliott as Bobby, Jackson’s older brother, and manager. With its raw emotion and captivating performances, “A Star is Born” is a modern retelling of a classic tale that will leave audiences moved and inspired.
While many of the original forms of remakes are excellent on their own, it’s great to see how the new technological advancements and additional actors or bringing old actors in for referencing the original can truly level up the film and its concept. These are just some of many that outshined their original concept, and there are even more that happened to fall a little short of the expectations of the original or matched it in quality to continue this discussion as well. Maybe you’ve seen some of these!