And beware, because some of them you could never imagine what they are remakes.
The best remakes in movie history
We begin the review of the best films that are reinterpretations of others with one of my favorites, which is also one of my favorite books and has stood the test of time very well. All very inception.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola directs Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the umpteenth remake of Dracula. Only, this time, he goes off the charts with the one who is probably the best adaptation of the novel and the character.
Although it is not entirely faithful to the book, since it becomes a love story through the ages and connects Dracula with Vlad the Impaler (something that the novel never names), it has a excellent setting and inimitable style.
Oh yes, and a Gary Oldman who gives a thousand laps to everyone else, especially some very lost Reeves and Ryder, who play in a much lower league.
The Fly (1986)
David Cronenberg signs this disturbing horror film that has become a classic with a phenomenal Jeff Goldblum in front.
Impossible to forget the fascinating horror and disgust, which glue you to the screen for this story of a scientist whose teleportation experiment goes horribly wrong because of a simple fly.
remake from the 1958 film of the same name, the truth is that both versions are grotesque, disturbing and essential for lovers of terror.
True Grit / Value of law (2010)
The Coen brothers sign this wonderful western with Jeff Bridges in the lead, which tells the story of a teenage girl who will do whatever it takes to find her father’s killer.
this great movie is a remake Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film of the same title featuring the classic John Wayne at the head of the cast.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
I know that the filming was hell in many ways, especially because of the abuse and the emptiness that was done to its protagonist, a Judy Garland who did not deserve the tremendous mistreatment she received.
But nevertheless, the film is a masterpiece and a prodigy for its time. Its taste is inimitable, its effects are unforgettable and it is the best of the many remakes that were made in the 1920s and 1930s, based on the immortal work of L. Frank Baum.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Donald Sutherland stars in the remake from the film of the same name released in 1956.
That story of alien invaders was an allegory for the communist witch hunt that was ravaging the United States at the time. The 1978 version, directed by Philip Kaufman, is much better or at least more terrifying.
That includes the disturbing final scene with a Sutherland who, like everything today, has become a meme.
For a Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Based on the Kurosawa movie, Yojimbo, Clint Eastwood would begin to emerge as a star in this legendary film, with an unforgettable soundtrack and an accusation of plagiarism by the Japanese director, which ended with an out-of-court settlement.
I wouldn’t be the only one western in the sixties fashion of adapting legendary Kurosawa films to this genre. The seven magnificents is another excellent remake from the seven samurai.
By the way, forget about the other remake from The seven magnificents from 2016. Ugh, what a forgettable and boring movie.
Movies that are remakes and you had no idea they were
The art of remake is such that many movies that you think are original are not so original. So here are some great movie remakes remakes and maybe you thought they were unpublished stories.
And we start with one of the gangsters most famous of the cinema.
The film that gave Al Pacino one of the most legendary roles, that of Tony Montana, is a remake, Yes. It may surprise you, but for the most movie buffs it is not something very unknown.
The movie reinterprets a film of 1932 that is titled exactly the same and its protagonist is a Tony Camonte who also receives the nickname of Scarface.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The film in which Humphrey Bogart plays detective Sam Spade, in his quest for a precious jewel, is a remake from a film of the same title released only 10 years earlier, in 1931.
Both were based, in turn, on one of the best-known books by the author Dashiell Hammet.
As you can see, this reboot after a short time it is not something totally new. It would be this latest version of Bogart that would become a classic for movie lovers.
The Thing (1982)
The Best John Carpenter Movie, and a timeless classic, is based on a short novel by John W. Campbell called Who goes there? (Who walks there?) and tells the adventures of an Antarctic expedition in its encounter with a creature from another world.
That detail is well known among fans of the genre. What is less well known is thata was adapted in 1951 into film The thing from another world.
In fact, it was even a box office hit. Carpenter’s version would later go down in history as one of the most terrifying (and with unforgettable special effects).
Smiles and Tears (1965)
The history of the Trapp family is a remake, Yes, of a German film called precisely that, Die Trapp-Familie. Premiered in 1956, Smiles and tears is also a remake from the last legendary Broadway musical produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
As you can see, there is a long tradition of remaking movies in the history of cinema.
I am Legend (2007)
Will Smith stars in one of his best movies and a good film post-apocalyptic, based on an excellent novella by Richard Matheson of the same name and published in 1954.
The novel, by the way, is not very similar to the film, but it is a precursor to much of the cinema and stories of zombies and vampires.
Plus, this film is both a remake and not just one filmbut of two: omega-man (1971), with a Charlton Heston as the protagonist in yet another science fiction film, and The last man of Earth, with the legendary Vincent Price at the helm.
As you can see, many of the best movies you can see have been made more than once. Of course, be sure that by choosing any of the best remakes From this list you are going to spend an unforgettable movie afternoon.