Top 10 Remakes of Classic Movies That Are Actually Good

  • Published on Nov 1, 2018
  • Top 10 Remakes of Classic Movies That Are Actually Good
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    Who says remakes have to suck? For this list, we’re looking at times that classic films were remade into fantastic modernized versions. Some of these entries are even head and shoulders above the originals. Our list includes “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), “The Fly” (1986), “True Grit” (2010), “Cape Fear” (1991), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Remakes of Classic and Beloved Movies That Are Actually Good.
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    10) “Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
    9) “Cape Fear” (1991)
    8) “Hairspray” (2007)
    7) “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001)
    6) “The Fly” (1986)
    5) “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)
    4) “True Grit” (2010)
    3, 2 & 1???
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Comments • 882

  • Cringey Chris
    Cringey Chris 5 days ago

    For all those complaining, It 2017 is not a remake, it is more so an adaptation of the book

  • Joshua Schmidt
    Joshua Schmidt 16 days ago +1

    I thought The Nutty Professor (1996) or War Of The Worlds (2005) was going to be on here!

  • 04279
    04279 19 days ago

    If you mention Scarface, Ben Hur, The Fly etc., then I have also a few suggestions:
    What about "Some like it hot", a remake of "Fanfares of love", a french or in case of Billy Wilders inspiration: German, movie?
    What about "The Parent Trap", both remakes from 1961 AND 1998?
    What about "In the good old summertime" with Judy Garland, a remake of "The Shop Around the corner?
    What about the 1939 adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz"?
    And what about "The Man who knew too much" from 1956, a remake from the 1934-movie, also by Hitchcock?

  • Turbo 86
    Turbo 86 23 days ago

    What!?! No ghostbusters! 😮

    • Turbo 86
      Turbo 86 5 days ago

      @Cringey Chris haha, no, i just like saying stupid things 😅
      The ONLY parts of the movie i liked was the "he didn't use the door" line and where hemsworth slams the phone down cos he didn't like the conversation. The rest of it is awful

    • Cringey Chris
      Cringey Chris 5 days ago

      Are you saying Ghostbusters 2016 is good?

  • huemul 45
    huemul 45 23 days ago +1

    Cape fear is awesome

    SHAI BULLARD 26 days ago

    Anybody relize a story is born has 3 remakes 🙄

  • Leonardo Shellhead
    Leonardo Shellhead 26 days ago

    I hope child's play will be good

  • WraythSkitzofrenik
    WraythSkitzofrenik Month ago

    I couldn't stand the remake of Oceans Eleven.

  • Nguyên Nguyễn Bảo
    Nguyên Nguyễn Bảo 2 months ago +1

    Not even a mention for The Wicker Man (Nicolas Cage)? This list is absurd.

  • Ben Hertzog
    Ben Hertzog 2 months ago

    Where is Nosferatu and The Wizard of Oz (1939)?

  • Stephy The Bride
    Stephy The Bride 3 months ago

    Seriously,Let Me In should've made the list!Why,that film has an amazing cast,a great (if not perfect) faithfulness to the sorce material,and the most gory and disturbing scenes ever to be featured in a horror film.

  • Ruthless Rob K
    Ruthless Rob K 3 months ago

    this may sounds crazy but A movie I think could be fucking awesome if remade using todays movie technology.....the running man, have the rock be the lead character, the old version is under rated imo....

  • Clay Weaver
    Clay Weaver 3 months ago

    How about the "BLOB"

  • Kevin Bergin
    Kevin Bergin 3 months ago

    Note, most of the horror remakes were bigger budget than the originals. Otherwise why redo them.

  • Kevin Bergin
    Kevin Bergin 3 months ago

    Since the remake of Little Shop of Horrors was a musical, can you say My Fair Lady was a remake of Pygmalion (1938)?

  • Nick B
    Nick B 4 months ago

    Where is the Blob remake?

  • Jeannine Lockridge
    Jeannine Lockridge 4 months ago

    I did not like the remake of True Grit. No one, not even Jeff Bridges, can be Rooster Cogburn but John Wayne. Although Mart Damon was better then Glen Cambell. Even though I'm a HUGH fan of Al Pacino I HATED Scare Face. He was AMAZING as always but the film itself was just bad.

  • Julian Boor
    Julian Boor 4 months ago

    Gone in 60 seconds??

  • 002DrEvil
    002DrEvil 4 months ago

    Lesson to film makers everywhere. If you want to make a decent film, remake a 1950s Sci-Fi film.

  • Vanillastump
    Vanillastump 4 months ago

    Really? You have the newer Dawn of the Dead, but not The Departed (remake of a Hong Kong film entitled Internal Affairs) which was amazing or Disturbia (remake of Rear Window brought into modern day) which while not as good as the original, was still pretty good.

  • Jeff Watkins
    Jeff Watkins 4 months ago

    A spotty entry. Some of the picks (Dawn of the Dead, Hairspray, Oceans 11) don’t merit serious consideration because the originals weren’t important nor were the remakes either. Others (The Fly, Scarface, True Grit) are spot on. A few (A Star is Born, Body Snatchers, The Thing) aren’t improvements but just equals. And one (Little Shop of Horrors) is a 100% miss. The Corman original is infinitely better than the disastrous Frank Oz remake, especially since the Oz film emasculates the stage version…as your video inadvertently admits by including footage from the finale which was cut from the theatrical version.

  • Moreno J
    Moreno J 4 months ago

    For me was all the remakes better, why?
    I was grownup whit these actors, the original classics was the most actors unknown for me and also as movie.
    The most people love always a movie of his time area, cuz the quality of images, special effects and knowing of actors.

  • immoralq
    immoralq 4 months ago

    A Star is Born was first made in 1937 - so the 1954, 1976 and 2018 versions are all remakes. You listed a remake of a remake in your honourable mentions - well done.

    ANGRY COLLECTOR701 4 months ago

    Dawn of the dead um no

  • Jordan Brown
    Jordan Brown 4 months ago +1

    Okay this is the second time I've had to say this on this channel.... where the hell is Peter Jackson's King Kong????

  • Miguel Garcia
    Miguel Garcia 4 months ago

    Say hello my little friend

  • Sportalero
    Sportalero 4 months ago

    Holy Crap, I got scared for The Thing (TT) as Number 1. Thought they were saying that TT2011 was actually on par with TT1982 (not knowing it was a remake)

  • Efron Tactical
    Efron Tactical 4 months ago

    Wait.... Hairspray was about Civil rights????😨

  • Dewey Mee
    Dewey Mee 4 months ago

    "Hairspray" with John Travolta SUCKS! It lacks the energy of the Broadway musical and the charm of John Waters' ORIGINAL 1988 classic. And star Power?? More like MISCAST star power. Travolta is terribly miscast as Edna. In the other versions, Edna is a full comic character. Travolta is just slumming it in drag here, and the girl playing the leading role of Tracy does not even register here. Boy,, you are monumentally WRONG on this one. I suggest you go back to film school, and see some live theatre musicals too!

  • Kelly Daunis
    Kelly Daunis 4 months ago

    That was a complete waste of 10 minutes. I clicked, hoping to see The Parent Trap. Instead, you showed a bunch of movies, for the exception of The Little Shop Of Horrors, that I will never watch in this lifetime. And, to top it all off, you had to torture my ears with Lady Gaga. That was totally uncalled for.

  • Trey Atkins
    Trey Atkins 4 months ago

    The Hills Have Eyes remake.

  • Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    Ive heard rumours that theyre remaking Enter The Dragon. Even though Bruce Lee is a hard act to filliw i believe a remake could surpass the original as long as they DON'T try ti find a Bruce Lee Clone

  • Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    3:10 to Yuma starring Christopher Bale and Russell Crow. This remake was light years better than the original
    How dare you list the remake of Ben Hur nothing tiuches the original

    • Cringey Chris
      Cringey Chris 5 days ago

      There are 3 versions of Ben Hur. One was a silent film, which the 1959 one is a remake of. The 2016 version isn't on here for obvious reasons

  • Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    John Travolta is a good looking man, but hes the homeliest woman ever in hairspray!

  • elder dragon
    elder dragon 4 months ago

    The thing is the best horror movie of all time and always will be

  • Cameron Alex
    Cameron Alex 5 months ago

    Hey what’s the extra scenes in Little shop of Horrors!? I’ve watched this movie my entire life and never once seen those bullshit scenes!? Wtf!?

  • Gary Truthteller
    Gary Truthteller 5 months ago

    I like Scorcese, but the Cape Fear remake? No. Too hammy and campy...

  • Fran Olaguer
    Fran Olaguer 5 months ago

    Dawn of the Dead deserve a higher spot!

  • Seaman
    Seaman 5 months ago

    I can't believe that Scarface isn't in the 1st place.

  • Timothy Cook
    Timothy Cook 5 months ago

    "Hairspray" the Musical is not a remake if the 1988 film! It is a film adaptation the Broadway Musical Hairspray (with a few nods to the 1988 movie) that was based on the original film. It is apples and oranges and it offends me that you put on this list.As much as I loved Hairspray the musical, both the movie and stage versions) It will never have the cult following that John Waters "Hairspray" has.

  • Greg K
    Greg K 5 months ago

    The best Hollywood remake of all-time (noting that it didn't even make the list) is 1939's "The Wizard of Oz." Gotta do a little more homework Mojo.

  • Nikki Movie Reviews
    Nikki Movie Reviews 5 months ago

    I agree with most of this list😎Great job🤗I love your channel 😍

  • Frank Smith
    Frank Smith 5 months ago

    The 1959 Ben-Hur was a remake? I thought it was the original.

  • alex21121485
    alex21121485 5 months ago

    Titanic?! hello?!

  • nativemrv19722
    nativemrv19722 5 months ago

    True Grit better than what John Wayne did in my opinion ...

  • Ali baba
    Ali baba 5 months ago


  • rohit thomas
    rohit thomas 5 months ago

    Ben Hur still holds the record for the most Oscars and is still an Epic.. how is it not number 1?

  • Lemmy Atterbusch
    Lemmy Atterbusch 5 months ago

    Shop of Horrors yes, Scarface definitely yes, The Thing maybe but only kind of. Everything else, no. Just no.
    Reboots suck.

  • Taylor Pack
    Taylor Pack 5 months ago

    Am I the only one that liked the 2011 the thing prequel better than the 1982 original

  • Nicolas Carlos
    Nicolas Carlos 5 months ago

    #5 What about Levi Staubs? Four Tops singer as Audrey?

  • Ms Cloudherder
    Ms Cloudherder 5 months ago

    Not only is this an excellent list of remakes, it is an excellent list of movies you should watch if you haven’t already. Favorites are Scarface and Little Shop of Horrors. 2 entirely different movies but great in their own way.

  • Justin Bel
    Justin Bel 5 months ago

    What about Maniac from 2013, it was way better than the original

  • Qrqvvt 1
    Qrqvvt 1 5 months ago

    Let Me In was the worst

  • Matt Quillen
    Matt Quillen 5 months ago

    I forgot that the snakebite scene from (new) True Grit made me cry

  • Timothy Torres
    Timothy Torres 6 months ago

    If WatchMojo makes a part 2 of this list, the Kim Possible movie better be on that one.

  • fivenightsofben
    fivenightsofben 6 months ago

    This is so creepy. I just saw this episode of the Simpsons the same day as I watched this video.

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    Scarface is a legendary movie it just can't be passed

  • emmamaria
    emmamaria 6 months ago

    Little Women with Winona Ryder
    King Kong
    Dredd (waaaaay better than the original, in my opinion)
    Murder on the Orient Express with Branagh is actually good, but DEFINITELY not better than the Finney version,
    SABRINA with Harrison ford was WAAAAY better than the Bogart version (poor Audrey Hepburn was wasted with that highly unenthusiastic Bogart)
    Ghostbusters remake was good. Not better, but definitely good. Don't care what anyone else thinks!
    Far From the Madding Crowd with Carey Mulligan was just exquisite.

    • Ms Cloudherder
      Ms Cloudherder 5 months ago

      emmamaria The Ghostbusters movie with the female cast is more of a sequel and less of a remake.

  • Prkwon
    Prkwon 6 months ago

    Let Me in is debatable on which one's better

  • Vicente Nevarez
    Vicente Nevarez 6 months ago

    Scarface 35 year anniversary

  • Albert Salmen
    Albert Salmen 6 months ago

    The Thing is not a remake. It’s a more accurate telling of the novella “Who Goes There” by John W. Campbell.

  • Logan Buternowsky
    Logan Buternowsky 6 months ago +3

    Little Shop! Little Shop of Horrors!

  • Rachel Burden
    Rachel Burden 6 months ago

    It should have been number 1

  • Aries Llorca
    Aries Llorca 6 months ago

    Of course, A Star Is Born and Dawn Of The Dead is here

  • Jeffrey DeCristofaro
    Jeffrey DeCristofaro 6 months ago +1

    YEAH! THE THING is #1! It's one of the few times I felt where both the original and the remake were equally awesome! And thumbs WAY WAY UP also to 1978's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, 1983's SCARFACE and 1986's THE FLY - I still think these three versions are superior to their predecessors, and they're in my TOP 100 FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME!

  • Heisenkirk 2000
    Heisenkirk 2000 6 months ago

    Here are some more good remakes:
    The Dark Knight (kind-of a remake of Batman 1989)
    Lord of the Rings (remake of the Ralph Bakshi animated movie)
    Charlie and the chocolate factory
    The Nutty Professor
    Peter Jackson’s King Kong
    Red Dragon (remake of Manhunter)
    Karate Kid
    Prince of Egypt (remake of Ten Commandments?)
    Evil Dead
    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    MAXdaWISE 7 months ago +2

    Nutty Professor?

  • 皇明
    皇明 7 months ago +2

    the Thing ! best of the best

  • Apollo B.
    Apollo B. 7 months ago +1

    3:10 To Yuma is one of the best remakes ever in my honest humble opinion. So underrated and under appreciated

  • cazia9
    cazia9 7 months ago

    The lawyer didnt put him away, he was Max Cady's lawyer who didn't get him off, correct ??

  • Daniel Simard
    Daniel Simard 7 months ago

    It start bad, Dawn of the dead ? The remake was stupid. Come on, the remake of Hairspray was useless. Let me in ??? One of the worst remake ever made.

  • Xen The Jackal
    Xen The Jackal 7 months ago +1

    King Kong (2005)

  • Mary Smith
    Mary Smith 7 months ago

    The fly, The Thing and Scarface are my favorite. All the remakes I truly enjoy 😊

  • Johnny Blaze
    Johnny Blaze 7 months ago

    Sorry everyone but scarf ace was not a remake de Palma got the idea from the original movie which was loosely based on al Capone hence the name "scarface" but al pacinos scarface is not the same or even a remake the original movie gave de Palma the idea for his movie nothing more

  • Mohamed N
    Mohamed N 7 months ago

    Say hello to my little friend boom 💥

  • Hanna McGregor
    Hanna McGregor 7 months ago

    im sorry but the hairspray remake wasn't it. The classic is just perfect

  • Scott Buckley
    Scott Buckley 7 months ago +2

    night of the living dead remake was better than the original . like if you agree

  • Pablo Grijalva
    Pablo Grijalva 7 months ago

    the dawn of the dead remake is good but in nooooo way surpasses the original. Now Cape Fear I agree, De Niro takes it to a whole new level

  • Bruce Pulver
    Bruce Pulver 7 months ago

    7 samurai (1954), The magnificent seven (1960), Battle beyond the stars (1980), Seven Warriors (1989) and The magnificent seven (2016) And No Honorable mention?!?!?!?! For number of remakes?

  • Caduex Charles
    Caduex Charles 7 months ago

    'Evil Dead' remake >>> Original
    'Planet of the Ape' remake trilogy >>> Original

  • Grandma Kida
    Grandma Kida 7 months ago

    Why put let me in on this list????? the american movie is a joke compared to the original swedish movie. If you'd read the book you can see why the american fails to capture all those insane moods and it also cut out important scenes. The american one feels like a normal horror movie, but the swedish one and the original book, made me so sick to my stomach i had to stop watching/reading them. That is good story/film making, just by atmosphere making me scared and not by jumpscares

  • Enigma Pop star
    Enigma Pop star 7 months ago

    A STAR IS BORN 2018

  • Navy Berry
    Navy Berry 7 months ago

    What about “The Wizard of Oz”

  • paulsbunyans
    paulsbunyans 7 months ago

    Y'all forgot "An Affair to Remember" which is a remake of "Love Affair."

  • Danny Sampson
    Danny Sampson 7 months ago

    THE DEPARTED???????????!!!!!!!!!!!

  • R Saldivar
    R Saldivar 7 months ago

    At 1:52, 1989? That episode didn't air in 1989. Or is that the year the Simpsons was aired?

  • SITH
    SITH 7 months ago


  • Blake Taylor
    Blake Taylor 7 months ago

    I was today years old when I found out Scarface was a remake

  • Shalin Naidoo
    Shalin Naidoo 7 months ago

    Why isn't "The Italian Job" there?

  • louie 52
    louie 52 7 months ago

    What about the planet of the apes trilogy,It (2017) and Friday the 13th (2009)

  • Alex Van Ross
    Alex Van Ross 7 months ago

    Any movie with Jeff Goldblum is guaranteed to be gy

  • Viktor Tomanov
    Viktor Tomanov 7 months ago

    Srsly? Let me in? The remake of Låt den rätte komma in? Better than the original? That's a joke aeh?

  • DarkEmperess86
    DarkEmperess86 7 months ago

    I just watched the remake of Cape Fear for the first time last night. I've never seen the original, so I can't compare, but the remake was pretty good. The music was a little cheesy, but I get why it's there. The only part of the movie that really threw me off was Robert De Niro doing a southern accent. It's just...wrong lol. His portrayal of Max Cady was absolutely menacing though, to the point that I was very uncomfortable during several portions of the movie.

  • MOB Lynch
    MOB Lynch 7 months ago

    Only came here because of Scarface

  • MOB Lynch
    MOB Lynch 7 months ago

    Scarface is my favourite movie

  • Michael Medcalf
    Michael Medcalf 7 months ago

    Why isn't 3:10 to Yuma on here

  • Deutschland Über Alles

    RIP George Romero.

  • Christopher Purcell
    Christopher Purcell 7 months ago

    IT (2017) or Evil Dead (2013)?

  • Purple Corn Studios
    Purple Corn Studios 7 months ago

    Let Me In is was *not* better than Låt Den Rätte Komma, thank you very much...

  • Anthony Garcia
    Anthony Garcia 7 months ago

    How is there a better movie then scarface
    Watchmojo wtf lol