20 Movie Remakes That Prove Original Isn’t Always Better

The Stepford Wives
This may be an unpopular choice, but I find Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 cult classic funnier and more satirical. Plus, it has Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler, who are awfully hard to resist.
The success of the most recent remake of Godzilla is due to the updated digital technology on display.
3:10 to Yuma
Some still cling to Delmer Daves' 1957 version, but most see the brilliance in James Mangold's remake starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. The performances are better and the action is infinitely more exciting
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Dawn of the Dead
George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead is a bit cheesy and outdated, whereas Zack Snyder's remake brings the story to the 21st century without losing any of the humor or social commentary.
A Star Is Born
Janet Gaynor and Fredric March simply can't compete with Judy Garland and James Mason. George Cukor's 1954 remake is a sweeping melodrama about the dangers of fame, and it's easily the best version of the bunch.
The Fly
David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 science fiction film is one of the best horror films ever made. Most of this is due to Cronenberg's sharp, smart direction, and Jeff Goldblum's harrowing performance.
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Mr. Deeds
Adam Sandler and company update Frank Capra's classic 1936 film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town for a modern audience, and it's a more endearing depiction of kindness in the face of greed.
You've Got Mail
Nora Ephron's remake of The Shop Around the Corner features Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, which means that it's inevitably going to be more charming.
Heaven Can Wait
Warren Beatty and Elaine May remake Here Comes Mr. Jordan with great success. It's funnier and more emotionally engaging, and remains the best version of this story, which has since been updated by Chris Rock in 2001.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much
Hitchcock decided to remake his own film here, and many agree that this version starring James Stewart and Doris Day is superior to the 1934 original. The star power of both Stewart and Day make for a more entertaining experience.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The 2009 Swedish version is gritty and powerful, but David Fincher's American update is more stylistically interesting. The ending, as well, is quietly heartbreaking, and it makes us anxious for the next installment.
The Departed
Based on Andrew Lau's 2002 film Infernal Affairs, Martin Scorsese's Boston set mob movie is the work of a master on top of his game. It's funnier, uglier, and more ambitious than the original.
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Vanilla Sky
Perhaps I'm biased because I love Tom Cruise, but Cameron Crowe's remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes is dreamy, apocalyptic, and more of a mind-f**k.
Christopher Nolan's remake of the 1997 Norwegian film is darker and more intense. Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swink are riveting.
The Thing
Critics and audiences rightfully credit John Carpenter's horror film as the one of the best remakes of all time. As a result, no one bothers to watch the 1951 original anymore.
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True Grit
The original version starring John Wayne doesn't compare with this Coen Brothers' instant classic. The aesthetics are more artfully constructed, and the story is wisely told from Mattie Ross' (Hailee Steinfeld) perspective.
21 Jump Street
Based on the hit television series from the 1980s, the film version starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is better in every way. The stars have more charisma, the story is more interesting, and the humor delivers every time.
King Kong
There have been a number of versions throughout the years, but Peter Jackson's remains the best precisely because CGI renders the ape realistic.
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Wuthering Heights
Some may despise Andrea Arnold's artsy revision of Emily Bronte's classic story, but it's far superior to the cheesy 1939 version with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.
I Think I Love My Wife
While there's nothing "wrong" with Eric Rohmer's 1972 film Love in the Afternoon, Chris Rock's contemporary remake deserves credit for telling the same story in a completely different cinematic world.