Hollywood has gone remake bananas!
There is no question it seems as if a remake is hitting theaters every time you turn around. Heck, we have three arriving this week -- RoboCop, Endless Love and About Last Night.
The trend to remake Hollywood classics is showing no signs of slowing, for better or worse. Some make it work so brilliantly, just watch Scarface online or watch Ocean's Eleven online and you'll see what we mean.
We present 13 remakes that are not only worthy follow-ups of their originals, but some are even better!
Click through and see which 13 movies took a carbon copy movie idea, and made it shine in full blown color!
Scarface showed us that Al Pacino can do anything -- even play a Cuban immigrant who takes the American Dream by any means necessary. Brian De Palma crafted a powerful and haunting picture that made us forget all about the 1932 genre-defining flick while we were watching it.
2. Cape Fear
If you're going to do a remake, why not employ Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro?! This is one remake that sends the creepy meter higher.
3. The Departed
The Departed finally gave Martin Scorsese his Oscar for Best Director. The movie also won Best Picture. Now, that's how you remake 2002's Infernal Affairs.
4. Ocean's Eleven
The Rat Pack enthralled audiences in 1960, but there was something about Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and their crew that took it to a whole new level of awesome. We suspect that has everything to do with director Steven Soderbergh.
5. The Italian Job
That Mini car chase... that's all we have to say! Michael Caine and his 1969 The Italian Job met their match in this hard to believe improvement of the original due to the smallest of cars and so much more.
6. The Thing
John Carpenter crafted a film icon all its own with 1982's The Thing. Kurt Russell was our guide to a horror story we will never forget. Sure, the 1951 Howard Hawks film is great, but Carpenter chilled us to our bones.
7. The Thomas Crown Affair
Sleek and sizzling, The Thomas Crown Affair stands on its own and joins the 1968 thriller as a classic.
8. The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a Japanese classic, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. The first one is considered one of the best in history, and the remake... is right alongside it!
9. The Fly
With sci-fi special effects as its ally, The Fly arrived and eclipsed the 1958 original on so many levels.
10. True Grit
It's hard to top a John Wayne classic. But the Coen brothers did just that by going to the source material to give us an Oscar-winning True Grit that illustrates that remakes can rivet.
11. War of the Worlds
There was always something compelling about the H.G. Wells story War of the Worlds. What Orson Welles teased on the radio and the 1953 movie promised, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg triumphed with a mind-blowing epic.
12. The Manchurian Candidate
When the original The Manchurian Candidate arrived in 1962, it was a thriller of its time. The Denzel Washington remake also fit its time... and if you're going to swap anyone for Angela Lansbury in the original, you can't do better than Meryl Streep.