Movies That Should Never Be Remade Films
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Movies That Should Never Be Remade

List Criteria: Vote for the movies that are great the way they are and should never be remade

Some of the worst Hollywood movies of all time happened because an executive somewhere decided it would be a great money making venture to remake some of the greatest movies of all time (*cough*Psycho*cough*). The classic movies on this list of movies that shouldn't be remade are revered because they are inimitable, yet somehow, movie executives keep dredging their vaults and resurrecting movies that were already brilliant in misguided efforts to make them "better" (well, probably just to make money, let's be real). 

The scary thing about making a list of movies that should not be remade is the possibility that a decision maker somewhere will see the list and decide it's the perfect place to start looking for new movie ideas. There are sadly some movies, like The Blues Brothers, The Karate Kid, and The Wizard of Oz, that cannot be included on a list of films that shouldn't be redone. 

What classic movies should never be remade? What film will Hollywood ruin next? These classic films are on this movies that should not be remade list because they were amazing the first time around and don't need to be "improved". Vote for the movies you could never imagine being inhabited by a new cast and add any great movies that shouldn't be redone that might be missing.
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick

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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Ward Bond

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere

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    Darren McGavin, Zack Ward, Peter Billingsley

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    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

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    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Rob Reiner

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    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese

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    Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield

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    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brett Ratner

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    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker

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    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

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    Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey

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    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

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    Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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    Jennifer Aniston, Mike Judge, Orlando Jones

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    Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe

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