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The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time 

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List Rules Only remade films based on (or copying) earlier movies, including short films and foreign movies

The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time, ranked by movie experts and film fans alike. This list of the top movie remakes of all time was created by taking best movie remake suggestions from Ranker users, and then holding an open vote on which selected films were, in fact, the top films ever made.

The list includes films that were inspired by a wide range of topics, from art house European cinema to highly-regarded classics of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Included are movies that were Academy Award recipients and nominees and even Best Picture selections - as well as cult movies or sleeper hits that took time to find an audience.

If your favorite movies still aren't included with this group of the Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time, add them by making your own list. Or just vote for the titles below that are most worthy of the Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time title. And be sure to peruse our list of surprisingly good remakes and reboots from the 2010s.

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Original: Ocean's 11 (1960)

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Original: Infernal Affairs (2002)

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Original: Scarface (1932)

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

Original: The Thing from Another World (1951)

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Original: True Grit (1969)

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more

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Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Original: Casino Royale (1967)

Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more

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Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Original: La Jetée (1962)

12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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wiabux added Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

Original: The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more

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Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Mangold

Original: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

3:10 to Yuma is a 2007 western film directed by James Mangold and produced by Cathy Konrad, and stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the lead roles, with supporting performances by Peter ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Original: The Fly (1958)

The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

Released: 1991

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Original: Cape Fear (1962)

Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more

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Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Original: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Original: Yojimbo (1961)

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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Sturges

Original: Seven Samurai (1954)

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Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Original: The Italian Job (1969)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

Original: La Totale! (1991)

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Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

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Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

Released: 1985

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

Released: 1941

Directed by: John Huston

Original: The Maltese Falcon (1931)

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Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

Released: 1991

Directed by: Charles Shyer

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Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Howard

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