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The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

Updated July 27, 2020 23.1k votes 1.8k voters 60.6k views105 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • The Mummy1
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    Original: The Mummy (1932)

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  • The Departed2
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Original: Infernal Affairs (2002)

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  • The Thing3
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Original: The Thing from Another World (1951)

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written...  more

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  • Casino Royale4
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Original: Casino Royale (1967)

    Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the...  more

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  • The Magnificent Seven5
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Original: Seven Samurai (1954)

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more

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  • 12 Monkeys6
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Original: La Jetée (1962)

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by...  more

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  • The Fly7
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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Original: The Fly (1958)

    The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David...  more

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  • True Grit8
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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Original: True Grit (1969)

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  • True Lies9
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Original: La Totale! (1991)

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  • Little Shop of Horrors10
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • A Fistful of Dollars11
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    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1964

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Original: Yojimbo (1961)

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film...  more

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  • Cape Fear12
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Original: Cape Fear (1962)

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a...  more

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  • Beauty and the Beast13
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The...  more

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  • Ocean's Eleven14
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven 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...  more

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  • Scarface15
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Original: Scarface (1932)

    Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the...  more

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  • The Ring16
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring...  more

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  • Dawn of the Dead17
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Original: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film...  more

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  • Peter Pan18
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    Peter Pan

    Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows

    Released2003

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Peter Pan is a 2003 Australian-American-British fantasy film released by Universal Pictures,...  more

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  • Pale Rider19
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    Pale Rider

    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn

    Released1985

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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  • The Birdcage20
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978...  more

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  • The Maltese Falcon21
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    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Original: The Maltese Falcon (1931)

    The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by...  more

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  • A Little Princess22
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,...  more

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  • The Lord of the Rings film trilogy23
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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films...  more

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers24
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman,...  more

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  • The Great Gatsby25
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925...  more

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