Remakes & Reboots

The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies 

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Updated July 25, 2019 218 votes 55 voters 1.4k views 9 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite remakes of movies that originally had a predominantly male cast.

Imagine a movie world with a female James Bond or Ethan Hunt? Although we’re not quite there yet, gender swap remakes are nothing new. But, they are currently more popular than ever. Here are the best remakes with women.

Movies remade with a female cast are like taking an old formula and looking at it from a different angle. A prime example of this is The Incredible Shrinking Woman, which was a remake of (you guessed it) The Incredible Shrinking Man. The films maintain all the charming characteristics of what made the source material so great, but they are able to add a fresh perspective. Ocean’s Eight is just as fun, smart, and twisty-turny as the original Ocean’s 11 (and the Steven Soderbergh remakes); however the female cast breathes new life into the standard heist drama.

From fighting ghosts to stealing jewels to racing love bugs, this all female reboots list prove that the girls can have just as much fun as the boys. Which is your favorite? Vote up or down on the list below to determine the best female reboot movies. Also be sure to revisit this list as new and upcoming movies are being remade with a female cast.

Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies
Photo:  Paramount Pictures

Original Film: Last Holiday (1950)

Male Cast: Alec Guiness, Bernard Lee, Sid James


Actors: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt, Smokey Robinson, Gérard Depardieu, + more

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wayne Wang

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The Incredible Shrinking... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies
Photo:  Universal Pictures
The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Original Film: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Male Cast: Grant Williams, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey, William Schallert 

Actors: Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Charles Grodin, Henry Gibson, Sally Kirkland, + more

Released: 1981

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies
Photo:  Columbia Pictures

Original Film: Ghostbusters (1984)

Male Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis


Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

Released: 2016

Directed by: Paul Feig

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Herbie: Fully Loaded is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies
Photo:  Buena Vista Pictures

Original Film: The Love Bug (1968)

Male Cast: Dean Jones, Buddy Hackett


Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Anna Faris, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Cheryl Hines, + more

Released: 2005

Directed by: Angela Robinson

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