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List Rules Vote for the movies with the most potential to succeed as a remake that isn't awful and/or would benefit from advances in special effects and CGI

Movies that should be remade include movies that would benefit from a special effects facelift, films with outdated subject matter that could be updated, and movies that were just awful the first time around to the chagrin of their fans. Some of the worst Hollywood movies of all time could still be remade and saved with the right writer, director, and cast. It would be no small feat to make Supergirl fly, but it could be done with the right crew. There are plenty of movies ready for a remake on this films that should be remade list.

Movies that could benefit from a remake include some of the greatest movies of all time that weren't bad the first time around like The Usual Suspects and The Breakfast Club. Much of the appeal of tinkering with these classics is the talent that could be attracted to projects that are already revered. 

What movies have been remade? What movies should be remade? With the thousands of boring/unnecessary adaptations floating around Hollywood, there should be some room for great movie remakes on the desks of executives making decisions about which movies get made. If there's a movie you think deserves a remake not on this list of films that should get a remake, make sure to add it. And if you think of other reasons a movie should be remade (like specific casting choices or current relevance of subject matter) make sure to add them to the movies that should be remade list.
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Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt The environment is a hot-button issue these days, and as the original never reached the popularity of the book, a re-make could be wicked awesome. David Bowie could even reprise his role, since he seemingly hasn't aged since the original.

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WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy Seems like a no-brainer. It's timely, the graphics stand much room for improvement, and it would be a tense political thriller helmed by a computer wunderkid. Greenlight.

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Flash Gordon Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti Talk about a movie that would benefit from some good CGI and special effects. Football players that travel into outer space to defend Earth? Yes, please! Action heroes, spaceships, and epic fight scenes all equal a need for a remake.

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wiabux added Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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Spawn Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke Spawn was/is a great comic, but its film adaptations just really haven't done it any justice. Let's get away from the cheek of the first one (John Leguizamo), and make this thing a dark, dirty story about a reluctant servant of the devil

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Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter This remake, of a sexy society who kills all its sexy inhabitants as soon as they turn sexy 21, is reportedly being kicked around at Warner Bros, as it should be. Special effects and CGI will make this movie epic

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Daredevil Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell There is nowhere to go but up from the original

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Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
ImaadShahrukh added Green Lantern Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

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Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton Nerds and hot chicks. This formula never gets old, and CGI coupled with advances in special effects will give a remake of this comedy classic a nice shine.

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Kenneth Darland added The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

Made in 1963 the special effects aren't very special. mostly hanging by wires, scratches, smoke, and bad blue screen. But a duel between two wizards, come on, that's gotta be cool.

As for casting? Here are my suggestions
Original Cast -- Character -- New Cast
Vincent Price -- Dr. Erasmus Craven -- Lily Tomlin
Peter Lorre -- Dr. Adolphus Bedlo -- Jason Alexander
Boris Karloff -- Dr. Scarabus -- Jack Nicholson
Hazel Court -- Lenore (or Leonard) Craven -- ? a man if Lily Tomlin plays Craven
Olive Sturgess -- Estelle Craven -- ?
Jack Nicholson -- Rexford Bedlo -- ?

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Barbarella Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi Hot chick, lack of clothes, CGI, and outer space. Why hasn't this been remade yet?

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Supergirl Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow The 1984 version of Supergirl was universally considered an all-around lame movie, but with the resurgence of the comic book genre into darker plot lines and deeper back stories, a retelling of the fairer Kryptonian could be pretty interesting. The time is right (there are plenty of younger women like Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence headlining blockbuster films) and, if done without an overwhelming emphasis on it being a female superhero, it could cross over to male and female audiences... as long as they don't cast Kristin Stewart. Please, Hollywood: whatever you do, do not remake Supergirl with Kristin Stewart. 

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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
ImaadShahrukh added Eragon Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons

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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward The original, its sequels, prequel, and 2003 TV series were campy, but with some good CGI, a remake could be terrifying.

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Masters of the Universe Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren, Frank Langella If you can turn The Smurfs into a live action movie (and a sequel!), you can remake Masters of the Universe, the 1987 sweaty chest hulking "classic." Cast any buff young actor as He-Man to get ladies in the seats.

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The Indian in the Cupboard Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser Think of it as a classier version of Night at the Museum; little action figures running all over the place. Action, history, and fantasy all in one for the win.

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Death Wish Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest There's always room for another bad ass in the movies.

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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
flower added City of Ember Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins The original was too choppy and didn't do justice to the book. This movie would have been so much better if it followed the order of the book in which the reader does not know what this city is and why the people are there until the end. Plus adding giant insects was kind of ridiculous. 

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wiabux added They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

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The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim Vampires: they're so hot right now. There would be seemingly no problem getting this greenlit, now that the Twilight series has mercifully drawn to a close, and this way you could expose a new generation to some truly kickass creatures of the night.

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Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown The IMDB description of the original just screams remake: "A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend." A hundred times yes, remake this movie. Let Quentin Tarantino do it. Brilliance will surely ensue

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Cool World Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne With all the advancements in animation over the past two decades, the realism of the cartoon character trying to seduce her way into the real world could have a gloriously creepy feel to it.

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The Wizard Tobey Maguire, Christian Slater, Fred Savage When taking into account movies that would benefit greatly from an advancement in the subject material, you can't forget about The Wizard. It has it all: divorce issues, child endangerment, love interest, mentally unstable kid, and video games. Video game tournaments are a big thing these days, and think about the advances in gaming that have been made since 1989. These kids were competing on old school Nintendos at games like Ninja Gaiden, Rad Racer, and Super Mario Bros. 3 (which hadn't even been released in the US yet). Bring this one up to speed with the likes of Madden and Halo, and you've got yourself a winner

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Elektra Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp See reasoning behind Daredevil.

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The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn Arguments that The Neverending Story belongs on a "do not touch" movie list are valid, BUT, there's CGI to consider. The tale of a fantasy universe seen through the eyes of a young boy leading a dreary existence would benefit greatly from a touch of cinema magic. Factor in the fact that the younger generation seems to have an aversion to any movie where the seams are showing, and you have the potential to add some real flavor to the remake of a classic film.

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Showgirls Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan Nowhere to go but up (and the movie might improve too).

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Problem Child Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, John Ritter Imagine all the ruckus a "problem child" could cause in the digital age. A remake on this one is imperative

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston There was a lot of potential in the original couple films that wasn't entirely realized as a result of Raul Julia's death. A remake could delve deeper into the silly creepiness of the titular family.

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Mannequin Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy How many of you forgot Kim Cattrall was the titular mannequin in this movie? How many of you knew the premise of the movie involved an ancient Egyptian soul coming back to life in the body of a mannequin that its artist had fallen in love with BEFORE IT CAME TO LIFE? This is some twisted stuff that would fare well in a present-day remake. Maybe move the inanimate object over to bedding and get some Japanese pillow play in there somehow. James Franco has already done some work in that arena...

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis How much more awesome would this movie have been the first time around with some quality CGI to sell the giant bugs and critters that harassed the kids in the first go of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Very much is the answer, making this a prime candidate for a reboot

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Toy Soldiers Sean Astin, Louis Gossett, Jr. While school violence is a hot-button issue, a remake of a movie where a boarding school full of high-profile kids rebels against a criminal sounds epic. Explosions, shooting, cunning students, hapless adults. Make it right now.

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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Don't get your panties in a twist just yet, hear us out: school has changed A LOT since the '80s when The Breakfast Club came out. Social archetypes, parental influences, interpersonal communication, and schools themselves have changed monumentally in the last 30 years (yes, it has been almost 30 years since the film debuted in 1985), and there are myriad new topics that could benefit from a remake. Think bullying, gay classmates, the influence of Facebook and Twitter in the friend sphere, and even the change in rules regarding when a high school athlete is eligible to enter the draft in several professional sports. Just imagine the likes of Dakota Fanning, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz...


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The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Now, this movie doesn't need to be made, but in a recent Twitter discussion, director Bryan Singer was asked who he'd cast if his breakthrough movie was being made in present day. The answers he gave made a sequel sound both awesome and viable. Below is a list of the original actors and their parts + the actors Singer would choose to cast in present day.

Kevin Spacey (Verbal Kint) Benedict Cumberbatch
Gabriel Byrne (Dean Keaton) Chris Hemsworth
Benecio Del Toro (Fenster) Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stephen Baldwin (McMannus) Dane DeHaan
Kevin Pollack (Hockney) Jonah Hill
Chazz Palminteri (Agent Kujan) Edward James Olmos
Pete Postlethwaite (Kobayashi) Michael Fassbender
Suzy Amis (Edie Finneran) Jennifer Lawrence 

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Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green It's about a nerdy guy that pays a hot chick to be his girlfriend. The premise is timeless and could easily be adapted to any young actor a studio wants to "make nerdy" so they can have the reveal that "hey, he was hot all along" later in the movie.

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw Hustlers gonna hustle, and the story will really hold for a new generation. Substitute Brad Pitt for Robert Redford's characters; have Redford direct.

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So I Married an Axe Murderer Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards Mike Myers is hilarious, this movie is hilarious, but nobody saw it the first time around. It could be remade into a really great comedy with a dark, dark edge.

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Weekend at Bernie's Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich The original was great, but let's let some new actors take a crack at the roles of Bernie's hapless employees trying to convince people that their boss is still alive. Heck, you could even switch the gender roles and get some women (like Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy or Tina Fey and anyone) in the role. THAT sounds like a hoot of a reboot.

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License to Drive Heather Graham, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim A hapless, nerdy guy who borrows a boss car to impress a girl and falls into a series of misadventures? Cue it up. Corey Feldman is available.

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King Ralph John Goodman, John Hurt, Peter O'Toole Interest in the British Royal Family is at fever pitch right now, what with all the weddings, babies, and rambunctious not-quite-heirs. Why not remake this gem for a modern day with a deeper look at the paparazzi's influence on the behavior of the Royal Family?

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Cop and a Half Burt Reynolds, Maria Canals Barrera, Ruby Dee A child-hating cop is teamed with a young kid who witnessed a murder; comedy follows in a new generation of smart-talking kids and despicable bad guys!

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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton As great as the effects in the original were for the time, a reboot with the advancements in CGI could really show, as opposed to just tell, the horrors of a dystopian, robot-ruled future.

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Blah blah blah, Ghostbusters 3 is happening, blah blah blah, yeah right. Yes it would be great to see the old team back together but let's be real: Bill Murray is busy, Ernie Hudson's doing Lifetime movies, and the rest of the cast is fat. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that'll add at least three months to the shooting schedule just to get them in a shape where they won't have a heart attack filming an action movie.

NOW, imagine this: Seth Rogen as Venkman, James Franco as Stantz, Thomas Lennon as Egon, Craig Robinson as Winston, and Jonah Hill in the Rick Moranis role. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant would write and direct, and the original cast can make a cameo somehow. Boom. The best movie ever. You're welcome, world.

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W.B., Blue and the Bean With the original cast, but for theaters, while adhering strictly to this IMDb plot summary: "A trio of hapless bounty hunters are recruited by a shady bail bondsman to try to keep a witness in drug trial alive to testify"