Classic Movies Movies That Should Be Remade  

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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Movies that should be remade include movies that would benefit from a special effects facelift, films with outdated subject matter that could be updated, and movies that were just awful the first time around to the chagrin of their fans.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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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.

Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and included a soundtrack by the band Toto. The plot, set several millennia in the future, concerns the conflict between rival noble families as they battle for control of the planet Arrakis, which is the only planet in the universe that possesses the spice "melange", the most essential and valuable commodity in the universe. After the success of the novel, attempts ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt, Sean Young, Max von Sydow, + more

Initial Release: 1984

Directed by: David Lynch

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#55 on The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies

#30 on The Best Movies of 1984

#70 on Movies That Need Sequels

#16 on The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert

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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

Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. Dippé, the film stars Michael Jai White in the leading role. Spawn is an origin story of the character, and begins with Al Simmons, a soldier/assassin who is killed and resurrected as Spawn, a reluctant, demonic leader of Hell's army. Spawn eventually refuses to lead Hell's army in the war against Heaven and turns against evil forces all together. The film co-stars John Leguizamo as Clown/The Violator, Al's demonic guide and the film's antagonist; and Nicol Williamson as Al's mentor Cogliostro. Martin ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke, Frank Welker, Michael Jai White, + more

Initial Release: 1997

Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé

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#71 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

#89 on The Best Movies of 1997

#6 on The Best '90s Superhero Movies

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Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies That Should Be Remade
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Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong, + more

Initial Release: 2011

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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#86 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

#89 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

#54 on The Funniest Superhero Movies Ever Made

#27 on The Best Green Lantern Versions Of All Time

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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.

WarGames is a 1983 American Cold War science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy. The film follows David Lightman, a young hacker who unwittingly accesses WOPR, a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game. The simulation causes a national nuclear missile scare and nearly starts World War III. The film was a box office success, costing US$12 million, and grossing $79,567,667 after five months in the United States and ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy, Michael Madsen, Dabney Coleman, + more

Initial Release: 1983

Directed by: John Badham

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#76 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#98 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#7 on The Best Movies of 1983

#17 on The Best Movies for Boys to Watch

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