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Movies That Should Never Be Remade 

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List Rules Vote for the movies that are perfect just the way they are and should never, ever be remade.

Some of the worst Hollywood movies of all time happened because an executive somewhere decided it would be a great money making venture to remake some of the greatest movies of all time (*cough*Psycho*cough*). The classic movies on this list of movies that shouldn't be remade are revered because they are inimitable, yet somehow, movie executives keep dredging their vaults and resurrecting movies that were already brilliant in misguided efforts to make them "better" (well, probably just to make money, let's be real). 

The scary thing about making a list of movies that should not be remade is the possibility that a decision maker somewhere will see the list and decide it's the perfect place to start looking for new movie ideas. There are sadly some movies, like The Blues Brothers, The Karate Kid, and The Wizard of Oz, that cannot be included on a list of films that shouldn't be redone. 

What classic movies should never be remade? What film will Hollywood ruin next? These classic films are on this movies that should not be remade list because they were amazing the first time around and don't need to be "improved". Vote for the movies you could never imagine being inhabited by a new cast and add any great movies that shouldn't be redone that might be missing.
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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss
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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh
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Big is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis
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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft
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National Lampoon's Anima... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman
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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield
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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner
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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe
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