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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 Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
laaaarrge added Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
wiabux added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
MarkJohnson added Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
MarkJohnson added Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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Big is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
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Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

Released: 1986

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies That Should Never Be Remade
Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

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