Top 10 Popular and Beloved Movie Remakes of All Time

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Liked an old classic and would love to watch the latest heartthrob starring in it? In that case, your wish may come true with the movie's remake version. We can't get enough of our oldies, can we?
Did You Know?
The movie Christmas Carol has been remade more than a dozen times. A few sources claim that there are about 56 adaptions of the novel.
"Old is Gold" is what we say. However, when it comes to the entertainment industry, this saying doesn't hold true. Over the last few decades, a number of movies that are Remakes of the Original ones have been released. The Remake has new actors and a production unit but retains the heart of the Original classic, i.e., its Basic Plot. These movies had the money registers ringing at the box office.

However, not all Remakes are the exact adaptations of the Original movie. The movie, The Italian Job just shares its movie title with the Original one but the plot and the characters are entirely different. Such movies cannot be compared with the Original ones. This article enlists only those movies whose plots are more or less identical to the Original one. We, at Buzzle, present to you ten such movie Remakes that made it big the second time around as well.
Top 10 Film Remakes
* Movies are not listed according to their ranks.
Father of the Bride
Basic Plot
The father of the young, soon-to-wed bride becomes nervous about the fact that his little child is now a young woman, who is going to get married soon. He develops an instant dislike towards his potential son-in-law. The wedding preparations and the father's insecurities create hilarious moments that form the rest of the movie plot.

Original

Year: 1950

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring -
Spencer Tracy
Elizabeth Taylor
Joan Bennett

Screenplay -
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett

Box Office - $6 million
Remake

Year: 1991

Director: Charles Shyer
Starring -
Steve Martin
Kimberly Williams
Diane Keaton

Screenplay -
Charles Shyer
Nancy Meyers

Box Office - $89,325,780
The Ring (Ringu in Japanese)
Basic Plot
Two friends watch a cursed videotape, and one of them dies a mysterious death seven days after watching the tape. The other friend who has also viewed the tape realizes that even she is cursed and will die in a week's time. Her attempt to save herself and her family and also to find out the truth of the cursed tape forms the rest of the story.

Original

Year: 1998

Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring -
Nanako Matsushima
Hiroyuki Sanada
Rikiya Ōtaka
Yoichi Numata

Screenplay -
Hiroshi Takahashi
Kôji Suzuki

Box Office - $13,005,000
Remake

Year: 2002

Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring -
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox

Screenplay -
Kôji Suzuki
Ehren Kruger
Scott Frank

Box Office - $249,348,933
Freaky Friday
Basic Plot
This movie taps the popular superstition of Friday the 13th. A mother-daughter duo keep on arguing over petty things. The consequences of one such disagreement leads them to switch into each other's bodies. The rest of the story tells the various experiences the duo have in each other's bodies and eventually how they get to understand one another better.

Original

Year: 1976

Director: Gary Nelson
Starring -
Barbara Harris
Jodie Foster
John Astin

Screenplay -
Mary Rodgers

Box Office - $25,942,000
Remake

Year: 2003

Director: Mark Waters
Starring -
Jamie Lee Curtis
Lindsay Lohan

Screenplay -
Heather Hach
Leslie Dixon

Box Office - $160,846,332
The Departed (Infernal Affairs - Hong Kong)
Basic Plot
Two undercover moles who are unaware of each other's existence in the police department, set out to complete the tasks assigned to them. However, when one of them escapes a sting operation, both come to know of each other's presence. Their attempt to expose the real enemy forms the plot for the rest of the movie.

Original

Year: 2002

Director: Wai-keung Lau
Starring -
Andy Lau
Tony Leung
Anthony Wong

Screenplay -
Alan Mak
Felix Chong

Box Office - HK$55,057,176
Remake

Year: 2006

Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring -
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Jack Nicholson
Mark Wahlberg

Screenplay -
William Monahan

Box Office - $289,847,354
Scent of a Woman
Basic Plot
A heart-warming tale of a blind retired army Colonel and his aide, Scent of a Woman showcases human emotions in a wonderful way. The Colonel is determined to commit suicide but before doing so, he along with the aide set out on a journey. It is during this trip that the aide finds out about the Colonel's real intentions. His attempt to save the Colonel forms the rest of the story.

Original

Year: 1974

Director: Dino Risi
Starring -
Vittorio Gassman
Alessandro Momo
Agostina Belli

Screenplay -
Rugger Maccari
Dino Risi

Box Office - N.A.*
Remake

Year: 1992

Director: Martin Brest
Starring -
Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell
James Rebhorn
Gabrielle Anwar

Screenplay -
Bo Goldman

Box Office - $134,095,253
Scarface
Basic Plot
The tale of power and greed to become the undisputed gangster forms the plot of the movie. An overly ambitious gangster leaves the gang of a famous kingpin to form one of his own. He then kills the kingpin and becomes the undisputed gangster, taking over the latter's empire. The remaining plot revolves around his quest in escaping the law and protecting his family from his crime-filled life.

Original

Year: 1932

Director: Howard Hawks
Starring -
Paul Muni
George Raft
Ann Dvorak
Boris Karloff

Screenplay -
Ben Hecht

Box Office - N.A.*
Remake

Year: 1983

Director: Brian De Palma
Starring -
Al Pacino
Steven Bauer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Screenplay -
Oliver Stone

Box Office - $65,884,703
King Kong
Basic Plot
A filmmaker decides to cast an unemployed girl as the heroine for his new venture. For shooting the film, they set sail to a mysterious location known for its strange creatures. When the film crew's ship is left stranded on the mysterious island, the girl gets captured by native tribes, who want to offer her as a sacrifice to the giant Kong. The crew sets out to rescue her but encounter many giant creatures in their journey. Their attempts to rescue the girl forms the rest of the plot.

Original

Year: 1933

Director: Merian C. Cooper
Starring -
Fay Wray
Bruce Cabot
Robert Armstrong
Merian C Cooper

Screenplay -
James Ashmore Creelman
Ruth Rose

Box Office - $1,856,000
Remake

Year: 2005

Director: Peter Jackson
Starring -
Naomi Watts
Jack Black
Adrien Brody

Screenplay -
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson

Box Office - $550.5 million
Dawn of the Dead
Basic Plot
The film traces the lives of people, who hide in a mall to escape the "deceased people turned zombies", only to find out that they are captured by zombies. The survivors find out that the zombie infection spreads by biting. Even after several attempts to save their lives, many of the initial survivors are bitten and turn into zombies. The survival attempts of the remaining people takes the story forward.

Original

Year: 1978

Director: George A. Romero
Starring -
David Emge
Ken Foree
Scott Reiniger
Gaylen Ross

Screenplay -
George A. Romero

Box Office - $55,000,000
Remake

Year: 2004

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring -
Sarah Polley
Ving Rhames
Jake Weber
Mekhi Phifer

Screenplay -
James Gunn

Box Office - $102,356,381
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Insomnia (Insomnia - Norwegian)
Basic Plot
When a teenage girl is found murdered, two detectives are sent to assist the police in their investigation. However, in an unfortunate event, one of the detectives ends up killing his partner. A new cop is appointed to find the culprit who killed the detective. In an attempt to save himself, the detective along with a famous writer decide to frame the deceased girl's boyfriend in the murder case. But, his guilt gives him insomnia, and his fight over his guilt and his attempts to save himself builds the climax of the movie.

Original

Year: 1997

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Starring -
Stellan Skarsgård
Sverre Anker Ousdal
Bjørn Floberg

Screenplay -
Erik Skjoldbjærg
Nikolaj Frobenius

Box Office - N.A.*
Remake

Year: 2002

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring -
Al Pacino
Robin Williams
Hilary Swank

Screenplay -
Hillary Seitz
Christopher Nolan (uncredited)

Box Office - $113,714,830
The Thomas Crown Affair
Basic Plot
A wealthy financier is bored of his life and decides to steal a famous painting from a museum. His robbery is successful, but the detective appointed by the police department suspects him to be the culprit. However, following a series of events, the two end up falling for each other. The unveiling of the truth forms the rest of the movie plot.

Original

Year: 1968

Director: Norman Jewison
Starring -
Steve McQueen
Faye Dunaway
Paul Burke
Jack Weston

Screenplay -
Alan R. Trustman

Box Office - $11 million
Remake

Year: 1999

Director: John McTiernan
Starring -
Pierce Brosnan
Rene Russo
Denis Leary

Screenplay -
Leslie Dixon
Kurt Wimmer

Box Office - $124,305,181
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There are many Remakes that have surpassed the Original ones, in terms of popularity and box-office collections, like Ocean's Eleven. Be it the Original flick, or the Remake, what counts is its entertainment quotient!
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