Remakes I Liked

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1. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 262,551 | Gross: $171.24M

2. Let Me In (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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79 Metascore

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

Votes: 100,102 | Gross: $12.13M

Wasn't needed...but I liked it.

3. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 47,025 | Gross: $10.25M

4. The Vanishing (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 20,059 | Gross: $14.54M

5. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 278,827 | Gross: $129.13M

6. The Karate Kid (2010)

PG | 140 min | Action, Drama, Family

6.2
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61 Metascore

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han

Votes: 133,618 | Gross: $176.59M

Not sure why it was even made, but it had nice locations and Jackie Chan was surprisingly good.

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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72 Metascore

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 355,662 | Gross: $206.46M

8. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.8
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 75,079 | Gross: $4.91M

9. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 975,031 | Gross: $132.38M

10. 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.9
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61 Metascore

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Votes: 39,920 | Gross: $167.78M

Yeah yeah I know

11. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 67,181 | Gross: $124.06M

12. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.3
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59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 208,236 | Gross: $59.02M

13. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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54 Metascore

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello

Votes: 68,459 | Gross: $19.98M

14. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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35 Metascore

A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, T.J. Cross

Votes: 232,723 | Gross: $101.65M

15. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 586,936 | Gross: $256.39M

16. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 305,193 | Gross: $106.13M

17. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

R | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

6.8
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72 Metascore

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 77,337 | Gross: $69.30M

18. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.6
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34 Metascore

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 82,072 | Gross: $65.00M

It's not amazing, but compared to the originals it's a good horror film.

19. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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51 Metascore

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue

Votes: 48,189 | Gross: $51.55M

Horror movies in 3D are fun, everything else shouldn't be in 3D!

20. The Last House on the Left (2009)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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42 Metascore

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 73,876 | Gross: $32.72M

21. Point of No Return (1993)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top secret U.S. government Agent "Bob" arranges a staged death, so Maggie ... See full summary »

Director: John Badham | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 21,866 | Gross: $30.04M

Is called a bad remake by many, but I enjoyed it.

22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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75 Metascore

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 41,727 | Gross: $24.95M

23. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Approved | 82 min | Horror

7.4
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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 17,040

24. The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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48 Metascore

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy that wreaks havoc on him, and his crew.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 343,682 | Gross: $155.25M

25. The Mummy (1959)

Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Horror

6.8
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne

Votes: 6,243

26. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 238,003 | Gross: $67.36M

27. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 131,927 | Gross: $40.46M

28. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 343,744 | Gross: $218.08M

29. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.2
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57 Metascore

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 293,415 | Gross: $13.78M

30. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 139,985 | Gross: $79.10M

31. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.5
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73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 361,344 | Gross: $234.28M

32. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 872,554 | Gross: $0.69M

33. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

6.9
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81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 53,998 | Gross: $38.75M

34. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

7.8
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74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 438,981 | Gross: $183.41M

35. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 54,631 | Gross: $42.04M

36. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 254,547 | Gross: $53.61M

37. Brothers (I) (2009)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.1
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58 Metascore

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard

Votes: 95,969 | Gross: $28.50M

38. Always (1989)

PG | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

Votes: 24,081 | Gross: $43.86M

39. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

R | 103 min | Comedy

6.1
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82 Metascore

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, Little Richard

Votes: 13,682 | Gross: $62.13M

40. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 43,384

41. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.6
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62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 93,771 | Gross: $128.81M

42. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 137,323 | Gross: $54.24M

Gruesome with a dark sense of humor just like the original.

43. Fright Night (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Horror

6.4
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64 Metascore

After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

Votes: 90,130 | Gross: $18.30M

44. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 54,797 | Gross: $0.80M

45. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 92,168 | Gross: $65.96M

46. Freaky Friday (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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70 Metascore

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould

Votes: 106,083 | Gross: $110.23M