Remakes I Actually Liked

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1.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing. (114 mins.)
Director: Les Mayfield
 
2.
Fright Night (2011)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
 
3.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
4.
The Departed (2006)
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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
5.
King Kong (2005)
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After a movie crew travel to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, they encounter a giant and furious gorilla who takes their leading actress and form a special relationship with her, protecting the beautiful lady at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
6.
3 Men and a Baby (1987)
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Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends. (102 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ Under-rated mostly due to being harmless and cute. ” - jwoehr
 
7.
The Birdcage (1996)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
8.
Cape Fear (1991)
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A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
9.
Piranha 3D (2010)
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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. (88 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
10.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
11.
The Thing (1982)
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It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
12.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
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A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
13.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
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Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
14.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
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A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
15.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
16.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
17.
Insomnia (2002)
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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. (118 mins.)
 
18.
Let Me In (2010)
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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
 
19.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
20.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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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. (120 mins.)
 
21.
Point of No Return (1993)
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Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber... (109 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
22.
Friday the 13th (2009)
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A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ I never liked the original films, not even one. I found this pretty decent. ” - jwoehr
 
23.
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Patrick Lussier
“ Mostly Horror films should be in 3-D because this was a lot of fun, everything else I've seen was "Eh" in 3-D. ” - jwoehr
 
24.
The Mummy (1999)
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An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy. (125 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
25.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
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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. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ I like it more than the 1992 film and more than the Bella Logosi version. ” - jwoehr
 
26.
Ransom (1996)
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When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals. (121 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Remake of a Glenn Ford movie. ” - jwoehr
 
27.
The Italian Job (2003)
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After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (111 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
28.
The Ring (2002)
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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
29.
Dark Water (2005)
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A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
30.
Freaky Friday (2003)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
31.
Father of the Bride (1991)
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With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go. (105 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
32.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
33.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
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An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
34.
12 Angry Men (1997 TV Movie)
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Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision. (117 mins.)
 
35.
The 39 Steps (2008 TV Movie)
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Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull... (90 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
36.
The Fly (1986)
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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)