Worst American Remake of a Non-English Movieby urbanemovies | created - 25 Jan 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Making an American remake of a great foreign language film into an English spoken version usually is a good idea. After all, sharing a great story with as wide an audience as possible makes a lot of sense. However, despite having bigger stars, larger budgets and the full resources of Hollywood behind them, it is often not enough. These adaptations, more often than not, pale in comparison to the masterwork and magic of the original telling.
Which American remake by comparison is the most unworthy of its original foreign and non-English language brethren?
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1. The Grudge (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Votes: 132,140 | Gross: $110.36M
Original: Ju-On: The Grudge (2003) from Japan in Japanese
2. The Upside (2017)
PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.
Votes: 30,392 | Gross: $108.25M
Original: Les Intouchables (2011) from France in French
3. Oldboy (2013)
R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.
Votes: 63,893 | Gross: $2.19M
Original: Oldeuboi (2003) from South Korea in Korean
4. Diabolique (1996)
R | 107 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him.
Votes: 12,544 | Gross: $17.10M
Original: Les diaboliques (1955) from France in French | English
5. Godzilla (I) (1998)
PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
Votes: 172,998 | Gross: $136.31M
Original: Gojira (1954) from Japan in Japanese
6. The Tourist (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
Votes: 208,410 | Gross: $67.63M
Original: Anthony Zimmer (2005) from France in French
7. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Votes: 179,586 | Gross: $40.53M
Original: Kôkaku Kidôtai (1995) from Japan in Japanese
8. The Uninvited (2009)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.
Votes: 72,057 | Gross: $28.57M
Original: Janghwz, Hongryeon (2003) from South Korea in Korean
9. Point of No Return (1993)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.
Votes: 23,383 | Gross: $30.04M
Original: La Femme Nikita (1990) from France in French
10. Funny Games (2007)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Votes: 84,297 | Gross: $1.29M
Original: Funny Games (1997) from Austria in German | French | Italian
11. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy
When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
Votes: 92,308 | Gross: $73.03M
Original: Le Diner de Cons (1998) from France in French
12. Quarantine (2008)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
Votes: 65,834 | Gross: $31.69M
Original: [REC] (2007) from Spain in Spanish
13. No Reservations (2007)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.
Votes: 66,981 | Gross: $43.11M
Original: Bella Martha (2001) from Germany in German
14. The Eye (2008)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.
Votes: 49,403 | Gross: $31.42M
Original: The Eye (2004) from Hong Kong in Catonese
15. Delivery Man (2013)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Votes: 71,292 | Gross: $30.66M
Original: Starbuck (2011) from Canada in French
16. Dark Water (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 57,206 | Gross: $25.47M
Original: Honogurai mizu no soko kara (2000) from Japan in Japanese
17. Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
PG-13 | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Votes: 38,030 | Gross: $20.18M
Original: El Secreto de sus Ojos (2009) from Argentina in Spanish
18. Premonition (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A depressed woman learns that her husband was killed in a car accident the previous day, then awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home; then awakens the day after that to find that he's dead.
Votes: 69,784 | Gross: $47.85M
Original: Yogen (2004) from Japan in Japanese
19. Solaris (2002)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
Votes: 75,751 | Gross: $14.97M
Original: Solyaris (1972) from the Soviet Union in Russian
20. The Vanishing (1993)
R | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.
Votes: 21,755 | Gross: $14.54M
Original: Spoorloos (1988) from Netherlands in Dutch
21. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.
Votes: 53,182 | Gross: $15.28M
Original: กรุงเทพมหานครอันตราย (2000) from Thailand in Thai
22. Death Note (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 101 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A high school student named Light Turner discovers a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, and launches a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals.
Original: Desu Nōto (2006) from Japan in Japanese
23. Brick Mansions (2014)
PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime
An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.
Votes: 37,791 | Gross: $20.29M
Original: Banlieue 13 (2004) from France in French | Spanish
24. Taxi (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.
Votes: 38,145 | Gross: $36.61M
Original: Taxi (1998) from France in French
25. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
R | 103 min | Comedy
A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.
Votes: 14,592 | Gross: $62.13M
Original: Boudu sauvé des eaux (1932) from France in in French
26. Shall We Dance (2004)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.
Votes: 40,867 | Gross: $57.89M
Original: Shall we dansu? (1997) from Japan in Japanese
27. Martyrs (2015)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.
Original: Mártires (2008) from France | Canada in French
28. My Sassy Girl (2008)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A sweet Midwestern guy with his life planned out for himself is wooed, groomed, and ultimately dumped by a complicated, elusive gal.
Original: Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (2001) from South Korea in Korean
29. Miss Bala (2019)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.
Votes: 4,617 | Gross: $15.01M
Original: Miss Bala (2011) from Mexico in Spanish | English
30. After the Wedding (2019)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama
A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.
Votes: 248 | Gross: $0.07M
Original: Efter brylluppet (2006) from Denmark in Danish | Swedish | English | Hindi