Worst American Remake of a Non-English Movie

by 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

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother

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

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 30,392 | Gross: $108.25M

Original: Les Intouchables (2011) from France in French

3. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

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.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, Kathy Bates

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

32 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria

Votes: 172,998 | Gross: $136.31M

Original: Gojira (1954) from Japan in Japanese

6. The Tourist (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

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

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Rupert Sanders | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche

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

43 Metascore

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.

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard | Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn

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.

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

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

44 Metascore

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet

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

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis

Votes: 92,308 | Gross: $73.03M

Original: Le Diner de Cons (1998) from France in French

12. Quarantine (2008)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

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.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Columbus Short, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 65,834 | Gross: $31.69M

Original: [REC] (2007) from Spain in Spanish

13. No Reservations (2007)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

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

36 Metascore

A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija

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

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Ken Scott | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Jack Reynor

Votes: 71,292 | Gross: $30.66M

Original: Starbuck (2011) from Canada in French

16. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

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

45 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris

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

29 Metascore

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.

Director: Mennan Yapo | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Amber Valletta, Shyann McClure

Votes: 69,784 | Gross: $47.85M

Original: Yogen (2004) from Japan in Japanese

19. Solaris (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis

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

49 Metascore

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: 21,755 | Gross: $14.54M

Original: Spoorloos (1988) from Netherlands in Dutch

21. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

24 Metascore

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.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Panward Hemmanee

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

43 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Nat Wolff, LaKeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham

Votes: 67,941

Original: Desu Nōto (2006) from Japan in Japanese

23. Brick Mansions (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime

40 Metascore

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.

Director: Camille Delamarre | Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Goûchy Boy

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

27 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen, Henry Simmons

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

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: 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

47 Metascore

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci

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

22 Metascore

A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.

Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz | Stars: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton, Caitlin Carmichael

Votes: 4,636

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.

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Jesse Bradford, Austin Basis, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 19,063

Original: Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (2001) from South Korea in Korean

29. Miss Bala (2019)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Thomas Dekker, Vivian Chan, Barbarella Pardo

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

52 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

Director: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn

Votes: 248 | Gross: $0.07M

Original: Efter brylluppet (2006) from Denmark in Danish | Swedish | English | Hindi



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