Classic novels and their remakes

by johngdow | created - 17 Dec 2012 | updated - 31 May 2013 | Public

People like a classic story and want to find the version they like best. This is to help you out. I will be giving recommendations on ones to watch or stay away from. If they are of use to you please let me know.

this is a family friendly list. If there is a movie with extreme violence, nudity or foul language, I will say so. but something is bound to get by me so please use your own judgment.

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2. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,261

this is a very good movie. Leslie Howard always played then man of a strong will very well. they do drop the f bomb once in this movie. shocking right. all the way back then.

3. 'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

Passed | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

Director: Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Francis L. Sullivan, Allan Jeayes, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 1,095

Leslie Howard revises his role. instead of the French Revolution it is World War 2

there is nudity in this film. pictures on the wall.

4. The Fighting Pimpernel (1950)

88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Cyril Cusack, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 391

did not enjoy this one

6. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Romance

During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen, James Villiers

Votes: 3,802

this was the best.

7. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )

540 min | Adventure, Drama

During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy

Votes: 1,006

stay away from this one. murders the entire story. scene by scene, word by word. Horrible

8. The Scarlet Pimpernel (I)

Drama | Announced

Add a Plot

Director: Michael Armstrong

this would be the eighth remake spanning ninety six years

9. Pride and Prejudice (1938 TV Movie)

55 min | Drama

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Stars: Allan Jeayes, Barbara Everest, Antoinette Cellier, Curigwen Lewis

Votes: 19

never seen it.

10. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 6,563

very good movie. it is a must see. Greer Garson was amazing.

11. Pride and Prejudice (1952– )

180 min | Comedy, Drama

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Stars: Thea Holme, Daphne Slater, Peter Cushing, Milton Rosmer

Votes: 19

12. Pride and Prejudice (1958– )

30 min | Drama

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Badel, Marian Spencer, Jane Downs, Susan Lyall Grant

Votes: 10

13. Pride and Prejudice (1967– )

25 min | Romance

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Stars: Celia Bannerman, Lewis Fiander, Michael Gough, Vivian Pickles

Votes: 37

14. Pride and Prejudice (1980– )

265 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Elizabeth Garvie, David Rintoul, Moray Watson, Priscilla Morgan

Votes: 1,856

was kind of boring really

15. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 62,214

this is the best version.

16. Pride and Prejudice (2003)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

Jane Austen's classic is transplanted to modern-day Utah. While her college roommates search for love, aspiring writer Elizabeth Bennet focuses on her career but constantly finds herself fighting haughty businessman Will Darcy.

Director: Andrew Black | Stars: Kam Heskin, Orlando Seale, Lucila Solá, Benjamin Gourley

Votes: 2,204 | Gross: $0.38M

17. Bride & Prejudice (2004)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

55 Metascore

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher

Votes: 18,472 | Gross: $6.60M

if you like the bollywood flavor

18. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 216,487 | Gross: $38.41M

was to sappy at the end. made you want to up chuck

19. A Modern Pride and Prejudice (2011)

125 min | Romance

Pride and Prejudice follows Elizabeth (Maia Petee) and her oldest sister Jane Bennet (Christina LaFon) through trial and error of first impressions, timeless proposals, mistaken opinions ... See full summary »

Director: Bonnie Mae | Stars: Caleb Grant, Maia Petee, Christina Lafon, Mark Mook

Votes: 53

never seen it

21. Brewster's Millions (1921)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy

Monte Brewster learns that he has inherited $10 million from his late grandfather, but then learns that he must spend $2 million in less than a year and remain unmarried to inherit the rest of the money.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Betty Ross Clarke, Fred Huntley, Marian Skinner

Votes: 22

22. Miss Brewster's Millions (1926)

72 min | Comedy, Drama

Polly Brewster, a penniless Hollywood model/movie extra inherits one million dollars. But her new lawyer, Tom Hancock, informs her that she has to spend it all within 30 days to inherit $5 ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Warner Baxter, Ford Sterling, George Beranger

Votes: 7

23. Brewster's Millions (1935)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

Jack Brewster is a pennyless English lad who learns that he has inherited 6 million pounds sterling from a recently deceased relative. But soon learns that he must spend 500,000 pounds in ... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Lili Damita, Nancy O'Neil, Sydney Fairbrother

Votes: 34

24. Brewster's Millions (1945)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

In order to inherit $7,000,000, an ex-soldier must spend $1,000,000 in two months' time.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Votes: 857

this was ok

25. Three on a Spree (1961)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

A young man will inherit a huge fortune--8 million pounds--but to qualify, he must spend a million pounds in just two months. Easy to do? That's what you think!

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Jack Watling, Carole Lesley, Renee Houston, John Slater

Votes: 26

26. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 30,997 | Gross: $38.80M

Richard Pryor had to much of a mouth on him in this one

27. Brewster's Billions (I)

Comedy | Announced

A comedy centered on a guy who inherits a windfall with one string attached: he must spend the entire sum of a previous inheritance within a year without accruing any assets from the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Townsend

this would be the eighth remake spanning a hundred years

28. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 20,634 | Gross: $42.00M

it was ok. but they had white person trying to play an Indian princess does hold the record for most animals in movie and for a while the most cameos

30. Around the World in 80 Days (I) (1989)

PG | 266 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 2,490

this is the best version out there.

31. Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

To win a bet, an eccentric British inventor beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly 80 days.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent, Kathy Bates

Votes: 75,479 | Gross: $24.01M

could hardly recognize story, but I always give Jackie Chan a chance four remakes in forty eight years

32. The Three Musketeers (1903)

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades must thwart the plans of Cardinal Richelieu to usurp King Louis XIII's power.

Votes: 13

Not a big three musketeers fan, so you are on your own.

33. The Three Musketeers (1916)

63 min | Adventure

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Swickard | Stars: Orrin Johnson, Dorothy Dalton, Louise Glaum, Harvey Clark

Votes: 17

34. The Three Musketeers (1921)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier, Thomas Holding

Votes: 679 | Gross: $3.27M

35. The Three Musketeers (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

D'Artagnan sings and fronts for slapstick cowardly Ritz brothers posing as musketeers.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Don Ameche, The Ritz Brothers, Binnie Barnes, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 394

36. The Three Musketeers (1954)

30 min | Adventure

1625. Young D'Artagnan wants to be a Musketeer, and, in becoming one, finds himself defending the honor of Queen Anne against the nefarious Cardinal Richelieu.

Stars: Laurence Payne, Roger Delgado, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Paul Hansard

Votes: 7

38. The Three Musketeers (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York

Votes: 13,495 | Gross: $22.02M

39. The Three Musketeers (1973 TV Movie)

Animation, Adventure

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades must thwart the plans of Cardinal Richelieu to usurp King Louis XIII's power.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: James Condon, Neil Fitzpatrick, Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick

Votes: 16

40. The Three Musketeers (1986 TV Movie)

54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Cardinal Richelieu and Milady team up against the King's Musketeers in 17th century France.

Stars: Ivar Kants, Noel Ferrier, Kate Fitzpatrick, Tina Bursill

Votes: 49

41. The Three Musketeers (II) (1992 Video)

G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young man proves his worth in order to belong to the French squad of the musketeers.

Stars: Jeff Bennett, Cam Clarke, Susan Silo

Votes: 72

42. The Three Musketeers (1993)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt

Votes: 44,776 | Gross: $53.90M

43. The Three Musketeers (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

35 Metascore

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich

Votes: 95,336 | Gross: $20.38M

there to many movie and tv shows to put up here. these are most of the English movies.

they have been making musketeer movies and many variations of them for over 98 years.

44. The Count of Monte Cristo (1913)

69 min | Drama, History

A French sailor, imprisoned for years on false charges of conpiring against the king, escapes and exacts revenge on his accusers.

Directors: Joseph A. Golden, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: James O'Neill, Nance O'Neil, Murdock MacQuarrie

Votes: 30

45. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Unrated | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 2,013

Robert Donat made a fine Count of Monte Cristo

Most movies do not have the ending of the book. they are more like this one

46. The Count of Monte Cristo (1943)

90 min | Adventure, Drama

Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vernay | Stars: Pierre Richard-Willm, Michèle Alfa, Aimé Clariond, Marcel Herrand

Votes: 122

47. The Count of Monte Cristo (1954)

183 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vernay | Stars: Jean Marais, Lia Amanda, Daniel Ivernel, Folco Lulli

Votes: 620

48. Amgolwang (1968)

103 min | Drama

Branded as a murderer and imprisoned for 20 years, a man loses what little he had. He receives information in prison from a man called St Wu-weol regarding the location of a hidden treasure... See full summary »

Director: In-hyeon Choi | Stars: Kung-won Nam, Ji-mee Kim, Jang-kang Heo

49. The Count of Monte Cristo (1973 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure

Cartoon adaptation of the classic of world literature by Alexandre Dumas, which tells the dramatic odyssey of Edmond Dantes since he's unjustly accused and sentenced for life.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Elizabeth Crosby, Tim Elliott, Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick

Votes: 16

50. The Count of Monte Cristo (1998– )

400 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Classic tale from Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 5,309

51. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 114,373 | Gross: $54.23M

this is the only other on I have seen of this list. It travels far from the book.

52. The Count of Monte Cristo (I)

Action, Adventure | Announced

A falsely accused man in 19th century France escapes prison to seek out his revenge against those who wronged him and find a hidden fortune.

Director: David S. Goyer

53. And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who is the killer?

Director: René Clair | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young

Votes: 10,479

you might ask how is this a classic novel? It is the first story where some one is slowly but surely killing off a small group of people cut off from the world.

54. Ten Little Indians (1959 TV Movie)

60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1