Ten Movies That Should Be Remade….Or Should They?
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In the famous 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”, the main character is confronted with the thought that “You can’t repeat the past.”
“Why of course you can,” was his response.
When it comes to remaking classic movies, is it better to leave the past where it is or is it worth repeating it?
Over the last decade and a half there have been more than a few classic movies re-invented for a new generation of audiences who weren’t around for the original version. The lead example here is The Great Gatsby, originally released in 1949 (starring Alan Ladd), again in 1974 (starring Robert Redford) and again in 2013 (starring Leonardo Di Caprio). We’ve also seen remakes like Total Recall (2012, 1990), Ocean’s Eleven (2001, 1960), Carrie (2013, 1976) and Halloween (1978, 2007) come back onto the big screen.
But there are still many movies which haven’t been remade. Below is my list of the top ten yet-to-be re-thought, re-done and re-released films. Should it stay that way?
1. Jaws (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss – 1975)
2. Fletch (Chevy Chase – 1985)
3. Animal House (John Belushi – 1978)
4. Goodfellas (Robert Deniro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci – 1990)
5. The Godfather (Al Pacino, Marlon Brando – 1972)
6. E.T. (Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace – 1982)
7. It’s A Wonderful Life (James Stewart, Donna Reed – 1946)
8. Gone With The Wind (Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh – 1939)
9. Vertigo (James Stewart – 1958)
10. North By Northwest (Cary Grant – 1959)
Now before you make your decision, just remember that there are some remakes that have held up just fine like Cape Fear (1991, 1962), The Fly (1985, 1958), The Thing (1982, 1951), Scarface (1983, 1932), Scent Of A Woman (1992, 1974) and The Mummy (1999, 1932)…….Just sayin’. Give it some thought and cast your vote below!