CST Top 10: Top 10 Remakes

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By Kyle Arango,

Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week with the amazing A Star is Born being released, we decided to count down the Top 10 Best Remakes of All Time. Remakes happen constantly but few stand out from the originals and make them better. It’s hard to stand away from the original but these movies were able to do that and for some, a little more.

10. The Ring

We start off the list with our first in a few horror remakes in The Ring. For anyone unaware, The Ring is about a journalist who discovers a videotape and after watching it you now have 7 days to live. This is a creepy concept but one that had already worked, in Japanese original Ring. Gore Verbinski captures that uneasiness feeling so well that you are uncomfortable watching the film.

9. The Jungle Book

On a little note we explore the tail of a boy and the jungle in the Disney classic remake of The Jungle Book. This is the 2016 film directed by Jon Favreau took a different spin from the original. Disney is doing many of these live-action remakes of their classic films, and The Jungle Book is the best one so far. The imagination and color of this world is captured in a way the original couldn’t and as a result completely topped it. Now Favreau is doing The Lion King? Sign me up.

8. Cape Fear

Martin Scorsese directed this remake and made this remake into something special. Scorsese and Robert De Niro have always worked very well together, but this is one of their most underrated collaborations. De Niro is scary as Max Cady who has a mission and will do anything to achieve it. This film is unsettling yet fascinating and keeps you hooked at every turn.

7. Casino Royale

Seven comes in with a classic character who has remade himself a couple times in James Bond. Casino Royale from 2006 is the film we are talking about and this was the debut of Daniel Craig as the title character. Casino Royale from 1967 was a fine film but this one is spectacular. Craig stepped in here and owned this role into becoming one of if not the best to portray James Bond. He currently is still playing the character and hopefully can go out on top.

6. Dawn of the Dead

Number six is a rather unconventional film that I did not see making the list in Dawn of the Dead. This is a story about a group of people who take refuge from zombies in a shopping mall. Surprisingly this is one of Zack Snyder’s best films that completely surpassed the original with it’s quick wit in horrific situations. While a good movie, I am shocked this film is as high as it is but people enjoy it so who am I to judge?

5. Ocean’s Eleven

Stealing its way into the number five spot is a classic heist film Ocean’s 11. Remade from the original starring the Rat Pac, this one was just as big of a star-studded affair. You throw in the biggest actors of the time like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon with some serious supporting surprise in the likes of Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac & Elliott Gould, and the good times just keep hitting. This film is just pure fun which is not something many expected from Steven Soderbergh, but it absolutely worked. The franchise is still going to this day and that would not have worked had this film failed.

4. The Thing

Now we transition to what should be the number one movie on this list, The Thing. Rarely is a film unanimously looked upon as far superior than its original more than The Thing does. John Carpenter took this material then made it so gripping and compelling that you were just as confused as the characters. You have a creature that can shapeshift into any living thing and it immediately elevates the tension. It’s more than an absolute classic to say the least.

3. The Fly

Speaking of classics, this wonderful little horror from director David Cronenberg The Fly. The film is a tour de force of acting by its star Jeff Goldblum, who gives the best performance of his career. We see a man who is slowly becoming something else and there is nothing anyone can do about it. This metamorphosis is that very tragic downfall and it’s tragic. The effects, acting, and directing far surpass the original and make this one spectacular film.

2. Scarface

We transition now to what might be the most popular film on the list, 1980’s Scarface. What makes this film so intriguing is how it has been in the public eye for decades after its release. Kids still have posters of Al Pacino from this film hanging on the walls of their dorm. Scarface’s legacy along with its quality make it far better than the original and while they are currently working on a new one, it will be difficult to remake this remake better than the remake.

1. The Departed

We have had a full list of terrific remakes from many different genres but the number one film on the list is The Departed. While a great film, I struggle to see what makes this better than The Thing (Let it go Kyle). Many people acknowledge this is not Scorsese’s best and that this award seemed like a career achievement award. Regardless, this is still fantastic film. It has an all-star cast with nominations everywhere. It may not be my favorite, but its greatness is undeniable.

Well there you have it! The Top 10 best remakes of all time. There are remakes being made every year, but few ever surpass the original like the one’s on our list did. A Star is Born coming out this week would for sure be on this list, most likely top three. What does your list look like? Let us know in the comments and we will see you next week with another Top 10 list.