Movie Remakes That Are Better Than The Original

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11. Scent of a Woman (1992)
> Directed by: Martin Brest
> Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn
> Original movie: Scent of a Woman (1974)
> Difference in index score: 0.20

“Scent of a Woman” is a remake of an Italian drama of the same name. In the Italian version, a blind captain, who is assigned an aide by the army, travels to Naples to meet an old friend. The two former soldiers have plans to end their lives. The Italian movie was nominated for two Oscars, including best writing and best foreign movie. The American film, which follows a blind retired colonel and a prep student hired to help him around, was nominated for four Oscars, with Al Pacino winning best actor.

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10. The Crazies (2010)
> Directed by: Breck Eisner
> Starring: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker
> Original movie: The Crazies (1973)
> Difference in index score: 0.20

While the 2010 horror flick “The Crazies” is not an exceptional film, according to audience and critic reviews, it is preferred by both groups to its predecessor, which was directed by George Romero, the man behind “Night of the Living Dead.” The earlier film reportedly had a budget of only $275,000, while the remake cost an estimated $20 million to produce.

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9. Lassie (2005)
> Directed by: Charles Sturridge
> Starring: John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O’Toole
> Original movie: Lassie (1994)
> Difference in index score: 0.23

The 2005 “Lassie” is an adventure comedy-drama about the profound bond between a boy and his rough collie, Lassie. The film was generally reviewed positively by both audiences and critics – it still holds a 93% Freshness score — but performed poorly at the box office.

In comparison, only about half of audience reviewers liked the 1994 version of “Lassie,” and 88% of critics gave the original a favorable review. The films are based on Eric Knight’s 1940 novel “Lassie Come-Home.”

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8. The Thing (1982)
> Directed by: John Carpenter
> Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
> Original movie: The Thing from Another World (1951)
> Difference in index score: 0.31

The remake of “The Thing,” directed by John Carpenter, helped relaunch a new generation of sci-fi films featuring groundbreaking special effects and gory scenes. The film faltered at the box office because it had the misfortune of being released around the same time as the blockbuster “E.T: The Extraterrestrial.”

Howard Hawks directed the original, titled “The Thing From Another World,” which also spawned a golden age of science-fiction/horror films in the 1950s. Audiences on Rotten Tomatoes preferred the reboot to the original 92% to 73%.

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7. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
> Directed by: Frank Oz
> Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia
> Original movie: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
> Difference in index score: 0.31

Frank Oz directed the 1986 remake of the 1960 black comedy that was directed by B-movie helmsman Roger Corman. Oz’s version is a musical comedy inspired by the Broadway play and written by Howard Ashman. In the reboot, Rick Moranis stars as the nebbish flower shop worker who discovers an exotic carnivore plant. Some 79% of audiences liked the remake on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with just 55% for the original, which also featured an appearance by a young Jack Nicholson.