6. True Lies (1994)
> Directed by: James Cameron
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
> Original movie: La Totale! (1991)
> Difference in index score: 0.32
The 1994 hit action-comedy movie “True Lies” is based on a 1991 French comedy “La Totale!” The plot of the American movie is centered on a salesman who is actually a secret agent tracking down nuclear missiles. “La Totale!” follows a civil servant who is actually a secret agent using his skills and resources to find where his son has been going instead of school. Remake director James Cameron is developing a “True Lies” TV reboot.
5. The Departed (2006)
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
> Original movie: Internal Affairs (2002)
> Difference in index score: 0.43
“The Departed” is Martin Scorsese’s third most financially successful film to date. The movie is based on the popular Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs.” Scorsese’s gritty flick about the Irish mob in Boston — supported by its star-studded cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin — resonated with audiences, with a score of 94% among Rotten Tomatoes users, and it has an 8.5 rating out of 10 among IMDb users. “The Departed” also took home Oscars for best picture, best director, and best writing.
4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
> Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
> Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
> Original movie: Ocean’s 11 (1960)
> Difference in index score: 0.48
This entertaining and stylish caper movie directed by Steven Soderbergh stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts. It was remade from the 1960 film featuring Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis Jr.
The slick remake was a success, becoming one of the highest grossing movies of the year and starting a lucrative franchise. The fast-paced flick holds a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 83%, and an 80% approval rating from audiences.
3. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
> Directed by: David Lowery
> Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley
> Original movie: Pete’s Dragon (1977)
> Difference in index score: 0.50
A mix of live action and animation, “Pete’s Dragon” was originally released by Disney in 1977. The original, with Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney and Shelley Winters, was described on Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus as “boring and slow” and “a lesser Disney work.”
Its 2016 reimagining was a success, winning over 88% of critics who said the update “gives the original a visual overhaul without overwhelming its sweet, soulful charm.”
2. Return to Paradise (1998)
> Directed by: Joseph Ruben
> Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix
> Original movie: Force majeure (1989)
> Difference in index score: 0.53
“Return to Paradise” is a drama thriller about two friends who face an impossible decision — return to Malaysia after vacationing there and possibly be sentenced to death for drug possession like their friend or stay in New York and let him die. The movie is a remake of the 1989 French film “Force Majeure,” better known in the U.S. as “Uncontrollable Circumstances.” The remake was mostly praised by critics for its leads’ performances.