5. Scent of a Woman (1992)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (278,614 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (119,382 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (45 reviews)
> Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn
> Original movie: Profumo di donna (1974) (Italy)
Al Pacino’s sole Oscar star turn came for his performance as a retired blind Army officer who develops a bond with the prep school boy who is caring for him over the Thanksgiving holiday. The movie grossed more than $134 million worldwide. Vittorio Gassman plays the Pacino role in the original from Italy.
4. CODA (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (136,026 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (1,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (291 reviews)
> Starring: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur
> Original movie: La Famille Bélier (2014) (France/Belgium)
“CODA” (an acronym for “Child of Deaf Parents”) won the 2022 best picture Oscar for its portrayal of a young woman torn between pursuing a music career and remaining with her family.
3. Scarlet Street (1945)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (15,674 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (3,697 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (16 reviews)
> Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
> Original movie: La Chienne (1931) (France)
“Scarlet Street” stars Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett in the Fritz Lang-directed movie about unrequited love and deceit. It is one of American remakes on this list that holds a 100% Tomatometer rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics. The original, “La Chienne,” was from another iconic European filmmaker, Jean Renoir, and also has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating.
2. The Departed (2006)
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10 (1,241,061 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (738,191 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (283 reviews)
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
> Original movie: Infernal Affairs (2002) (Hong Kong)
Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning take on Irish mobsters in Boston who infiltrate law enforcement is a reprise of the honored Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs.” The reboot also stars Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Alec Baldwin. It grossed more than $291 million worldwide.
1. Some Like It Hot (1959)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (254,537 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (82,393 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (65 reviews)
> Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
> Original movie: Fanfare d’amour (1935) (France)
Called the greatest comedy ever made by BBC Culture in 2017, “Some Like It Hot” stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as Prohibition-era musicians forced to crossdress after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The Billy Wilder-directed classic is a recast of a 1935 French comedy whose plot does not include gangsters.
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