Top American Adaptations of Foreign Movies

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50. Sommersby (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 6.2/10 (22,409 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 59% (13,534 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 63% (27 reviews)
> Starring: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Lanny Flaherty
> Original movie: Le Retour de Martin Guerre (1982) (France)

Jodie Foster plays a woman who suspects a Confederate soldier (Richard Gere) returning to his home is not her husband. Rotten Tomatoes critics appreciated the chemistry between Gere and Foster but felt the movie stumbled as a “compelling mystery.” Critics hailed the original film, “The Return of Martin Guerre,” which stars Gérard Depardieu as a soldier returning from the Hundred Years’ War. The original holds a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 100%.

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49. Three Men and a Baby (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 6.1/10 (50,776 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 47% (268,017 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 76% (37 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson
> Original movie: Trois hommes et un couffin (1985) (France)

“Three Men and a Baby” was based on the Walt Disney 1985 comedy film “Three Men and a Cradle” and follows the sometimes hilarious experiences of three bachelors whose lives are thrown into chaos when an infant is left on their doorstep. Critics enjoyed it and it was a major hit, pulling in domestic box-office revenue of almost $168 million. Both it and the Disney version reprised the French film “Three Men and a Cradle” from 1985.

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48. After the Wedding (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (6,977 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (197 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 45% (155 reviews)
> Starring: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup
> Original movie: Efter brylluppet (2006) (Denmark/Sweden)

Michelle Williams plays the operator of a struggling orphanage in India who travels to New York to meet a potential benefactor (Julianne Moore). While in New York, she’s invited to a wedding where her past with the benefactor’s husband (Billy Crudup) complicates matters. “After the Wedding” is the English-language recreation of the original by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.

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47. Vanilla Sky (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 6.9/10 (255,629 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (298,136 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 42% (170 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz
> Original movie: Abre los ojos (1997) (Spain)

This redo of a Spanish film stars Tom Cruise as a narcissistic magazine publisher whose life is upended following a car accident involving a former lover. Though critics called the latter half of the movie a jumbled journey into sci-fi chaos, it grossed more than $203 million worldwide.

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46. Unfaithful (2002)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (84,004 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 68% (60,142 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 50% (165 reviews)
> Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez
> Original movie: La Femme infidèle (1969) (France)

This is an erotic thriller starring Richard Gere as a man who suspects his wife (Diane Lane) is having an affair. When his suspicions are confirmed, he taps into rage he didn’t realize he possessed. The movie has only a 50% Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score, compared with 80% for the French original.

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