When it comes to our favorite classic films, they are hard to beat. However, there are rare occasions when movie remakes are deemed better than the original. Continue reading to see some of the most popular remakes that audiences claim are better than the initial film and decide for yourself — can the remake be better than the classic?
1. “A Star is Born” (2018)
Starting off strong, this classic film that has three remakes seems to get better every time. The Original film was made in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Since the original film, there have been remakes in 1954 and 1967, and the most recent version in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Even though this love-at-first-sight story intertwining a world-famous musician and a struggling artist has been around for years, the 2018 version of “A Star is Born” takes the cake for one of the best movie remakes. The addicting soundtrack and passionate chemistry between characters make the 2018 version the most superior of the “A Star is Born” franchise.
“A Star is Born” (2018) is available to stream on HBO Max and Apple TV.
2. “The Lion King” (2019)
This classic Disney film about a lion cub coming of age and battling to protect his pride has captured our hearts since 1994 when the original film was released. However, the 2019 live-action remake uses impressive animation and some of our favorite celebrities to enhance the original movie. Starring Beyoncé, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, and several other familiar faces, the 2019 remake of “The Lion King” gives the original film a run for its money.
“The Lion King” (2019) is available to stream on Disney+.
3. “Scarface” (1983)
This cult classic film will go down in history as one of the best film remakes. The gory, action-packed, gangster film originated in 1932 and was directed by Howard Hawks. However, the 1983 version of “Scarface” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer is hands down the best version of the film due to the incredible performance from Al Pachino and the classic gore scenes that make this movie unforgettable. “Scarface” (1983) sets a high standard for mob-related films and will forever remain a classic remake.
“Scarface” (1983) is available to watch on Hulu, Peacock TV and Prime Video.
4. “Pet Sematary” (2019)
Originating in 1989, “Pet Semetary” is a classic horror film where a deceased family pet comes back to life after burying it near an old pet cemetery. The mysterious burial ground continues to unleash horrifying consequences for the community. “Pet Sematary” was remade in 2019 and seemed to scare viewers even more than the original 1989 film by using modern technology to make the film more realistic. If you are a fan of horror, the remake of “Pet Sematary” is sure to send chills down your spine.
“Pet Semetary” (2019) is available to stream on Apple TV and Prime Video.
5. “Dune” (2021)
Last but certainly not least, the remake of the original “Dune” film made in 1984 is one of the most impressive sci-fi movie remakes. This 2021 hit film stars some of the top actors of the generation including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and many more impressive cast members. The dystopian setting of the film exhibits an impressive use of modern CGI and cinematography, making “Dune” a creative and gripping film that is pleasing to the eye. When the main character Paul (Timothée Chalamet) discovers he was born with supernatural abilities, he uses them to fight for the future of his people. Due to the instant positive reactions to the remake, the franchise is set to release “Dune: Part Two” in November 2023.
“Dune” (2021) is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+.
While it may be difficult to beat the classics, these five examples of movie remakes have proved that it is possible to successfully rejuvenate some of our favorite original films. So, the next time you refuse to see a film because you think there is no way it could beat the initial movie, give it a try — it might change your mind!