Films commonly mistaken as remakes

by Zuko-Halliwell | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 23 Nov 2016 | Public

A remake is a film with a screenplay based on a earlier film's screenplay. The screenplays of the films on this list are based on literary works that had been previous adapted to the screen. Therefore, the films listed here are not remakes, but rather different adaptations of the same source material. However, there are a lot of idiots out there who think these films are remakes. I made this list in an attempt to clear up the confusion.

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1. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 27,972

2. Around the World in 80 Days (I) (1989)

PG | 266 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Victorian Age English gentleman takes a wager that he can circle the globe in the unprecedented time of just eighty days.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 2,720

3. Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

To win a bet, an eccentric British inventor, beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly eighty days.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent, Kathy Bates

Votes: 81,001 | Gross: $24.01M

4. Ben Hur (2010)

180 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A young Jewish prince seeks revenge after an old friend wrongly imprisons him and his family.

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 1,858

5. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 39,505 | Gross: $26.41M

6. Carrie (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, Kandyse McClure

Votes: 9,148

7. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 128,698 | Gross: $35.27M

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

72 Metascore

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 403,538 | Gross: $206.46M

9. Children of the Corn (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

While traveling, an unhappy married couple encounter a cult of murderous children who worship an entity called He Who Walks Behind the Rows.

Director: Donald P. Borchers | Stars: David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman, Preston Bailey

Votes: 5,369

10. Conan the Barbarian (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

36 Metascore

A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang

Votes: 92,650 | Gross: $21.30M

11. Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A South African preacher goes to search for his wayward son, who has committed a crime in the big city.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, Vusi Kunene, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,638 | Gross: $0.68M

12. Doctor Zhivago (2002)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama, Romance

Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives become intertwined with the drama of Russian revolution. Doctor Zhivago is about to get ... See full summary »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hans Matheson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 4,731

13. Doktor Zhivago (2006– )

416 min | Drama

In Doctor Zhivago, the life of a young doctor is intertwined with the fate of Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. Yuri Zhivago is orphaned at a young age, and his uncle brings him ... See full summary »

Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Chulpan Khamatova, Oleg Yankovskiy, Sergey Garmash

Votes: 463

14. Fair Game (1995)

R | 91 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

13 Metascore

Max Kirkpatrick is a cop who protects Kate McQuean, a civil law attorney, from a renegade KGB team out to terminate her.

Director: Andrew Sipes | Stars: William Baldwin, Cindy Crawford, Steven Berkoff, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 11,655 | Gross: $11.53M

15. Flowers in the Attic (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

Director: Deborah Chow | Stars: Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye

Votes: 8,561

16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 193,874 | Gross: $260.04M

I'm actually not 100% sure if this film belongs here, since it features songs from the animated TV special, which is also based on the book by Dr. Seuss.

17. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 420,929 | Gross: $327.48M

18. Lord of the Flies (1990)

TV-MA | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

Director: Harry Hook | Stars: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale

Votes: 26,678 | Gross: $13.99M

19. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 237,836 | Gross: $93.15M

20. Salem's Lot (2004)

TV-14 | 181 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.

Stars: Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, Donald Sutherland, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 9,334

21. Satan Met a Lady (1936)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A double-crossing woman, the two-timing P.I. she hired, the corpulent "empress of crime", and a gentleman thief are all after a legendary priceless eighth-century ram's horn.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 1,792

22. Shadowhunters (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

After her mother disappears, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting, and embrace her new role among the Shadowhunters.

Stars: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario

Votes: 48,498

23. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 91,940 | Gross: $7.10M

24. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 315,168 | Gross: $101.07M

25. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to save the city from the machinations of a mysterious reptilian foe.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 539,843 | Gross: $262.03M

I really thought I wouldn't have to put this film on the list, but apparently, there are some people out there whose sheer stupidity knows no bounds.

26. The Blue Lagoon (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific and fall in love while growing up together.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Jean Simmons, Donald Houston, Susan Stranks, Peter Rudolph Jones

Votes: 435

27. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

31 Metascore

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 59,762 | Gross: $58.85M

28. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Votes: 487,168 | Gross: $121.66M

29. The Cat in the Hat (2003)

PG | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

19 Metascore

Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them.

Director: Bo Welch | Stars: Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 48,575 | Gross: $101.15M

30. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 400,102 | Gross: $102.52M

31. The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens, Christoph Waltz

Votes: 156,064 | Gross: $126.64M

Believe it or not, they're are people out there who actually believe that this film is supposed to be a remake of Disney's Tarzan. They have no idea that Tarzan has been around since Walt Disney was 11 years old!

32. The Lorax (2012)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

46 Metascore

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms

Votes: 93,052 | Gross: $214.03M

33. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 143,771 | Gross: $2.11M

34. The Miracle Worker (1979 TV Movie)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learnedness.

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Patty Duke, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert, Anne Seymour

Votes: 504

35. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: The Miracle Worker (2000)

TV-PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A television remake of William Gibson's classic play about Annie Sullivan's efforts to draw Helen Keller from her world of darkness, blindness, deafness and silence.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Alison Elliott, Hallie Eisenberg, Lucas Black, Kate Greenhouse

Votes: 1,512

36. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

54 Metascore

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 282,478 | Gross: $58.24M

37. The Shining (1997)

Not Rated | 273 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.

Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Wil Horneff, Courtland Mead

Votes: 14,959

38. The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Votes: 169,098 | Gross: $54.33M

39. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 294,221 | Gross: $171.24M

40. War of the Buttons (1994)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble... See full summary »

Director: John Roberts | Stars: Gregg Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney, Darragh Naughton, Brendan McNamara

Votes: 3,850 | Gross: $0.01M

41. War of the Buttons (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Adventure, Family

41 Metascore

Occupied France; Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but a girl he likes, who's Jewish, is in danger of being discovered by local Nazi sympathisers. Lebrac and the village must now respond to the reality of what's happening.

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet, Jean Texier, Ilona Bachelier

Votes: 1,933 | Gross: $0.05M

42. War of the Buttons (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Family

In the countryside of France, two groups of boys from the rural villages of Longeverne and Velran are in constant war against each other. Their war is a tradition that passes from father to... See full summary »

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Eric Elmosnino, Mathilde Seigner, Fred Testot, Alain Chabat

Votes: 1,641



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