Best American Remake of a British Movie?

by urbanemovies | created - 25 Jan 2016 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

Which of these American remakes* is by comparison the most worthy of the British original? * IMDb rated 5.5+ (as of October 2019)

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1. Gaslight (1944)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 21,666

British Original: Gaslight (1940)

2. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 326,258 | Gross: $106.13M

British Original: The Italian Job (1969)

3. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 52,909 | Gross: $10.25M

4. The Jackal (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

An imprisoned I.R.A. fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora

Votes: 100,835 | Gross: $54.93M

British-French Original Co-production: The Day of the Jackal (1973)

5. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G | 155 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker

Votes: 2,905

British Original: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

6. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 94,889 | Gross: $39.80M

British Original: The Ladykillers (1955)

7. The Lion in Winter (2003 TV Movie)

167 min | Drama, History, Romance

King Henry II meets with Eleanor of Aquitaine at Christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Glenn Close, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád, John Light

Votes: 2,015

British Original Co-production: The Lion in Winter (1968)

8. Alfie (2004)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Renée Taylor

Votes: 48,702 | Gross: $13.40M

British Original: Alfie (1966)

9. Blue Streak (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 70,067 | Gross: $68.52M

British Original: The Big Job (1965)

10. Bedazzled (2000)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

49 Metascore

Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted seven wishes by the Devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor, Miriam Shor

Votes: 92,007 | Gross: $37.88M

British Original: Bedazzled (1967)

11. Lord of the Flies (1990)

R | 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: 26,292 | Gross: $13.99M

British Original: Lord of the Flies (1963)

12. Last Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 26,465 | Gross: $38.36M

British Original: Last Holiday (1950)

13. School for Scoundrels (2006)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

A young guy short on luck enrolls in a class to build confidence to help win over the girl of his dreams, which becomes complicated when it turns out his teacher has the same agenda.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 28,201 | Gross: $17.80M

14. 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: 59,066 | Gross: $58.85M

British Original: The Blue Lagoon (1949)

15. Night and the City (1992)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, Alan King

Votes: 4,251 | Gross: $6.20M

British Original: Night and the City (1950)

16. Straw Dogs (2011)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

45 Metascore

Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods

Votes: 31,528 | Gross: $10.32M

British Original: Straw Dogs (1971)

17. Mad Money (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

Director: Callie Khouri | Stars: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson

Votes: 19,458 | Gross: $20.67M

British Original: Hot Money (2001)

18. Clash of the Titans (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 259,722 | Gross: $163.21M

British Original Co-production: Clash of the Titans (1981)

19. The Omen (2006)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

43 Metascore

An American official realizes that his young son may literally be the Devil incarnate.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis

Votes: 54,252 | Gross: $54.61M

British Original Co-production: The Omen (1976)

20. Village of the Damned (1995)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

41 Metascore

A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré

Votes: 26,882 | Gross: $9.42M

21. Death at a Funeral (2010)

R | 92 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Keith David, Loretta Devine

Votes: 43,108 | Gross: $42.74M

British Original: Death at a Funeral (2007)

22. The Guilty (2000)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young person gets hired to kill someone completely unknown, by someone equally unknown. Or is that true? Nothing is what it seems.

Director: Anthony Waller | Stars: Bill Pullman, Devon Sawa, Gabrielle Anwar, Angela Featherstone

Votes: 3,016

British Original: The Guilty (1992)

23. The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, War

A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny

Votes: 2,760

British Original: Lost Patrol (1929)

24. A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | 109 min | Drama

When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan

Votes: 2,767

British Original: Stolen Life (1939)

25. Blithe Spirit (1956 TV Movie)

75 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Television adaptation of Noel Coward's famous play about an unhappily married man plagued by the spirit of his dead previous wife.

Directors: Noël Coward, Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Noël Coward, Brenda Forbes

Votes: 51

British Original: Blithe Spirit (1945) starring Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings and Kay Hammond

* The most notable American remake version is the 1956 TV movie starring Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert and Noël Coward himself. Other remakes include a pair of American TV movie remakes: Blithe Spirit (1946) and Blithe Spirit (1966), several British TV movie remakes, as well as, Blithe Spirit (2020) starring Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Leslie Mann.



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