Top 10 Remakes / Reboots / Reimaginings / Reinvigorations

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 17 Dec 2016 | updated - 17 Dec 2016 | Public

These are my ten favourite remakes (an updated version of the original story), reboots (a new story based on the original one), reimaginings (the same basic premise or characters reinvented for a new story) or reinvigorations (the same characters as before but brought back years later for a new franchise - perhaps handing down the torch). The list focuses on the quality of these new films, and not whether they are better than the original - which most aren't.

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1. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 538,330 | Gross: $167.45M

Technically a remake of the 1967 film of the same name (though it is based more upon the original novel), this film also served as a reinvigoration to the franchise which had reached an all time low with Die Another Day (2002).

2. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,189,067 | Gross: $206.85M

This film serves as a reboot to the overall on-screen Batman franchise, which started in 1989 with Tim Burton's take on the Dark Knight.

3. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, 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: 283,327 | Gross: $171.24M

A remake of the classic John Wayne western of the same name, released in 1969.

4. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,071,386 | Gross: $132.38M

A remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs.

5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 777,009 | Gross: $154.06M

This movie essentially reinvigorates the Mad Max franchise, first started in 1979 with Mad Max, as it features the same eponymous character and overall world but uses an unspecified time-frame and different actors.

6. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 269,483 | Gross: $53.61M

A remake of the 1957 western of the same name.

7. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 234,106 | Gross: $13.41M

This film, in some ways, serves as a reboot to the 1995 flick Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone while reimagining the overall premise as a darker, gritty and violent one (more akin to the 2000AD comics the eponymous character debuted in.)

8. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 522,400 | Gross: $67.44M

Unbeknownst to many, Heat actually serves as a remake of Michael Mann's made-for-tv flick L.A. Takedown from 1989.

9. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 146,044 | Gross: $54.24M

A remake of Sam Raimi's beloved classic, The Evil Dead, which does enough to differentiate itself from the predecessor but is still a remake in essence.

10. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 144,292 | Gross: $40.46M

Essentially a remake of the 1958 flick of the same name, though a much darker imagining of the tale.

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