These days, it doesn’t take much for a movie to get a second life.
The big screen is filled with reboots of classic movies, many of which we wish were left alone. But for every handful of poorly-executed movie remakes out there, there’s one that stands out from the pack. A good reboot can replace hackneyed plot lines and lackluster performances with star talent and gripping scripts, creating something truly worthy of a fresh start. From horror classics to crime thrillers, we’ve rounded up the best movie reboots and remakes that outshine the originals.
Mad Max: Fury Road
While 1979’s Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, is still heralded as a classic film by many action fans, the 2015 reboot surpasses the original’s glory.
With Charlize Theron as Fury Road’s protagonist, Imperator Furiosa, and a decidedly feminist message, the movie won over audiences around the world, even earning the admiration of those who might not otherwise pay to see a post-apocalyptic movie about cars and guns.[/nextpage][nextpage]
The Hills Have Eyes
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Wes Craven’s original Hills Have Eyes is a truly terrifying film. The 1977 original centers on a family stranded in the desert, only to be set upon by murderous cannibals. And while Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake follows virtually the same plot, it employs higher production values, less camp, and is exponentially more terrifying than the original.[/nextpage][nextpage]
While 1932’s Scarface—loosely based on the life of infamous gangster Al Capone—was a stylish mafia movie for its time, its 1983 reboot is truly one of the best mob movies ever made. Written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as the film’s main character, the Brian De Palma-directed crime movie adapts the original story into a tale of ambition, excess, and the American Dream. The result is a far more relatable and stylish story—and a uniquely compelling film.[/nextpage][nextpage]
Though fans of the Star Trek TV series may have enjoyed the associated films released throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, it was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the franchise that created a whole new fanbase.
The 2009 film wowed audiences with its high-quality special effects, well-crafted dialogue, and relatable characters, earning the movie a 94 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and grossing more than $385 million worldwide.[/nextpage][nextpage]
King Kong had already been the subject of six movies before Peter Jackson got around to rebooting the franchise in 2005. But the Lord of the Rings director truly transformed the series. With better special effects and a cast of A-listers including Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody, the film won three of the four Academy Awards it was nominated for.
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