Movie Remakes That Are Better Than the Original

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25. The Punisher (2004)
> Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh
> Starring: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis
> Original film: The Punisher (1989)

This action-packed thriller adapted from a Marvel Comics series starred Thomas Jane as the FBI agent bent on revenge in the remake and hulking Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren in the original. Neither film did well with critics. Rex Reed of the Observer said, “There isn’t a moment in ‘The Punisher’ that isn’t borrowed or stolen from another movie.” Even so, 63% of audiences liked the film on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with just 32% for the original movie.

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24. Tomb Raider (2018)
> Directed by: Roar Uthaug
> Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
> Original film: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

“Tomb Raider” is a reboot of the 2001 film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” that starred Angelie Jolie in the title role. In the remake, Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, who goes in search of her adventurer father who is believed to be dead. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the remake a score of 52%, though David Sims, a writer at The Atlantic, said, “Tomb Raider could best be described as a solid step forward, away from past wrongs.”

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23. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
> Directed by: Dominic Sena
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi
> Original film: Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

Critics on Rotten Tomatoes were less enthusiastic about the remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” a story about master car thieves, than they were about the original film in 1974. In truth, the real star in the original was a 1973 Ford Mustang. However, audiences preferred the reboot that stars Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Giovanni Ribisi.

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22. The Crazies (2010)
> Directed by: Breck Eisner
> Starring: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker
> Original film: The Crazies (1973)

While the 2010 horror flick “The Crazies” is not an exceptional film, according to audience and critic reviews, it is preferred by both groups to its predecessor, which was directed by George Romero, the man behind “Night of the Living Dead.” The earlier film reportedly had a budget of only $270,000, while the remake cost $20 million to produce.

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21. Piranha 3D (2010)
> Directed by: Alexandre Aja
> Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
> Original film: Piranha (1978)

The original “Piranha” has its fans, including Steven Spielberg, who called it the “best of the Jaws rip-offs.” The 2010 film — which was originally released in 3D — is held in higher regard overall, however, thanks to its over-the-top gore, nudity, and horror-based comedy.