Hollywood loves remaking movies – even classic movies. In recent years, we’ve seen remakes of movies ranging from the Karate Kid and Poltergeist, to Solaris and even the film Fame. Most of these remakes have been stinkers and pale in comparison to the original. But every once in a while, Hollywood surprises with a remake that is actually superior to the first version of the movie. While superior remakes are few and far between, they do happen. And so here is a list of 10 movie remakes that were better than the original film.
10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney has been made multiple times in Hollywood, most recently with the awful 2007 movie The Invasion starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. But it is the 1978 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers directed by Philip Kaufman that is the best of the lot. And the 1978 movie is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name directed by Don Siegel. The sci-fi thriller tells the story of an alien invasion in which humans are replaced by perfect duplicates that are devoid of any and all emotion. Frequently ranked among the best movie remakes of all-time, the San Francisco-based 1978 remake adds a gritty layer of realism that the original film lacks, while also benefitting from strong performances by Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, and a young Jeff Goldblum. Although the 1956 film remains a staple of the genre, it has not aged well and now seems dated while the 1978 remake is just as scary as it was at the time of its original release in theatres.