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A lot of the time, movie remakes can be a scary thought for fans of the original. There's typically a lot to live up to (obviously, since the original was good enough to spawn a remake), but in the case of some of these movies, the remake actually ends up being better than the classic version. I'm not saying it always happens, but when it does, it's a beautiful thing.

Here are 10 movies that were even better than the original movies that they were inspired by.

1. True Grit (1969, 2010)

It's always difficult to compare two movies that were so widely acclaimed as these two, but it is even more difficult to compare two legendary actors in John Wayne and Jeff Bridges. Wayne got the Oscar for his performance, but Bridges was close - as he was nominated. I think, at the very least, the more recent version lived up to the first film and I would even go as far as saying it was better.


True Grit: Original or Remake?

2. The Fly (1958, 1986)

Jeff Goldblum playing a scientist who's experiment goes awry and turns him into a fly is the type of thing that almost no Hollywood producer could ever pass up. The original film doesn't necessarily hold up to the modern day one, so it's kind of unfair to compare the two. We can just be thankful that the first one existed as source material for the more recent one.


The Fly: Original or Remake?

3. Ocean's Eleven (2001, 1960)

I can fairly confidently say that this remake was better. As for the sequels to the remake, I'm not so sure. The energetic remake by Steven Soderbergh of this franchise was very well-regarded and featured a cast that included Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. How much more legit can it get?


Ocean's Eleven: Original or Remake?

4. King Kong (2005, 1933 [and several other versions])

Peter Jackson's King Kong had to be the best. Modern CGI technology was a huge part of that, and hopefully future King Kong films will live up to (and possibly surpass) the 2005 film. I think the 1933 version still deserves credit, especially for a film from its time period.


King Kong: Original or Remake?

5. 21 Jump Street (2012, 1987-1991 TV series)

Yeah, I know, I know... comparing a TV series to a movie veers off-course a little bit, but I think source material is source material. At the time, nobody had seen anything like the original, but the 2012 version of 21 Jump Street had me in absolute stitches at the movie theater. I was laughing the entire time and loved what it had to offer. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had unexpected amounts of chemistry and I think they surpassed the original. 22 Jump Street was solid as well.


21 Jump Street: Original or Remake

6. The Departed (2006, 2002)

The Departed is a classic Boston mob movie from Martin Scorsese based on Andrew Lau's 2002 film Internal Affairs. It's got more wit, more ugliness to it, and seems to go more out-on-a-limb than Lau's film.


The Departed: Original or Remake?

7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011, 2009)

While both versions based on the best-selling trilogy of books were good, I stand firmly by my belief that Rooney Mara stole the show in the 2011 film. It featured excellent direction from David Fincher in the American update as well.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Original or Remake


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