With all the '90s nostalgia that has been trending lately, it sometimes feels like Hollywood has run out of original concepts and is now relying on what has already been done in the past to create new content.
Don't worry, my friends. This is actually nothing new, as most films we might have thought were unique and creative are actually remakes as well.
Below is a list of films you didn't know were remakes. But don't get too worked up about it! Think of it more as a form of flattery.
1. Meet the Parents
The 2000 remake featuring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and Teri Polo is based off of the 1992 film which had the same exact name.
The two films are incredibly similar, but the remake takes the institution of marriage much more seriously than the original.
2. The Tourist
Even though the remake stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, it was incredibly boring and lacked necessary chemistry between the two.
The 2005 original, on the other hand, is called Anthony Zimmer, and features actors Yvan Attal and Sophie Marceau, who work incredibly well with each other. The story isn't as intense as The Tourist, and is much more light and enjoyable.
3. Three Men and a Baby
The original is a French film called Trois hommes et un couffin (which translates to "Three Men and a Cradle"), which was released in 1985.
The premises are practically the exact same, and each film is entertaining in their own ways.
4. Brewster's Millions
Surprisingly (or perhaps at this point, not surprisingly), there are a total of nine remakes of this film. That's right. You heard me. Nine.
Based off of George Barr McCutheon's novel from 1902, the most famous adaption is actually from 1945 and even received an Oscar nom for Best Music.
This version is the seventh out of the nine remakes, and features Richard Pryor.
Known for it's graphic sex scenes, 2002's Unfaithful featured such talented actors as Diane Lane, Richard Gere, and Olivier Martinez.
The original from 1968 is called The Unfaithful Wife and is very similar to Unfaithful, but wasn't so sexually graphic, as it wasn't quite so acceptable at the time for a film to be so explicit.
Featuring one of my favorite actors of all time, Tom Hanks, Big received two Oscar nominations in 1988.
Just a year prior, the Italian comedy called Da Grande was released. Although the two films contain the same premise, more or less, the details within the plot points are varied.
7. Dinner for Schmucks
Le Dîner de Cons, which means "Dinner of Fools," is the title of the original film, which was released in France in 1998.
Dinner for Schmucks was released in 2010, and the amount of comedic stars in this film is incredible, with Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Schaal, and Alex Bornstein, just to name a few.
8. Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino stars as a blind, retired Army officer alongside Chris O'Donnell, who plays a young man who looks up to Pacino's character.
The original is an Italian film from 1974, and didn't capture the sentimentalism and softness of the remake. While it isn't as recognized and is also a foreign film, it was still nominated and won a few awards in 1976.
9. The Departed
Based on the 2002 Chinese film 無間道 (Internal Affairs), which translates to "The Unceasing Path," The Departed was released in 2006 and featured Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, among many more incredible actors and actresses.
The original is an allusion to Buddhism's lowest level of hell, whereas the remake is set in Boston and the two main characters are loosely based on the famous gangster Whitey Bulger and the corrupt FBI agent John Connolly.
With a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd William Fichtner, Dennis Haysbert, Hank Azaria, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, Jeremy Piven, and Xander Berkeley, so you already know this version from 1995 was way better than the original from 1989 called L.A. Takedown.
The remake has a higher budget, and star-studded cast, and better scenes and action sequences.
11. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
The 1993 version featured the voices of Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche, and Sally field. I remember watching this film as a kid and bawling my eyes out, just wanting these precious animals to make their way back home.
The original film is called The Incredible Journey, which was released in 1963. It follows Sheila Burnford's 1961 book more closely and didn't feature the voices of famous celebrities for the main animals. Both are equally phenomenal in their own right.
12. I Am Legend
The 1964 English/Italian original film is called The Last Man on Earth and stars Vincent Price, and follows Price as he searches the deserted city for vampires to fight.
The 2007 remake called I Am Legend featured Will Smith, and had a very similar premise, in which Smith fought vampire-like zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.
While I Am Legend had more action and fight scenes, The Last Man on Earth was a lot bleaker and more of a psychological film overall.
13. 12 Monkeys
Both powerhouse actors Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt star in this sci-fi movie directed by Terry Gilliam. It was considered one of the best sci-fi films from the 1990s.
It is based off of the 1962 short film called La Jetée and was created by Chris Marker. Obviously, Gilliam's remake is widely known and more developed, as it is a full length feature and not a short, but the short is also incredible in its own right.
14. The Lake House
Based off the 2000 Korean movie named Il Mare, The Lake House stars Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. The original is more artsy, but the remake does explain the time traveling aspect of the film in a more concise way.
Call it a lack of creativity, or call it flattery. Films are being remade all the time, whether we like it or not, and 2015 is the year of the '90s remakes.
As a writer, I am constantly inspired by previous directors and such, but a spark is different than flat out recreating a film that already exists.
I am hoping Hollywood takes a risk and allows for some more creative and original stories that deserve to be told.