Sure, the topic of remakes is a controversial one. Some movies have achieved such levels of greatness, it would be an actual crime to retouch them. On the other hand, if a movie was so epic, why bury it in the past? Shouldn't we rejoice in the opportunity to see it again with fresh eyes?
Regardless of how you feel about film adaptations, they're more popular now than ever. So feel free to ride along on this journey with us, as we reimagine the endless possibilities of which '90s movies we'd like to see revived next.
Keep in mind, this is not a listicle of best movies. Many of your favorites (like Pulp Fiction) may not appear for the simple reason that they were too great to be tampered with.
1. Pretty Woman
A classic '90s rom-com every single person can relate to! Okay, maybe not... But the plot has so much potential, it would be nice to see it with an even more hilarious modern-day twist. When the movie was released in 1990, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts ensured they'd leave their mark on this classic, but why should Vivian Ward be the only prostitute to get a shot at true love?
2. The Lion King
How could this not come to mind with The Jungle Book having recently been released? It might be a bit tricky to make a live-action version without a single human being in this '90s Disney movie. Fortunately, special effects have made enormous progress since The Lion King originally came out in 1994. Unless they just cast Christian the friendly lion and his family, of course.
You must admit it would be fun to hear a modern take of this '90s movie's unforgettable soundtrack. "Hakuna Matata" by Drake anyone? Too far?
3. A Little Princess
This beautiful '90s movie tends to slip to the back of your brain, too easily forgotten. Comparable in certain ways to the inspirational story of Annie, Sara Crewe is subject to live in a hostile room and board with many other little girls. While she gets treated like a "little princess" upon her arrival, once her father is a goner she is forced to live as a servant. The story of an inspiring and brave little girl is one that can certainly be repeated since 1995. I think it's about time we were reminded that all girls are princesses!
4. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
A hilarious '90s comedy of two women who haven't done anything particularly successful since high school. That doesn't mean they can't have a bit of fun at the 10 year reunion, though! They devise a plan to appear as though their lives have skyrocketed, which leads them down a string of hysterical events. There's always room for more laughter, so why not revisit this particular comedy from 1997? Picture a hybrid of Bridesmaids and Broad City humor and just try not to get excited at the idea of a remake.
5. Toy Story
We're not talking about yet another sequel... But what if – bear with me here – there was a Chucky-style horror movie adaptation of the 1995 original? Not the most conventional approach to this '90s movie, it could be the best or worst thing ever, but we're only daydreaming here! Just a little food for thought... Was no one else terrified as a kid that their toys might be possessed and come to life and kill them? Just me then? Moving on...
6. There's Something About Mary
One of the best '90s comedies, it'd be a challenge to revive. Some of the best writers would have to join forces for it not to be a let down from the 1998 original. A classic tale of a loser (Ben Stiller) who chases after the popular girl (Cameron Diaz), only to get his family jewels stuck in his zipper on prom night. Thirteen years later and he's still not over it. Perhaps instead of trying to top the original, they could switch around genders. Loser girl chases after hot guy only to get her vibrator confused with her curling iron while getting ready for prom? Anyone?
The replacement cast for this movie would have incredible shoes to fill, making the reboot of the 1995 version an enormous risk. It is undeniable, however, that the plot for Se7en is a fascinating one with enough potential to revisit. The story is of two homicide detectives, Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset (Morgan Freeman), who are chasing a sociopathic serial killer, played by Kevin Spacey. This "John Doe" justifies his murders as absolution for each of the seven deadly sins in which his victims indulge.
Matilda, based on Roald Dahl's novel, was directed by Danny DeVito in 1996. It is about a neglected little witch who is always right but is constantly told she's wrong: "I'm smart, you're dumb! I'm big, you're little! I'm right, you're wrong! And there's nothing you can do about it!" We all need a refresher about why one should never underestimate the brilliant and kind Matilda (Mara Wilson). With a great plot and unique characters, it would be interesting to see what they could do with it. Who would be cast as Agatha Trunchbull?
9. Stir Of Echoes
Based on the novel by Richard Matheson, this 1999 psychological horror movie has a plot with lots of potential. Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) convinces his sister-in-law to hypnotize him for fun. Little does he know this will trigger haunting visions of a girl's ghost, which will lead him down a series of events as the mystery unfolds. Unlike many of the great '90s horror movies, it hasn't been bombarded with sequels, which makes the idea of a remake more appealing.