15 Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Remakes

There’s nothing new under the sun, the old saying goes. This is true of movies, too. Some of the most acclaimed modern movies are remakes of older films that didn’t get the same attention. Some originals were foreign, others were in black-and-white, and some were even silent. You might be surprised that some of your favorite films from the last few decades have much older origins.

1. “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001)

Ocean's Eleven
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The famous heist movie made in 2001 is a remake of the 1960 film. The original film has the same comedic vibe as the one we all know and love. It stars Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean, and Ol’ Blue Eyes brought the same charm and wit to the role as George Clooney does.

2. “The Birdcage” (1996)

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This hilarious and heartfelt movie starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane is a remake of a more obscure film. It’s based on the 1978 film La Cage aux Folles, which was released in France and Italy. The French film only has the same humor as the ’96 version, with subtitles.

3. “The Thing” (1982)

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John Carpenter’s 1982 movie The Thing is an iconic, if disturbing, horror movie. But it’s not entirely original. It’s based on the 1951 film The Thing From Another World. While Carpenter’s version and the 2011 prequel are both beloved, the original movie was even more popular with the critics.

4. “True Lies” (1994)

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James Cameron’s action-packed thriller True Lies is based on the 1991 French comedy La Totale! The original movie has the same vibe as the original, which makes sense since Cameron worked closely with La Totale!’s writer and director to get the story right.

5. “A Star Is Born” (2018)

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While Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were sensational in A Star Is Born, they weren’t the first to star in a version of this heartwrenching love story. The first version of the movie by the same name came out in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the role, and again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand, who won a Golden Globe for her efforts.

6. “Father of the Bride” (1991)

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Father of the Bride is a comedy about a man struggling to watch his daughter get married and leave home. This tale is as old as time, so it’s unsurprising that the 1991 version with Steve Martin is a remake. The original movie with the same title was released in 1950, starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor.

7. “The Italian Job” (2003)

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The 2003 version of The Italian Job has a gritty vibe similar to Gone in 60 Seconds. However, the original version of this film came out in 1969 and had a more humorous vibe, closer to Ocean’s Eleven. The original stars Michael Caine as Charlie, and he’s fabulous in the role.

8. “The Mummy” (1999)

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The 1999 version of The Mummy became an instant classic, with Rachel Weiss and Brendan Fraser delivering impeccable on-screen chemistry. While they perfected the film, the cinematic story was first told in 1932. Karl Freund directed the original starring Boris Karloff, which was excellent but not quite as fun.

9. “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003)

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Cheaper by the Dozen was first released in 1950 and told the real-life story of a large family living in happy chaos in the early 20th century. It starred Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb. While this movie was wonderful, most people have only seen Steve Martin’s 2003 version. Ultimately, both films are marvelous, family-centered flicks.

10. “The Parent Trap” (1998)

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When most of us think of The Parent Trap, we think of cute little Lindsey Lohan giving us a double vision on screen. But before that fabulous adaptation, people knew the 1961 Disney version of “The Parent Trap.” The original is just as playful and endearing as the beloved ’90s version.

11. “It” (2017)

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The 2017 movie had us cowering behind a pillow as the horrifying clown emerged from the sewers. But 2017 wasn’t the first time Pennywise terrified an audience. Stephen King’s unsettling novel was adapted for television in 1990, starring Tim Curry as the clown. Technically, it was a two-episode mini-series, but some refer to it as a film.

12. “Casino Royale” (2006)

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Casino Royale is one of the most iconic James Bond stories ever told, and it’s impossible not to be enthralled while watching it. But the 2006 version isn’t the only option. The movie based on Ian Fleming’s novel was first released for television in 1954, then remade as a screwball comedy in 1967, and finally, the 2006 version we all adore starring Daniel Craig.

13. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

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The 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz revolutionized the film industry and movie-viewing experience with vivid colors. But this whimsical, sweet story was first made into a film in 1910. It was a silent movie titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and only 13 minutes long.

14. “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

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You’ve Got Mail is a lovable rom-com about two people who have to get out of their own ways to fall in love with one another. The 1998 version with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks is a beloved movie, but the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart was the first film adaptation of the story.

15. “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999)

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The movie Plein Soleil or Purple Noon was released in 1960 and told the story of a charming swindler who seamlessly blended in with the affluent crowd. This French film was eventually remade into the 1999 version with Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Matt Damon.

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Author: Veronica Booth

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Veronica is a food, fashion, and entertainment writer from Boston, MA, passionate about all things lifestyle and culture. She graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a bachelor's in English literature. From Anna Wintour to Angelina Jolie to Alton Brown, she has her finger on the pulse of all things Hollywood and celebrity.

If she's not crafting new recipes in the kitchen, she's binging the latest HBO series and catching up on the hottest trends in Vogue.

She has written for and been syndicated by publications like The Weather Channel, The Daily Meal, The Borgen Project, The Good Men Project, The Express, MSN, Wealth of Geeks, and Not Deer Magazine. Her writing experience ranges from global news articles to celebrity gossip pieces, movie reviews, homemade recipes, and more.