Top 6: Movies You’d Like To See Remade

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

In Episode 42, our Top 6 list is about movies we’d like to see remade. Normally we scratch our heads and roll our eyes when a new remake is announced, because Hollywood tends to remake movies that are already great and successful. What they should be doing is remaking movies that had great ideas but weren’t executed as well as they could have been. There’s no need to remake a perfect movie, but every reason to try to regain lost potential.

What movies would you like to see remade?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  2. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
  3. Mission: Impossible (1996)
  4. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  5. Face/Off (1997)
  6. Men In Black II (2002)
  1. Dirigible (1931)
  2. Snake Eyes (1998)
  3. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
  4. Li’l Abner (1940)
  5. Lady In the Lake (1947)
  6. Multiplicity (1996)


  1. joem18b (231) said,

    July 17, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Still waiting for the definitive Tarzan adventure. Not an origin story. Set in the 30s. Dark Continent with plenty of unexplored areas. Raiders-of-the-Lost Ark vibe.

  2. Jeffrey (84) said,

    July 18, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Off the top of my head I can think of two:
    A remake of Popeye, What was the Robert Altman/Robin Williams movie all about?!
    The Avengers movie was nothing like the classic TV show.

  3. joem18b (231) said,

    July 18, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Remake ideas:

    1. “Pillow Talk” - Rock Hudson comes out to Doris Day; they become “just good friends.”

    2. “Neptune’s Daughter” meets “Warm Springs” - Esther Williams in leg braces.

    3. “War of the Worlds” - The Martians catch bad colds, but then get better.

    4. “Apocalyto” meets “El Norte” - Jaguar Paw makes it across the US border; gets job washing cars.

    5. “The Gods Must Be Crazy” meets “Clerks” - Xixo returns the bottle for a deposit.

    6. “Passion of the Christ” - Give it a happy ending.

  4. Ferrick (140) said,

    July 18, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    I think I liked Multiplicity because it has some great lines. We still quote it regularly in my house. Overall it isn’t great but it was fun.

  5. Nevermore (1) said,

    July 19, 2007 at 3:35 am

    “Frankenstein” - done properly. I love the book, and a film should be made that does it justice. Same with “Dracula” too. Follow the book and I’ll be happy.

  6. handydandy (1) said,

    July 19, 2007 at 4:40 am

    I thought of one while listening to the podcast–the recent Nicolas Cage action sci-fi thing called Next. The movie actually wasn’t horribe, the idea is interesting, there were some good twists and turns, but the end completely ruined the movie and in about five seconds I went from enjoying the movie to absolutely hating it. I’d love to see it remade without the happy ending-it could have had a cool “all of our actions have consequences” message, instead of “this guy can never make a wrong decision”

  7. Stephen (221) said,

    July 19, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Next is actually based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick (the guy who wrote the stories that would become the films Blade Runner and Minority Report, among others) and is nothing like the story beyond the very initial premise.

    A remake that followed the story’s premise — in which the Nick Cage character is actually the villain of sorts, an unstoppable mutant — might be interesting.

  8. Nyperold (116) said,

    July 20, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Re: Passion: You mean, like, keep going, and stop when they reach Acts 1:11?

  9. joem18b (231) said,

    July 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Considering that it’s Mel making it, I was thinking Acts 1:18.

  10. joem18b (231) said,

    July 28, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Speaking of remakes, I heard that John Sayles is writing the script for a sort of remake of the old Jim Thorpe movie. “Carlisle School.” About the football team at the indian school, led by Thorpe.

  11. nate42 (10) said,

    July 29, 2007 at 3:59 am

    After listening to this segment on the podcast and then reading through comments on the site, I would like you guys to consider another Top 6 list about the top 6 movies you wish they would make sequels to, but probably won’t. Movies that were pretty good that could have a lot of potential if the writers and filmmakers took everything that worked in the first film and changed what didn’t work. Speaking of remakes, I really enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s version of Catch Me If You Can, but I would like to see a remake that is more like the book. The book had so many interesting things in it that weren’t included in the 2002 film. Spielbergs’ film isn’t bad, but the story is so much better in the book.

  12. LaZorra (60) said,

    July 29, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Books > movies.

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