5 movies that should never be remade

Posted August 28

Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988) (Deseret Photo)

REMAKINGTON — Hollywood loves remakes. In 2016 so far, there have been several remakes released and several more are on the way. Just last week, we got the remake of “Pete’s Dragon” and this week will get the remake of the classic “Ben Hur.”

This latest release got me thinking about the dangerous ground studios tread when they remake classics. Certain movies are so great and iconic on their own that they should not be messed with. Many would argue that “Ben Hur” is one of those films. While there is nothing we can do about “Ben Hur” at this point, we can take a look at some other films that Hollywood should just leave alone.

There are the obvious ones like “The Godfather” and “Citizen Kane,” but there are others that may be considered more of a modern classic that really need to be left alone.

Here are five movies that I think Hollywood should never remake:

"Die Hard"

In a sense, “Die Hard” has been remade time and time again with other action films that have tried to copy what it did back in 1988. Then, there are also all the sequels that came after it and let’s not forget that “Die Hard” itself is actually a remake of the 1968 Frank Sinatra film “The Detective.”

With all that said, “Die Hard” is the quintessential action film and can now be considered a classic. The film is fun, over-the-top, and all around entertaining. Any remake of this movie will just turn into a comparison it can never win. Nearly 30 years later, “Die Hard” still stands as an entertaining action flick and should be left alone.

"The Usual Suspects"

In 1995, director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie blew audiences' minds with the brilliant thriller “The Usual Suspects.”

The twists and turns are never ending in this film noir and it will keep you guessing up until the last frame and long after. It can be argued that the script for “The Usual Suspects” is one of the most well crafted and clever to ever be committed to screen.

If a studio decides to remake this film, it will undoubtedly pale in comparison and will never be able to live up to the intrigue and mystery that this masterful film did in the mid-'90s.

"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off"

Every once in a while a character comes along that is so iconic that they immediately become a celluloid king. A perfect example of this is the coolest kid in the school (or out of the school): Ferris Bueller.

In 1986, the world was introduced to Bueller and we were never the same. We all wanted to wear leopard print vests and black-and-white shoes, as we became the most epic truant of all time. I have no doubt many studios and filmmakers have wanted to revisit that world, but I’m so happy they haven’t.

Matthew Broderick is Ferris Bueller and any attempt to cast someone else in the role, male or female, just wouldn’t be the same and would be ultimately disappointing. Even if they made a sequel where Ferris’ daughter decided to skip out on work like her old man, it just wouldn’t be the same and would leave us longing for the 1986 original that will always be the standard.


In 1975, the master of the summer blockbuster made his first-ever blockbuster.

“Jaws” redefined the film industry and we’re all grateful it did. Steven Spielberg constructed one of the most brilliant films I’ve ever seen with a broken shark and miles and miles of water. “Jaws” has been terrifying audiences for over 40 years and will continue to do so for 40 more. This film is so iconic and so important to film that remaking it would be a disaster.

No matter how well-made the film would be or how much better the effects would be, a remake would never be able to come close to capturing the charisma and magnetism of the original.

"Back to the Future"

In 1985, just about every kid in America wanted to be Marty McFly. They begged their parents for a puffy vest and a pair of Nikes. Not to mention a DeLorean. Fast forward more than 30 years and kids are still asking their parents for Nikes and a DeLorean because everyone still loves “Back to the Future.”

There is something about that movie that still captures the attention and wonder of kids in the 21st century just as much as it did for kids in the 20th century. The tale of Marty and Doc is almost as universal now as that of Hansel and Gretel or Jack and Jill.

Out of all the movies on this list, I think that “Back to the Future” is the most in danger of being remade and would also be the one I’d be most upset to hear news that it was getting that treatment. Nothing the studio could do would ever come close to capturing a fraction of the magic of the original and wouldn’t just be disappointing, but maddening.

If I have one plea to movie studios, it’s this: Please, please, please leave “Back to the Future” alone. It’s perfect as it is. Don’t mess with it.

What other movies do you think should never be remade? Let us know in the comments.

John has been writing about movies, news, sports and pretty much anything awesome for more than five years. John is the co-host of the Flix Junkies podcast and will always entertain you with his stories.


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