Sunday, December 4, 2011

80 American Remakes of Foreign Films (Including a Few Loose Remakes)




 
The American remake, which is usually better known, is given first for easy reference purposes; the original follows after a slash.

This list is supposed to be about re-makes of films, not ‘American versions of foreign literary works which have already been filmed in their own countries’. It was hard to know what to include and exclude in this respect, since so many films can be traced back to novels or plays. But in the end I decided to leave in the likes of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but leave out the likes of Cyrano De Bergerac and Dangerous Liaisons, because the latter had multiple film versions going back into the silent era.

I have also left out a few examples of foreigners making a film of an American novel first, such as the Italian film Ossessione, which preceded The Postman Always Rings Twice (US, 1946) (from James Cain’s novel) or the French film Plein Soleil, which preceded The Talented Mr Ripley (US, 1999)(from Patricia Highsmith’s novel)
  1. A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) and Last Man Standing (1996) / Yojimbo (Jap, 1961)
  2. A Little Night Music (1977) / Smiles Of A Summer Night (Swed, 1955)
  3. A Walk In The Clouds (1995) / Quatro Poassi Fra Le Nuvole (It, 1942)
  4. Algiers (1938) / Pépé Le Moko (Fr, 1937)
  5. And God Created Woman (1988) / Et Dieu... Créa La Femme (Fr, 1956)
  6. Bangkok Dangerous (2008) / Bangkok Dangerous (Thai, 1999)
  7. Blame It On Rio (1984) / Un Moment D'égarement (Fr, 1977)
  8. Breathless (1983) / À Bout De Souffle (Fr, 1960)
  9. Brothers (2009) / Brødre (Den, 2004)
  10. Buddy Buddy (1981) / L'Emmerdeur (Fr, 1973)
  11. City Of Angels (1998) / Wings Of Desire (Ger, 1987)
  12. Criminal (2004) / Nine Queens (Arg, 2000)
  13. Dark Water (2005) / Dark Water (Jap, 2002)
  14. Diabolique (1996) / Les Diaboliques (Fr, 1955)
  15. Dinner For Schmucks (2010) / Le Dîner De Cons (Fr, 1998)
  16. Down And Out In Beverley Hills (1986) / Boudu Sauve Des Eaux (Fr, 1932)
  17. Edtv (1999) / Louis 19, Le Roi Des Ondes (Fr, 1994)
  18. Everybody's Fine (2009) / Everybody's Fine (It, 1990)
  19. Funny Games (2008) / Funny Games (Austria, 1997)
  20. Godzilla (1998) / Gojira (Jap, 1954)
  21. Human Desire (1954) / La Bete Humaine (Fr, 1938)
  22. Insomnia (2002) / Insomnia (Norw, 1997)
  23. Intermezzo (1939) / Intermezzo (Swed, 1936)
  24. Intersection (1994) / Les Choses De La Vie (Fr, 1970)
  25. Interview (2007) / Interview (Neth, 2003)
  26. Jakob The Liar (1999) / Jakob The Liar (E.Ger, 1975)
  27. Just Visiting (2001) / Les Visiteurs (Fr, 1993)
  28. Last House On The Left (1972) / The Virgin Spring (Swed, 1960) Very Loosely
  29. Let Me In (2010) / Let The Right One In (Swed, 2008)
  30. M (1951) / M (Ger, 1931)
  31. My Father The Hero (1994) / Mon Père, Ce Héros (Fr, 1991)
  32. My Sassy Girl (2008) / My Sassy Girl (Kor, 2001)
  33. Nightwatch (1997) / Nattevagten (Den, 1994)
  34. Nine Months (1995) / Neuf Mois (Fr, 1994)
  35. Nine (2009) / 8½ (It, 1963)
  36. Original Sin (2001) / Mississippi Mermaid (Fr, 1969)
  37. Point Of No Return AKA The Assassin (1993) / Nikita (Fr, 1990)
  38. Pulse (2006) / Kairo (Jap, 2001)
  39. Reservoir Dogs (1992) / City Of Fire ( HK, 1987) Very Loosely
  40. Scarlet Street (1945) / La Chienne (Fr, 1931)
  41. Scent Of A Woman (1992) / Profumo Di Donna (It, 1974)
  42. Shall We Dance? (2004) / Shall We Dansu? (Jap, 1996)
  43. Shutter (2008) / Shutter (Thai, 2004)
  44. Solaris (2002) / Solaris (Russ, 1972)
  45. Some Like It Hot (1959) / Fanfare d'Amour (Fr, 1935)
  46. Sommersby (1993) / Retour De Martin Guerre (Fr, 1982)
  47. Sorcerer (1977) / The Wages Of Fear (Fr, 1953)
  48. Star Wars (1977) / Hidden Fortress (Jap, 1958) Very Loosely
  49. Sweet Charity (1969) / Nights Of Cabiria (It, 1956)
  50. Swept Away (2002) / Swept Away...By An Unusual Destiny In The Blue Sea Of August (It, 1975)
  51. Taxi (2004) / Taxi (Fr, 1998)
  52. The Birdcage (1996) / La Cage Aux Folles (Fr, 1978)
  53. The Debt (2010) / The Debt (Israel, 2007)
  54. The Departed (2006) / Infernal Affairs (HK, 2002)
  55. The Eye (2008) / The Eye (HK/Thai, 2002)
  56. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) / The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swed, 2009)
  57. The Good Thief (2002) / Bob Le Flambeur (Fr, 1956)
  58. The Grudge (2004) / Ju-On: The Grudge (Jap, 2003)
  59. The Lake House (2006) / Il Mare (Kor, 2000)
  60. The Long Night (1947) / Le Jour Se Lève (Fr, 1939)
  61. The Magnificent Seven (1960) / The Seven Samurai (Jap, 1954)
  62. The Man Who Loved Women (1983) / The Man Who Loved Women (Fr, 1977)
  63. The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) / Le Miroir À Deux Faces (Fr, 1958)
  64. The Next Three Days (2010) / Anything For Her (Fr, 2008)
  65. The Outrage (1964) / Rashomon (Jap, 1950)
  66. The Ring (2002) / Ringu (Jap, 1998)
  67. The Tourist (2010) / Anthony Zimmer (Fr, 2005)
  68. The Uninvited (2009) / A Tale Of Two Sisters (Kor, 2003)
  69. The Vanishing (1993) / Spoorloos (Neth, 1988)
  70. The Woman In Red (1984) / Pardon Mon Affair (Fr, 1976)
  71. Three Men And A Baby (1987) / Trois Hommes Et Un Couffin (Fr, 1985)
  72. Tortilla Soup (2001) / Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan, 1994)
  73. True Lies (1994) / La Totale (Fr, 1991)
  74. Twelve Monkeys (1995) / La Jetée (Fr, 1962) Very Loosely
  75. Unfaithful (2002) / La Femme Infidèle (Fr, 1968)
  76. Vanilla Sky (2001) / Open Your Eyes (Sp, 1997)
  77. Victor And Victoria (1982) / Viktor Und Viktoria (Ger, 1933)
  78. Welcome To Collinwood (2002) / Big Deal On Madonna St (It, 1958)
  79. Wicker Park (2004) / L'Appartement (Fr, 1996)
  80. Yentl (1983) / Yiddle With His Fiddle (Pol, 1936) Loosely









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