Movie Reboots Done Right!

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: November 28, 2019

We have talked about movies and shows that did not deserve a reboot.  For that, I will not forgive. But here are the rebooted movies that were significantly better than the original, even by critic’s standards.


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Tony Montana

This gangster movie fostered many Al Pacino impressions and posters and cemented itself within pop culture references. The film was a remake of Howard Hawk’s 1932 film and both movies are based in Miami, but the 1983 version starring Al Pacino holds the crown for most memorable and quotable takes. Something about a heartless drug dealer really resonates with people. The movie has enough violence to make everybody feel like a gangster. Al Pacino’s performance in the movie turned heads.

A Star is Born

The 2018 version of the film took the world by storm and got Lady Gaga an Oscar.  The film has been remade roughly four times from 1937 to 2018, and each remake is better than the last. This film tells the story of Jackson, a seasoned drunk musician who discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally. The dramatic film has a tragic end but is brilliant enough to be remade again.


This iconic 2007 musical film made its successful transition from Broadway to the big screen with good reason. It was so good it had to be remade. This romantic comedy based on a 1988 film is a fan favorite about an overweight teenager who turns into a TV superstar.

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday, one of the memorable movies of the 2000s is a remake of the 1976 film about a mother-daughter duo who switch bodies.  This is one of the iconic Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis movies and has significance in pop culture.

Ocean’s Eleven

This memorable heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh features a star-studded Hollywood cast. I am talking Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and many others. It is based on the 1960 film starring  Frank Sinatra and the great Sammy Davis Jr.

Which remake do you think was better than the original? Let us know!





About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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