For some reason, action remakes don’t get the buzz that a lot of other genres do. Moviegoers tend to rail against remakes that pop up in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, but the action doesn’t seem to get the reviews from others. One possible reason for the lack of scrutiny could be that some of the absolute best action movies ever made also happen to be remakes. From the last frontier of space to the rough streets of Boston, Massachusetts, here’s our ranked list of the best action remakes.
8 Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
In an incredible streak of action movies in the late 90s, Nicolas Cage capped off his streak of The rock, Con-Air and Face/Off with Dominic Sena I’m going in 60 seconds. The film was a remake of the 1974 film which was directed, written, produced and starred by HB Halicki. In this film, Cage plays retired car thief Memphis Raines, who is brought back into the game by mobster Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), after Raines’ brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) fails. to complete a job. Joining Cage is an incredible cast, including Angelina Jolie, Will Patton, Robert Duvall and Delroy Lindo. The 2000 remake smashed its $90 million budget, posting worldwide box office earnings of $237 million.
7 Star Trek (2009)
There were a ton of star trek series for the past 50 years, but until 2009 there was never a direct remake of the original 1960s star trek show starring William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy. In 2009, filmmaker JJ Abrams reintroduced the characters of James T. Kirk and Spock to the world. star trek detailed the significant events of the two main characters entering Starfleet and the immediate challenges that awaited them. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto directed the franchise’s fresh start, and a fantastic cast of actors were involved as supporting cast, including Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Winona Rider, and Eric Bana. star trek was nominated for four Oscars, won one, and earned $356 million against a budget of $150 million.
6 Dredd (2012)
Normally, we’d say comic book movies don’t belong on a list like this. We would not classify miscellaneous Batman movies like remakes, but because Judge Dredd had only come to film another time, and because of the amount of ass kicking that Dred brings to the table, it really matters. In this gritty retelling of the 1996 film Judge DrddAlong with Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider, Karl Urban dons the helmet in this futuristic siege flick. Dred undoes the corny comedy of the original film, brings in a hulking villain played by Lena Headey, and shows us all a bloody good time.
5 The Mummy (1999)
Not much action happens in the original 1932 version of The Mummy, directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff. Universal Pictures breathed new life into the classic monster franchise with Stephen Sommers The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo. This action-packed adventure film blended the horror of the original film with a IndianaJones-style hero and one national treasure-styling history. The movie had epic battles, monsters, sword fights, and great one-liners. It was like the forerunner of Disney Pirates of the Caribbean. No wonder people are flocking to see the film. The Mummy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound and turned its $80 million budget into $416 million, making it one of the most popular and lucrative action remakes of all time. The Mummy also spawned two direct sequels and five spin-offs for The Scorpion King series.
4 Scarface (1983)
Brian DePalma and Oliver Stone scarface, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer is actually a remake of a 1932 film of the same name. The original was directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, and starred Paul Muni as the title character, Tony. Although the 1983 film is one of the most quoted films of all time (“Say hello to my boyfriend!”), it was not until years after its release that it became widely accepted as a domestic classic in action movies. Both the original and the remake focus on a gangster drug lord whose power and greed get the better of him. scarface remains one of the most memorable performances of Al Pacino’s storied career.
3 The Departed (2006)
Perhaps more of a crime thriller than a pure action flick, Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winning film The dead was actually a remake of a popular 2002 Hong Kong film titled Hellish Affairs from directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. While many who’ve seen the original think it’s a better, more intense film with stronger action, it’s hard to argue with the amount of acting talent that comes with Scorsese’s remake. . The cast was star-studded, including huge Oscar-winning names like Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. The dead was nominated for five Oscars, winning four, including Best Director. The only nominated award he didn’t win was Best Supporting Actor for Mark Wahlberg.
2 Heat (1995)
Widely regarded as one of the most intense and best action films of all time, it is not widely known that Michael Mann’s 1995 film was a remake of his own screenplay, written in the 70s and turned into a pilot/TV movie. called LA takeover in 1989. The original was lackluster and poorly received, so Mann, fresh off the success of The Last of the Mohicansbrought in a powerhouse cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer and Jon Voight to make Heat a regular at Mount Rushmore of action fans. Heat is a cops and robbers drama that features some of the best gun fight and car chase scenes in cinematic history, and the fire fight scenes have even been shown to US Marine recruits as the correct way to retreat under fire.
1 Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale is not only the only James Bond film to be remade, but it is the only film in which the original was not a real Bond film, but a comic parody of the character. Unlike the original 1967 film starring David Niven as Bond, director Martin Campbell tapped Daniel Craig as an iconic character to give Casino Royale a serious makeover. The last Bond films having previously been critical failures, Casino Royale was well-received, earning 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $616 million against its $150 million budget. Craig played a darker, brooding amateur agent in Bond, and took on Le Cipher, in a masterful villainous performance from Mads Mikkelsen. Casino Royale is generally listed among the best in the franchise’s 25-film history and one of the best action movies of all time.
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