Top 10 Movie Remakes We Actually WANT to See

Written by Laura Keating

With all the remakes and reboots coming out of Hollywood today, some are hit and miss while others are just not necessary, but these are some older movies we would actually like to see. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movie Remakes We Hope Happen One Day. But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be Dune, Highlander, or even the Goonies? Watch to find out!

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Sometimes you just can’t let a good thing go. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movie Remakes We’d Actually Like to See.

For this list, we’re looking at movies we actually ENJOYED, and would welcome a second take on. If you’re looking for terrible or disappointing films that you think need a do-over, check out our Top 10 Worst Movies that Deserve a Remake.

#10: “The Lost Boys” (1987)

Okay, we might have all survived the vampire craze of the mid-2000s, and we understand it will be hard to top Kiefer Sutherland’s David, who is the coolest vampire around since the old count shuffled off his cape. But a fresh horror-comedy about a motorcycle gang of teenage punk vampires? Sounds exactly like the sort of thing that deserves a resurrection. They can even keep those boss leather jackets and the subterranean hideaway … but maybe next time let’s have about 100% fewer mullets … Jury’s still out about the greased-up sax on the beach. No, you didn’t mishear us.

#9: “The Last Starfighter” (1984)

Yeah, yeah, we know, ANOTHER movie with a “Chosen One.” But we still haven’t gotten tired of it. We’ve gotten new renditions, like Ender Wiggin fighting creatures across space, and even little twists, like the “Galaxy Quest” crew mistakenly being tasked with saving the galaxy, but then you have this cult classic. In every gamer’s dream, Alex Rogan actually IS the Last Starfighter. With cinematic technology doing some incredible things these days, from the grand vistas of “Interstellar” to the hyper-realism of “Avatar,” imagine if this 1984 cult-classic was given the modern blockbuster treatment. The original was meant to have a sequel that never materialized, but for modern moviegoers looking for more, this one would lend nicely to a new sci-fi franchise.

#8: “Dragonheart” (1996)

Critics weren’t wild about this one, but audiences were. This cult classic took us “To the Stars,” giving us a standout tale starring Dennis Quaid and that really climactic score. This 1996 fantasy adventure was a remarkably fun romp about a cynical knight, the last dragon, and a good prince who turns into an evil king. While the film was a delight back in 1996, and was even nominated for an Oscar for its visual effects, 21st century technology could give it a good facelift. We’d keep Sean Connery as the voice of Draco the dragon, and with updated graphics we’d be right in line at the theatre.

#7: “Pet Sematary” (1989)

When Stephen King’s books are adapted for film, they unfortunately tend to be hit or miss. While this isn’t the strongest adaptation of King’s great body of work, it was freaky enough to get our attention as kids! With “It” both soon to get a reboot, and “Carrie” already updated back in 2013, we might as well throw this onto the pile of King classics to get a makeover. Between a dead pet, and then a dead kid, this supernatural horror was certainly gut-wrenching. Sadly, Fred Gwynne, who played mysterious neighbor Jud Crandall, passed away in 1993, so we’d need someone else for that intense Maine accent.

#6: “Gremlins” (1984)

Never have the holidays and horror been so seamlessly blended. This admittedly bizarre 1984 Chris Columbus-penned offering was a HUGE success, and saw its share of imitators – but nothing could ever quite capture its magic. In a world fascinated by fantastical creatures big and small, wouldn’t it make sense to revisit one of the original pocket-sized critters? The use of puppets is truly a big part of what made the film memorable, and we’d hate to see Gizmo and his evil clones reduced to dodgy CGI. But as there seems to be a renewed appreciation for physical props in Hollywood, maybe we wouldn’t have to worry.

#5: “Fahrenheit 451” (1966)

This adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel of the same name takes the trope of “set in a not-so-distant future” and does something new with it. However, given that the average moviegoer carries a supercomputer in their pocket nowadays, it feels like the unspecified future in the movie is already in our past. But the state of the traditional book publishing industry, and fears that the general public is losing touch with books makes this story feel more relevant than ever. Remember, it may not glow, but a book is complete technology in and of itself. And a world in which that sort of indelible information is banned? We’re shuddering already.

#4: “Twister” (1996)

Oh, the mid-‘90s, a time when you could name a natural disaster and there was surely soon to be a film about it. Total destruction by volcano, asteroid, or heavy rainfall each lent their share of excitement, but our favorite was this tornado-themed thrill-ride. Even with a stellar cast, the premise of a bunch of storm chasers/scientists pursuing twisters and throwing a machine into them to gather data is amazingly ridiculous, but also amazingly fun. Rather than go for a dark or gritty angle, the movie somehow managed to keep it light-hearted. That’s the sort of ‘90s nostalgia we’re looking for.

#3: “Highlander” (1986)

There can be only one! Pfft. Not with that attitude. This classic fantasy about a long-lasting feud between immortals clashing in a final battle in 1980s New York City has a devout cult following, though it’s understandable. Did you HEAR how badass it sounds? However, despite this and its awesome soundtrack by Queen, even diehard fans will admit that, while entertaining, it’s not perfect, namely when it comes to curious casting choices. For the immortal Scotsman, they went with French actor Christopher Lambert, and for his Egyptian/Spanish mentor they went with … the most famous Scottish actor of the time? Oh, well. We’d still like to see Connor MacLeod and the Kurgan duke it out in modern day NYC.

#2: “The Goonies” (1985)

There are very few people who were not totally enchanted by this 1985 story of pirates, robbers, and adventure when they first saw it. And honestly, like most things Spielberg has a hand in, this one still holds up amazingly well. That being said, we’d love to see a fresh take on the classic. Maybe throw a girl or two into the core Goonie group? What would the Goonies have done if they’d had a couple of smartphones at their disposal? Inquiring minds want to know! It doesn’t really seem fair that the ‘80s and ‘90s got all this great stuff, so it’s time to share the love, and the treasure, with the younger generations.

Before we name our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
· “The NeverEnding Story” (1984)

· “Explorers” (1985)

· “Clue” (1985)


#1: “Dune” (1984)

This epic sci-fi flick never really got the love it deserved. While many viewers enjoyed it, the movie was panned by critics. Even director David Lynch distanced himself from the product after release. The story of Paul Atreides directing the Fremen in a battle to reclaim their home planet and its precious spice has somehow been overlooked in the great annals of cinematic history. Time to bring it back, right!? We’d love to see this back in theatres, or maybe as a killer mini-series. While Kyle MacLachlan might not be able to play the 15-year-old Paul again, maybe the basically ageless Patrick Stewart could reprise his role as minstrel/mentor Gurney Halleck? Wait, are we sure HE’S not a Highlander? Hmm.

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