Tell Us Now: 16 Remakes Better Than The Original

Tell Us Now: 16 Remakes Better Than The Original

Sequels are a controversial topic. Sometimes sequels can outshine the original, sometimes a series can have a unique arc that some love and some hate. Whether they are a cheap cash grab or a chance to develop a larger world, sequels are a known quantity in the world of cinema.

That's not what we're here to talk about today. No sir, today we're doing a deep dive on the controversial cousin of the sequel: the remake. Some folks claim that the remake is never, indeed CAN never, be better than the original. Well, we've finally found a hill to to die and it's this: 16 remakes we've identified that are acually better than the original movie that inspired them.

Don't believe us? We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “What remake is as good (if not better) than the original?” Some people were quick to say none, and to you, we say please read the following list and reconsider your stance…

So scroll on to find out the remakes that we think topped the original…

The Thing

... TELL US NOW. THE THING (1982) Michael R. says, John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing is so good that many people tend to forget it's a remake of the 1951 movie The Thing from Another World. CRACKED.COM

West Side Story

... TELL US NOW. WEST SIDE STORY (2021) Gela S. says, The original is a classic, don't get me wrong. But the new one makes some small changes that just make more sense and structures things better, gives the characters better backstory and depth, etc. I said what I said. CRACKED.COM


... TELL US NOW. THUNDERCATS (2011) William W. says, Got rid of the cheesiness of the original series and instead had actual character development and plot. Only got canceled as quickly as it did because of low toy sales. CRACKED.COM

The Fly

... TELL US NOW. THE FLY (1986) Mat K. says, I despise remakes in principle...However, Jeff Goldblum's The Fly was better than Vincent Price's.l feel extremely dirty for saying that, but it's true. CRACKED.COM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

... TELL US NOW. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2003) Anthony G. says, The 80s one is way more kiddy and has way weaker storylines. 2003 was far superior in storytelling, art, animation, character development, etc. The 80s cartoon isn't even remotely close to as good once you can get past nostalgia. CRACKED.COM

Star Trek: The Next Generation

... TELL US NOW. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Brian E. tells US, Don't know if it qualifies as a reboot, but Star Trek: the Next Generation was superior to the Original Series. We'll count it because we agree. CRACKED.COM

The Night of the Living Dead

... TELL US NOW. THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) Salem А. says, Yes the original is a classic and had a huge impact on our culture, but it's boring. Plus Barbara sucked. The remake is so much better. And it's got Tony Todd! CRACKED.COM


... TELL US NOW. SHE-RA (2018) Noah U. says, Netflix's She-Ra is vastly superior to its original. It's thoughtful, well-written, diverse, and clever in ways that most kid's series wouldn't dream of trying. CRACKED.COM


... TELL US NOW. SCARFACE (1983) Joe R. says, How many of you actually know the 1983 classic was actually a remake of a 1932 gangster movie? And people say there's no such thing as a good remake. CRACKED.COM

Ocean's Eleven

... TELL US NOW. OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001) Jeff F. tells us, As much as I love Sinatra, his Ocean's Eleven was not nearly as good as the remake. CRACKED.COM

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

... TELL US NOW. MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Jason Y. says, The previous versions were very childish and nothing but sugar. Despite still targeting young girls, FiM has something for all ages and genders. CRACKED.COM

The Mummy

... TELL US NOW. THE MUMMY (1999) Nicholas В. says, Brendan Fraser and crew made one of the best adventure movies in movie history. It has such a good blend of action, romance, and's always a fun watch. CRACKED.COM


... TELL US NOW. DAREDEVIL (2015) Daniel S. says, Everything from the costumes, the fights, the romance, the lawyering, the storyline gets a major upgrade. And I think Cox does a better job at the character than Affleck, although that may be a result of the improved screenwriting. Besides changing the format from movie to series gives so much more time to develop the characters and the story. CRACKED.COM

Battlestar Galactica

... TELL US NOW. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2004) Heather P. says, The original Battlestar Galactica was a cheaply made Star Wars rip-off. The reboot was cleverly written with real ethical dilemmas and accomplished actors. CRACKED.COM


... TELL US NOW. DUCKTALES (2017) Zachary H. says, It keeps all the adventure and family from the original but adds more development and greater laughs. It's the only property where you can actually tell Huey, Dewey, and Louie apart. CRACKED.COM

Cobra Kai

... TELL US NOW. COBRA KAI Colleen D. raves, Not really a reboot as much as a sequel, but as someone who finds the Karate Kid films to be 'mehh,' Cobra Kai is a fantastic upgrade that adds depth to originally 1-dimensional characters and makes a more compelling narrative. I get the original films are classics and not meant to be deep explorations of the psyche of a karate champion, but if you're going to reboot an old property, give it an upgrade. CRACKED.COM

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

... TELL US NOW. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD Michael K. says, I realize the original didn't have the whole manga to follow, and had to improvise, but Brotherhood is just better. CRACKED.COM
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