25 Classic Films We Would All Want to See Remade

Posted by , Updated on May 25, 2024

Classic Films We Would All Want To See Remade!

We present our list of 25 classic movies that we would love to see remade! Believe us, these films are some of the best ever created. However, adding some modern twists to the originals wouldn’t hurt.

There is nothing better than reminiscing about the good old days.  Certain senses can help trigger a childhood memory more than others. For example, a familiar smell or taste has the power to transport you back to a distinct moment in your life.

Watching an old favorite movie can also have that same mystical effect.  Seeing a classic movie from the past hits all the nostalgia feels. In this article you will discover 25 Classic Films We All Want to See Remade.

There are many benefits to refilming a classic movie. It gives the original version a second life; it also helps people see the reinvention of familiar characters they used to adore.  With technology improving more and more each year, the stories people loved when they were kids can now transform into modern adaptations.



The Shining

The Shining https://m.imdb.com/news/ni62093695

During the 1980s, there weren’t many movies as psychologically chilling as The Shining.

The movie was based on a Stephen King book and it brought all the frightening imagery you would expect from a horror novel.

The story follows a father’s terrifying unravel into a homicidal maniac. While there hasn’t been any word of a remake, there have been rumors of a possible sequel. 




Some children are in a rush to grow up. For Josh Baskin, that wish to be older becomes a reality.

Big was released in 1988 and it follows a 12-year-old boy’s overnight transformation into a 30-year-old man.

The film was a huge hit and it earned around $151.7 million in the box offices. A new adaptation of the movie could give the beloved storyline a second life. 


Kiki’s Delivery Service


Kiki’s Delivery Service tells a charming tale of a young witch’s journey to finding her independence.

The animated film was originally released in Japan in 1989 and it went on to win The Animage Anime Grand Prix prize.

Almost 30 years later, the movie remains popular, which makes it a perfect movie to turn into a new live-action remake!


Fight Club

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Flight Club quickly became a blockbuster hit after it was released in 1999. The movie tells the story of a depressed man who somehow finds his way into creating a secret underground fighting club.

Rumors started to swirl of a possible movie remake after a Fight Club sequel comic book was published in 2015. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any word since then.

Fans are still holding on to the hope that they will one day get to see their favorite Fight Club characters return to the big screen.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Offhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091042/

Many film critics have admitted that it would be almost impossible to remake Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. However, that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting to see a modern remake of the popular ’80s movie.

The storyline follows teenage Ferris Bueller’s adventurous day ditching school, a day filled with many unexpected twists and turns.

In order to properly remake the cult classic, a perfect cast must first be recruited.


Annie Hall

New York City https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075686/

Annie Hall, an American romantic comedy, went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture in 1978.

The movie pushed traditional cinematic boundaries at the time by breaking the fourth wall and for its achronological storytelling.

It’s been almost 42 years since the big screen has seen New York’s neurotic comedian, Alvy Singer, fall in love with ditzy Annie Hall.


Hocus Pocus

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October just wouldn’t be the same without watching the fantasy movie Hocus Pocus.

Disney released the film in 1993 and it’s still as popular today as it was 27 years ago. The story follows the magical journey three kids and a cat go through to capture three evil witches.

Many Hocus Pocus fans are reaching out via social media asking for the remake to star Melissa McCarthy, Mindy Kaling, and Maya Rudolph as the three witches. 




Live-action remakes of classic animated films are becoming more and more popular. Most recently, Disney’s 2019 reboot of The Lion King made over $531 million worldwide in the first 10 days.

Now, Disney fans are asking for a live-action remake of Pocahontas.

The movie follows a tale of forbidden romance between an American Indian princess and a captain who sailed to the New World.


The Outsiders

The Outsidershttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086066/

When a movie version of the coming-of-age novel The Outsiders was released in 1983, there likely wasn’t a dry eye in theatres across the nation.

The characters are so relatable that it makes it easy to immediately get wrapped up in the storyline.

The movie revolves around timeless themes like family, friendships, loss, and hope. That is one of the main reasons why fans of The Outsiders are begging for a modern remake. 


The Lost Boys

The Lost Boyshttps://www.slashfilm.com/the-lost-boys-tv-show-reboot/

There have been recent rumors going around that The CW Network is rebooting a cult classic into a television series. It’s going to be hard to match the 1987 film version of The Lost Boys.

The movie revolves around two teenage brothers who had recently moved to California and find themselves getting involved with a local gang of vampires.

Even though many fans were hoping for a movie remake, it should be interesting to see how The CW’s adaptation turns out.


To Kill a Mockingbird

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There has been some recent controversy over the literary classic teachings of To Kill a Mockingbird.

A few school boards across the nation are re-evaluating if the book should be taught in school due to its intense racial issues. Many people voiced their outrage when they heard that the book could be removed from future students’ curricula.

That is why it’s important now more than ever for us to enjoy a remake of the1961 film version of Harper Lee’s drama/mystery novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.


Sixteen Candles

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There are few movies in history that can be credited for creating a whole new genre of film. Sixteen Candles is one of those movies. After it was released in 1984, more and more teenage-themed movies started to emerge.

Sixteen Candles quickly became a fan favorite because it was so relatable. The story revolves around a teenage girl’s dreadful, overshadowed, and almost completely forgotten birthday.

Since the film is still incredibly popular, it’s surprising we haven’t seen a remake yet.


The Breakfast Club

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Ever since The Breakfast Club was released in 1985, there has been talk about a potential sequel.

However, it has been almost 25 years since the movie’s release; there appear no signs of a sequel or remake in the works.

Fans who adored the diverse group of high school students are begging to see their favorite characters reinvented. 


Back to the Future

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The Back to the Future trilogy has been described as a timeless classic. The first movie in the series was released in 1985.

The story revolves around a California teen who travels back in time in a specially engineered DeLorean car belonging to his eccentric scientist friend.

Fans are eager to see a gender role switch if the movie ever gets remade. Dream Casting suggests actress Kiersey Clemons as Marty Baines McFly and actress Tig Notaro as Doc Brown.


The Goonies

Treasure Maphttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt3652896/news

The Goonies is an adventure movie released by Warner Brothers in 1985.

The story follows a group of friends as they journey to find a pirate’s treasure in order to save their home town from getting destroyed.

One of the main stars of the original movie, Corey Feldman, has suggested that a Goonies reboot could be coming sooner than we think. Many fans are hoping that Steven Spielberg will have something to do with the possible new adaptation. 


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial


There are many film critics who suggest that E.T. The Extra-Terrestial should never be remade. However, many fans are suggesting a new version by the movie’s original director, Steven Spielberg.

With all the modern film technology, a new adaption of the cult classic could be an incredible cinematic experience.

The classic drama/fantasy movie was originally released in 1982. It follows the whirlwind journey a young boy goes through after befriending an alien from another world.


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford left big shoes to fill for their roles as Baby Jane and Blanche Hudson in the classic 1962 film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

The story revolves around sinister sister rivalry and chilling insanity. The film was remade in 1991 by director David Greene; however, fans of the original movie have suggested that Meryl Streep and Gleen Close star in a more modern adaptation.


The Sound of Music

The Sound of Musichttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt3141866/fullcredits

The Sound of Music is a heartwarming story about a governess who brightens up seven siblings’ lives with love and music after the loss of their mother.

It was originally released in 1965 and starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Over the past 65 years, there have been theatre adaptions of the movie but there has yet to be another feature-length film.

Fans are eager to see The Sound Of Music hit the big screen once again.


12 Angry Men

12 Angry Menhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118528/

12 Angry Men was nominated for three Academy Awards a year after its release in 1957: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The storyline revolves around a jury’s fierce determination to carry out justice.

A remake of the movie was released in 1997 but fans are begging for a more modern adaption.


Singin’ In The Rain

Singing In The Rainhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045152/

Singin’ In The Rain was originally released in 1952. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, the movie quickly grew popular for its feel-good effect on viewers.

The storyline revolves around a film production company’s struggle to transition from silent movies to sound.

A Singin’ In The Rain remake would need to boast an all-star cast in order for it to be a worthy reboot.


Rebel Without a Cause

James Deanhttps://www.imdb.com/list/ls054203707/

Rebel Without a Cause was released in 1955 and the classic movie is about a teenage rebellion.

While the storyline may seem simple, it was actually quite a bold movie for its time. Before the 1950s, teenagers were expected to live respectful, adult-like lives; seeing a young adult act out on-screen likely shocked many viewers.

The dream cast for a Rebel Without a Cause remake would star Josh Hutcherson as Jim Stark and Kaya Scodelario as Judy. 


A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desirehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114565/

A Streetcar Named Desire, released in 1951, is the movie adaption of a play written by Tennesee Williams.

The storyline follows an extremely troubled household. Tensions rise once Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister and her abusive brother-in-law.

Over the years, there have been a few remakes of the classic film. The last one, released in 1995, starred Alec Baldwin as Stanley, Jessica Lange as Blanche, and Diane Lane as Stella. 

In 2013, Woody Allen directed a film titled Blue Jasmine, which many consider an homage to A Streetcar Named Desire.


Citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane was released in 1941 and it is still considered by critics to be one of the most important American films ever made.

Citizen Kane revolves around a reporter’s attempt to dig deeper into the life of the recently deceased newspaper baron, Charles Foster Kane.

To remake such an incredibly classic film, the film would have to be done carefully and respectfully. Many people are suggesting to keep a similar storyline, but base it on a real-life newspaper baron such as Rupert Murdoch.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Audrey Hepburn’s performance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is part of the reason why it became so successful. So, finding the right actress to play Holly Golightly in the remake could make or break the movie.

Jenifer Lawerence, an American actress, is a fan-favorite choice to play Hepburn’s leading role.

The romantic comedy was originally released by Paramount Pictures in 1961. The movie revolves around a young woman who is working as an expensive escort in New York City.

Her life quickly changes when she meets her charming neighbor. 





Casablanca is a timeless Hollywood classic that was originally released in 1942.

Almost 77 years later, the film is still renowned for its realistic romance and its political allegory.

The movie revolves around an American club owner’s struggle to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her husband escape the country. 

Imagine those high stakes in a modern setting as a remake.

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