Martin Scorsese's acclaimed remake of the Andrew Lau and Alan Mao's 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs was the film that finally, after decades of snubbing, earned the master filmmaker an Academy Award for Best Director.
Gore Verbinski's visually stunning remake of the Japanese supernatural thriller Ringu was a box office hit that spawned a long series of "J-Horror" American remakes.
Robin Williams gave one of his best performances as a serial killer tormenting Al Pacino's sleep deprived detective in Christopher Nolan's remake of the 1997 Norwegian thriller, also called Insomnia.
Adrian Lyne's impossibly sexy infidelity thriller Unfaithful was based on Claude Chabrol's 1969 thriller La Femme infidèle ("The Unfaithful Wife").
Anthony Minghella's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, about a con artist who takes over the life of a man he seemingly idolizes, was also a remake of René Clément's 1960 Franco/Italian production, Purple Noon.
Another Robin Williams classic, in which the comedian plays a gay nightclub owner who pretends to be straight for his son's conservative politician future in-laws. Mike Nichols' hit comedy was a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian comedy La Cage aux Folles.
Barbra Streisand remade the 1958 French drama Le Miroir à deux faces into a witty and award-winning romance, starring Streisand herself as a woman whose sexy makeover threatens to ruin her marriage to a man who loves her for her mind.
Terry Gilliam's twisted, twisting and utterly delirious time travel thriller was a remake of Chris Marker's classic experimental sci-fi short from 1962, La Jetée.
Keanu Reeves plays a married man who agrees to impersonate a pregnant woman's husband in Alfonso Arau's gorgeous, wistful, romantic remake of the 1942 Italian dramedy Four Steps in the Clouds.
Al Pacino finally got his one and only Oscar for playing a blind, retired Army officer whose eccentricities make life difficult for his new, young assistant. It's a remake of Dino Risi's 1974 comedy Profumo di donna (which translates to "Scent of a Woman").
It's a tale as old as time, but Disney's adaptation of the classic fairy tale borrows so heavily from Jean Cocteau's influential 1946 French version La Belle et la Bête - from the house full of living objects to very existence of a rival love interest - that we're calling it: Disney's version is functionally, at least, a remake.
Bill Murray stepped behind the camera for this hilarious cult comedy, about a team of successful bank robbers and the twists of fate that constantly prevent them from making a getaway. It's based on a Jay Cronley novel that was originally adapted into the French comedy Hold-Up in 1985, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Kim Cattrall.
The highest grossing film of 1987 was a remake of the 1985 French comedy Trois hommes et un couffin ("Three Men and a Cradle"), about a trio of bachelors who wind up taking care of an infant. Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's "Mr. Spock," directed the American version.
Blake Edwards' Oscar-winning musical-comedy stars Julie Andrews as a woman pretending to be a male female-impersonator. It was a remake of the 1933 German musical comedy Viktor und Viktoria.
It took a while for William Friedkin's remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear to be considered a classic in its own right. Like the 1953 Franco-Italian original, it's a suspenseful tale about a group of desperate men driving trucks full of nitroglycerin over treacherous terrain.
Wes Craven's first horror thriller was a trailblazing and violent revenge story that impressed American audiences and set the stage for Craven's future classics like The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It's also a remake of Ingmar Bergman's 1960 Swedish classic The Virgin Spring.
Everyone knows the story of two identical twins, separated at birth, who scheme to reunite their divorced parents. But before Disney got around to making The Parent Trap the story had already been turned into a feature film three times. The first was a 1950 West German comedy called Das doppelte Lottchen ("Two Times Lotte").
The all-star western blockbuster The Magnificent Seven was an ambitious remake of the groundbreaking Japanese action-drama Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1954. (The latest American remake, starring Denzel Washington, is pretty good too.)
Billy Wilder's cross-dressing comedy is frequently hailed as one of the funniest comedies ever made, if not THE funniest comedy ever made. The film was a remake of Richard Pottier's 1935 French comedy Fanfare d'amour ("Fanfare of Love").
Fritz Lang's tense and disturbing film noir Scarlet Street stars Edward G. Robinson as a mild-mannered painter who gets scammed by his would-be mistress. It's a remake of the 1931 drama La Chienne ("The Bitch"), directed by Jean Renoir.
The legendary Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance their hearts out in Top Hat, one of the most celebrated movies ever made. But before that the story had already been told in Skandal in Budapest, a German comedy from 1933.