8 Gangster Movie Remakes That Are Just As Good As The Original

Crime doesn't pay.... unless it's a remake.

Tony Montana, Thomas Crown, Danny Ocean and some of the most memorable criminals in movie history were not totally original. It turns out some iconic gangster movies are actually remakes of classics. Even though nothing beats an original, some of these mob remakes bucked the trend and did pretty well.

Here are eight gangster movie remakes, and their originals, that you must check out:


1. "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1999).

Billionaire Thomas Crown, played by Pierce Brosnan, is so bored out of his mind that he becomes an art thief in this 1999 smash hit film. In the original 1968 movie, Thomas Crown attempts to rob over $2 million from a bank. While both films are excellent, some argue the 1999 version delivers a more interesting plot, stronger characters and Crown appears more dashing in a suit.

2. "Ransom" (1996).

When kidnappers abducted the son of a wealthy businessman in this 1996 movie, it turns out there was actually a 1956 film version called "Ransom!" with a similar premise. The big difference is the actual ransom in each movie: the kidnappers asked for $500,000 in 1956 and $2 million in 1996. Talk about some inflation.

3. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956)

Alfred Hitchock was so good, he remade one of his own movies. "The Man Who Knew Too Much," made in 1956 featured murder and kidnapping, and is actually a remake of his own 1934 movie of the same title. The difference is that the original movie is 45 minutes shorter and the remake is a big budget production with  top actors like James Stewart and Doris Day.

4. "The Departed" (2006).

Martin Scorsese finally won the Academy Award for Best Director with this 2006 movie, which featured the mob putting a mole in the police department, and the police putting a mole in the mob. However, this awesome movie was far from original. It was based on a Hong Kong film called "Internal Affairs" made in 2002. The basic stories are similar, but the original film used darker lighting to alter the mise-en-scene and it is shorter by a half hour.

5. "The Good Thief" (2002).

Bob Montagnet, played by Nick Nolte, attempts to rob a casino in this 2002 thriller film. It was a remake of a well-known French gangster movie called "Bob le Flambeur" in 1956. The remake takes the concept a step further, especially on a visual level with stunning cinematography on the French Riviera.

6. "The Maltese Falcon" (1941).

"The Maltese Falcon" is a classic film noir that put Humphrey Bogart, playing private investigator Sam Spade, on the map as the leading man in Hollywood. In 1931, the same studio released an original film also called "The Maltese Falcon" that included a similar plot and dialogue. The big difference is that the original was too risqué with sexual content at the time. The remake allowed the studio to feature the same compelling story without pushing the sexual envelope.

7. "Ocean’s Eleven" (2001).

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and pretty much everyone in Hollywood starred in this popular 2001 film about a legendary heist. The original film in 1960 was also instant success and featured notable Rat Pack actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Both movies have some unique elements, but there is an ongoing debate over which film is better. Some people love the original and some love the remake. In reality, both films are great.

8. "Scarface" (1983).

Long before Al Pacino donned the role of Cuban drug lord Tony Montana with iconic lines such as "Say hello to my little friend" and memorable violent scenes, there was an original film that debuted in 1932 with Paul Muni as the lead. What's really cool about the original film: It was based on real-life gang boss Al Capone, who eventually really liked the movie and received his own copy.

(H/T: Pop Crunch)

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