The Departed Voted Best Remake

by Michelle McGlynn

To mark the release of Total Recall last week, streaming and dvd rental company LOVEFiLM conducted a poll among over 4,500 film fans to see what they thought was the best remake in film history. Martin Scorsese’s The Departed topped the poll with a fifth of the votes. The film was based on the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs. Scorsese’s film won him a Best Director Oscar, so it is not a surprise to see The Departed at the top of this list.

However, some other films that made it into the top ten are more than a bit questionable. The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan? Who are the people that voted that into the 9th position? Should Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo be in there? Burton’s retelling of the Willy Wonka tale may have been a decent film, but it never came close to surpassing the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The same can be said for Fincher’s remake. Like the majority of polls such as this, it all comes down to your personal preference. I agree with a few of these but there are others that baffle me.

Check out the full top ten below and let us know what you think. Do you agree that The Departed is the greatest remake of all time? What films would you vote for that are missing from this top ten? And what films do you think have no place on this list at all?

10. The Italian Job (2003)

9. The Karate Kid (2010)

8. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

7. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

3. True Grit (2010)

2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

1. The Departed (2006)


4 thoughts on “The Departed Voted Best Remake

  1. Fistful of dollars and A Bugs Life should be on there as remakes of Jojimbo and Seven Samaurai respectively. In my opinion. I’d second that ‘The Ring’ might desevre a spot too.

    I would say very few of those are better than there originals.

  2. I completely agree. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was good, but I feel like to be considered one of the best remakes then you need to at least match the quality of the original and I don’t think Fincher did. I hadn’t even thought of some of the films you mentioned, good points! Tom Selleck forever!

  3. Don’t know who would vote for The Karate Kid and can’t say I agree with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Girl with the Dragon tattoo was a great film but not Top 10. Surprised not to see Scarface and Heat in the top 10. The Ring, 3 Men and a Baby and Cape Fear were also great remakes.

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