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15 Old Action Movies That Deserve a Remake

Remakes, reboots, and “requels” have never been more popular. Old franchises are resurrected with quasi-reboots / legacy sequels (Scream); animated features are remade as live action films (The Little Mermaid); foreign films are remade for English audiences (A Man Called Otto); and classics are updated with a modern spin (Hellraiser). It feels as though there’s a new one every other month.

Recently, remakes have gotten a bad name because there has been a growing trend of studios cashing in on popular IP for the sake of turning a quick buck, making them feel soulless and unnecessary. The best remakes are the ones that build upon the flawed foundation of the original to help realize its full potential. And ones that modernize the material, making it feel urgent and contemporary. The Thing (1982), Scarface (1983), and West Side Story (2021) come to mind as remakes that get it right.
Thanks to recent improvements in filmmaking technology and CGI, along with the need for streaming content, now would be the perfect time to dig through the back catalog of old action flicks and find ones to revive with a modern twist. Here are 15 action movies that deserve an awesome remake.
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15 Blast of Silence

Blast of Silence

Universal Pictures

Blast of Silence is an independent film-noir directed by Allen Baron and released in 1961. The film stars Baron as Frankie Bono, a hitman traveling to New York City during the Christmas season to carry out a dangerous assignment. Along the way we learn more about Bono’s backstory as he interacts with a varied cast of eccentric characters, including a love interest from his past and a dangerous gun dealer with pet rats.
Although film-noirs are not as popular as they used to be, Blast of Silence could make for a really fun remake; one that pays homage to the timeless appeal of noir cinema while offering a fresh take on the genre, maintaining the atmospheric aesthetic of the original while infusing it with a contemporary setting and sensibility.

14 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Movie United Artists

This may be a controversial opinion, because director Sam Peckinpah single-handedly revolutionized the action genre with his groundbreaking western The Wild Bunch. He’s the fore-father of bloody, slow-motion shootouts, and his films continue to be a major source of inspiration for aspiring and working directors. But one of his lesser-known films, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, while not without its charms, could really benefit from a remake.
The 1974 film follows Bennie, a down-and-out American living in Mexico who is offered a large sum of money by a powerful cartel leader to track down Alfredo Garcia, kill him, and then…you guessed it, bring them his head. Forced to tag along is Bennie’s lover Elita, who is the only person who knows what Garcia looks like.
As you could probably surmise from the (amazing) title and Peckinpah’s reputation as a raging, cynical drunk, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is not an easy watch; it’s a grimy movie filled with unsavory and nihilistic characters, and as a result the movie’s thematic undercurrent is drowned out by its oppressive tone. A remake that maintains the blunt brutality of the original while incorporating more sympathetic characters – something in line with Sicario – could make for some compelling cinema.

13 Fear is the Key

Fear is the Key Paramount Pictures

Fear is the Key is a British actioner released in 1972 and directed by Michael Tuchner. The movie stars Barry Newman as John Talbot, a grieving family man who goes undercover as an international smuggler to find and kill the people responsible for the death of his family.
Fear features a number of really thrilling action scenes, but they are nevertheless limited by the film’s budget and the technology of the time. A remake of Fear is the Key would provide an opportunity to update the film’s visual flair and really make those action sequences pop off the screen.

12 Runaway Train

Runaway Train The Cannon Group, Inc.

Andrei Konchalovsky’s 1985 action film Runaway Train stars Jon Voight and Eric Roberts as Manny and Buck, two escaped prisoners who find themselves trapped aboard a runaway train hurtling through the Alaskan wilderness. The film was overall well-received upon release – a surprise considering it was produced by the typically-schlocky Cannon Pictures – and even earned Jon Voight an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Although there’s nothing particularly wrong with the original, a remake would nevertheless be a lot of fun. The film features two gripping performances that any actor would love to sink their teeth into, and plays out like a non-stop thrill ride; it’s Speed and Unstoppable mixed with The Grey. What’s not to love?

11 The Warriors

Cast of The Warriors walk in the street Paramount Pictures

Despite repeated efforts to get a remake of The Warriors off the ground, nothing has panned out. There was a time when Tony Scott was attached to direct a remake, but plans obviously fell through following his unfortunate death. Mark Neveldine also tried and failed. Most recently, the Russo Brothers have been planning to turn the film into a television series. But there haven’t been any developments on that iteration of the project since 2016.
Walter Hill’s film follows a street gang known as The Warriors, who must fight their way from the Bronx to their home turf of Coney Island after they’re falsely accused of assassinating a respected gang leader. It’s one of those classic, balls-to-the-wall action movies that’s grounded in reality but also enjoyably over-the-top (sort of like the John Wick movies). A remake could set the film in any city around the world, take inspiration from that culture, feature all new gangs and rules, and just go crazy with it. In other words, it’s incredibly adaptable. A remake could honor the original while carving its own wildly original path.

10 Race with the Devil

Race with the Devil 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox

Jack Starrett’s gonzo action-horror film Race with the Devil follows a pair of couples on a cross-country RV road trip who unwittingly become the targets of devil-worshiping cultists after witnessing a secretive satanic ritual. It is Joy Ride crossed with The Wicker Man and yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.
While not a critical success upon release, Race with the Devil has gained a small cult following over the years. Its unique blend of road-action and horror has made it stand apart from other exploitation films of the era, but Race with the Devil isn’t without its flaws. Like most B-movies of the era, the story and characters are pretty flat, but it features brief flashes of horrific brilliance. A proper remake with a meatier script, directed by genre filmmaker like Jason Eisner or Ben Wheatley, could make for a gorey good time.

9 Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II film directed by Brian G. Hutton, based on a novel of the same name by Alistair MacLean. The story follows British intelligence officer Major John Smith (Richard Burton) and Lieutenant Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) as they lead a team of commandos on a daring mission to rescue an American general being held captive in a heavily fortified Nazi castle high in the Bavarian Alps. But upon their arrival, they realize the mission may have had an ulterior motive.
Where Eagles Dare is known for its intricate plot, filled with twists and double crosses, as well as its gripping battle scenes, including an impressively-shot climax. The film’s use of stunning location shots in the Austrian Alps also adds to the grandeur and authenticity of the wartime setting. A big-budget modern retelling with a cast of A-listers (which is admittedly asking a lot) can really revitalize this classic and introduce it to a new generation of filmgoers, much like the recent Oscar-winning film All Quiet on the Western Front.
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8 Black Rain

Black Rain Paramount Pictures

Ridley Scott’s underrated late-’80s actioner Black Rain stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia as two New York City police detectives tasked with escorting a Yakuza gangster back to Osaka, Japan. However, as these situations tend to go, the gangster escapes and the two detectives find themselves embroiled in a potential Yakuza gang war.
The original film is pretty good, but has been criticized for its stereotypical depiction of Japanese culture (it was the 80s, after all) and predictable plot; all those stylish action scenes don’t matter much if the story surrounding them isn’t very enticing. A remake could improve on the original while also paying homage to Ridley Scott, whose stylish direction undoubtedly stands the test of time.

7 Paycheck

Paycheck Paramount Pictures 

Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, Paycheck stars Ben Affleck as Michael Jennings, a brilliant engineer who is hired by high-profile corporations to replicate and improve their competitors’ inventions. However, as part of his contracts, his memory is erased after each job to protect proprietary secrets. After completing a three-year project for a secretive corporation, Jennings wakes up with no memory or money and a massive target on his back.
Paycheck was a rare misfire from John Woo, the Hong Kong action legend who directed the movie. Common complaints were the shallow characters and unimaginative action scenes. But most of all, the movie just didn’t take full advantage of its fascinating concept. Therefore, a remake of Paycheck – one that remains true to the source material while balancing high-octane action and mystery – could be a huge hit as a movie or miniseries.

6 Logan’s Run

Logan's Run (1976) United Artists

Logan’s Run is a 1976 dystopian science-fiction movie set in the year 2274; humanity exists within a domed, idyllic city. Everyone’s lifespan is strictly regulated to the age of 30, upon which time individuals are required to undergo a ritual known as “Carousel,” in which they believe they will be granted eternal youth. However, the ugly truth is they’re executed as a means of rationing resources. Those who attempt to escape their fate are known as “runners,” and the people responsible for tracking them down are “sandmen.” Our protagonist, Logan 5, is a sandman who discovers the truth about their society, and goes on the run in search of the fabled Sanctuary, a reported safe haven for runners.
Logan’s Run is a sci-fi spectacle, but it’s also almost fifty years old. As a result, the CGI is dated and cheap-looking. Sure it adds to the film’s charm, but it also detracts from the film’s potent themes, which explore topics of individuality and the pursuit of freedom within an oppressive society. It’s a genuinely thought-provoking plot, and feels more timely with each passing year. A reboot with state-of-the-art visual effects and updated commentary that reflects our modern world would make for a truly compelling movie, especially in the hands of someone like Shawn Levy or Edgar Wright.
Neon-auteur Nicolas Winding-Refn (Drive, Copenhagen Cowboy) has been attached to a remake of Logan’s Run for close to a decade, and technically still is. But it’s been years since there has been any movement on his project.

5 F/X

F/X Movie from 1986 Orion Pictures

Robert Mandel’s 1986 action thriller F/X follows special effects’ artist Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown), who is hired to create realistic effects for a staged assassination. However, he soon finds himself caught in a dangerous conspiracy when he becomes the target of a real hit. Utilizing his expertise in special effects, Rollie uses his skills to outsmart his pursuers and create elaborate ruses to protect himself and expose the conspirators.
F/X is an overlooked ’80s gem, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a remake; one that could tighten the admittedly loose narrative of the original, and incorporate more modern social and technological commentary relating to surveillance and media manipulation. All in all, it would make for a seriously fun throwback flick.

4 Streets of Fire

Streets of Fire Universal Pictures

Streets of Fire is a very-80s action-romance-musical directed by Walter Hill. The story is set in a dystopian, retro-futuristic world and centers around Tom Cody (Michael Pare), a mercenary whose lover, singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane), is kidnapped by the evil Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), the leader of a brutal motorcycle gang. Cody takes it upon himself to kill Raven, defeat his gang, and rescue his love.
Since Streets of Fire is so unique in its own right, a remake would need to differentiate itself in order to work. It will definitely be a challenge, but a filmmaker with a strong voice and grasp on tone – someone like someone like Taika Waititi – could really turn it into something special.

3 Kelly’s Heroes

Kelly's Heroes Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Director Brian G. Hutton followed up Where Eagles Dare with another World War II pic, but this time he kept it more light-hearted. Kelly’s Heroes stars Clint Eastwood as Private Kelly, the leader of a small crew of soldiers who learn about a secret stash of gold bars deep behind enemy lines. Driven by the promise of riches beyond their wildest dreams, the soldiers hatch a plan to pull off a massive heist deep in the heart of Nazi Germany.
Sometimes all you need is a good old-fashioned adventure film, and Kelly’s Heroes is just that. It’s witty, fast-paced, and filled with memorable characters. Although Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier both feel like modern takes on Kelly Heroes’ basic premise, a proper remake of the film – that is, a WWII-era treasure hunt featuring memorably charismatic characters – could make for an excellent time at the theater.

2 Sphere

Dustin Hoffman in Sphere Warner Bros

Director Barry Levinson made the rare leap into science-fiction territory with his 1998 film Sphere, an adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel of the same name. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, and Liev Schreiber, the movie revolves around a team of scientists tasked with exploring a mysterious extraterrestrial spacecraft discovered at the bottom of the ocean. Unbeknownst to them, the alien craft is inhabited by a strange force that has the power to manifest their deepest fears and desires.
Unfortunately, Sphere was a critical and commercial disaster. Fans of the Crichton’s novel felt the movie lacked the nuance and complexity of its source material, and casual filmgoers found the movie too slow and confusing. It was, in short, a misfire. Which means it would be an absolutely perfect candidate for the remake treatment. Thoughtful science-fiction movies are on the rise, and the right team of creatives could turn Crichton’s novel into a movie worthy of the esteemed author’s name.
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1 Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder Columbia Pictures

John Badham’s Blue Thunder is an action thriller from 1983. The story revolves around Frank Murphy (Roy Schneider), a skilled helicopter pilot and Vietnam War veteran elected to test-fly a prototype helicopter codenamed “Blue Thunder,” equipped with advanced surveillance and military capabilities. But Murphy soon discovers a conspiracy involving government officials misusing Blue Thunder’s power for their own political purposes, making him a target of some very dangerous and powerful people.
The biggest reason why Blue Thunder would make for an awesome remake is its impressive aerial sequences and intense action scenes; it essentially plays like a grittier version of Top Gun. The thrilling set pieces, including helicopter chases through city streets and intense aerial shootouts, would look incredible on an IMAX screen. And the story – which deals with government corruption and police militarization – could not be more timely.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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