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Popular Movies You Didn’t Know Are Actually Foreign Movie Remakes

A story that is loved by a large fan base most definitely attracts movie makers all around the globe, including Hollywood. It’s surprising to know a cinema world as dominating and popular as Hollywood also makes remakes from foreign movies. Still, we barely know about the films they’ve taken their inspiration from. So we don’t want movie lovers to miss out on the beautiful original foreign movies that didn’t get the spotlight because of the popular remakes. Here are those foreign movie remakes:

1. The Departed from Infernal Affairs: The Departed is the remake of a Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs. The movie became very popular and also paved Scorsese’s way to the Oscars. The original film was great and had two more sequels later, but the remake didn’t make any sequel.

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The Departed is the remake of a Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs

2. Some Like it Hot from Fanfare of Love: Marilyn Monroe and her films were extremely popular. But out of all, Some Like it Hot was the most popular film. The movie is said to be responsible for Hays Code to go away. But instead, a French movie, Fanfare of Love, released in 1935, was ahead of Monroe’s classic.

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Some Like It Hot is the remake of a French film, Fanfare of Love

3. 12 Monkeys from La Jetee: The classic sci-fi, 12 Monkeys, was well-received by fans and critics was actually a remake of a French short film. The original short film was made in 1962 and told mainly by still photographs. As a result, the movie was hard to follow, but the 1995 remake had layers of thoughtful entertainment.

La Jetée (Short 1962) Popular Movies You Didn't Know Are Actually Foreign Movie Remakes
The original short film was made in 1962 and told mainly by still photographs

4. Point of No Return from Nikita: Point of No Return, starring Bridget Fonda, is a thriller movie. It is inspired by Luc Besson’s Nikita. The film is in French and has a very similar plot where a drug addict turns into an assassin.

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Point of No Return is inspired by Luc Besson’s Nikita.

5. The Magnificent Seven from Seven Samurai: Western movies having a plot where samurais save the town from merciless gangsters isn’t new. The Magnificent Seven shows a similar story, but it all started from Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. However, Seven Samurai is an epic movie and a great adaptation.

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6. The Last House On The Left from The Virgin Spring: Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left is a thrilling horror film from the ’70s and left the audience in shock. The movie’s inspiration is more shocking. It is adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1960 film The Virgin Spring. There is a slight change in the plot, but the main plot is the same.

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The Last House On The Left shocked the audience but the movie’s inspiration is more shocking

7. The Parent Trap from Two Times Lotte: The family comedy, The Parent Trap, is adapted from a German children’s novel, Lottie and Lisa. However, this isn’t the first movie adaptation. In 1950, a West German feature, Two Time Lotte also showed a similar plot. Even though there are many remakes, the main story remains common in all of them.

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In 1950, a West German feature, Two Time Lotte also showed a similar plot

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