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10 Movies Too Controversial to Be Remade Today

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Some movies are too good to be remade, others are just too nasty

There are a myriad of remakes coming out these days: Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, The Departed, and True Grit are just a few of them. And it’s a great model. Take a compelling plot, enthralling characters and a banger climax, then recycle it. Following this formula, filmmakers can reallocate resources to buying a flashy cast, shooting in exotic locations and splurging on hypnotizing CG. And some of these movies even come out even better than the originals. Sounds blasphemous, I know, but have you seen 1958’s The Fly or 1932’s Scarface? Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything.

Unfortunately, not all remakes are superior to the original. In fact, many leave you wishing that Hollywood would just let the classics be. Debate surrounded the recent Ghostbusters remake, lauded for its feminist bent but otherwise disappointing. But there are some movies that are just too real to be remade today: whether they are too violent, lewd, or straight-up controversial. We’ve compiled a list of movies that are so picante that no contemporary director would dare to pick them up.

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Credit: United Artists

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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Credit: Warner Bros.

There are many ways that a movie can be controversial. One of them is “ultra-violence.” A Clockwork Orange is about a surly group of teens who dress in all white, wear bowler hats and plenty of eye liner. Their main recreations: beating up strangers, breaking into people’s houses (for the worst sorts of reasons) and listening to Beethoven. When one of them gets caught there is some raw brainwashing, so keep your eyes open.

Fun fact: The movie, remade from an Anthony Burgess novel, features slang based on Russian.

Short Circuit (1986)

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Credit: TriStar Pictures

While you might have fond memories of Short Circuit from your childhood, perhaps you don’t remember, as Aziz Ansari points out, that this movie stars not only a robot, but a white person playing an Indian American. It was made in 1986! ’86! They literally caked makeup onto his face and made him affect an accent instead of hiring an Indian actor. Not to mention he plays an Indian scientist—let’s kill this stereotype dead right… now.