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American Remakes Of French Films That Resulted In Success

Hollywood seems to have a great interest in remaking films. Remakes of movies are hitting theatres all the time. In the next year, remakes of the musical Annie, the classic monster movie Godzilla and

Hollywood seems to have a great interest in remaking films. Remakes of movies are hitting theatres all the time. In the next year, remakes of the musical Annie, the classic monster movie Godzilla and the superhero franchise Fantastic Four will be coming to theatres.

Actor Steve Martin said of remakes, "Movies always are open to being remade because times change so much, and the tempo of movies changes."

While it may seem like there's an influx of remakes in recent years, this isn't a new trend at all. In fact, American filmmakers have been remaking movies since the start of the industry--even when there were only silent films and "talkies" were a thing of the future. They not only remake other American movies, but look to foreign films for inspiration as well. Some of these American remakes of foreign films are well known. Most of us know that The Ring and The Grudge, two very popular horror movies, were remade from Japanese films.

But what about other countries? You may not know this but there are many American remakes of classic French films. As much as we can complain about the lack of creativity in choosing to do a remake rather than going for an original idea, English-speaking audiences may have never got the chance to experience these stories if they hadn't been remade.

Today, we're talking about 7 of the most successful American movies that were remade from French films. You may find some of these surprising.

7 The Mirror Has Two Faces - Grossed $73 Million Worldwide

6 Unfaithful - $119 Million Worldwide

5 Nine Months - Grossed $138.5 Million Worldwide

4 Three Men and a Baby - Grossed $168 Million Domestically

3 The Birdcage - Grossed $185 Million Worldwide

2 The Tourist - Grossed $278 Million Worldwide

1 True Lies - Grossed $378 Million Worldwide

True Lies, the 1994 American movie, had it all. There was intense action thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and his amazing stunts (remember the fight in the men's room?), and some great comedic scenes thanks to the ever-funny Tom Arnold. We also got to see Jamie Lee Curtis perform a sexy striptease. While this movie was a success, earning $378 million worldwide and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis' role, few people realize that this winner is a remake. It's a based on the French film La Totale!, which came out just a few years before in 1991 and was directed by Claude Zidi. While it was good enough to warrant making an American version of the film, it didn't earn the same critical acclaim or awards that True Lies received.

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