Romance Movies That Should Be Remade

There are not that many perfect romance movies. The list of these sacred films could probably be narrowed down to When Harry Met Sally, Ninotchka, In the Mood for Love, Notting Hill, and Letter Encounter. That’s why thinking about remaking any other romance film makes sense.

Some movies deserve a remake in order to explore things that couldn’t be stated in the original, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the LGBTQ characters. Others have ideas that could have been better explored, like sliding doors. Some romance films simply should be remade, because it would be fun to revisit the story with a modern point of view, technology, and current actors; like My Best Friend’s Wedding, or You’ve Got Mail (or should we say, You’ve got a DM?). Let’s get creative and imagine a world where these movies get remade, how they should be done, and who we would like to star in them:


Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

This movie is a love story between elegant socialite Holly Golightly (Aubrey Hepburn) and writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), although both have troubled pasts, and don’t want to fall in love. The movie is extremely different from the book it’s based on. Many differences between them could be explored in a reboot, using some themes and ideas from the novel, that Hollywood found too forward back then.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released more than 60 years ago, so the new version should make Paul (in the book he goes unnamed) gay, and cast an actual Asian actor as Mr. Yunioshi.. It could also embrace Holly’s independence, love for traveling, and some of the uglier parts of her personality. Finding a new Aubrey Hepburn would be the toughest part, as even Capote himself admitted that “she did a terrific job”. The best idea would be to replace her with some unknown actress, with a non-classic natural beauty.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Best friends Julianne (Julia Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) make a pact that they will marry each other if they both are still single at 28. Four days before that day, he gets engaged to 20-year-old Kimmy (Cameron Diaz ), and Julianne realize she’s in love with her best friend. From there, hijinks ensue.

My Best Friend’s Wedding is considered one of the best ’90s romantic comedies, and with reason. How to remake it? For starters, we should change the age of everyone involved. Make the pact at thirty-five, Kimmy is in her late twenties, and we could transform Michael into Michelle to see a Queer rom-com for once. Other than that, the story can be pretty much the same. Especially the not-exactly happy ending for our heroine. Maybe we could change the song at the end that everyone sings, to one from this centuryt. The original movie had two of the biggest rom-com actresses of all time, and that is tough to beat, but let’s try: Julianne should be played by Emma Stone, Michelle by Zazie Beetz, and Kimmy by Florence Pugh. As far as remakes go, this one sounds like a fun one.

Sliding Doors (1998)

Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) runs to the train to get home. In one scenario, she gets in and finds her boyfriend cheating at home; in the other, she misses the train and doesn’t find him cheating. From here, two different lives are born.

In a world with many timelines and multiverses, sliding doors is the ultimate “What if?” movie. Although this rom-com takes advantage of that idea of ​​showing how a little detail can change everything, we believe a reboot could take it to riskier places as audiences are now more used to the concept. Let’s get Tessa Thompson losing a cable car in San Francisco (an underrated city that more movies need to take place in), and see how her life develops in both realities.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

In You’ve Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), a boutique bookstore owner, starts an online romance with Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), a corporate bookstore chain owner. Neither of them knows who the other is, as they have pseudonyms. When they finally meet in real life and understand they’re working competitors, things get complicated.

This is one of the best movies directed by Norah Ephron and, as such, should be revered, but a new version makes a ton of sense, starting with its title. Nowadays, nobody talks through email, so it should be”You’ve got a DM“, as the two stars of the movie start messaging through Instagram at all hours of the day and night, then they realize they’re following many of the same accounts. Although they don’t know it, he works as an Amazon suit, and she has one of the last independent bookstores in all of Brooklyn. The remake could star Zoë Kravitz and Oscar Isaac. Come on Hollywood, let’s do this!

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Casablanca (1942)

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she (Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund) walked into his (Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine). That’s how the story of former lovers who reunite in the Moroccan city starts, as he has to decide if he’s going to help her and her fugitive husband escape.

It’s been 80 years since the release of one of the best World War II movies ever made, so a reboot makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, we still have wars and people still need to escape from some oppressing forces. This timeless story of love, loss, and redemption could be done in present-day Hong Kong, with actors of Asian heritage. We can see Sung Kang as a tortured Rick, living in an old bar, without tech in some dangerous suburb, when his lost love Isa (Gemma Chan) appears in his bar looking for help. Her husband Lao (played by Steven Yeun) is the leader of the resistance against China and must leave the city. Obviously, the title should change from Casablanca to “Hong Kong”, but most of the dramatic beats from the original movie could still be used as Rick and Isa would “Always have Tokyo”. That’s a movie we would like to see.

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