With all the muck being thrown around amidst the recent and increasing number of remakes and reboots flowing onto our silver screens, it feels like the world is crying out for reasons to believe that these upcoming films might be in any way good. Should we look forward to the new Jumanji movie hurtling our way? Probably not, but I've compiled a list of 10 films that might help you feel a little less like throwing yourself out a window every time someone announces another reboot of a beloved classic - I'm looking at you Drop Dead Fredstarring Russell Brand. For shame.

The Fly (1986)

Audiences in 1958 sat down to watch Vincent Price in a film about a scientist whose DNA is fused with a fly's during a teleportation experiment gone awry. Nearly 30 years later, in 1986, audiences went to see a David Cronenberg film with the same basic premise but got something entirely different than the original--and some literally left the theater sick from seeing it. You really can't argue with this one, it's a clear improvement on the original film in every sense. Cronenberg not only retold the story but added so much more value and, incidentally, painfully visceral gore. He carved The Fly into the walls of the Horror Hall of Fame with one bloated and bloody man-fly claw.

The Departed (2006)

Have you heard of Infernal Affairs? It's the Hong Kong film that the star-laden The Departed is based on, and it's also damn good. It's about the undercover cop world with a crazy amount of twists and turns throughout. I'm not going to argue which one is better because both have equal cinematic value and that's why they're on the list. There's something about the world of Asian cinema that Infernal Affairs came from that marked a place in time very specific to late '90s and early 2000s gang warfare in Hong Kong, you'd think that remaking it set in Boston with the conflict between Irish mobs would be a stretch. Not only did it work, it took a very culturally specific view on organised crime and made it palatable and relatable to a western audience. The Departed received high acclaim and remains a beacon of hope for adaptations and remakes the world over. Thanks, Scorsese!

The Thing (1982):

The Thing is not *technically* a remake. "You gotta be f***ing kidding!" I hear you cry. Though it's often cited as a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, it's really not. The two films do share the same source material--John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 story, Who Goes There?. Why is it still on the list? I believe it still counts as a superior adaptation of a story because of its shared source material. As much as he denied it, it's clear that Carpenter paid homage to the 1951 film most notably in the scene where he shows the alien's icy tomb that has been removed from the snow and in the main title sequence. The Thing is gory and violent, it foretells the end of the world and, ultimately, flies in the face of hope - it's a great film that triumphs over all other adaptations of the original story.

A Fistful of Dollars (1963)

Okay, hear me out. Just like my opinion on The Departed, I'm not saying A Fistful of Dollars is better than Yojimbo... but it - might - be more significant. In 1963, Leone was so inspired by this film that he decided to make a Western, using its story to influence his own, a film that would not only revolutionize the Italian Western, but also the Western as a genre and spawn off Spaghetti Western's for years to come. One of the reasons why the two films are equally as worthy of your time is because they're so different. Aside from the obvious setting and country of origin, the tone and cultural politics of essentially the same actions are worlds apart and the motivations of the films' respective "heroes" are equally different. Two completely different films with the same base storyline are almost the perfect example of what I'm trying to get across... it can be done! There is evidence of good remakes and we need to be reminded so we don't get sick into our own scorn.

True Grit (2010):

Almost as if these films were made in two completely different cultures, much like Yojimbo is to A Fistful of Dollars, the two True Grit movies could not be more different. In this case, the Coen Brothers' 2010 adaptation is clearly superior to the original, that might be because of the cinematic advances made since '69 but it's probably because it's a darker, bloodier and more nuanced telling of the story. Yet for all their differences, both Westerns found plenty of fans and got plenty of Oscar attention. John Wayne was named Best Actor for the 1969 original, and the 2010 remake competed for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Watch the new one, if not for that brilliantly quippy Coen Brothers storytelling but for Hailee Steinfeld who steals the show.

Dawn of the Dead (2004):

I could sit here, in front of my laptop screen and spin you a yarn that caters to the hardcore Romero fans and Horror genre purists that I'm sure read lists - like this one - specifically to pick comparisons - like this one - apart, but I'm not going to. Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake is a better film. Nothing against Romero personally, in fact I omitted all of the other remakes of his classics from this list because I believe his originals to be superior. Don't come at me with it being a "re-imagining" rather than "re-make", let's be grown-ups here. A lot of remakes can't be justified, they bring nothing new at all and are therefore deemed useless and disappointing. This remake is justified and validates itself. It took the basic idea from the original and turned it into something new. This film has things for new fans and old fans. It has new stories and characters but at the same time serves as a tribute to the original with plenty of cameos and a number of references. It jumped off the back of 28 Days Later and redesigned the zombies to have the ability to run, this alone is enough for me to consider it a better film. It's scary as heck, and isn't that what we look for in zombie movies?

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

So, let's take a look at one of my personal favourite comedies. Its original, Bedtime Story, is a '60s sex romp comedy starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. However, despite sharing very similar (almost identical) scripts, the films offer very different vibes. Bedtime Story is a sign of its time, being inherently sexist, Shirley Jones plays a woman who is nothing more than a prize who is manipulated and tricked, but in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the sexism is turned on its head allowing the character of Janet to dwarf both of the protagonists with her swindling expertise. The ending of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the revelation of Janet being an empowered, clever con woman who is clearly smarter than either of her two male counterparts is one of the things that makes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the superior film. Plus, let's be honest, Marlon Brando's never been a comedian so it's far more comfortable to see Steve Martin shining in the same role.

Zodiac (2007)

Right, so maybe this isn't a cut and dry remake considering these films arrived on the big screen only two years apart but they follow the same true crime story so it's hard not to compare them and put them in this list. The 2007 David Fincher adaptation, Zodiac, follows the story from journalist Robert Graysmith's perspective adapting his non-fiction book of the same name. Fincher's famously semi-stationary voyeuristic cinematic approach gobbles up and spits out the 2005 Alexander Bulkeley version The Zodiac with expert precision. Whether it's down to the film being Bulkeley's first feature or whether it's because Bulkeley takes viewers on a more fictionalised journey, it somehow loses that cold real life fear and comes across fumbled and heartless. Fincher takes the cake on this one, Fincher always takes the cake. Except for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he goofed on that one.

Man on Fire (2004)

Here's one you might not have realised was a remake. Tony Scott's beautifully oversaturated interpretation of 1987 French-Italian film Man on Fire. Both films were inspired by and based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Quinell. The problem with the original is mostly that the adapted script fails to reach into the pit of your stomach and twist your insides like the 2004 remake does. In this case, a bigger budget, better cast and better director actually pull off a better movie, which, in the history of remakes, does not fit the general rule. The 2004 film also emerged amidst a time so soon after the attacks on 9/11 that there was still palpable fear in the air, compelling stories about Mercenaries, the CIA, gang warfare, kidnappings and international organised crime all fed wonderfully into that cultural instability. Right place, right time, right director and Denzel Washington. This is a clear winner.

Casino Royale (2006)

The original Casino Royale, made in 1967, was a star-laden comedy made to cash in on the Bond boom of the era. It's bewildering when you watch it today (even though it's good fun). One possible explanation for the disjointed nature of the movie is that Peter Sellers walked off the movie before he had finished all of his scenes. Of course, there is that whole "five directors" thing. A film that has five directors will always feel disjointed and wrong, no matter how in tune their visions are. Thank goodness that Daniel Craig came along in 2006 with a hard-hitting, dark Casino Royale overhaul that redeemed the title, reinvigorated the franchise and made 007 seem cool again. The 2006 Casino Royale rebooted the series, established a new timeline and narrative framework without preceding or succeeding any previous Bond film, which allowed the film to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond. This made a better movie, it took away the habitual, "Oh he'll be okay, he's James Bond" feeling audiences got from the 007 movies and added a, "Oh shit, he might actually not be okay." Plus Eva Green... am I right?

Hopefully these remakes will inspire you to have a more open mind every time it is announced that precious budgets and funding are being thrown at more remakes and not new, original stories more relevant and significant to us culturally. But... In true form, for me, I can't fill an article with 10 positive examples of remakes without pointing you in the right direction towards some of the worst. I won't write paragraphs on each of them as I don't want to waste my precious brain signals sending messages to my fingers to tap on the relevant keys. But, If you are a masochist like me and enjoy inflicting true pain on yourself, then please feel free to ruin your life by watching the following;

- Oldboy (2013)
- The Pink Panther (2006)
- Straw Dogs (2011)
- Psycho (1998)
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
- The Wicker Man (2006)
- The Omen (2006)