From ‘Some Like it Hot’ to ‘Three Men and a Baby’: 10 Hollywood movies you didn’t know were remakes of foreign films

Hollywood has longed looked to Europe, Asia and beyond for plot inspiration, and putting its own spin on things

There are plenty of ways to tell that Hollywood has run out of original ideas. Unnecessary sequels, never-ending remakes and reimaginings (here’s looking at you, Batman), a plethora of origins stories (hello, Joker) and TV shows transitioning to the big screen are among the most obvious. But Hollywood also has a long history of borrowing from world cinema and putting their own spin on things.

While some movie-makers are blatant about their inspirations, with Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino announcing to Empire: “I steal from every single movie ever made,” there are plenty of other films you might not have known originated in other parts of the world.

Eighties favourite Three Men and a Baby, starring Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Tom Selleck, was originally a French film called 3 hommes et un couffin, and came out in 1985, two years before the Hollywood version.

Likewise, the 1959 Oscar-winning black and white classic, Some Like it Hot, which starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, was also based on a French film called Fanfare d’amour, which came out in 1935.

The latest to borrow from abroad – once again from French cinema – is British film director Guy Ritchie, who has teamed up with his favourite collaborator Jason Statham for the action packed Wrath of Man.

Based on the 2004 French thriller Le convoyeur, Statham stars as the mysterious one-lettered H, a cash truck security guard who shows himself to have almost preternatural robbery prevention skills which come to light during an attempted heist.

From the South Korean original that became the Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves film The Lake House, to the German film The Parent Trap was based on, scroll through the gallery above for 9 more Hollywood films you didn’t know were remakes.

Updated: April 27, 2021 12:29 PM

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