Most remakes are not even close to being good as the original; in fact, they’re usually terrible. Studios sometimes tend to think that they can cash in on the popularity of historically good films and make equally successful good ones. However, while not always true, it does hold for these five films.

1. "War of the Worlds"

Director Steven Spielberg teamed up with Tom Cruise to produce one of the best films of 2005. It’s thrilling, gripping and perfectly delivers the sentiment that writer H.G. Wells wanted his readers to experience while reading the book. The original was made in 1953 and was nominated for three Oscars.

2. "Dawn of the Dead"

A remake of George Romero’s classic, "Dawn of the Dead" was the debut of director Zack Snyder, who surprisingly did justice to the original. It tells the story of two people who are the last living humans in an Earth that is infected by zombies. Classic zombie movie.

3. "Piranha 3-D"

A 3-D comedy remake of the 1978 film of the same name, "Piranha 3-D" has an ensemble cast to its name with notables such as Steven McQueen, Elisabeth Shue, Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Szohr, and Eli Roth. Both a commercial and critical success, the film navigates the lives of humans after sudden underwater tremors liberate prehistoric man-eating fish.

4. "Peter Pan"

With excellent visuals and a complex, yet interesting plotline, 2003’s "Peter Pan" does not stray from the standards that its high-quality predecessors have set. Starring Jason Isaacs, Lynn Redgrave and directed by PJ Hogan.

5. "12"

Loosely based on the film "12 Angry Men," "12" is psychologically compelling, like the original, but has an authentic Russian feel to it. A film about prejudice and stereotypes, the film documents the story of a boy who is put on trial for murdering his adoptive fathers. The jurors, markedly racist, must decide the boy’s fate. This one is bound to keep you on the couch for the entire 159 minutes.