Dear Hollywood: Don't remake these '80s classics
It's too late for 'Footloose', but not for these 15 other beloved titles
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'Fatal Attraction' (1987)
Why its so great: This glossy, over-the-top tale of a woman (Glenn Close) who becomes obsessed with Michael Douglas after a one-night-stand (hey, who wouldn't?) became a massive hit and boasted an ending that had everyone talking. Adrian Lyne's assured direction and top-notch lead performances by Michael Douglas and especially Glenn Close give the film a psychological complexity it would have lacked in less-capable hands.
Remake-o-meter says: The plot itself is simple enough -- and has been recycled since -- but the "surprise" ending would make it hard for a remake to really work (although "Psycho" and "Planet of the Apes" both spawned modern updates despite being "burdened" with their own plot twists). Knowing Hollywood, any remake would likely be closer to a dumbed-down domestic thriller like "Obsessed" than the relatively artful original, and really - what modern actress with bad enough sense to star in a "Fatal Attraction" remake could possibly live up to Close's unforgettable performance?