The Godfather – You hope a remake will improve on the original or offer up new insights. However, The Godfather is the greatest American film ever made. It does everything a movie should do. No director could hope to improve on Coppola’s masterpiece.
Citizen Kane – Welles was breaking film-making rules before there were any rules to break. If the movie was remade what would replace Rosebud, an iPod?
The Breakfast Club – It doesn’t matter if you were born in 1984 or 2014 there will always be a brain, an athlete, a criminal, and a princess in every class. John Hughes captures the relationship between these archetypes at a time in everyone’s life when we are all trying to figure things out.
Star Wars – Not that Disney would ever let Star Wars get close to going into the public domain (They got copyright and trade mark laws changed to protect Mickey Mouse.),but it would take someone with brass cajones to remake Star Wars and think they can do it better.
Blade Runner– Often imitated, but never duplicated (replicated?). Blade Runner is a classic that should never be touched (except by Ridley Scott who has added, altered, and released Blade Runner more times than Lucas has messed with Star Wars.)
The Matrix – There are so many themes going on in The Matrix a cottage industry of books dedicated to the true meaning behind the movie was spawned after its initial release. Truth, the nature of free will in society, Communism, and Neo as a Christ figure are only some of the many themes and philosophies writers ping on when dissecting the movie. Could a remake even come close to capturing the feel of the original? I don’t think so.