Favorite Oscars Déjà Vu Best Picture Movie?

by urbanemovies | created - 25 Mar 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

The Oscars 2019 Best Picture nomination of A Star Is Born (2018) raises the total sets of Best Picture nominated movies based on the same story to seven. A notable mark for an award ceremony that over ninety-one years has demonstrated an aversion to reboots, remakes and sequels.

Which of these Oscar nominees that triggers a déjà vu* feeling is your favorite Best Picture retelling?

*a feeling of having already seen the same story in a Best Picture nominee before (same story movie Best Picture sets based the on the same original source material or a revised version)

Discuss the topic here.

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1. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 292,048 | Gross: $148.81M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Les Misérables (1935)

2. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 90,182 | Gross: $43.66M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Alternate Best Picture Déjà Vu: West Side Story (2020), Romeo and Juliet (1968)

3. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 286,894 | Gross: $215.29M

Original Best Picture Nominee: A Star Is Born (1937)

4. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

95 Metascore

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 81,473 | Gross: $72.00M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Pygmalion (1938)

5. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,197 | Gross: $57.78M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Cleopatra (1934)

6. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 17,309 | Gross: $81.64M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

7. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History

48 Metascore

In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed | Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 14,028 | Gross: $13.68M

Original Best Picture Nominee: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)



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