(Remake of "Cousin, Cousine" from France)
For some reason when I was, like, 12 this movie used to be on TV with a great deal of frequency, so I've probably seen it about half a dozen times. I haven't seen it in years, but I have very fond memories of it and I highly recommend it. It's one of the rare examples of a romantic melodrama that isn't absolute treacle.
(Remake of "Seven Samurai" from Japan)
It's rare, I think, for the original and the remake to both be so beloved and successful. The question of which is better is up for debate (though I suspect that many film of my fellow film bloggers would fall on Kurosawa's side), but I don't think you can argue that Seven hasn't made a name for itself separate and apart from its inspiration.
(Remake of "Infernal Affairs" from Hong Kong)
I've never seen Infernal Affairs but after seeing The Departed, I immediately put in on my NetFlix queue. I'm still waiting to see the original, but the remake is a film that I can watch over and over again without ever becoming bored with it.
(Remake of "The Trapp Family" from Germany)
Definitely an example of a remake eclipsing the original. Can anyone even think of the Von Trapp family now without thinking of Julie Andrews? The film won a handful of Oscars, including Best Picture, and made a whole lot of money and has become a beloved classic to people the world over.
(Remake of "Fanfares of Love" from Germany)
If you're surprised to learn that Some Like It Hot is a remake, join the club. I had no idea until I started putting this list together. Given how secure Wilder's film is in the cinematic canon, I think it's safe to say that this is one of the most successful remakes of all time.