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Movie Story Rip-offs

Hollywood is not very good at coming up with original ideas (see Police Academy 7 if you don't believe me). So I wanted to start a thread with stories that Hollywood has stolen over the years and where they came from.

Hollywood is not very good at coming up with original ideas (see Police Academy 7 if you don't believe me). So I wanted to start a thread with stories that Hollywood has stolen over the years and where they came from.

The Seven Samurai = The Magnificent Seven = A Bug's Life.
I will start with one that isn't a rip-off as it is a remake, this is credited so I wouldn't call it a rip-off. But thinking about that story made me think of "A bug's Life". So "A Bug's Life" is actually a rip-off of The Seven Samurai. Instead of hiring Samurai or gunslingers they get a circus troupe. But the grasshoppers stealing the harvest are the same as the roving bandits.

The Girl Next Door = Risky Business.
I was watching this movie and I kept thinking of Risky Business. Then they went so far as to use the same song "I'm a Man" and made it that much more obvious. Instead of a hooker the girl next door is a porn star. I guess Hollywood figures you can recycle a teen movie every 20 years and the teens won't know the difference. And if you put today's hottest female star in it who will notice.

Point Of No Return = The Femme Nikita.
Credited, so this is just a remake.

The Vanishing = The Vanishing.
OK again this one is credited but it does commit the usual Hollywood sin of sticking a happy ending on the movie. The original movie was very disturbing because of the ending and this one let's the viewer off the hook.

Romeo and Juliet = West Side Story = Valley Girl.
Everybody knows that West Side Story is R&J but you wouldn't think a movie with the title Valley Girl would steal from such lofty stock, but they aren't subtle about it. At one point in the movie the star crossed couple make out under a movie marquee that reads "Romeo and Juliet". So if you hadn't figured it our already they hit you in the face with it. This movie launched the career of Nicholas Cage and is one of my wife's favorites. So not all rip-offs are bad movies.

So I will keep adding to this list and I hope my reader (some day I hope it is readers) will suggest others.