Ten Films That Represent Old Classics in a New Setting, From 'The Dark Knight Rises' to 'West Side Story'

Ten Films That Represent Old Classics in a New Setting, From 'The Dark Knight Rises' to 'West Side S ...

There's nothing quite like old classics. For years, modern storytellers have learned from Shakespeare and Dickens, including filmmakers.

Directors have found several approaches to bringing past events to a much more modern setting on the silver screen, from legendary 60s epics like My Fair Lady to modern action films that you wouldn't expect to be inspired by classics at all. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is a great example of this.

'Easy A' (2010) is a good girl, a small favor, and a big rumor.

Emma Stone's teen romantic comedy is about a high school student who relies on school gossip to improve her social and economic situation.

Easy A reimagines Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, about a woman who conceives a daughter outside of marriage and struggles to build a new life. The film certainly takes its liberties as an adaptation, which only makes it funnier and more charming.

Is DiCaprio Reciting Shakespearean Dialogue?Yes, please!'Romeo + Juliet' (1996)

In Shakespeare's classic tragedyRomeo and Juliet, Baz Luhrmann depicts two feuding families on Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Although the film is visually modern, the Bard's dialogue remains.

Romeo + Juliet combines Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as star-crossed lovers with Luhrmann's trademark wild creativity and ornamented visuals into Shakespeare's famous classic, which is a blast of fun to see.

A Modern Stalker Film Based on the Sci-Fi Classic 'The Invisible Man' (2020)

The Invisible Man, Leigh Wannell's third film, is the story of Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss), who begins to suspect that her abusive ex's suicide was a fake after a series of events in her life began to manifest.

The Invisible Man, one of Blumhouse's finest slasher films, capitalizes on the fear of the Unseen and uses it to enliven genuine shock and suspense in the audience in every scene. It may only cherry-pick some elements from H.G. Wells' classic novel, but it does them extremely well.

'Bridget Jones's Diary' (2001) is a collection of essays written by Brian Brook.

Bridget Jones' Diary is a story about a ruthless woman who strives for love while Renee Zellweger's Bridget and Colin Firth's Daniel.

Helen Fielding, the author of the source material and one of the filmmakers of the film's charming screenplay, became infatuated with the classic story and humorously declaring "Jane Austen would not mind, and anyway she's dead."

'10 Things I Hate About You in High School' (1999)

Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 90s classic who falls in love with Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). However, she is only allowed to date until her ill-tempered older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) starts dating herself. So, Cameron selects the only guy who might be a match for Kat: Patrick (Heath Ledger).

10 Things I Hate About You is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

'My Fair Lady', The Most Loverliest Motion Picture of Them All (1964)

My Fair Lady, a musical about a snobbish professor (Rex Harrison) who accepts a wager that he may be able to make a flower girl (Audrey Hepburn) appearable in high society, has been nominated eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Cukor's film was adapted from a long-running Broadway musical of the same name, which was itself based on a 1913 play called Pygmalion, which was also based on a classic Greek tale about a sculptor who falls in love with a statue he made himself. However, nothing is lost among this sea of adaptations, since the My Fair Lady film is as grand, elegant, charming, and delightful as you would expect a musical to be.

As If!'Clueless' (1995)

Cher (Alicia Silverstone) navigates the ups and downs of adolescent life with wit, charm, and intelligence.

The film, which is both funny and endlessly quotable, is loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, with a few modern twists. It's sweet and genuine, and captures Austen's true narrative in a way that's faithful enough to consider it a worthy adaptation, but unique enough to make it feel fresh and unique.

Six Decades Apart From 'West Side Story' (1961 and 2021)

Both versions of the popular musical West Side Story (1961 by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and 2021 by Steven Spielberg) are so successful and close to fans' hearts that they deserve to be grouped together. Both are about two young children from New York City gangs who fall in love despite differences between their respective friends.

Both movies are based on a Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, which is also based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The 60s version is more theatrical and glamour, while the 2021 one is more cinematic and gritty; both are beautiful and tragic interpretations of the Bard's famous tale.

'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012) is the end of one of Superhero Cinema's Best Trilogies.

The Dark Knight trilogy, an updated version of Batman's narrative set in a more realistic environment than Tim Burton's adaptations, is one of the most popular franchises in modern cinema. It concludes with The Dark Knight Rises, where a series of disturbing events brings Batman (Christian Bale) out of retirement.

The film was not inspired by Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities as much as it was inspired by it, but the similarities are there. This is a strange strategy to close a franchise, but one that is certainly one that works because it's enjoyable and engaging despite its flaws.

The Horror!The Horror!'Apocalypse Now' (1979)

Apocalypse Now is often hailed as one of the finest anti-war films ever made. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is on his secret quest to discover and eliminate a mysterious colonel played by Marlon Brando.

Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece is inspired by Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, a powerful critique of African European colonial rule. Coppola uses that as a foundation to construct a devastating portrait of Western Imperialism. The result is one of history's most moving films.