Hmmm, for some reason it seems the only remakes anyone can remember are lame horror movies. There have been others...
I thought the recent Coen Brothers' True Grit was far superior to the original. The amazing thing is that it's essentially the exact same movie - with mostly the same scenes, filmed in some of the same locations, and even using much of the same dialogue. The difference is that they used much better actors.
So, instead of John Wayne, who I like in some roles but was really out of his league trying to deliver that idiosyncratic dialogue, we got Jeff Bridges, who managed it just fine. Instead of Glen Campbell, who couldn't act his way out of a paper sack, we got Matt Damon, who not only can act but is genuinely hot. And instead of annoying Kim Darby, we got that 14-year-old whose name I forget but who absolutely made the movie great.
The Longest Yard - The original was essentially a sreious movie with comic moments. The remake was essentially Waterboy II. Adam Sandler really needs to go away now.
King Kong - So, when you're confronted with a 25-foot-tall, sexually aroused gorilla, the thing to do is... tap dance?
Planet of the Apes - I mean the one Tim Burton and Marky Mark made a few years ago, not this summer's James Franco flick. Excruciatingly pointless, and just plain stupid.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Another movie Tim Burton remade in his own inimitable icky style, apparently for his own enjoyment. The original (Wille Wonka) was a children's classic. The remake left audiences of all ages feeling like they needed a shower.
By the way, Hollywood hasn't "run out of ideas". There are a million great ideas for movies out there that never get made. Hollywood siimply realizes that using an already recognizable title assures a certain amount of revenue, because people are more likely to see a movie if they already know the title. That's why virtually every movie that's made these days is either a remake, or an adaptation of an already wildly popular comic book, young adult novel series, etc. They didn't run out of ideas; they're just going after the easy money.