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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

List Criteria: Top big-screen adaptations of television series

The best movies based on TV shows are those legendary movies that spawned from our favorite TV shows of all time. It's really easy to make a horrible film adaptation of a favorite book, television show or classic film. These great TV shows turned into movies are the exact opposite. With numerous successful films to its resume, the "Star Trek" franchise perhaps saw the best success on the big screen. Based on the classic television series, the science fiction franchise has prompted so many great movies dating back from the original film in 1979 to modern adaptations released as recently as May 2013. 

That's not to say that other television shows adapted into movies are not awesome too. "The Fugitive," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Traffic" and "The Naked Gun" are all prime examples of filmmakers taking a TV series and turning it into an equally, if not more, successful movie. In some cases, filmmakers did this simply from a character or sketch from a show such as in cases of "Borat," "Wayne's World," "The Blues Brothers" and "Bruno."

But for every great movie based on a TV show, there are also dozens of bad movies adapted from television shows. Thankfully, these are the best of the bunch. Which TV show to movie adaptation is the absolute best? Vote for them below!

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    Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Brad William Henke

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    Joe Pantoliano, Julianne Moore, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton, Billy Dee Williams

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    Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, James Horner

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  5. 5
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    Blythe Danner, Martin Landau, Gillian Anderson

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    the people's #1
    Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau

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  7. 7
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    Kevin Costner, Patricia Clarkson, John Barrowman

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Barry Sonnenfeld

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    Aretha Franklin, Steve Lawrence, Joe Walsh

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  10. 10
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    George Clooney, Trey Parker, Minnie Driver

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    Emmanuelle Béart, Kristin Scott Thomas, Henry Czerny

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  12. 12
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    Alice Cooper, Chris Farley, Rob Lowe

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Carol Kane

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  14. 14
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    Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, Joe Mantegna

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  15. 15
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    Alfre Woodard, Michael Zaslow, Ronald D. Moore

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    Bradley Cooper, Henry Czerny, Jon Hamm

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    Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Terence Stamp

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    Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Channing Tatum

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    Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin

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    Antonio Banderas, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

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    Alan Arkin, Billy Crystal, Jerry Nelson

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    Ving Rhames, Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise

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    Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell

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    Demi Moore, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian

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    Celia Imrie, Jon Polito, Sean Connery

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    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, George Kennedy

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    Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Burgess Meredith

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    Brock Peters, Vijay Amritraj, Madge Sinclair

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    Edgar Bergen, James Coburn, Bob Hope

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    Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp

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    Lucy Liu, Matt LeBlanc, Alex Trebek

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    David Hasselhoff, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Irène Jacob, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano

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    Stacy Keach, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

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    Neil Innes, Sandy Johnson, John Cleese

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    Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Reg E. Cathey

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    Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Patton Oswalt

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    Jim Byrnes, Donnie Yen, Christopher Lambert

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    Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Michael Ironside

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    Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Candice Bergen

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    Tara Strong, Rob Paulsen, Catherine Cavadini

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    Enrico Colantoni, Kristen Bell, Christine Lakin

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    Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman

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    Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Matt LeBlanc

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    RuPaul, Shelley Long, Henriette Mantel

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    Freddie Prinze, Jr., Linda Cardellini

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    Matt Frewer, Jane Leeves, John Cleese

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