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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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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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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Wayne's World Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe

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    The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Simpsons Movie Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver

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    South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

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    The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Mask of Zorro Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

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    Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Addams Family Values Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Star Trek Into the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Star Trek Into the Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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    Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    U.S. Marshals Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

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    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Get Smart Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray

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    The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

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    22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

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    Jackass: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Jackass: The Movie

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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Monty Python's Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Monty Python's Life of Brian Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Flintstones Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Lenny Kravitz

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    Monty Python's The Meaning of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Transformers: The Movie Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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    The Smurfs Katy Perry, Sofía Vergara, Joan Rivers

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    The Brady Bunch Movie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows


    The Brady Bunch Movie RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Shelley Long

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