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List Rules 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
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
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
The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd Anjelica Huston

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery Kevin Costner

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny Blythe Danner

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin Steven Spielberg

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin Nathan Fillion

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Addams Family Values Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd Anjelica Huston

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 15 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 A-Team is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper Liam Neeson

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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 17 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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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum Ice Cube

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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 Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek Into the Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch Alice Eve

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Eric Idle

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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
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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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton Jeremy Renner

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Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis David Letterman

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 26 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) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow Burgess Meredith

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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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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks Richard Pryor

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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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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore Lucy Liu

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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
S.W.A.T. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell Michelle Rodriguez

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Monty Python's Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Jackass: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris Queen Latifah

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar Isla Fisher

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Maverick Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster Corey Feldman

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany Marilu Henner

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd Leonard Nimoy

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin David Hasselhoff

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch Anna Nicole Smith

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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Transformers: The Movie Orson Welles, Judd Nelson Leonard Nimoy

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild Tim Burton

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall Leonard Nimoy

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen Zsa Zsa Gábor

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Flintstones Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor Rosie O'Donnell

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Monty Python's The Meaning of ... is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone Seth Green

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy George Takei