The Best Movies Based on TV Shows Films

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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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe

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    Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver

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    George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

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    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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    Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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    Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Michael Hayes

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    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

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    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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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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    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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    Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

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    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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    O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Lenny Kravitz

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    O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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    Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Shelley Long

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell

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