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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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    Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton, Billy Dee Williams

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    Joe Pantoliano, Julianne Moore, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Blythe Danner, Martin Landau, Gillian Anderson

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    Paul Winfield, Kirstie Alley, James Horner

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Barry Sonnenfeld

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    Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau

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    Kevin Costner, Patricia Clarkson, John Barrowman

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    Emmanuelle Béart, Kristin Scott Thomas, Henry Czerny

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    Aretha Franklin, Steve Lawrence, Joe Walsh

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    George Clooney, Trey Parker, Minnie Driver

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    Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, Joe Mantegna

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    Alice Cooper, Chris Farley, Rob Lowe

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Carol Kane

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    Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Terence Stamp

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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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    Antonio Banderas, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

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    Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin

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    Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Channing Tatum

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    Ving Rhames, Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise

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    Alan Arkin, Billy Crystal, Jerry Nelson

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

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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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    Neil Innes, Sandy Johnson, John Cleese

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    Celia Imrie, Jon Polito, Sean Connery

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    Brock Peters, Vijay Amritraj, Madge Sinclair

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    Edgar Bergen, James Coburn, Bob Hope

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    Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Burgess Meredith

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    Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp

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    Irène Jacob, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano

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    David Hasselhoff, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Lucy Liu, Matt LeBlanc, Alex Trebek

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    Freddie Prinze, Jr., Linda Cardellini

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    Laurie Anderson, Beck Hansen, Lenny Kravitz

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    Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Patton Oswalt

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    Stacy Keach, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

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    Eddie Izzard, Ralph Fiennes, Jim Broadbent

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    Jonathan Winters, John Goodman, Harvey Korman

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    Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Reg E. Cathey

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    Jonathan Winters, Joan Rivers, Fred Armisen

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    Enrico Colantoni, Kristen Bell, Christine Lakin

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    Freddie Prinze, Jr., Peter Boyle

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    Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Michael Ironside

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    Lil Wayne, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters

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    Jim Byrnes, Donnie Yen, Christopher Lambert

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    Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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