The Best Movies Based on TV Shows Films
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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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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Martin Landau

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

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    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere

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    Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria, Albert Brooks

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

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    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine

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    Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert

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

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    Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray

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    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

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    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

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    Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

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    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

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    Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill

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    Edge, Donnie Yen, Christopher Lambert

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    Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Lambert

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    Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Franco

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    Frank Welker, E.G. Daily, Tom Kenny

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Cattrall

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    Carmen Electra, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

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    Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Davy Jones

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

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    Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Abe Vigoda

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