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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    most listed Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Martin Landau

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    added by wiabux Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    the people's #1 Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    added by donovan Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    added by carlybobarly 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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    Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria, Albert Brooks

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga

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    Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    added by evilmaya Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert

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    ranked low on reranks O. J. Simpson, Reggie Jackson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

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    Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow

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    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray

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    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    added by teddybear1029 Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine

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    Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

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    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

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    often listed Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

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    ranked low on reranks John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    added by teddybear1029 Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill

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    added by evilmaya Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Lambert

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    added by evilmaya Edge, Donnie Yen, Christopher Lambert

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Cattrall

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    added by MarkJohnson Frank Welker, E.G. Daily, Tom Kenny

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    added by Logan2011 Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

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    Carmen Electra, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

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    RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Davy Jones

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    ranked low on reranks Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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    ranked low on reranks John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    often listed & added by JacobMurray Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Abe Vigoda

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    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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    Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Franco

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