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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows 

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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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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1993

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Star Trek II: The Wrath ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
donovan added Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

Released: 1987

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Silverman

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Monty Python and the Hol... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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Star Trek: First Contact... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

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South Park: Bigger, Long... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

Released: 1999

Directed by: Trey Parker

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

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Star Trek Into Darkness ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brad Bird

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

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The Naked Gun: From the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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