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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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman
Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor
The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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The Muppet Christmas Car... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical ...more

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The Transformers: The Mo... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated feature film based on the animated TV series by the same name. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986 and in the UK on December 5, ...more

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more

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The Rugrats Movie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated adventure-comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation, and co-produced with Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo. The film was ...more

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The Beverly Hillbillies ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney, Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Lea Thompson, Rob ...more
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Monty Python's Life of B... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Monty Python's Life of Brian is an album released by Monty Python in conjunction with the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. It mostly contains scenes from the movie with only brief linking ...more

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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-thriller film directed by Clark Johnson, and is based on the 1975 television series of the same name. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle ...more
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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez
The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell
The Flintstones is a 1994 American buddy comedy film directed by Brian Levant and written by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein and Steven E. de Souza. A live-action adaptation of the 1960s animated ...more

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Mission: Impossible III ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan
Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters U... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more

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Muppet Treasure Island ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders
Muppet Treasure Island is a 1996 American musical adventure comedy film based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. It is the fifth feature film to star The Muppets and was directed by ...more

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Mission: Impossible - Ro... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth film in the series. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the run from ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 American action comedy film based on the American television series of the same name. The film was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and released on August 5, 2005 by ...more
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 1964 TV series. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB ...more

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Twilight Zone: The Movie... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith
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The Naked Gun 2½:... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more

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Bean is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
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Beavis and Butt-head Do ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman
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