Adaptations 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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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy ...more

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
carlybobarly added The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston The Addams Family is a 1991 American fantasy comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon of the same name created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The movie was originally developed at ...more

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas Meyer adn directed by Nicholas Meyer.

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
donovan added The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Rob Bowman. It is the first feature film based on The X-Files series created by ...more

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
wiabux added Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed ...more

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Wayne's World Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more

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The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Simpsons Movie Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan ...more

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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Addams Family Values Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and ...more

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 American adult animated satirical musical comedy film based on the animated television series South Park, and produced, co-written by and ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson The A-Team is a 2010 American action-comedy film based on the television series of the same name created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. Co-written and directed by Joe Carnahan, the film ...more

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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Mask of Zorro Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley. It was directed by Martin Campbell and stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, ...more

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Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
teddybear1029 added Star Trek Into the Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in ...more

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Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman Beavis and Butt-head Do America is a 1996 American animated road comedy film, based on the TV series Beavis and Butt-head. It was produced by Paramount Pictures in association with Geffen ...more

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Mission: Impossible III 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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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 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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Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Muppet Movie 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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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Get Smart Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy ...more

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as three women working for a private investigation agency. The film is ...more

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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
U.S. Marshals Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Roy Huggins and John Pogue. The film is a sequel to the 1993 ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Maverick 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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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Logan2011 added S.W.A.T. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-crime-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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Monty Python's Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Monty Python's Life of Brian 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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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
teddybear1029 added 22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah 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 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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Jackass: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Jackass: The Movie Jackass: The Movie is a 2002 American reality comedy film directed by Jeff Tremaine with the tagline "Do not attempt this at home." It is a continuation of the stunts and pranks by the ...more

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. Produced by ...more

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is ...more

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman. Reubens also co-wrote ...more

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a 2004 American animated comedy film based on the Nickelodeon television series, SpongeBob SquarePants. The film was directed by series creator Stephen ...more

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film. It is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, is a sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was the last ...more

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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
The Transformers: The Movie 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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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film in the Naked Gun series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series. It was marketed with the tagline: ...more

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The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Muppet Christmas Carol 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 Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Flintstones 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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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 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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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of ...more

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Monty Python's The Meaning of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its ...more

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film based on Star Trek, the first Star Trek film to star the original cast ...more