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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

Updated January 13, 2021 25.2k votes 2.1k voters 61.4k views117 items

List RulesTop 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

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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  • The Addams Family (1991)3
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    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • Superman4
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan5
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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • Serenity6
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail7
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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • The Untouchables8
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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • Mission: Impossible9
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • Scooby-Doo10
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    Scooby-Doo

    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released2002

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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  • Addams Family Values11
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    Addams Family Values

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1993

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • The Simpsons Movie12
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    The Simpsons Movie

    Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Silverman

    The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series...  more

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  • The Muppet Movie13
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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  • The Blues Brothers14
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    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • The Transformers: The Movie15
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson

    Released1986

    Directed byNelson Shin

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  • The Muppet Christmas Carol16
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Henson

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  • Star Trek Into the Darkness17
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    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob Bowman

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  • Star Trek: First Contact19
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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

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  • Wayne's World20
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    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

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  • The Mask of Zorro21
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol23
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    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!24
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    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 21 Jump Street25
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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

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