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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

Updated March 27, 2020 25.5k votes 2.1k voters 60.6k views109 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
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    The Fugitive
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    The Addams Family (1991)
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    The Addams Family (1991)

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Superman
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Serenity
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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    Scooby-Doo
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    Scooby-Doo

    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released2002

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera... more on Wikipedia

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    Mission: Impossible
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    The Untouchables
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    The Simpsons Movie
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Addams Family Values
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    Addams Family Values

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1993

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991... more on Wikipedia
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    The Muppet Movie
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series... more on Wikipedia
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    The Blues Brothers
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Henson

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    The Transformers: The Movie
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson

    Released1986

    Directed byNelson Shin

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    The X-Files
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob Bowman

    The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank... more on Wikipedia
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    Wayne's World
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    Wayne's World

    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mask of Zorro
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Star Trek: First Contact
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Trek Into the Darkness
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    Star Trek Into the Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Charlie's Angels
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    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    21 Jump Street
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad... more on Wikipedia