Favorite made for TV movies

by jrsl88 | created - 16 May 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Television movies that are my personal favorites. Arranged in ABC order. This list is my own opinion.

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1. 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

The first half century of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation from its beginnings under Hungarian immigrant William Fox to it emergence as a major studio.

Director: Kevin Burns | Stars: James Coburn, Julie Andrews, David Brown, Red Buttons

Votes: 96

Originally aired on AMC

2. 2gether (2000 TV Movie)

Drama, Comedy, Music

A movie that spoofs boy bands like N*Sync, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, etc. It's the boy band version of Spinal Tap!

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Noah Bastian, Alan Blumenfeld, Michael Cuccione, Kevin P. Farley

Votes: 1,406

Originally aired on MTV

Originally aired on TCM

4. All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994 TV Special)

Comedy, Family, Music

Tycoon billionaire Ronald Grump wants to demolish Sesame Street to build his Grump Tower, and it's up to the Sesame Street citizens to save their favorite buildings from being destroyed.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Carlo Alban, Maya Angelou, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen

Votes: 57

Originally aired on ABC

5. Always Remember I Love You (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

Just after he turns sixteen, Robert finds out that he is adopted. His parents find to their horror that he was kidnaped from his real parents. They decide to tell him about this, even ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Miller | Stars: Patty Duke, Stephen Dorff, David Birney, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 516

Originally aired on CBS

6. Alice in Wonderland (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 187 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice is in Looking Glass Land, where she meets many Looking Glass creatures and attempts to avoid the Jabberwocky, a monster that appears due to her being afraid.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Sharee Gregory, Red Buttons

Votes: 2,660

Originally aired on CBS

7. Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Alice (Tina Majorino) falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 7,193

Originally aired on NBC

8. Alley Cats Strike (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A group of hip retro teenage outsiders become involved in an interschool bowling rivalry.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Kyle Schmid, Robert Ri'chard, Kaley Cuoco, Mimi Paley

Votes: 1,781

Originally aired on The Disney Channel

9. Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Family, Musical

Alice needs to do her homework but she ends up in televisionland where she meets characters from Alice in Wonderland and some Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Director: Alex Lovy | Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bill Dana, Howard Morris

Votes: 107

Originally aired on ABC

10. Babes in Toyland (1986 TV Movie)

G | 140 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain, Barnaby.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 2,632

Originally aired on NBC

11. Backstage at Disney (1983 TV Movie)

Documentary

The various trials and errors in creating films at Disney, including aspects of "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Director: Tom Leetch | Stars: Carroll Ballard, Tim Burton, John Culhane, Harrison Ellenshaw

Originally aired on The Disney Channel

12. The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: James Cagney, Herb Duncan, Rose Marie Jun, William Marine

Votes: 42

Originally aired on NBC

13. Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979 TV Short)

29 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A mischievous kitten named Banjo runs away from home and soon realizes he may have made a mistake.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Scatman Crothers, Beah Richards, Sparky Marcus, Jerry Harper

Votes: 272

Originally aired on ABC

14. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The gang celebrate Valentine's Day while Charlie Brown hopes for at least one valentine for a change.

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Duncan Watson, Stephen Shea, Melanie Kohn, Greg Felton

Votes: 1,961

Originally aired of CBS

15. Beyond Titanic (1998 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary

A survey of 86 years of Titanicana in popular culture, with the emphasis on movies about (or inspired by) the disaster.

Director: Edith Becker | Stars: Victor Garber, Steven Biel, Daniel Allen Butler, Ryan Cassidy

Votes: 104

Originally aired on A&E

16. Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996 TV Short)

21 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

On Halloween night, Pooh and the gang are ready for Halloween, but Piglet is too scared to join in.

Director: Rob LaDuca | Stars: Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Michael Gough

Votes: 640

Originally aired on CBS

17. The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years (2004 TV Movie)

Documentary

The Brady family is having dinner and their long missing beloved dog Tiger appears, but something is diffrent about him. He tries to attack the family but Mike defends them and is bitten in... See full summary »

Stars: Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland

Votes: 66

Originally aired on TVLand

Originally aired on TCM

19. The Butter Battle Book (1989 TV Short)

PG | 30 min | Animation, Family, Short

A cold war between two lands over a ridiculous dispute leads to a perilous arms race.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Charles Durning, Christopher Collins, Miriam Flynn, Clive Revill

Votes: 359

Originally aired on TNT

20. Bye Bye Birdie (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jason Alexander, Vanessa Williams, Chynna Phillips, Tyne Daly

Votes: 682

Originally aired on ABC

21. The Cat in the Hat (1971 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two children left home alone for a short while one afternoon are visited by a very interesting yet troublesome cat wearing a tall striped hat. The cat succeeds in creating a huge mess in ... See full summary »

Director: Hawley Pratt | Stars: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier

Votes: 1,428

Originally aired on CBS

22. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,159

Originally aired on CBS

23. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 7,688

Originally aired on CBS.

24. A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002 TV Movie)

22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Linus tries to get away from Sally as she continues to try and get Linus to like her. Lucy wants kisses and chocolates from Schroeder. Charlie Brown tries to dance with Peppermint Patty.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Wesley Singerman, Lauren Schaffel, Corey Padnos, Emily Lalande

Votes: 943

Originally aired on ABC

25. Charlie Brown's All Stars! (1966 TV Movie)

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When his team is offered membership in the Little League, Charlie Brown finds he must make a difficult moral decision.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, Christopher Shea, Ann Altieri

Votes: 991

Originally aired on CBS

26. A Christmas Carol (1971 TV Short)

28 min | Animation, Short, Drama

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams | Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick

Votes: 1,022

Originally aired on ABC

27. Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens | Stars: Kevin Carlson, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Fletcher, Ric Heitzman

Votes: 1,065

Originally aired on CBS

28. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 715

Originally aired on PBS

29. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 975

Originally aired on ABC

30. Cinderella (1957 TV Special)

90 min | Musical, Family, Comedy

Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Ilka Chase, Edie Adams, Howard Lindsay

Votes: 849

Originally aired on CBS

31. Cinderella (1965 TV Movie)

G | 84 min | Musical, Fantasy, Romance

Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 2,014

Originally aired on CBS

32. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs, Rex and Herb, guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay. Special guest stars: the California Raisins.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: Tim Conner, Johnny Counterfit, Greg Black, Bernadette Coughlin

Votes: 647

Originally aired on CBS

33. Claymation Comedy of Horrors Show (1991 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail discover a map to uncover Doctor Frankenswine's monster. All kinds of mishaps ensue in their quest.

Director: Barry Bruce | Stars: Tim Conner, Brian Cummings, Kiefer Davis, Krisha Fairchild

Votes: 131

Originally aired on CBS

Originally aired on CBS

35. Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

The Cat in the Hat (the most famous Dr. Seuss character) narrates a story about a girl named Mayzie McGrew, who mysteriously has a daisy growing from her head! This happens during the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Collingwood | Stars: Francesca Marie Smith, Henry Gibson, Tim Curry, George Hearn

Votes: 154

Originally aired on TNT

36. Dance 'Til Dawn (1988 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy

It's prom night and the kids of Hoover High will be having a night they will never forget. Popular girl Shelley ditches her prom and ends up spending the night with unpopular Dan; Popular ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Christina Applegate, Tempestt Bledsoe, Brian Bloom, Cliff De Young

Votes: 909

Originally aired on NBC

37. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

This highly-rated television film covers the life of American movie/TV/pop music idol Annette Funicello. The movie starts with the move of her family from New York to California, where in ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: Eva LaRue, Len Cariou, Frank Crudele, Jack Gilardi

Votes: 231

Originally aired on CBS

38. The Dreamer of Oz (1990 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Rue McClanahan, Charles Haid

Votes: 446

Originally aired on NBC

39. Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980 TV Short)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Daffy Duck reprises his famous role of Duck Dodgers in another spoof of Saturday afternoon space serials. Assigned to locate the rack-and-pinion molecule needed for yo-yo polish, Dodgers ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 381

Channel it originally aired on unknown

40. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 57,090

Originally aired on ABC

41. The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift

Votes: 616

Originally aired on ABC

42. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz

Votes: 2,750 | Gross: $0.23M

Originally aired on CBC

43. The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (1972 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

This is one of the 'Animagical' titles from the children's film archive of Rankin/Bass. The story line is reminiscent of an earlier 1966 R/B Animagic film, 'The Daydreamer', both of which ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Kaye, Cyril Ritchard, Imogene Coca, Allen Swift

Votes: 42

Originally aired on ABC

44. The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Piggy, the Muppet, stars in her own variety show.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, John Ritter, Andy Kaufman, George Hamilton

Votes: 150

Originally aired on ABC

45. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 356

Originally aired on NBC

46. The First Easter Rabbit (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A beloved toy stuffed rabbit is rescued by a fairy to be the first Easter Rabbit.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Burl Ives, Robert Morse, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees

Votes: 186

Originally aired on NBC

47. Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Frog and princess, both cursed by a witch, figure out how to break each other's spell.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Trudy Young, Gordon Thomson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 358

Originally aired in syndication

48. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 13,403

Originally aired on CBS

49. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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