Favorite TV Movie and Mini Series

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1. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 13,976

2. Rich Man, Poor Man (1976– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

Stars: Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, Dorothy McGuire

Votes: 2,281

3. The Take (2009)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Kierston Wareing

Votes: 6,080

4. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989– )

180 min | Crime, Drama

The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.

Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

Votes: 2,054

5. North and South (1985–1994)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,176

6. Fifteen and Pregnant (1998 TV Movie)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Park Overall, Julia Whelan, David Andrews

Votes: 1,999

7. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, Lolita Davidovich, Sada Thompson

Votes: 2,413

8. In a Child's Name (1991– )

Not Rated | 192 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Ontkean, Timothy Carhart, David Huddleston

Votes: 459

9. Baby M (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 200 min | Biography, Drama

A childless couple enlists the help of a woman to be their surrogate for their first child. What ensues changes their lives and laws of surrogacy.

Director: James Steven Sadwith | Stars: JoBeth Williams, John Shea, Bruce Weitz, Robin Strasser

Votes: 151

10. Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996 TV Movie)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 2,363

11. The Thorn Birds (1983)

460 min | Drama

This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown

Votes: 6,864

12. 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: 2,538

13. Adam (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, JoBeth Williams, Martha Scott, Richard Masur

Votes: 463

14. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

Director: Chris Gerolmo | Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 14,278

15. Pinocchio (1976 TV Movie)

73 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

A television musical adaptation of Carol Collodi's popular fairy tale.

Directors: Ron Field, Sid Smith | Stars: Sandy Duncan, Danny Kaye, Clive Revill, Don Correia

Votes: 154

16. The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 2,073

17. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 17,283

18. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 287,391

19. Into the West (2005– )

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 5,872

20. Small Sacrifices (1989 TV Movie)

159 min | Crime, Drama, History

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea

Votes: 848

21. Switched at Birth (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 176 min | Drama

This is the story of the two babies who were switched at birth. A few years later when one of the girls gets sick and tests revealed that she was not the daughter of the couple who raised ... See full summary »

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Brian Kerwin, John M. Jackson, Eve Gordon

Votes: 614

22. A Friend to Die For (1994 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery, Eugene Roche

Votes: 1,471

23. Little Girl Lost (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Based on a true story, The Brady family fight to adopt a little girl they fostered. But then social welfare decide to send Tella back to her natural father, who it is apparent is sexually ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: Tess Harper, Frederic Forrest, Patricia Kalember, Lawrence Pressman

Votes: 163

24. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

History of Apple and Microsoft.

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick, J.G. Hertzler

Votes: 22,000

25. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001– )

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 1,823

26. Gia (1998 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death.

Director: Michael Cristofer | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mercedes Ruehl

Votes: 35,685

27. A Killer Among Friends (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.

Director: Charles Robert Carner | Stars: Patty Duke, Margaret Welsh, Tiffani Thiessen, Angie Rae McKinney

Votes: 711

28. Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama

A caring community and variety of people nation-wide come together to rescue a baby who is trapped in an abandoned water well, but they have a short time before something bad might happen.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Roxana Zal, Will Oldham

Votes: 603

29. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard, Ben Masters

Votes: 1,842

30. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 15,977

31. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 23,544

32. Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder (1997 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama

Diane and David love each other, but when they go to separate army academies, David has an affair. Diane snaps and ultimately something very sinister happens that the couple get involved in.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Holly Marie Combs, David Lipper, Cassidy Rae, Dee Wallace

Votes: 528

33. Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991 TV Movie)

M | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Pamela Smart knows exactly what she wants and is willing to do anything to get it. She is fed up with teaching, and her marriage offers little excitement. Looking for a way out she applies ... See full summary »

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Helen Hunt, Chad Allen, Larry Drake, Riff Regan

Votes: 383

34. Moby Dick (1998– )

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,290

35. Child of Rage (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

A priest and his wife adopt a brother and a sister, but the girl has terrible outbursts of rage. They get her in treatment and try to find out the reason for this.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Mel Harris, Dwight Schultz, Ashley Peldon, Rosanna DeSoto

Votes: 591

36. Gotti (1996 TV Movie)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Armand Assante, Anthony Quinn, William Forsythe, Richard C. Sarafian

Votes: 5,305

37. A Place for Annie (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama

A doctor fights for custody of her HIV positive foster daughter with her inept, junkie mother. Finally they come to an agreement that they should all live together.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Mary-Louise Parker, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jack Noseworthy

Votes: 434

38. Perfect Harmony (1991 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Family, Music

In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he ... See full summary »

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Peter Scolari, Darren McGavin, Catherine Mary Stewart, Moses Gunn

Votes: 391

39. Daddy (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Two high schoolers are unprepared for the reality of parenthood when the girl becomes pregnant.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, John Karlen, Tess Harper, J.J. Cohen

Votes: 194

40. She's Too Young (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Drama

Halifax is hit with an outbreak of STD's among high-school students. Among them is Hannah Vogul, and her horrified mother tries to find out the story of why this is happening.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Alexis Dziena, Mike Erwin, Miriam McDonald

Votes: 2,115

41. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Crime

An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,319

42. The Children of Times Square (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

An alienated teenage boy runs away from home and ventures to New York City where he falls in with a gang of juvenile delinquents working as drug dealers and pickpockets for a shady crime boss.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Joanna Cassidy, David Ackroyd, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 252

43. The Winds of War (1983– )

883 min | Drama, Romance, War

The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman

Votes: 3,118

44. Go Ask Alice (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

Inadvertently, a fourteen-year-old girl in the late American 1960s is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.

Director: John Korty | Stars: William Shatner, Ruth Roman, Wendell Burton, Julie Adams

Votes: 683

45. The Best Little Girl in the World (1981 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her... See full summary »

Director: Sam O'Steen | Stars: Charles Durning, Eva Marie Saint, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Melanie Mayron

Votes: 421

46. The Little Kidnappers (1990 TV Movie)

G | 92 min | Crime, Drama

Two young orphans have to relocate to Nova Scotia and endure their bitter and jerky grandfather, but when they find a baby washed up on the beach, everything changes.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Charlton Heston, Bruce Greenwood, Patricia Gage, Dan MacDonald

Votes: 274

47. Shattered Innocence (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Jonna Lee, Melinda Dillon, John Pleshette, Kris Kamm

Votes: 310

48. Shattered Dreams (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Michael Nouri, Georgann Johnson, James Karen

Votes: 118

49. Fatal Vision (1984– )

TV-14 | 181 min | Crime, Drama, History

A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children.

Stars: Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Barry Newman, Gary Cole

Votes: 744

50. Deadly Relations (1993 TV Movie)

91 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Throughout the 1970's, a man with a military sense of control over his family lets his daughters know what he thinks of the lifestyles they're choosing - but how far will he go?

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Robert Urich, Shelley Fabares, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Higgins

Votes: 326

51. Shadow of a Doubt (1995 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Crime, Drama

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