TV Movies Worth Remembering

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1. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, 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: 53,332

2. Death of a Salesman (1985 TV Movie)

PG | 136 min | Drama

An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang

Votes: 8,679

3. Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005 TV Movie)

113 min | Drama, Romance

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mel Winkler, Michael Ealy

Votes: 2,419

4. My Daughter's Secret Life (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Kaitlyn is a high school student whose obsession with gambling leads to her accumulating a mountain of debt. Her habit also causes a high degree of family tension.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Sherry Miller, Evan Sabba, Greg Ellwand

Votes: 1,155

5. David Frost Presents (1968– )
Episode: How to Irritate People (1969)

TV-PG | 68 min | Talk-Show

In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Fordyce | Stars: John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin

Votes: 1,908

6. Picture This (2008 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A high school girl is invited to a party by the most popular boy in school -- only trouble is, she's grounded.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Pollak, Lauren Collins, Shenae Grimes-Beech

Votes: 8,865

7. The Ticket (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Cee Cee Reicker is a woman whose love must be earned, not bought. However, even when her husband Keith wins a prize of 23 million dollars, Cee Cee isn't sure if she can repair her unstable ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Shannen Doherty, James Marshall, Phillip Van Dyke, Heidi Swedberg

Votes: 261

8. The Great Gatsby (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Stock broker Nick Carraway consents to play Cupid for his rich married cousin Daisy Buchanan and her former love, nouveau riche Jay Gatsby.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd, Martin Donovan

Votes: 1,569

9. 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: 35,535

10. The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000 TV Movie)

PG | 133 min | Biography, Drama

Biographic made-for-TV movie of the life of one of Hollywood's most famous actreses: Audrey Hepburn, spaning from her early childhood to the 1960's which details her life as Dutch ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Robman | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Frances Fisher, Keir Dullea, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 2,236

11. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 210 min | Drama

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart, Eric Porter

Votes: 477

12. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Cinderella (1997)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, 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: Robert Iscove | Stars: Brandy Norwood, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid

Votes: 5,080

13. Secret Smile (2005)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Charming Brendan Block dates Miranda Cotton and gets seriously committed. But she dumps him, claiming he invaded her privacy. A few weeks later, Brendan gets engaged to Miranda's sister and... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Goose, Kate Ashfield, David Tennant, Jill Baker

Votes: 1,265

14. Beneath the Skin (2005 TV Movie)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A stalker tackles three women in London. First 23-year old likable schoolteacher Zoe Haratounian, who beats off a thief and gets declared a local heroine by the press, gets scary anonymous ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Emma Fielding, Rebecca Palmer, Jamie Draven

Votes: 214

15. Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

Director: John Davies | Stars: Joan Hickson, Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown, Frederick Treves

Votes: 1,264

16. Le ragazze dello swing (2010 TV Movie)

210 min | Drama

Three Dutch girls become famous as close harmony singers in Mussolini's Italy. When the war breaks out, suddenly questions are asked about their background and the deeper meaning of the lyrics in their songs.

Director: Maurizio Zaccaro | Stars: Andrea Osvárt, Lotte Verbeek, Elise Schaap, Giuseppe Battiston

Votes: 79

17. Princess Protection Program (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A princess whose country has been invaded goes into hiding in Louisiana, where she has to learn to act like an ordinary teenager.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Nicholas Braun, Molly Hagan

Votes: 17,428

18. Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Vincent Riotta, Paolo Romio, Amanda Fernando Stevens

Votes: 1,832

19. The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

A promising track star, 18 year old Jessie Brenner struggles with binge drinking during her freshman year of college.

Director: David Wu | Stars: Sara Paxton, Chelsea Hobbs, James Kirk, Nancy Travis

Votes: 732

20. Richard III (1983 TV Movie)

239 min | Drama

Richard of Gloucester uses murder and manipulation to claim England's throne.

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke, Michael Byrne

Votes: 145

21. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

The life of an aging black slave, Tom, and the people he interacts with.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Avery Brooks, Kate Burton, Bruce Dern, Paula Kelly

Votes: 407

22. William & Kate (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

At university, Prince William and Kate Middleton fall in love. However, their relationship becomes strained under intense media scrutiny.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Camilla Luddington, Nico Evers-Swindell, Victoria Tennant, Charles Shaughnessy

Votes: 2,426

23. Dying to Belong (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

When a girl's friend is killed by a college hazing, she is the only one who can find out the truth.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sarah Chalke, Jenna von Oÿ, Laurel Holloman

Votes: 735

24. Dead Silence (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Thriller

Three young students go into a holiday which rapidly turns into horror as they hit-and-run a lonely hitchhiker in desert. They decide to keep the accident a secret, but as more and more ... See full summary »

Director: Peter O'Fallon | Stars: Renée Estevez, Lisanne Falk, Carrie Mitchum, Steven Brill

Votes: 244

25. Snowglobe (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magical snowglobe.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Christina Milian, Erin Karpluk, Hilda Doherty, Jason Schombing

Votes: 1,787

26. Sons & Lovers (2003 TV Movie)

192 min | Drama, Romance

An adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence classic.

Director: Stephen Whittaker | Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Hugo Speer, James Murray, Rupert Evans

Votes: 167

27. Emma (1996 TV Movie)

TV-G | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Bernard Hepton, Mark Strong, Samantha Bond

Votes: 4,577

28. Pandemic (2007 TV Movie)

169 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The bird flu virus spreads through Los Angeles as a doctor from the CDC races to find a vaccine.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Tiffani Thiessen, French Stewart, Faye Dunaway, Eric Roberts

Votes: 1,073

29. All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, War

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm

Votes: 6,478

30. 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: 2,358

31. Wish Upon a Star (1996 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A younger sister wishes to switch places with her popular older sister and the two bickering siblings awaken to find the wish has come true.

Director: Blair Treu | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat, Scott Wilkinson

Votes: 6,070

32. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992– )

240 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »

Stars: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete, Margaret Avery

Votes: 2,636

33. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 2,889

34. Hysterical Blindness (2002 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Drama

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands, Justin Chambers

Votes: 2,979

35. 16 Wishes (2010 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A 16-year-old girl prepares a list of 16 wishes for eight years, hoping they will come true on her 16th birthday. A fairy comes to give her 16 candles that make the 16 wishes come true. Her... See full summary »

Director: Peter DeLuise | Stars: Debby Ryan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Anna Mae Wills, Karissa Tynes

Votes: 9,713

36. The Wedding (1998 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

In 1950s Massachusetts, a wealthy black woman engaged to a poor white beatnik learns about her family history. The stories revolve around the racial and class complexities of interracial and class-based marriages.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Halle Berry, Eric Thal, Lynn Whitfield, Carl Lumbly

Votes: 397

37. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Life-Size (2000)

TV-G | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A widower's daughter accidentally brings her doll to life while trying to cast a spell to resurrect her mother.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jere Burns, Anne Marie DeLuise, Garwin Sanford

Votes: 7,307

38. Fatal Lessons: The Good Teacher (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A woman finds her life unraveling after she makes friends with her daughter's teacher.

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Erika Eleniak, Patricia Kalember, Ken Tremblett, Lori Triolo

Votes: 324

39. Sleeping with the Devil (1997 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Drama

Moving Drama about a women (Shannen Doherty) recovering from a domestic violence relationship, only her former partner still wants her - even if it means killing her.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Tim Matheson, Bonnie Bartlett, Steve Eastin

Votes: 436

40. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet (2008 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A young Hollywood starlet must adjust to a new small town life when she is sent to live with her aunt after a stint in rehab.

Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: JoJo, Ian Nelson, Louis Ferreira, Lynda Boyd

Votes: 1,304

41. Crowned and Dangerous (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Comedy

After the murder of a beauty queen, an investigation reveals the suspects to be a former lover, a rival contestant, and a stage mother.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Yasmine Bleeth, Jill Clayburgh, Cassidy Rae, Gates McFadden

Votes: 399

42. Carolina Moon (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A woman who has psychic visions returns to her hometown to exorcise her demons, and finds both danger and love.

Director: Stephen Tolkin | Stars: Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson, Chad Willett, Jonathan Scarfe

Votes: 1,971

43. Lies My Mother Told Me (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspired by actual events, about a young girl and her mother, Laren Sims, a con-artist and master of disguises who steals the identities of other women and then turns to murder to protect her secrets.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Joely Richardson, Colm Feore, Hayden Panettiere, Jasmine Berg

Votes: 798

44. The Old Man and the Sea (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. Then a shark attacks and tries to steal his catch. ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Gary Cole, Patricia Clarkson, Joe Santos

Votes: 1,141

45. I Do (But I Don't) (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Denise Richards plays Lauren, a divorced wedding-planner who falls for the groom-to-be (Dean Cain).

Director: Kelly Makin | Stars: Denise Richards, Dean Cain, Karen Cliche, Olivia Jones

Votes: 1,961

46. Tribute (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A former child star buys her grandmother's house to rescue it from ruin but her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous grandmother, who died of a supposed overdose in the house more than 30 years ago.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Jason Lewis, Christian Oliver, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 1,265

47. Mystery Woman (2003 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amically divorced from art gallery keeper Elliot McCallister, Samantha Kinsey, who always dreamed of being a detective, like her prosecutor's office friend Cassie, inherits her uncle's ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Klenhard | Stars: Kellie Martin, Constance Zimmer, Amy Locane, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 516

48. Christmas Cupid (2010 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane's own personal "Jacob... See full summary »

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Jackée Harry, Burgess Jenkins

Votes: 3,085

49. The Girl (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Biography, Drama

The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Sienna Miller, Toby Jones, Imelda Staunton, Conrad Kemp

Votes: 6,101

50. The First Time (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

An emotionally troubled teenage girl drops out of high school and travels with her boyfriend to San Diego, while the girl's mother enlists the help of an old U.S. Navy friend to help find her daughter.

Director: Noel Nosseck | Stars: Susan Anspach, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Barton, Edward Winter

Votes: 68

51. The Safe House (2002 TV Movie)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery