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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Movies Adapted From TV Shows

See what movie managed to top ‘The Naked Gun,’ ‘Jackass: The Movie’ and ‘Mission Impossible’

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Harrison Ford in 'The Fugitive' & Homer and Marge in 'The Simpsons Movie.'

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The Entourage movie didn't quite live up to expectations over the weekend, grossing just $10.5 million. That said, it has made over $17 million since opening last Wednesday, and with a budget of just $30 million it is likely to be profitable and there may even be another one. No matter what happens, it's unlikely to be the last time a Hollywood turns a TV show into a movie. In the past few years, everything from The Lone Ranger to Dark Shadows to 21 Jump Street have jumped from the small screen to the big one. Some of these were complete fiascos, while others proved to be surprise financial juggernauts. We asked our readers to pick their favorite movies adapted from TV shows here. Here are the results. 

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‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

Ten years after Star Trek was canceled after a mere three-season run, the crew of the Enterprise returned on the big screen in a movie called Star Trek: The Motion Picture that most everyone now admits was absolutely terrible. It seemed like the end of the Star Trek universe, but Captain Kirk and crew got a second chance in a 1982 film that attempted to recapture the magic of the original series. They started out by bringing back Ricardo Montalbán to revive his character of Khan Noonien Singh, which he played on the beloved 1967 episode Space Seed. It was a huge critical and fan favorite, kicking off a very bizarre run where the odd numbered Star Trek movies were terrible and even numbered ones were great. (That stopped with Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.) They rebooted the whole thing in 2009 and even brought Khan back in 2013, but most fans think they've never managed to top The Wrath of Khan

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‘The Fugitive’

When the final episode of The Fugitive aired on ABC in August 1967, more than 25 million people tuned in to see Dr. Richard Kimble finally confront the one-armed man and clear his name. For some reason, it took Hollywood 26 years to realize the premise was perfect for a theatrical movie. It was worth the wait, since the film was expertly directed by Andrew Davis and Harrison Ford was note-perfect as a brilliant doctor who gets framed for the murder of his wife. Tommy Lee Jones also managed to give his career a huge boost by playing Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard, the figure behind the manhunt. It's one of those movies that never seems to get old, and if you come across it on cable it's impossible to turn away until it's over. Let's just pretend that Harrison Ford-free "sequel" U.S. Marshals never happened. Today, that film is only remembered for crushing The Big Lebowksi on its opening weekend. 

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