Best Books turned into a "Made for TV Movie"
This is a list of Books that were turned into "Made for TV Movies" that were never meant for the the big screen: BBC adaptations, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Once Upon a Classic, Mystery, and so forth.

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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 434,890 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 215,663 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 982,850 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 88,048 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 455,538 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 68,899 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 315,851 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 477,631 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 26,358 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 298,802 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 31,699 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 743,678 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 383,381 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 149,786 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 166,525 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 110,147 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 45,311 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 173,847 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 11,998 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 127,079 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 98,518 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 58,096 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 138,128 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 284 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 12,017 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 185,877 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 20,767 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 79,609 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,549 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 85,446 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 7,934 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 15,796 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 41,252 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 61,016 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 7,147 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 25,738 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 21,221 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 54,842 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 29,543 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 6,510 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 16,957 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 31,920 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 142,107 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 381,986 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 7,277 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 99,371 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 810,608 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 172,086 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 15,739 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 25,131 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 33,738 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 9,769 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 22,841 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 80,444 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 14,018 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 278,265 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 6,386 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 38,044 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,651 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 31,084 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,846 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 23,217 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 155,942 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 18,207 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 9,462 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 21,657 ratings
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 622 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 5,964 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 8,005 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 18,795 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 15,088 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 37,465 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 28,294 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 25,446 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,229 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 26,871 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 11,956 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32,828 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 7,074 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 265 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 12,176 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 9,800 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 153 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 95 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 13,792 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 6,326 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 7,548 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 8,819 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 164 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,539 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 23,290 ratings
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 97,513 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,518 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 48 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 195,171 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 119 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,772 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 31,506 ratings
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157 books · 48 voters · list created June 25th, 2010 by Rebecca (votes) .
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Rebecca 1075 books
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message 1: by Charlotte (Buried in Books) (last edited Jun 25, 2010 06:58AM) (new)

Charlotte (Buried in Books) If I added all the Danielle Steel's that have been filmed I'd probably be here all day!!!

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married was made into a mini series in the UK quite a while back. It was a really good book (but Watermelon and Rachel's Holiday were better)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I regret to say that they did make a movie of Brideshead Revisited - a year or two ago. I think I prefer the TV movie, though.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Jun 27, 2010 03:40AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Except for "Northanger Abbey" (to the best of my knowledge) ALL Jane Austen novels were made into big-screen movies, some of them even repeatedly. Which is not to say that in some instances at least, the respective TV series don't beat those movies hands down ...

ETA: Also, "Tess" was filmed for the big screen by Roman Polanski, and there are several movie versions of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Looks like it's time to do some pruning on this list ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The 1996 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is certainly better than any film of it that I've seen.

Yeah, I think we need some pruning.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Are movies that I know of:

Pride and Prejudice (several times)
Jane Eyre (several times)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1979)
The Count of Monte Cristo (several times)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Anne of Green Gables (1934, staring Anne Shirley as "Anne Shirley"!)
Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would seem to be OK for now, but I think they are making a film of it! (Reportedly with Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.)

Also, Little House on the Prairie was a full-blown series that ran for many years.


message 7: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan There is one other Austen book that hasn't been made into a movie. At least, not one that I've seen. Lady Susan.

What about all the Agatha Christie books/short stories that have been made into movies and/or tv shows? While mostly mysteries, many of her books did have a romance element to them.


message 8: by Antoine (new)

Antoine The way I read the directions on this list, it isn't that there have never been big screen adaptations as well as TV ones for the books on the list, but that there are good TV versions that never made it to the big screen.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Rebecca, I think we would appreciate some input from you as the list's creator here: Did you mean novels never turned into a big-screen movie, or TV adaptations never also reproduced for the big screen?


message 10: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I meant novels never turned into a big-screen movie. The reason I started this list was so people could find books and movie's that tie together that are not on the majority of the list's already started. Most of us know if a book has been turned into a big screen movie. The "Made for TV" movies are not so well known and I thought if we all put some we knew we would have a list that could be helpful in some challenges.


message 11: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Thanks Rebecca! So books with big screen adaptations, like P&P or Jane Eyre, don't belong on the list, even though they have TV versions too? Should we delete them? Or clarify the description?


message 12: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca There is no need to delete them. You can clarify the description...by the way how do you do that? If you feel a book and "made for tv" belongs on this list then it does.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Which would you prefer, for us to edit the list, or edit the description? For what it's worth, there are already several "books made into movies lists."


message 14: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Is there another list for books made into "Made for TV" movies? I looked for one before I started this list and all I found was big screen movie lists.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't know that I've seen one, now that you mention it...


message 16: by Antoine (new)

Antoine It sounds like, if we are not to delete P&P or Jane Eyre, then this IS that list. If it was ever filmed expressly for TV, put it on this list, regardless of Big Screen adaptations.


message 17: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I've taken the liberty of editing the description. Does this serve, Rebecca?


message 18: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Yes...that's great.


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