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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4.27 avg rating — 49,604 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 264,432 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 481,049 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 316,332 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 137,555 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 186,641 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 241,528 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 54,270 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 222,691 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 83,102 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 276,388 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 107,438 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 293,346 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 116,183 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 280,603 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 545 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 17,816 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 117,519 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 89,655 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 11,614 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 24,388 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 1,302,674 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 35,476 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 36,353 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 32,245 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 8,470 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 67,361 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 382 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 22,713 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 45,923 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 159,921 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 8,719 ratings
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158 books · 59 voters · list created June 25th, 2010 by Rebecca (votes) .
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Rebecca 1308 books
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Charlotte (Buried in Books) 1655 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3142 books
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Barbara 4019 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
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Misfit 5379 books
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Christy B 971 books
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Vicki 709 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 (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jun 27, 2010 03:40AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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 (Lioness at Large) 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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