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Favorite Made-for-TV-Movies

Buzz In: What Are Your Favorite Made-for-TV Movies?

Made-for-TV-movies get a pretty bad rap, don't they? For many of us, that term makes us think of something completely melodramatic that has to do with modern damsels in distress. Many of them are like the TV version of those hilarious romance novels you see at the grocery store. But there are actually some great movies that fall into this category that I know lots of people love — even if they won't readily admit it.

For example, I was impressed with Lifetime's TV movie, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, which starred Sarah Chalke and was based on Geralyn Lucas's true story of her battle with breast cancer. The movie is pretty solid entertainment, and inspiring to boot. I also really liked Iron Jawed Angels, about suffragettes in America, as well as Angels in America (that cast!).

Of course, let's not forget that the High School Musical phenomenon started, for better of for worse, on the old tube as well.

What are your favorite made-for-TV-movies?


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Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
My favorite is Angels in America for sure! Every year around Christmas I watch it and cry cry cry. Also am a big fan of the Tori Spelling movies where she played a hooker or her bf was psycho. Also that Yasmine Bleeth movie where her face is all cut up "A Face To Die For" or the Kellie Martin one where she and that kid from Free Willy are druggies...
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I love all the cheesy, campy "Made-for-tv-but-based-on-actual-events" movies. What can I say. LOL I watched every version of the Amy fisher story, all the movies on the Jon-benet story, even all the movies made that were "unauthorized". I don't put much weight on them, but it's entertaining to see what liberties hollywood will take with true life stories. Oh, let's not forget the Diane Downs story. That one, while pretty accurate, creeped me the f*** out!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
- The series: Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark and Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End. - Halloweentown 1 and 2 - Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (with MK and Ashley Olsen) Such a cute kids film for Halloween. - A Raisin in The Sun (2008) - Ordinary Miracles - Brink - Model Behavior (not sure why I like it however it's just fun to watch.) - Kelsey Grammer in A Christmas Carol (2004) And there are probably a few others that I cannot recall at the moment.
hooligan hooligan 8 years
as a kid, I loved "Bad Ronald" (where a boy wanted for murder lives in the crawlspace of his former house, and becomes obsessed with the new homeowner's lovely young daughter by watching her through a peephole in the wall). I also loved the Karen Black segment of "Trilogy of Terror," where a little voodoo doll comes alive and attacks her with a very big knife. Excellent!
ohkate ohkate 8 years
Angels in America while very weird was very good.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
I cant believe you mentioned Brink californiagirl! I love that movie! Also the Burning Bed and Johnny Tsuanmi and the Cheetah Girls. Love those Disney Movies.
bethany0403 bethany0403 8 years
I agree with everyone who mentioned Friends for ever with Zane, No One Would Tell starring Candice Cameron and Fred Savage and would like to add, Mother May I Sleep with Danger and anything starring Meredith Baxter-Bernie espeically the Betty Broderick one and the one where she is a bulemic. Amazing.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I loved Alex: The Life of a Child, based on sportswriter Frank Deford's book on his daughter's battle with cystic fibrosis. I sobbed throughout and have been making donations to the cystic fibrosis foundation since.
seeinpink seeinpink 8 years
I watched the Coco Chanel movie on Saturday night, and it was fantastic.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
dcdawg — Ah, you're right! I totally thought that was a TV movie, my whole life. Thanks for the correction!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Kea, Thanks!! That is totally it! :)
dannysf dannysf 8 years
I loved a little Laura Dern movie called Afterburn and Holly Hunter's The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.
bluejay bluejay 8 years
Iron Jawed Angels was great, but it was actually about the first wave, not the second. First Wave- 19teens, Second Wave- 1960s, 3rd Wave- 1990s
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
Gia. Iron Jawed Angels was good too, but Gia is my fav.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I haven't seen it in forever, but does anyone else remember "Sarah Plain and Tall"? That was a good one. They also did "The Shinning" as a made for TV movie that was really good (not the one w/ Jack Nicklson).
ldekosky ldekosky 8 years
I totally agree with Friends Forever!!!
kea718 kea718 8 years
LaurenG22 the movie your thinking of is called "A Secret Between Friends"
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I am asking bc it is awesome! :ROTFL:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
there was an eating disorder made for tv movie, where one of the girls was anorexic and the other was bulimic and she died from a heart attack... what movie is that!!????
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
Oh my gosh--I love Brink and This Time Around (Those girls from 'Popular'! That guy from '90210'!)! They're my favorite even though they are NEVER on TV.
dcdawg dcdawg 8 years
Not to be picky but I'm positive I remember watching Not Without My Daughter in the theater. I don't think it was made-for-tv. However, Sybil was a fantastic made-for-tv movie starring Sally Field. :) I also loved that Shannen Doherty one Friends 'Til the End about the girl who tries to steal her life. Loved Jason London as the love interest. He was so cute!
4everchicgeek008 4everchicgeek008 8 years
I love the abcfamily movies- Brave New Girl (the one referred to by gr8gossipqueen), This Time Around, Celeste in the City, Everything You Want, I Want to Marry Ryan Banks, Campus Confidential, and School of Life. I bawl like a baby watching the last one.
kea718 kea718 8 years
Really all those made for TV movies about the "troubled teens" I love. Movies like Augusta Gone and She's too Young are up there on my favs list. I'm completly addicted to the TV movies with those teens in trouble with drugs, sex, eating disorders, etc.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
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