10 Great Movies That Were Reimagined As Television Shows, Ranked (According To IMDb)


When it comes to films, there are more than a handful that are rememberable just by hearing the title alone. There’re countless movies that are well known in multiple genres like drama, action, horror, and romance. The film’s storyline becomes immensely popular and might even spark the idea to revamp it into a television series.

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Shows like Teen Wolf were loosely inspired by the 1985 film, Teen Wolf with Michale J.Fox. Take. The popular character of Buffy Summers was taken from a film and taken into the world of television. Films offer inspiration to try and see if the story can get a new fresh look. Sometimes the new television show outranks and does better in ratings than the original film.

10 Snowpiercer (2013): 7.1

Chris Evans and Daveed Diggs as Curtis in Snowpiercer

The 2013 film Snowpiercer gained considerable popularity after the success of Parasite by director Bong Joon-ho. Prior, the film had a following for its outlook on social hierarchy in the face of human extinction. In 2020, the show got reimagined as a television series of the same name.

The show took the storyline and its characters on a different path than what’s seen in the film. The main character is instead a former homicide detective who is tasked with solving the death of passengers in return for possible negotiations for the tail of the train.

9 Friday Night Lights (2004): 7.2

Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor and Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gaines in Friday Night Lights

Some fans of the 2004 sports-dram show, Friday Night Lights may not have known that the show was first a film. Or might have loved the film and couldn’t wait for the show version. The film gained high recognition for its storyline.  Based on a book, it tells the story of a 1988 high school football team trying to make it to the state championships.

The television show of the same name did vastly better than the film. It received an 8.6 rating from IMDb and became a sensational drama. Fans praised the show for its drama, raw emotion, the depiction of real-life struggles, and its basis in reality. The show followed the same story of a high school football team and tackled family values, racism, drugs, and American culture.

8 Scream (1996): 7.2

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott in Scream film

Scream is inarguably one of the most well-known horror films to have been created. It even led to sequels and a successful media franchise. The 1996 film was all about fear and screams as Ghostface is after a high school student and is willing to kill everyone to get to her.

The cult classic film was reimagined into a television show in 2015 and surprisingly got the same IMDb rating as the film. It followed the same idea of a masked serial killer with one teenage girl at the center of it all. Her loved ones are in danger as she tries to uncover the town’s dark secret and the killer’s identity.

7 High Fidelity (2000): 7.5

Zoe Kravitz as Rob in High Fidelity show

The 2000 romance/drama film is almost equal to the 2020 show of the same name. While the film received a 7.5 rating, the reimagined show got one point higher at 7.6. The film told the story of a record store owner forced to reevaluate his love life when his girlfriend leaves him. It forces him into a world of adulthood he wasn’t ready for.

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In the show, the main character is instead played by Zoe Kravitz. Coincidently, her mother Lisa Bonet was also in the original film. Much like the film, Rob (Kravitz) owns a record store in a neighborhood becoming gentrified while dealing with her past love.

6 Watchmen (2009): 7.6

Regian King as Sister Night in Watchmen show

Despite a considerable high rating of 7.6, fans of Watchmen found the neo-noir superhero film to be a visual masterpiece. It was a brutal and gritty version of what superheroes would actually look like if real. The comic book characters were “remixed” into a television show that did better.

Watchmen received an 8.1 rating and had fans enthralled from the start. Fans were upset that the show was canceled too soon after only one season. The show takes place after an attack on the police department that passed a law that allows officers to conceal their identities. The show centered around the police and their fight against the Seventh Kalvary as well as one main vigilante, Sister Night (Regina King).

5 The Hunt For Red October (1990): 7.6

Sean Connery and Josh Krazinksi a s Jack Ryan

The Hunt for Red October was the first film installment in the Jack Ryan character franchise films. The first person to play the character was no other than the legendary actor Sean Connery. In the following films, the character was played by actors such as Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

The franchise and character were reimagined into a television show in 2018 with John Krasinski in the role. The political action thriller series follows a CIA analyst forced into the field after he discovers dubious bank transfers by a terrorist group. The show got a higher ranking at 8.1.

4 What We Do in the Shadows (2014): 7.7

Taika Waititi in What We Do In The Shadows film

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi created a mockumentary horror comedy film in 2014 that became popular amongst many film lovers. In 2016, What We Do in The Shadows was adapted into a television series that followed a group of vampire roommates.

The show became a grand success and received higher ratings than the film with an 8.5. Fans loved the comedic aspects as well as the chemistry between characters. The show has a bit of everything from gore, dark humor, profanity, and themes suitable for any mainstream viewer.

3 Fargo (1996): 8.1

Marge played by France McDormand in Fargo film

The 1996 film Fargo is a cult classic when it comes to crime/thriller. The main heroine Marge (France McDormand) is often titled as one of the strongest female characters in film. Marge, a pregnant officer, tries to solve a series of murders leading to a car salesman who hired two criminals for a criminal act.

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While the film gets high ratings, the show version does even better at an 8.9. Fargo is an anthology series with each season taking place in a different time period. The first season is more closely tied to this storyline of the film. The following seasons each take up a different crime scenario and characters.

2 Psycho (8.5)

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in Bates Motel

Bates Motel became a highly popular psychological horror show when it first premiered in 2013. The show was based on one of the most notorious killers from film, Norman Bates, from the 1960 film Psycho. The film was reimagined into a show that served as a contemporary prequel to the movie.

The show only received a couple of points shy of the original film with an 8.1. The show begins with the death of Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mother’s husband. They move to Oregan after purchasing a motel. Audiences see Norma’s mental illness spiral into dangerous territories.

1 The Silence Of The Lambs (8.6)

Anthony Hopkins and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter

The Silence of The Lambs became a notorious serial killer film based on Tom Harris’ 1988 novel that birthed one of the film’s scariest killers, Hannibal Lecter. It also became one of Anthony Hopkins’s more prominent roles. The film centered around an FBI agent going to Hannibal “The Cannibal” for help in uncovering the identity of a killer.

The film became a cult phenomenon with a media franchise. The film and its characters were later reimagined into a crime drama in 2013 titled Hannibal. An FBI profiler has a unique ability for solving murders and enlists the help of renowned psychologist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), while  Lecter hides his own heinous secret.

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Updated: November 5, 2020 — 1:00 am

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