20 Favorite Made for TV Movies and Mini Series

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1. The Blue and the Gray (1982– )

381 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Stars: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Julia Duffy, Robin Gammell

Votes: 1,248

2. War and Remembrance (1988– )

1,620 min | Drama, War

8.4
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The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner, Victoria Tennant

Votes: 2,068

3. The Winds of War (1983– )

883 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.2
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The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman

Votes: 3,064

4. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 570 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Todd Bridges, Robert Reed, John Amos

Votes: 13,638

5. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,289

6. North and South (1985–1994)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,049

7. Shogun (1980)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

Votes: 9,925

8. The Night Stalker (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

7.8
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An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 3,956

9. Live from Baghdad (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, War

7.4
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CNN producer Robert Wiener, his colleague and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Joshua Leonard, Lili Taylor

Votes: 4,123

10. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

9.5
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 281,407

11. First, You Cry (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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The story of television news correspondent Betty Rollin and her battle with breast cancer, and how her subsequent mastectomy changed her marriage, her philosophy and her entire life.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Anthony Perkins, Jennifer Warren, Richard Dysart

Votes: 66

12. Political Animals (2012– )

TV-14 | 360 min | Drama

7.8
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A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together.

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 5,438

13. A Rumor of War (1980– )

114 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.9
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The memories of a US private in Vietnam who slowly gets disillusioned as the war progresses.

Stars: Brad Davis, Keith Carradine, Michael O'Keefe, Richard Bradford

Votes: 256

14. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 8,598

15. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 27,242

16. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977– )

750 min | Drama

8.2
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The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 152

17. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,005

18. John Adams (2008– )

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 22,852

19. Once an Eagle (1976–1977)

540 min | Drama, War

8.2
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The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.

Stars: Cliff Potts, Darleen Carr, Amy Irving, Glenn Ford

Votes: 367

20. If These Walls Could Talk (1996 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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The movie examines the abortion issue through three stories set in different eras: 1952, 1974 and 1996.

Directors: Cher, Nancy Savoca | Stars: Demi Moore, Shirley Knight, Catherine Keener, Jason London

Votes: 3,486