Miniseries and TV Movies

by GabrielleHalliwell | created - 06 May 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Miniseries are the next best thing to TV shows.

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1. The 10th Kingdom (2000)

Not Rated | 417 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.

Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, Dianne Wiest, Daniel Lapaine

Votes: 16,671

Five-part miniseries.

NBC

2. Alice (2009)

Not Rated | 184 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Everything you know about Alice's adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Cast includes Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton, and Tim Curry.

Stars: Caterina Scorsone, Andrew Lee Potts, Matt Frewer, Kathy Bates

Votes: 8,944

Two-part modern day retelling of "Alice in Wonderland".

SyFy

3. The Andromeda Strain (2008)

180 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Christa Miller, Louis Ferreira, Ricky Schroder

Votes: 13,222

Two-part miniseries loosely based on the book "The Andromeda Strain" by Michael Crichton.

A&E

4. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

TV-G | 199 min | Drama, Family

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Patricia Hamilton

Votes: 18,038

Two-part miniseries based on the book "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

PBS

5. The Bible (2013)

TV-14 | 440 min | Action, Drama, War

A religious dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Stars: Keith David, Robert Powell, Jake Canuso, Diogo Morgado

Votes: 10,072

6. Cleopatra (1999– )

Not Rated | 177 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Princess Cleopatra becomes Egypt's Queen and has an out-of-wedlock son with the son-less Roman ruler Julius Ceasar. Through two romances, she strives to protect Egypt from the Romans, and make her son the heir to Ceaser's Roman Empire.

Stars: Nadim Sawalha, Owen Teale, Philip Quast, Daragh O'Malley

Votes: 3,613

Two-part miniseries based on the novel "The Memoirs of Cleopatra" by Margaret George.

7. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Episode: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Stockard Channing, Azura Skye, Trudie Styler, Emma Poole

Votes: 873

Still not available for purchase.

Movie based on the novel "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" by Gregory Maguire.

ABC

8. Dinotopia (II) (2002)

TV-PG | 250 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After a plane crash, two opposing half-brothers find themselves on an amazing lost island where enlightened pacifist humans and intelligent talking dinosaurs have created a utopian medieval society. But imminent disaster approaches.

Stars: David Thewlis, Katie Carr, Jim Carter, Alice Krige

Votes: 5,221

Three-part miniseries based on the Dinotopia book series by James Gurney.

ABC

9. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg

Votes: 40,217

Three webisodes.

10. The Dovekeepers (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based in Alice Hoffman's historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Stars: Maia Laura Attard, André Agius, Jonas Armstrong, Diego Boneta

Votes: 788

Two-part miniseries based on the novel "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman.

CBS

11. Dune (2000– )

Not Rated | 265 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel.

Stars: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini, Uwe Ochsenknecht

Votes: 16,997

Three-part miniseries based on the novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert.

SciFi

12. Children of Dune (2003– )

Unrated | 266 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The twins of Paul "Muad'dib" Atreides become embroiled in the political landscape of Arrakis ("Dune") and the rest of the universe.

Stars: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Ian McNeice, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 11,301

Three-part miniseries based on the novels "Dune Messiah" and "Children of Dune" by Frank Herbert.

SciFi

13. Earthsea (2004– )

90 min | Fantasy, Drama, Adventure

A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers... See full summary »

Stars: Sebastian Roché, Chris Gauthier, Jennifer Calvert, Emily Hampshire

Votes: 5,686

Two-part miniseries based on the novels "A Wizard of Earthsea" and "The Tombs of Atuan" by Ursula K. LeGuin. Aired as Legend of Earthsea.

SciFi

14. The Feast of All Saints (2001 TV Movie)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Robert Ri'chard, Peter Gallagher, Gloria Reuben, Jennifer Beals

Votes: 651

Two-part miniseries based on the novel "The Feast of All Saints" by Anne Rice.

Showtime

15. Feud: Bette and Joan (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama

Planned anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that is discontinued at the moment.

Stars: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 14,775

16. Flowers in the Attic (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

Director: Deborah Chow | Stars: Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye

Votes: 8,383

Movie based on the novel "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

17. Petals on the Wind (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents' attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Heather Graham, Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, Bailey De Young

Votes: 3,914

Movie based on the novel "Petals on the Wind" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

18. If There Be Thorns (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Living together with their loving and happy new family, Christopher and Cathy's past come to haunt them. Their mother Corrine moves in next door.

Director: Nancy Savoca | Stars: Heather Graham, Rachael Carpani, Jason Lewis, Mason Cook

Votes: 1,814

Movie based on the novel "If There Be Thorns" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

19. Seeds of Yesterday (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The Sheffield family deals with home truths as their middle child inherits the Foxworth mansion with the family's ghosts ever-looming. The curse lives on and more tragedies are in store.

Director: Shawn Ku | Stars: Rachael Carpani, James Maslow, Jason Lewis, Anthony Konechny

Votes: 1,496

Movie based on the novel "Seeds of Yesterday" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

20. Gulliver's Travels (1996)

PG | 186 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An Englishman returns after nine years abroad and tells strange stories of the tiny people of Lilliput, the giants of Brobdingnang, the flying island Laputa, and the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses.

Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Robert Hardy

Votes: 5,989

Two-part miniseries based on the book "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift.

NBC

21. V.C. Andrews' Heaven (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

High school girl Heavenl is the eldest of five of Luke and Sarah, they live in the backwoods outside of the small town of Winnerow, West Virginia. She is the academically driven gifted one.... See full summary »

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Annalise Basso, Chris McNally, Julie Benz, James Rittinger

Votes: 367

Movie based on the novel "Heaven" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

22. Dark Angel (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Based on the second book in the Casteel Series, Heaven has finally found the new life she always dreamed of with her newly discovered grandparents. Upon closer inspection, beauty and riches... See full summary »

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Annalise Basso, Jason Priestley, Kelly Rutherford, Jason Cermak

Votes: 236

Movie based on the novel "Dark Angel" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

23. Fallen Hearts (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Heaven is now happily married and ready to settle back in her hometown. But during a visit to Farthinggale Manor, Heaven is persuaded to stay. Lured by Tony Tatterton to live among the ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Priestley | Stars: Annalise Basso, Jason Priestley, Kelly Rutherford, James Rittinger

Votes: 180

Movie based on the novel "Fallen Hearts" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

24. Gates of Paradise (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Orphaned and crippled, Heaven's daughter Annie is whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by Tony Tatterton. She pines for her lost family, especially her beloved cousin/half-brother Luke. ... See full summary »

Director: Gail Harvey | Stars: Jason Priestley, Lizzie Boys, Johannah Newmarch, Jason Cermak

Votes: 168

Movie based on the book "Gates of Paradise" completed by the V.C. Andrews ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman.

Lifetime

25. Web of Dreams (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Leigh VanVoreen had to escape from Farthinggale Manor and the secrets she harbored. She fell into the arms of Luke Casteel, whose devotion promised her hope. Only Luke knew her deepest ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Rohl | Stars: Jennifer Laporte, Max Lloyd-Jones, Cindy Busby, David Lewis

Votes: 141

Movie based on the novel "Web of Dreams" completed by the V.C. Andrews ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman.

Lifetime

26. Helen of Troy (2003– )

175 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

Stars: Emilia Fox, James Callis, Daniel Lapaine, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 6,001

Two-part miniseries. Based on "The Iliad".

USA

27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

TV-PG | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect escape the destruction of Earth only to face incredible trials, tribulations and adventures in space and time.

Stars: Simon Jones, David Dixon, Peter Jones, Sandra Dickinson

Votes: 9,549

Six episode miniseries based on the novels "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", and the first half of "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams.

BBC

28. In Your Eyes (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Fantasy, Romance

Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other's experiences, creating a bond that apparently can't be broken.

Director: Brin Hill | Stars: Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Kazan, Mark Feuerstein, David Gallagher

Votes: 29,111

Digital release.

29. The Lost Room (2006)

TV-PG | 270 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.

Stars: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher

Votes: 27,404

Three-part miniseries.

SciFi

30. Merlin (1998)

Not Rated | 182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 19,591

31. Merlin's Apprentice (2006)

TV-PG | 176 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The great sorcerer Merlin has returned to Camelot, a kingdom now vulnerable to ill fates and war since the theft of the Holy Grail, its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Reardon, Jennifer Calvert, Clint Carleton, Lindsay Collins

Votes: 1,919

32. Mermaids (2003 TV Movie)

84 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Mermaid sisters hunt down their father's human killer... and deal with their own personal relationships with the humans.

Director: Ian Barry | Stars: Serah D'Laine, Nikita Ager, Erika Heynatz, Daniel Frederiksen

Votes: 552

33. The Mists of Avalon (2001)

Unrated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy

Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of ... See full summary »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 8,092

Two-part miniseries based on "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

TNT

34. Mockingbird Lane (2012 TV Special)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily, a sexy vampiress. Lily's niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, Charity Wakefield, Mason Cook

Votes: 3,829

Pilot to cancelled TV series. Reboot of The Munsters.

35. My Sweet Audrina (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Living in her family's secluded mansion, Audrina is kept alone and out of sight and is haunted by nightmares of her older sister, First Audrina, who was left for dead in the woods after an ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Rohl | Stars: India Eisley, William Moseley, James Tupper, Tess Atkins

Votes: 687

Movie based on the novel "My Sweet Audrina" by V.C. Andrews.

Lifetime

36. Neverland (2011)

180 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they've been rounded up by their mentor ... See full summary »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Charlotte Atkinson, Anna Friel, Charlie Rowe

Votes: 9,597

Two-part miniseries prequel to "Peter Pan".

SyFy

37. Rain (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A musical prodigy comes to grips with her true past and real identity. Raised by an African American family, she learns that she is actually the daughter of a white socialite who had paid her step-family to raise her as their own.

Director: Craig DiBona | Stars: Brooklyn Sudano, Robert Loggia, Faye Dunaway, Khandi Alexander

Votes: 327

Direct-to-DVD release. Based on the book "Rain" by the V.C. Andrews ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman.

38. The Red Tent (2014– )

Adventure, Drama, History

The story of the twelve tribes of Israel is told through the eyes of Jacob's only daughter, Dinah.

Stars: Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Vinette Robinson

Votes: 3,058

Two-part miniseries based on the novel "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant.

Lifetime

39. Riverworld (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 178 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Welcome to Riverworld, a place of strange, watery beauty and the current abode of a fascinating cast of the recently (and not-so-recently) dead. It certainly isn't Heaven, but it just might be Hell.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tahmoh Penikett, Mark Deklin, Peter Wingfield, Jeananne Goossen

Votes: 2,146

Four hour movie based on the Riverworld book series by Philip José Farmer.

Syfy

40. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Ivy Levan, Victoria Justice, Staz Nair, Christina Milian

Votes: 6,391

41. The Storyteller (1987–1989)

225 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Stars: John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder, David Greenaway

Votes: 3,596

2 seasons, 13 episodes.

HBO

42. Tin Man (2007)

TV-PG | 270 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson

Votes: 12,685

Three-part miniseries modern day retelling of "The Wizard of Oz".

SyFy

43. Tut (2015)

88 min | Biography, Drama, History

A mini-series concentrating on the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Sibylla Deen, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 7,402

Three-part miniseries.

Spike

44. Twitches (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,409

Movie based on the Twitches book series by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld.

Disney Channel

45. Twitches Too (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 3,842

Second movie based on the Twitches book series by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld.

Disney Channel

46. The White Queen (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 21,349

10 episodes. Based on the novels "The White Queen", "The Red Queen", and "The Kingmaker's Daughter" by Philippa Gregory.

Starz

47. The White Princess (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History

Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 7,057

8 episodes. Based on the book "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory.

Starz

48. The Spanish Princess (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, History

The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.

Stars: Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O'Connor, Richard Pepper, Laura Carmichael

Votes: 2,095

Part 1, 8 episodes. Based on the books "The Constant Princess" and "The King's Curse" by Philippa Gregory.

Starz



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