Worthwhile TV Movies

In an attempt to balance out the stigma against TV movies, the most worthwhile have been mined from your vague memories and the occasional charity shop VHS bargain bin and presented here. Yes, they almost exclusively focus on true stories, biopics and social issues, but so do most Academy Awards Best Picture nominees. In any case, there are plenty of good examples of these genres here and many good exceptions too.

I'm just saying "worthwhile" because I know the quality here will vary wildly. It may be a great performance, some creative direction, an interesting concept or a good script that makes it worthwhile, albeit the film may lack in other areas.

N.B. I'm considering "TV movies" as any single…

  • Marty
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • No Time for Sergeants
  • A Wind from the South
  • Bang the Drum Slowly
  • Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Patterns
  • The Comedian
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Nightmare in Chicago
  • Culloden
  • A Carol for Another Christmas
  • The War Game
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Whistle and I'll Come to You
  • Heidi
  • Teacher, Teacher
  • The Rite
  • Moonlight on the Highway
  • The Last Train Through Harecastle Tunnel
  • My Sweet Charlie
  • A Storm in Summer
  • The Clowns
  • The Million Game
  • The House That Would Not Die
  • The Lie
  • Angels Are So Few
  • Tribes
  • Crowhaven Farm
  • Robin Redbreast
  • The Hallelujah Handshake
  • The Point
  • The Rainbirds
  • When the Bough Breaks
  • Orkney
  • Traitor
  • In Broad Daylight
  • Edna: The Inebriate Woman
  • Duel
  • Brian's Song
  • The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
  • The Stalls of Barchester
  • The Night Stalker
  • The Screaming Woman
  • The Stone Tape
  • The Glass House
  • When Michael Calls
  • Crawlspace
  • Under the Age
  • Harvey
  • Horace
  • To Encourage the Others
  • The Fishing Party
  • Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
  • That Certain Summer
  • Gargoyles
  • The Bankrupt
  • Baffled!
  • A Day Out
  • A Warning to the Curious
  • Shakespeare or Bust
  • Land of Green Ginger
  • The Night Strangler
  • Kisses at Fifty
  • Birds of Prey
  • A Cold Night's Death
  • A Brand New Life
  • The Norliss Tapes
  • Speech Day
  • The She-Butterfly
  • Blooming Youth
  • Dying Room Only
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  • World on a Wire
  • The Blue Knight
  • Lisa, Bright and Dark
  • Shutdown
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Lost Hearts
  • Where Have All the People Gone
  • Pedestrian Subway
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • The Morning After
  • Joe's Ark
  • The Execution of Private Slovik
  • Penda's Fen
  • Melvin Purvis G-Man
  • Thursday's Game
  • Martha
  • Schmoedipus
  • First Love
  • A Follower for Emily
  • Born Innocent
  • The California Kid
  • Bad Ronald
  • Edvard Munch
  • Eleanor
  • The Missiles of October
  • Speed King