10 Classic TV Movies

Friday, February 4 by Russell Deza

Interested to know what the top 10 classic TV movies are? Some of of Hollywood's best directors and actors have worked on these 10 classic TV movies. While they may be a few decades old, these 10 classic movies still deliver some good entertainment.

  1. “The Day After” A winner of two Emmy Awards, “The Day After” scared the hell out of many who saw it when it was released in 1983. The movie depicts the effects of a nuclear attack on the citizens of a small Kansas town.
  2. “Duel” “Duel” was released in 1971 and was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It is a simple movie that involves a traveling salesman and a mysterious angry truck driver who wants him dead.
  3. “Still the Beaver” Although not as good as the original series, the TV movie reunites most of the original cast. Hugh Beaumont who played Ward Cleaver had already passed away but his death was incorporated into the plot. The TV movie was a bit of a disappointment but fans did appreciate a follow up to the popular old series.
  4. “Born Innocent” This Linda Blair TV movie was shown in 1974. There some controversy after its release due to the very graphic depiction of abuses among the residents in the state home.
  5. “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” premiered on September 27, 1976. It tells of a runaway who turns to prostitution to support herself.
  6. “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” A young John Travolta stars in this heartwarming TV movie. Fans of the popular actor will recognize this flick as the set where Travolta met his much older late wife, Diana Hyland.
  7. “My Sweet Charlie” Based on the novel of the same name, “My Sweet Charlie” was broadcast by NBC in 1970. The movie was set during the Civil Rights Movements and tells of an African-American lawyer who was falsely accused of murder.
  8. “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn” A sequel of sorts to “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway”, this film depicts the story of a young boy who hopes to be a film star but ends up becoming a gay prostitute. This 96 minute film was not as well received however.
  9. “Brian's Song” An ABC “Movie of the Week” in 1971, the TV movie boasts of a solid cast with the talented James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. The musical theme to this film was also quite popular during the early part of the decade.
  10. “That Certain Summer” This 1972 TV movie was one of the first films which deals with the topic of homosexuality in a sympathetic light. A novel based on this film was published a few years later.
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