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Best Made-for-Television Movies

A list of some of the best American made-for-television movies from the 70's:

Duel
Tribes
The Execution of Private Slovik
Playing for Time
The Girl Most Likely To
The Girl in the Empty Grave
Goodnight, My Love
The Nightstalker
Love/Hate/Love
The Point
Maybe I'll Come Home in Spring
A Summer Without Boys
Suddenly Single
A Case of Rape


Recent made-for-television movies:

The Last Seduction (later theatrically released)
Sweet Revenge (with Carrie Fisher)
Tom Selleck's movies as Jesse Stone (beautiful music)





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I've seen Duel and Maybe I'll Come in the Spring and I enjoy both of them. I own Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring on VHS.

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From 1993: Barbarians at the Gate (HBO). - that should have been James Garner's Emmy.



When life gives you lemons, make Limoncello.

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Duel
Isn't It Shocking?
Missing Pieces
She Lives
Murder C.O.D.
One of My Wives Is Missing
Murder by Natural Causes
A Cry for Help
See the Man Run
Trial Run
Pray for the Wildcats

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Great list! Too bad most of them cannot be viewed. I would love to see "Isn't It Shocking" again.

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I need to pull out One Of My Wives is Missing and Murder By Natural Causes -- haven't watched them in ages!

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Remembered another one yesterday ---

Jane Eyre (made in 1971 I think)

George C Scott as Rochester - Susanna York as Jane. Musical score by John Williams!

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I also love Murder By Natural Causes! Fantastic movie. I just pulled out my old vhs copy not too long ago. I need to rewatch it!

I also adore Pray for the Wildcats. Andy Griffith is so underrated in his bad guys roles! Remember Savages?

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ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR(1987) is IMHO the best made for TV movie I've ever seen(and I have heaps of favorites) Why this movie was never released on the big screen is a complete mystery to me.

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Bad Ronald

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I was just going to add Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Aside from the spate of "very special" subject matter movies like Something About Amelia and the great mini-series like Roots and Shogun I think I have tended to forget most of the rest of the Made for TV material I've watched from the 70s and early 80s. Dark Night of the Scarecrow always seemed a notch above anything else. It could have been a film.

I never saw it but Brian's Song was probably about the same caliber as it got theatrical release after first showing on TV.

Eeek!!! I'm getting dressed.

The Jericho Mile.. with Peter Strauss…

sometimes I forget that this was a made for tv movie... great film, great soundtrack.. it did win an Emmy or two...but, just had the movie feal too it.. I keep hearing about them remaking this as a Major Motion Film... not sure if its true.. but would be amazing if they did.
(though Peter Strauss was sooo good in this)

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All this time and nobody said "Brian's Song" the original, not the remake.

Badder than old King Kong, Meaner than a Junkyard dog

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The 1970's was without a doubt THE decade for made-for t.v. movies. The ABC T.V. Movie of the Week was the pioneer of this format, the brainstorm of Aaro Spelling Productions. A majority of the films had a supernatural tone to them. My favorites are as follows;

1. " The Night Stalker " (1971)
2. " The House That Would Not Die " (1970)
3. " The Norliss Tapes " ( 1973)
4. " Crowhaven Farm " (1970)
5. " Gargoyles " (1972)

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Surviving: A Family in Crisis (also known simply as Surviving, and later released on VHS as Tragedy) 1985

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"THAT'S SOME BAD SHIT, HARRY!".

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Duel

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Duel (1971)
The Deadly Dream (1971)
A Howling in the Woods (1971)
Terror on the Beach (1973)
Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
Helter Skelter (1976) (miniseries)
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978) (miniseries)
Salem's Lot (1979) (miniseries)

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Tv movies are my favorite. They are so much fun! Especially if they are horror/suspense genre and from the 70s.

You have some really good ones on your list!

In no particular order, I love them all!

1. Duel
2. A Howling in the Woods
3. Terror on the Beach
4. A Force of Evil
5. Trilogy of Terror
6. The Paper Man
7. Scream, Pretty Peggy
8. Night Gallery
9. The Possession of Mrs. Oliver
10. Sarah T. Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic
11. Born Innocent
12. Cage Without a Key
13. The Spell
14. The Initiation of Sara
15. Are You in the House Alone?
16. The Girl Most Likely To…
17. Midnight Offerings
18. Consenting Adults
19. Dark Night of the Scarecrow
20. Vacation in Hell
21. Friendships, Secrets and Lies
22. Bad Ronald
23. Death Car on the Freeway
24. Death at Ocean View Park
25. Summer of Fear
26. Death Cruise
27. Dawn: Portrait of a teenage Runaway
28. Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn
29. Little Ladies of the Night
30. Something for Joey (a tearjerker!)
31. Dying Room Only
32. Night Terror
33. A Cold Night's Death
34. Katharine
35. Death Sentence
36. Someone touched Me
37. Hitchhike!
38. A Taste of Evil
39. The Execution
40. Satan's School for Girls
41. Outrage
42. Crowhaven's Farm
43. Murder on Flight 502
44. Flood!
45. Fire!
46. Survival of Dana
47. The Stepford Husbands
48. The Stepford Children
49. Breaking Up is Hard To Do
50. Between Friends
51. Death of Richie
52. Intimate Strangers
53. A Gun in the house
54. Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night
55. Revenge!
56. Gargoyles
57. Diary of a Hitchhiker
58. Go Ask Alice
59. How Awful about Allan
60. Someone's Watching Me!
61. Let's Scare Jessica to Death
62. Amityville Horror, Part IV: the Evil Escapes
63. Before and After
64. The Screaming Woman
65. Smash Up on Interstate Five
66. The Legend of Lizzie Borden
67. Secrets of Three Hungry Wives
68. Weekend of Terror
69. The House on Green Apple Road
70. When Michael Calls
71. A Little Game
72. The Victim
73. Home for the Holidays
74. Killer Bees
75. The Stranger Within
76. The Possessed
77. Zuma Beach
78. Devil Dog: Hound of Hell
79. Snatched
80. Hustling
81. The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
82. The Night Stalker
83. She Cried Murder
84. The Strangers in 7A
85. Deadly Intentions
86. Desperate Lives
87. The Babysitter
88. Playing for Time (the only movie on this list with no replay value)
89. Stone Pillow
90. Born to be Sold
91. The Best Little Girl in the world
92. Blind Witness
93. Death of a Cheerleader
94. Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (Best title on the list!)
95. Revenge of the Stepford Wives
96. Sins of the Mother
97. The Black Widow Murders

Couldn't quite make it to 100

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Christ, exhaustive list! I've seen maybe a quarter of those listed. I've been told Bad Ronald is essential viewing and I still need to see Dark Night of the Scarecrow. I'm pretty sure Let's Scare Jessica to Death was a theatrical release (and it's a great film at that).

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I went through the IMDB lists for MTV movies for the 70s, 80 and 90s, so you are right, it is pretty exhaustive. It's not really a genre per se, but these movies are insanely fun. The only MTV movie that I didn't really go for was the popular, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark", with Kim Darby.

"Let's Scare Jessica to Death" is a very good movie. I didn't think it was a MTV movie, but that's what IMDB has it listed as. So I went and checked on some other sources and it sounds like IMDB has it wrong.

"Bad Ronald" and "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" are both worth finding.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Did you list the one with Valerie Harper being terrorized while alone on a road trip? I cannot recall the title.

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#32 - "Night Terror"

That's funny you mentioned that movie because I saw it for the first time about three weeks ago. Richard Romanus was creepy.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Have you ever seen Haunts of the Very Rich? The ending scared me as a child.

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I did start to watch it, but then I got distracted. I do need to go back and watch the whole thing because it looked like some I would enjoy.

Robert Reed was in it, if I recall.

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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Surviving - '85 has always been one of my favorites….



Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Well The Bermuda Depths isn’t on that list, so I’m out of here.

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That isn't to say it isn't a good one. Consider it added to that list.

You asked a pretty question; I've given you the ugly answer.
Fasten Your Seatbelts….
It's Going To Be A Bumpy Night!

Best Made-for-Television Movies: The Day After (1983)

The Day After (1983)


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This remains the most watched TV Movie in U.S. history. An estimated 100 million Americans watched, and it had a Nielson Share of 62. It was a truly unnerving experience.

If you're interested, here is the attack segment. It makes extensive of stock footage, but is nevertheless very effective and very chilling.


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Best Made-for-Television Movies: The Day After (1983)

back when Republicans still admitted Russia was our enemy

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That comment makes absolutely no fucking sense. Republicans still acknowledge that Russia is our enemy, moron!



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Tucker Carlson defends Russia again: ‘Why is it disloyal to side with Russia but loyal to side with Ukraine?’

Fox News host has several times said he is ‘confused’ about why the US is siding with democratic Ukraine over authoritarian Russia

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Tuesday 25 January 2022 16:58

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Big fucking deal. Anyone can cherry pick a random comment to rag on someone.



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Best Made-for-Television Movies: The Day After (1983)

he's been sucking putin's cock for years

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You're either an idiot or a troll, or both. I vote for both.



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Those animated X-Ray skeletons were hilarious.

Awesome! When is this going to happen? All those breeders running around like pathetic little insects.

This was released theatrically outside Nth America. I didn't bother going to see it, because I knew it would be crap and I was right when I finally saw it on vhs. The queue in Auckland went round the block for its first week on a Saturday afternoon.

Norman! What did you put in my tea?

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Yeah, I liked "THE DAY AFTER" as well.

That is definitely another good one.

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mentioned by someone else years ago in another thread: A cold night's death. I think it's the best M4TVM. plot, cast, script, direction, and that ending, well, once you see it you realize it cant be topped.

My original choices: 1.Prescription: Murder. Lt. Columbo meets America.

2. The Lathe of Heaven. Time travel, time alteration, mind control, revenge. Great version of LeGuin's story.

3. Professional Foul: Master wordsmith Tom Stoppard's take on the cold war, football/soccer, politics, academics, academic's cold war politics.

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I HAVEN'T seen ACND, but would LOVE to. The MOST REALISTIC one I've EVER seen was 1983's SPECIAL Bulletin which FOOLED people watching into thinking it was REALLY HAPPENING. MUCH LIKE the Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds back in 1938.

"THAT'S SOME BAD SHIT, HARRY!".

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"A Cold Night's Death" is an excellent made for tv film. It's got atmosphere galore, chilling, eerie and a story that takes you right in. Plus a small ensemble cast that works to full advantage. Highly recommended. ***1/4

"My life is over. I might as well dance with Johnny Slash!"

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The Lathe of Heaven. Very arty, complex head-fuck of a movie rare in those days, somewhat more common today. I remember it drove my dad, a classic anti-intellectual, just crazy with confusion.

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The Martian Chronicles


Gone

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