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1. The Clone Master (1978 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Sci-Fi

In order to test the validity of his experiments on cloning, a scientist makes clones of himself, but it causes problems that he didn't foresee.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Art Hindle, Robyn Douglass, John Van Dreelen, Ed Lauter

Votes: 103

2. Badlands 2005 (1988 TV Movie)

48 min | Sci-Fi

In 1995, a severe drought forced Americans to flee the West for the cities. Water became more precious than gold. Now in 2005, settlers are coming back, meeting new challenges, and age-old ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Stars: Lewis Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Sharon Stone, Caitlin O'Heaney

Votes: 26

3. Condor (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Sci-Fi

In Los Angeles in 1999, a crime-fighting organization known as Condor goes up against the Black Widow, a master criminal. The Black Widow steals the national security code and threatens to ... See full summary »

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Ray Wise, Wendy Kilbourne, Vic Polizos, James Avery

Votes: 125

4. Cover Girls (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

Two beautiful fashion models work undercover as secret agents.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Cornelia Sharpe, Jayne Kennedy, Don Galloway, Michael Baseleon

Votes: 59

5. The Steel Collar Man (1985 TV Movie)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An android soldier and its creator are on the run from the government (which it was created for and wants to destroy it), and find help from a truck driver with whom they help people.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Charles Rocket, Dorian Lopinto, Hoyt Axton, Chuck Connors

Votes: 15

6. J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Action

Scientists create "the perfect soldier" in a lab experiment by recombining his molecules. He is then sent out on dangerous but vital missions.

Director: Ron Satlof | Stars: Terence Knox, Gary Kasper, Aimee Eccles, William Lucking

Votes: 71

7. Doctor Franken (1980 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Manhattan surgeon Franken rebuilds the broken body of a John Doe patient with spare parts.

Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Robert Vaughn, Robert Perault, David Selby, Teri Garr

Votes: 45

8. The Curse of Dracula (1979)

20 min | Horror, Thriller

Count Dracula is alive and well and teaching college in 1979.

Stars: Michael Nouri, Carol Baxter, Stephen Johnson, Bever-Leigh Banfield

Votes: 98

9. Dusty (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

The exploits of Dusty, a Los Angeles cabbie who longs to be a private detective. The pilot episode establishes how Dusty becomes the apprentice of world renown private investigator ... See full summary »

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Saul Rubinek, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Hank Garrett, Nancy McKeon

Votes: 12

10. Earthbound (1981)

PG | 99 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy

A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Burl Ives, Christopher Connelly, Meredith MacRae, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 153

11. Escape (1971 TV Movie)

73 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist's experiment could lead to the first man-made, functioning, living organism. An elite escape artist-private investigator is working to stop him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Christopher George, William Windom, Marlyn Mason, Avery Schreiber

Votes: 63

12. Exo-Man (1977 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A professor, who has been paralyzed in an attack by mob hitmen, builds a suit that enables him to walk and fight crime.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, A Martinez, José Ferrer

Votes: 127

13. The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972 TV Movie)

75 min | Thriller

A young man inherits the ability to see visions beyond the grave. He helps a girl investigate her brother's alleged murder.

Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Peter Haskell, Joan Bennett, Barbara Rush, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 127

14. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 739

15. Planet Earth (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A man awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the 22nd century, where he finds that women rule the world and that men are slaves called Dinks. He is captured and sold as a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: John Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Christopher Cary

Votes: 605

16. Strange New World (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Sci-Fi

In the near future, a group of scientists living in a space ship wake up from a hibernation state and come back to an apocalyptic Earth.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: John Saxon, Kathleen Miller, Keene Curtis, James Olson

Votes: 270

17. The Gladiator (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Ken Wahl, Nancy Allen, Robert Culp, Stan Shaw

Votes: 522

18. Good Against Evil (1977 TV Movie)

84 min | Horror

A writer, Andy Stuart, teams up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dack Rambo, Elyssa Davalos, Richard Lynch, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 449

19. Hear No Evil (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A cop becomes deaf in a fight, tries to break up a drug ring run by bikers.

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Gil Gerard, Bernie Casey, Wings Hauser, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 42

20. High Risk (1976 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Comedy, Crime

A troupe of former circus performers plot to steel a valuable artifact from an embassy in Washington, DC.

Director: Sam O'Steen | Stars: Victor Buono, Joseph Sirola, Don Stroud, JoAnna Cameron

Votes: 8

21. The Impostor (1975 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama

An ex-Army intelligence agent is hired to impersonate a rich builder who has been marked for assassination. While impersonating the builder, he discovers a conspiracy to embezzle a land-development company.

Director: Edward M. Abroms | Stars: Paul Hecht, Nancy Kelly, Meredith Baxter, Jack Ging

Votes: 15

22. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: I-Man (1986)

Unrated | 96 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

When a man is exposed to an alien gas, he acquires the ability to heal instantly and survive any injury or toxin.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Scott Bakula, Ellen Bry, Joey Cramer, John Bloom

Votes: 261

23. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Infiltrator (1987)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A scientist's experiment conveys him to another lab where his body is fused with a mechanism that can't be easily extracted---its co-creator is holding the device's plans for ransom.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Scott Bakula, Debrah Farentino, Charles Keating, Michael Bell

Votes: 24

24. Madame Sin (1972)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A C.I.A. Agent is used as a pawn in an insane woman's plan to steal a Polaris submarine.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott, Gordon Jackson

Votes: 753

25. The Man from the 25th Century (1968 TV Short)

17 min | Short, Sci-Fi

On a blue alien planet, a man stands in an arena, watched by 5 alien beings. They are testing the man's mental and physical abilities. His identity is that of a man 27 years old, born in 1951 on planet Earth.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: James Darren, John Crawford, Patrick Culliton, John Napier

Votes: 23

26. The Man with the Power (1977 TV Movie)

93 min | Sci-Fi

A man whose father was an alien from another planet inherits his father's supernatural powers. He is assigned to guard a beautiful Indian princess who is on a state visit to America.

Director: Nicholas Sgarro | Stars: Bob Neill, Tim O'Connor, Vic Morrow, Persis Khambatta

Votes: 50

27. Men of the Dragon (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and... See full summary »

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Jared Martin, Katie Saylor, Robert Ito, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 49

28. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Microcops (1989)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two intergalactic 'Microcops' chase a cosmic crook named Cloyd to Earth, where their size becomes cellular.

Director: David Jackson | Stars: William Bumiller, Shanti Owen, Page Mosely, Peter Scolari

29. See China and Die (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A maid who reads detective stories finds herself embroiled in a real life mystery involving her dead boss and a mysterious statue he brought back from China.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Esther Rolle, Kene Holiday, Frank Converse, Paul Dooley

Votes: 41

30. Mysterious Two (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two aliens visit the Earth in an effort to enlist converts to travel the universe with them.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: John Forsythe, Priscilla Pointer, Noah Beery Jr., Vic Tayback

Votes: 95

31. Night Visions (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller

A cop teams up with a psychic to track down a serial killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: James Remar, Loryn Locklin, Penny Johnson Jerald, Francis X. McCarthy

Votes: 314

32. Northstar (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Sci-Fi

An astronaut's ship passes through a strange magnetic field on its way back to Earth, and when he emerges from it after landing, he finds he has acquired superhuman powers and a super-genius IQ.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Greg Evigan, Deborah Wakeham, Mitchell Ryan, Mason Adams

Votes: 149

33. Out of Time (1988 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A cop from the future goes back in time to Los Angeles and teams up with his grandfather to capture a master criminal.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Bruce Abbott, Bill Maher, Rebecca Schaeffer, Kristian Alfonso

Votes: 152

34. The People (1972 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty | Stars: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 404

35. The Possessed (1977 TV Movie)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror

A former priest, now an exorcist, battles the Satanic forces that are threatening the students at a girls school.

Director: Jerry Thorpe | Stars: James Farentino, Harrison Ford, Claudette Nevins, Eugene Roche

Votes: 432

36. The Power Within (1979 TV Movie)

74 min | Fantasy

A daredevil pilot becomes a human dynamo after being struck by lighting and is then persued by enemy agents determined to find out the secret of his superhuman strength.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Art Hindle, Edward Binns, Joseph Rassulo, Eric Braeden

Votes: 29

37. The Questor Tapes (1974 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik, who developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of the programming tape was erased in... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres

Votes: 626

38. The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976 TV Movie)

74 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler.

Director: Dean Hargrove | Stars: Larry Hagman, Jenny O'Hara, Nicholas Colasanto, Woodrow Parfrey

Votes: 78

39. Samurai (1979 TV Movie)

70 min | Action, Fantasy

Lee Cantrell, a young San Francisco attorney by day, at night becomes a samurai warrior, and battles a crazed multi-millionaire who is planning to destroy the city with an earthquake machine.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Joe Penny, Dana Elcar, Beulah Quo, James Shigeta

Votes: 47

40. Shooting Stars (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Comedy

Two television actors who play detectives are fired when the show's star gets upset that they are getting the better parts to play. So, they decide to try it for real.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Parker Stevenson, Billy Dee Williams, Edie Adams, Edwin Avedissian

Votes: 31

41. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Silent Whisper (1988)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A San Francisco police detective is rendered voiceless and vows revenge when his family is murdered by a serial killer.

Director: Jonathan R. Betuel | Stars: David Beecroft, Richard Lawson, Claudette Nevins, Kate Vernon

Votes: 8

42. The Stranger (1973 TV Movie)

100 min | Sci-Fi

After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Cameron Mitchell, Sharon Acker, Lew Ayres

Votes: 470

43. Stunts Unlimited (1980 TV Movie)

120 min | Action, Drama

A group of Hollywood stunt performers are recruited by former U.S. Intelligance agent Dirk Macauley (Corbett) to retrieve a stolen laser gun from a notorious arms dealer in this pilot to a proposed TV series.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Christopher Mayer, Susanna Dalton, Sam J. Jones, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 21

44. Time Travelers (1976 TV Movie)

78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Francine York, Booth Colman

Votes: 378

45. Twin Detectives (1976 TV Movie)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two identical twin brothers who own a detective agency hatch a plan to expose a phony group of psychics, but soon find themselves involved in a murder.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Jim Hager, Jon Hager, Lillian Gish, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 16

46. The Ultimate Impostor (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Action

A secret agent is trained by having his brain linked up to a computer. He is then sent on a mission to rescue a Russian sub commander. The Russian is a defector who has important secrets ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Joseph Hacker, Keith Andes, Macon McCalman, Erin Gray

Votes: 27

47. Vampire (1979 TV Movie)

88 min | Horror

Vampire Anton Voytek's lair is disturbed by the ground breaking for a new church. Anton attempts to start a modern life using his hoarded wealth, but finds it's been confiscated by the ... See full summary »

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, E.G. Marshall, Kathryn Harrold

Votes: 297

48. Velvet (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Drama

A female team of government agents, under the guise of owners of a popular worldwide franchise of aerobic centers, match wits with a group of criminals who have kidnapped a top defensive specialist and his ailing son, intending to sell him to the highest bidder.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Leah Ayres, Shari Belafonte, Mary-Margaret Humes, Sheree J. Wilson

Votes: 57

49. Wishman (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi