Tv Movie Fave-Saves

by TvMovieMiss | created - 17 Feb 2014 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

As much as I love my classic movie-saves my favorite genre of film is the '1970's (and more) Made for Tv Movies'. The ABC Movie of the Week, and the others channels that followed could always be counted on for a fun 90 minutes that showcased stars from our regular tv shows in some suspenseful, scary or mysterious situation!

Since so many are still unreleased to dvd I'm lucky to have quite a large collection of original (now long out of print) Vhs releases as well as many 1st satellite saves from commercial free cable... and although I only save movies not yet officially released on dvd, you may notice some titles on my list that Amazon shows as released. That is because I've discovered quite a few oldies are not 'real' releases. They are what's called Public Domain titles that various groups have made their own version of... AND... after reading many customer reviews of their dreadful quality have added titles I also have to my list of because I own nicer versions ;)

Thankfully the Tv Movie genre has hung in there... can find them running on one channel all day long... gotta love 'em too... those cheesy, suspenseful, scary, nutjob neighbor/lover/best friend, oh woe is me tvm's! I don't even mind the ones with commercials... can't fast forward fast enough to see what's coming next :-0

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1. Deadly Nightshade (1995 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama

Charming working class boy Eric is moving up by pimping in Martin Duvall's nightclub. He falls in love with naive Jessica 'Jesse' Kerner, who enjoys the luxury life and doesn't have to do a... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Piper Laurie, Chad Lowe, Kirk Baltz

Votes: 231

2. Daughters of Privilege (1991 TV Movie)


A Florida newspaper owner's daughter gets involved with her father's archrival who uses this to bring down his business.

Director: Michael Fresco | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Daphne Ashbrook, Kate Vernon, Angela Alvarado

Votes: 69

3. This Child Is Mine (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Fact-based story about an unwed teen (Nancy McKeon) who fought a major court battle to recover her infant daughter from adoptive parents (Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon).

Director: David Greene | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon, Michael Lerner, John Philbin

Votes: 117

4. No Child of Mine (1993 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama

A woman accustomed to always having the last word in every situation, finds herself trying to "rescue" her grandson, Jesse, from being signed away to grow up in an institution for Down's Syndrome children.

Director: Michael Katleman | Stars: Patty Duke, Tracy Nelson, G.W. Bailey, Susan Blakely

Votes: 142


5. Night Sins (1997 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, Thriller

A female FBI investigator takes over jurisdiction in Dear Lake, a small northern town just as a young boy is abducted. Her investigation leads to a bigger series of abductions and murders ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Harry Hamlin, Karen Sillas, Martin Donovan

Votes: 224

6. My Family's Secret (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Grady suffers from multiple personality disorder. Lara doesn't know she just angered the most dangerous one.

Director: Curtis Crawford | Stars: Nicholle Tom, Dylan Neal, Peter MacNeill, Janet-Laine Green

Votes: 375

7. The Husband She Met Online (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A woman meets a charming and wealthy man who becomes obsessive and controlling.

Director: Curtis Crawford | Stars: Meredith Monroe, Jason Gray-Stanford, Damon Runyan, Bill Lake

Votes: 353

8. Look Again (2011 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Just as her life is coming together, a young woman experiences a terrible tragedy when her boyfriend is murdered by an intruder from whom the woman herself barely escapes. The police ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marc Piché | Stars: Morena Baccarin, Paul Christie, Sadie LeBlanc, Chris William Martin

Votes: 417

9. Secrets from Her Past (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A murder witness fakes her own death and changes her identity.

Director: Gordon Yang | Stars: Ashley Jones, Michael Woods, Mark Slacke, Al Sapienza

Votes: 231

10. Encounter with Danger (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

As Jack leaves town for business, he seizes the opportunity to take Lori along so that they rekindle their relationship. But when he disappears, Lori discovers that Jack was about to reveal... See full summary »

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Mark Humphrey, Sebastien Roberts, David Nykl

Votes: 221

11. Sybil (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Drama

A true story of a young woman whose abusive childhood results in her developing a multiple personality disorder.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Jessica Lange, Tammy Blanchard, Ron White, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 1,412

12. Black Widow (2008 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A photo journalist begins to suspect her best friend Danny's new love interest could be linked to the murders of wealthy men.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Alicia Coppola, Adriana DeMeo, Randall Batinkoff

Votes: 569

13. Like Mother, Like Daughter (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Drama, Mystery

Dawna Wilkins is a strong, independent and self-made woman. Married and divorced at an early age, she raised her daughter Emily by herself and put herself through school, now to become the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Malenfant | Stars: Michelle Stafford, William R. Moses, Dani Kind, Gianpaolo Venuta

Votes: 366

14. Engaged to Kill (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Family

Abby's 19-year-old daughter has a great new boyfriend, Nick. When danger arises, Abby turns to Nick for help, unaware that Nick blames Abby for the death of his previous girlfriend and has been waiting for the opportunity to get revenge.

Director: Matthew Hastings | Stars: Maria del Mar, Joe Lando, Dominic Zamprogna, Katharine Isabelle

Votes: 339

15. Black Widower (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

True story of a charming, popular American who managed to kill his mother and 3 wives before anyone even suspected him.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Kelly McGillis, David Lipper, Francis X. McCarthy, Lori Hallier

Votes: 179

16. Family Sins (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama

A seemingly respectable pillar of the community hides sickening secrets within the walls of her family home.

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Deanna Milligan, Will Patton, Kevin McNulty

Votes: 784

17. Determination of Death (2002)

PG-13 | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In order to free themselves from debt, a husband and wife plan to fake the husband's death but the scheme goes terribly awry.

Director: Michael Miller | Stars: Veronica Hamel, Michele Greene, John Ratzenberger, William Katt

Votes: 204

18. Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may be taken aback by her performance in this fact-based drama, in which she plays a character far removed from her bubbly Laura Petrie and Mary Richards personae. ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Forster, Gabriel Olds, Jean Stapleton

Votes: 230

19. Bad to the Bone (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Drama

A bad girl uses her brother to kill her lover.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Jeremy London, David Chokachi, Christine Tucci

Votes: 341

20. Vows of Deception (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

A wife is on trial for the murder of her husband.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Nick Mancuso, Michael Woolson, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 260

21. After Jimmy (1996 TV Movie)


Drama about a teenage boy's suicide.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Bruce Davison, Peter Facinelli, Mae Whitman

Votes: 261

22. Homecoming (1996 TV Movie)

PG | 105 min | Drama

Tales of a group of siblings who are forced to fend for themselves when they are abandoned by their mother in the parking lot of a shopping mall. They eventually meet their grandmother, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jean | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Kimberlee Peterson, Trever O'Brien, Hanna Hall

Votes: 737

23. Her Deadly Rival (1995 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

A man's marriage is threatened by an unknown admirer.

Director: James Hayman | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Annie Potts, Lisa Zane, Tommy Hinkley

Votes: 190

24. House of Secrets (1993 TV Movie)

120 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Marion Ravinel is trapped in an abusive spousal relationship. She forms a plan with her husband's former lover to kill him. However, the outcome turns out to be more than she planned on as ... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Kate Vernon, Michael Boatman

Votes: 201

25. Downpayment on Murder (1987 TV Movie)

95 min | Thriller

About an estranged husband who, in an explosive rage, decides to have his wife murdered by a hired killer.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Conrad Bachmann, G.W. Bailey, Jonathan Banks, Jenny Beck

Votes: 110

26. Promise Him Anything (1975 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy

A young bachelor using a dating service picks a woman whose information card read "Anything goes." When he takes her out and finds out that she didn't live up to her description, he sues her for breach of contract.

Director: Edward Parone | Stars: Eddie Albert, Frederic Forrest, Meg Foster, William Schallert

Votes: 13

27. Bed of Lies (1992 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Vickie Daniel, a low born woman who was married to rich man is accused for the assassination of her husband. But the trial reveals that in the marriage existed bad treatment and torture by ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Susan Dey, Chris Cooper, G.W. Bailey, John Anderson

Votes: 149

28. In the Name of the People (2000 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

Scott Bakula plays John Burke, a man on death row for the murder of a teenaged girl. As the father of a 13 year-old, he worries what will happen to his daughter after his execution. Richard... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Amy Madigan, Richard Thomas, Scott Bakula, Kimberley Warnat

Votes: 109

29. A Child's Cry for Help (1994 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

A recently-widowed doctor moves with her daughter to start at a new hospital. A loving mother brings her son in for treatment. The doctor suspects that something is wrong and theorizes that... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Veronica Hamel, Pam Dawber, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Lisa Jakub

Votes: 224

30. Look Again (2011)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Drama

When Fiona wakes up in the hospital, unaware of the events that had transpired and resulted in her being hospitalized, she feels abandoned by her family and all around her. She lashes out ... See full summary »

Director: Wanjiru M. Njendu | Stars: Simone Missick, Lauren Neal, Anthony Pumilio, Amanda Jane Fleming

Votes: 23

31. The Wrong Woman (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

A woman is falsely accused of a crime.

Director: Richard Gabai | Stars: Danica McKellar, Jonathan Bennett, Jaleel White, Fred Dryer

Votes: 610

32. Primal Doubt (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When an ex-romance author who is trapped in an unsatisfying marriage, decides to give love another chance with a man she met over the Internet, she finds herself caught up in a terrifying murder mystery.

Director: Yelena Lanskaya | Stars: Janine Turner, Costas Mandylor, Maeve Quinlan, William Allen Young

Votes: 246

33. With Murder in Mind (1992 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

After being shot while trying to arrange the sale of a rural farm, a real estate agent desperately tries to bring the shooter to justice.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Foxworth, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 112

34. Baby Brokers (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Debbie is an LA doctor keen on adopting a baby. She is ripped off by a couple who at first appear willing to sell their child to her.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Nina Siemaszko, Anna Maria Horsford, Jeffrey Nordling

Votes: 117

35. Zoe Gone (2014)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A detective tries to help a teenager find her kidnapped baby.

Director: Conor Allyn | Stars: Sammi Hanratty, Alexandra Holden, Andrea Bowen, Jean Louisa Kelly

Votes: 454

36. Forever 16 (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

Sixteen-year old Raven Highgate is not your average teenager, she is a vampire and this is her umpteenth time attending a new high school to keep her identity hidden. But when a local cop ... See full summary »

Director: George Mendeluk | Stars: Tiera Skovbye, Andrea Roth, Tyler Johnston, Jeffrey Ballard

Votes: 494

37. Rivals (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

A teenage girl becomes entangled in a volatile relationship with a pair of high-school lovers.

Director: Norma Bailey | Stars: Mary-Margaret Humes, Jennifer Finnigan, Marnette Patterson, Rel Hunt

Votes: 514

38. A Mother's Revenge (1993 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Crime

A girl is beaten and raped by someone from the school, but he doesn't go to prison because there is no proof about it. Now, the girl's mother tries to reveal the truth...

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Bruce Davison, Shirley Knight, Missy Crider

Votes: 317

39. Deadly Sibling Rivalry (2011 TV Movie)

Mystery, Thriller

Janna, the responsible twin, and Callie, the wild twin, get into a car wreck. Callie walks away from the crash but Janna falls into a coma. Callie suddenly starts to live as Janna in order ... See full summary »

Director: Hanelle M. Culpepper | Stars: Charisma Carpenter, Christa B. Allen, Ben Milliken, K.C. Clyde

Votes: 317

40. Out of Darkness (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama

A paranoid schizophrenic woman finds treatment to her mental illness after 18 years of suffering.

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Diana Ross, Ann Weldon, Rhonda Stubbins White, Beah Richards

Votes: 329

41. Down Will Come Baby (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

Traumatized after a tragic accident at summer camp, a twelve-year-old girl finds solace in a mysterious, kind lady in the city park who seems to have a bizarre fixation on rules and order, and whose friendship grows increasingly obsessive.

Director: Gregory Goodell | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Diana Scarwid, Tom Amandes, Evan Rachel Wood

Votes: 356

42. The Stranger I Married (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The life story of Terry Evanshen, a Canadian Football League star who fell into a coma after a near-fatal car crash. When he wakes up, he has no recollection of his family or anything else in his life.

Director: Helen Shaver | Stars: David James Elliott, Wendy Crewson, Katie Boland, Clare Stone

Votes: 340

43. Augusta, Gone (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

A troubled teenager's mother tries everything she can think of to control her bad behavior, even if it means sending her away to a hokey but strict nature camp.

Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: Sharon Lawrence, Mika Boorem, Tamara Hope, Currie Graham

Votes: 1,042

44. My Nanny's Secret (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min