15 Cheesy TV Movies Starring Famous People

If you had told us five years ago that we would one day be waiting with bated breath for the release of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid's latest film, we might have ended it all there and then. And, yet, here we are, cancelling our dinner plans, putting our phones on silent, and whipping up popcorn in anticipation of tonight's premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. It is what it is, folks.
Besides, there's no shame in the TV movie game. Some big-deal celebrities all got their start playing teen dads, teen moms, teen killers, and teen sorority girls in some small-screen movie of the week. Apparently having a Lifetime credit on your film reel and scoring an Oscar nomination are not mutually exclusive. Just ask Denzel, Hilary, and Ben.
Might there be another future superstar lurking in tonight's Sharknado installment? Hey, you never know. This list proves that anything is possible — seriously, have you seen some of these story lines?
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Photo: Everett Collection / Rex USA.
Too Young To Die? (1990)

Starring: Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis

The former couple met playing bad-news robbers/kidnappers/murderers who are sentenced to death for their crimes.
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Photo: Courtesy NBC.
Danielle Steel's Daddy (1991)

Starring: Ben Affleck

Affleck, along with Baby Jenny Lewis and Matthew Lawrence, played the teen son of Patrick Duffy, who finds love with Lynda Carter after his wife (played by Kate Mulgrew, a.k.a. Orange is the New Black's Red). His character acts out by impregnating his girlfriend.
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Photo: Courtesy Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.
License to Kill (1984)

Starring: Denzel Washington

The future Oscar winner plays a lawyer in this courtroom drama about a family fighting the drunk driver who killed their daughter.
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Photo: Courtesy Lifetime Television.
If You Believe (1999)

Starring: Hayden Panettiere

This Lifetime movie had an adorable, pint-sized Panettiere playing the chirpy inner child to Ally Walker's Scrooge-like divorcée.
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Photo: Courtesy NBC.
Dying to Belong (1997)

Starring: Hilary Swank

Swank discovers that sorority girls are really mean, and makes out with Zack from Saved by the Bell.
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Photo: Courtesy VH1.
At Any Cost (2000)

Starring: James Franco

This VH1 Original Movie saw Franco as a rocker struggling with the pressures of fame.
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Photo: Courtesy NBC.
Camp Cucamonga (1990)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston

NBC brought out the big guns (DJ Tanner, Steve Urkel) for this cheesy camp-set comedy. It was certainly campy.
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Photo: Courtesy Hallmark Entertainment.
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999)

Starring: Jennifer Garner

Is New York City sitting on some fault line we don't know about? We'll have to ask Jennifer Garner, who played a survivor in this disaster film.
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Photo: Courtesy Lifetime.
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst

Having appeared in Interview with a Vampire and Jumanji, Dunst was already a legit star when this Lifetime drama rolled around. Still, she couldn't resist playing a teen who gets pregnant.
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Photo: Courtesy Lifetime.
To Be Fat Like Me (2007)

Starring: Kaley Cuoco

Where to begin? Someone decided to greenlight a TV movie in which Kaley Cuoco wears a fat suit for a documentary film project. People are mean to her, she learns that overweight people are (gasp) human beings too, blah blah blah.
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Daddy (1987)

Starring: Patricia Arquette and Dermot Mulroney

Yes, another Daddy. In this one, a teen pregnancy throws two high school sweethearts for a loop.
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Photo: Courtesy Global / Lifetime.
The Haunting of Sorority Row (2007)

Starring: Leighton Meester

This Canadian TV movie casted Meester as a sorority girl being haunted by a ghost. They can't all be winners, folks.
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Photo: Courtesy Lifetime.
On the 2nd Day of Christmas (1997)

Starring: Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo plays a mall security guard who arrests, then falls for, a petty thief played by Mary Stuart Masterson. Romantic.
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Photo: Courtesy NBC.
When Friendship Kills, a.k.a. A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie (1996)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Mr. Blake Lively had a minor role in this drama about mean girls who bully each other into eating disorders.
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Photo: Courtesy Lifetime.
Miracle Run (2004)

Starring: Zac Efron

Efron played a boy with autism who joins the cross-country team.
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