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Top 10 TV stars turned movie superstars

Jenna Busch is a host and writer of all things geek for SCI FI Wire, JoBlo, Huffington Post, AOL, Popeater, Newsarama, UGO, IGN, Moviefone and Geek Week. A New York transplant living in Los Angeles, Jenna has been on many sides of the en...

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Jumping from the small screen to the big screen is a bit of a feat and few have been a success in both places. Here are our top 10 picks for the most successful actors to make the transition from TV to film.

5. Sarah Jessica Parker

She's gone a long way from her days as a nerdy girl in the 1980's series Square Pegs.

Sarah Jessica Parker is Square

Who would have thought that little Patty Greene would end up as a fashion icon in Sex and the City? Not only was the TV show incredibly successful, it made about a zillion dollars in movie form.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey in Failure to Launch

Sarah Jessica Parker is also a staple of romantic comedies like the next lady on our list...

4. Jennifer Aniston

Everyone's favorite Friend(s) whose "Rachel" hairstyle created a fashion trend, Jennifer Aniston successfully transferred from her phenomenally popular show to the big screen.

Jennifer Aniston on Friends

There seems to be a new Jen Aniston rom com every few months, including The Bounty Hunter, The Switch and most recently, Just Go With It.

Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It

3. Will Smith

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and former rapper transformed himself into one of the most beloved movie stars of all time.

Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Beverly Hills

Though he seems to be taking a back seat to his progeny Jaden and Willow lately, Will Smith is one of the few actors who can open a film on his name alone. We can't wait for Men in Black III!

Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness

2. Bruce Willis

Superstar Bruce Willis most recently kicked butts and took names in the action comedy Red, but once upon a time, he was romancing Cybill Shepherd's Maddie Hayes as David Addison in Moonlighting.

Bruce Willis and Cybil Shephard in Moonlighting

Does anyone else remember Willis crooning in the Seagram's Golden Wine Cooler commercials? Do yourself a favor and look it up on YouTube. You're welcome.

Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich in Red

1. George Clooney

Sigh. Back in the '90s, long before his uber successful movie career, heartthrob George Clooney was a doctor on ER.

George Clooney in ER

But if you go even further back, you may recall his turns on Roseanne and The Facts of Life. So much better to see a 10-foot version of him than what we used to get on our tiny televisions in the '80s, right?

George Clooney in The American

We can't fail to give an honorable mention to the legions of actors like Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd and Tina Fey who left Saturday Night Live to go on to successful film careers. We think of that show more as a movie training ground than a regular series.

Let us know your picks below.

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