We’re a society that loves movies. We also love video games. It’s no wonder then, that so many of us want to see our favourite titles brought to life on the silver screen.
The trouble is, when you’ve got a hit game on your hands, it’s not as simple as handing it over to the studios and getting them to make a movie out of it.
You need the right talent, the right story and, most of all, the right team behind it.
BEST video game movies
What Are video game movies?
Video game movies are a pretty big deal these days. Many studios spend millions of dollars to make their own video game movie and they even have the potential to be big box office hits.
The problem is that most of them aren’t very good, but there are some exceptions.
Not all video games can be adapted into a movie. A movie must be capable of telling a story, and it must have a lot of action. While some video games can tell a good story, many cannot. They consist of little more than shooting things until you beat them.
However, most gamers love shooting things and seeing things get blown up, so this is not always a problem for them.
So what does make for a good video game movie?
The story has to be interesting enough to carry the action along.
If the story is weak, then the movie will flop no matter how much action is in it and how cool the special effects are.
For example, “Assassin’s Creed” has an interesting premise but it was not carried out well on screen.
The 10 Best Video Game Movies
Trying to pick out the best video game movies is never going to be easy because there are so many bad ones out there.
After all, if you choose one at random, there’s a pretty good chance that it will be utter rubbish!
But let’s take a look at some films that have done things a little bit differently and actually managed to live up to their source material!
The first big-budget blockbuster for Blizzard Entertainment was Warcraft: The Beginning. This movie was an adaption of the Warcraft series of PC games from Blizzard.
It was directed by Duncan Jones and released in 2016 with an estimated budget of $160 million making it one of the most expensive video game movies ever made! So what did gamers make of it?
The 10 Worst Video Game Movie Adaptations Of All Time
There have been quite a few video game adaptations over the years, but many of them have been poorly received by critics. Here are the 10 worst video game adaptations of all time. Description:Let’s face it, movie adaptations of video games are often bad. There are some exceptions, such as “Tomb Raider” and “Resident Evil,” but those are few and far between.
Here are the 10 worst adaptations of all time.
10) “Super Mario Bros.” (1993)
Synopsis:Two plumbers, Mario and Luigi, come to Brooklyn to fix a water main and end up in a parallel universe. In this world, dinosaurs evolved into intelligent humanoids that rule the world and humans are second-class citizens.
The two brothers challenge the tyrannical ruler of this world, named King Koopa, to free the people from his rule. Description:This is certainly one of the most famous video game movies ever made.
While it wasn’t a critical success at the time of its release, it has since become somewhat of a cult classic. However, there is still much about this film that leaves viewers disappointed.
The special effects for this movie were terrible compared to other films released around that time and the acting was mediocre at best.
The 10 Best Video Game Movies Of All Time
Ten is a good number to work with. Ten movies is a nice round number, and it’s also the number that most people have been exposed to in their lifetimes.
We’ve had a lot of video game movies over the course of the last 30 years, but only a handful manage to stand out from the crowd. Some have become classics in their own right, while others are just so terrible they’ve become camp classics.
Here are my picks for the ten best video game movies of all time. “WarGames” (1983) This film is a cult classic, and it’s one of the earliest examples of a video game movie that actually works as both an effective drama and as a comedy.
Directed by John Badham (known for “Saturday Night Fever” and “Stakeout”) this film follows a young hacker who accidentally breaks into a military supercomputer and almost starts World War III because he thinks he is playing an online game.
The plot sounds silly now, but at the time it was considered very serious business (and still kind of is). The movie features early performances by Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy before they were stars, as well as an early role for John Wood (who would later appear in “Dazed.
All 35 Video-Game Movies, Ranked From Least Bad To Absolute Worst
Video game movies are rare, but not completely extinct. The first one, the original Mortal Kombat, actually did pretty well at the box office in 1995.
Since then, however, things haven’t gone so well. The highest grossing video game movie is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which took in $335 million worldwide.
T-Rank Video Game Movie Year Worldwide Box Office 1 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 $335M 2 Resident Evil 2002 $102M 3 Mortal Kombat 1995 $70M 4 Silent Hill 2006 $66M 5 Street Fighter 1994 $66M 6 Doom 2005 $55M 7 Hitman 2007 $40M 8 Super Mario Bros 1993 $20M 9 Max Payne 2008 $18M 10 Lara Croft:
Tomb Raider 2001 $131M 11 House of the Dead 2003 $11.5M 12 BloodRayne 2005 $7.9M 13 Postal 2006 $4.2M 14 Double Dragon 1994 $16M 15 DOA: Dead or Alive 2006 $14.4M 16 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 2012 $11.6M 17 Hitman (2007) 2007 (2012) 18 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 1997 19 Tekken 2009 20 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li 2009 21 W.If you’re a video game fan, there’s nothing worse than seeing one of your favorite titles turned into a terrible movie.
The results are almost always disastrous, with only a handful of exceptions.
The 12 Best Video Game Movies Ranked
The best video game movies ranked from worst to best. From the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie to the universally panned Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins, this list has all of the best video game movies.
Vote for your favorite and greatest video game movies, and feel free to add any that are missing. Tomb Raider (2001) Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft in this 2001 adaptation of the popular video game series.
When her mentor (played by Jon Voight) is murdered, Lara embarks on a journey to find an ancient artifact in order to clear her name and bring his killer to justice. Along the way she encounters several dangerous situations and must fight for her life by using her wits and athletic ability to escape various perils.
A sequel was released in 2003, but it failed to capture the magic of the first movie. I love video games and I love movies, so when I first saw that there were big-budget movies based on my favorite games in the theaters, I was delighted. But then I saw them. And they were terrible.
The good news is that with a few exceptions, video game movies have gotten a lot better over the years. Here are the best of them.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
The Best And Worst Video Game Movies, A Ranked List
Since the beginning of the film industry, filmmakers have been adapting video games for the big screen. Some of these films, like Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and Mortal Kombat are well-known critical disasters.
Others, like Tomb Raider and The Last of Us, manage to overcome their source material’s poor reputations to become successful films in their own right. Truly faithful adaptations of video game franchises are few and far between.
Most films based on video games tend to drastically change the plot or setting. While some achieve critical acclaim (Mortal Kombat), a large number of video game movies fall into obscurity (Doom). We’ve gathered a list of the best and worst video game movies from every major genre: action, comedy, adventure, animated and documentary.
We’ll also be exploring how each movie diverges from its source material and what parts were most faithfully adapted. The rankings are based on a combination of critic reviews, IMDb ratings and Rotten Tomatoes scores.
In no particular order:
The Best Video Game Movies
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001)
Resident Evil (2002)
Silent Hill (2006)
Prince of Persia
So if you’re a big fan of, say, the Final Fantasy series of role-playing games, but have never seen the 1994 live-action film based on them (and why would you), then you might want to check out the video above. It’s a video essay from The Nerdwriter, who ranks what he considers to be the best and worst video game movies ever made.
In an age when Hollywood is struggling to find new ways to bring their stories to life, it makes sense that they’d look for inspiration in the world of video games. The problem is that most of their attempts at adapting these stories haven’t been very good.
So where does this leave someone who wants to see a good movie — let alone a great one — based on a video game? Here are the top six movies that come out on top: Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
- Tron (1982)
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
- Mortal Kombat (1995)
Silent Hill (2006)
The bottom five are:
- Assassin’s Creed (2016)
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of
The 41 Best And Worst Video Game Movies, Ranked
Some movies based on video games were great. Others were terrible. Still others were so bad they’re good. Here’s our ranking of the best and worst video game movies. The Worst
- Super Mario Bros. (1993)
This is the quintessential example of a movie that nobody wanted to see, yet somehow got made anyway. Most people who actually saw this in the theater walked out after the first 10 minutes, never to return again.
The movie was supposed to be a sequel to “Super Mario Bros.” for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but Nintendo didn’t want their characters’ likenesses being associated with this film, which is probably why it was so bad -– it had no real direction or purpose behind it.
It wasn’t until 2013 when a documentary about the making of this movie came out that we finally learned what went wrong during production and why this film turned out as bad as it did.
- Street Fighter (1994)
The concept behind this film was actually good — an ancient scroll foretells the coming of Ryu, an incredibly powerful warrior whose fighting skills are unmatched, and who may be the only one who can defeat M. Bison and his cohorts — but it’s too bad that Jean-Claude Van Damme ended.
Best Video Game Movies And TV Shows
Video game movies and tv shows are a very mixed bag, some are good and others are just plain bad. But this is my personal list of best video game movies and tv shows.
Mortal Kombat: Conquest: The fighting scenes in this show were great, the acting was excellent, it had a compelling story, it was funny at times, it had a decent amount of action, and it even had a cool soundtrack.
The show doesn’t follow the plot from any of the games in particular, but instead loosely follows the plots from the first three Mortal Kombat games (the ones with Liu Kang). It’s sort of like an alternate retelling of those stories. There’s also some new stuff thrown in here and there to keep it fresh.
I highly recommend you watch this show if you like Mortal Kombat. It’s hands down one of the best video game adaptations to date X-Men Evolution: This is probably one of the most underrated shows in existence.
It did an incredible job adapting the source material into live action and really captured what made X-Men special. The actors they chose to play the characters were all spot on as well, especially Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan.
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