The Best Video Game Movie Adaptations

By Bea

If you’re a video game fan, it’s time to put down that controller and grab some popcorn because it’s time for a change of scenery. Instead of playing games day in and day out, why not expand your interests and try watching some movies inspired by them in your free time? So here are some of the best video game movie adaptations that you should definitely check out!

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is probably one of the most iconic video game-based movies. The original, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, was a box office success. It debuted at number one with critics praising Jolie’s performance. It may have received mostly negative reviews, it still remains to be a cult classic. Plus, it’s Angelina Jolie! Until now, people still dress up as her at costume parties. You may also want to check out the sequel, which, according to Rotten Tomatoes, is an improvement over the first film.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

This film has to be the best Final Fantasy film to date. Though it focuses on a brand new story, it was praised for its fresh new take on the beloved franchise. Plus, it was the first film to use a then-advanced photorealistic animated technology. In fact, it took a staff of 200 to complete the film within four years. Again, despite being a box office flop, it’s still a film you’ve got to check out.

Mortal Kombat

There have been several Mortal Kombat films released. The most recent one came out this year, and deserves a place on this list for the fight scenes alone. It’s a must-watch for those who love blood and gore. Even its sound effects were realistic enough to get some reactions from audiences. It also stars a new addition to the franchise with its protagonist Cole Young. It may not have the most intricate plot and script, but it’s a great watch whenever you just want to unwind and enjoy some fight scenes!


Warcraft is the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, garnering $439 million at the box office. It was praised for its stunning visuals and the actors’ performances. Plus, even non-gamers can watch the film, making it a great standalone film.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Initial fan reactions over this film weren’t so great, but when it finally came out, it won over its audience. It’s a film that’s for the whole family with bits of nostalgia that parents and kids will surely appreciate. Apart from its fun plot, it also boasts awesome performances from Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. It appears that Sega plans to capitalize on the film’s success with a sequel in the works and a theme park rumored to open.

Resident Evil

The Resident Evil film series has 7 films to offer you fans of the video games. The first six films follow Alice, a former security specialist and covert operative who battles the Umbrella Corporation. Other characters from the games who appear in the films include Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Carlos Olivera, and many more.

Silent Hill

Silent Hill (the film) is a psychological horror film that follows Rose and her adoptive daughter, Sharon, who move to Silent Hill where strange things start happening. The film is visually impressive and even had a sequel come out in 2012.

The Angry Birds Movie 1 and 2

Both films, based on the popular phone app game, will surely entertain audiences of all ages. Critics praised the film for having heart and life, and entertaining the socks off viewers. It’s also one of the most highly regarded video game movies to date. There is even a critical consensus that it is “substantially more entertaining than any film adapted from an app”.

Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter is mostly filled with impressive action sequences and visual effects rather than dialogue and a substantial plot, but it is exactly what most of us are looking for. It even received a nomination for Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature at the 19th Visual Effects Society Awards.

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is a compelling film that captured the eternal conflict between the Creed and the Templar Order. It also has a star-studded cast with the likes of Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Michael K. Williams.

Detective Pikachu

The best video game movie adaptation is none other than Detective Pikachu. The fact alone that Ryan Reynolds is the voice behind the titular character is enough to give us an idea of how the film would play out. It doesn’t just end there. It also stars the likes of Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe, and DJ Diplo. It’s funny, sentimental, nostalgic, and has a lot of awesome CGI. You won’t regret watching it.

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