10 Best Video-Game Movies Every Gamer Should Watch In 2020


Over time, video games have become an essential part of our lives. The obsession for video games among youth is so insane that even filmmakers try to cash in that obsession by making movies based on video games. Hollywood fans know that video game movies aren’t anything new.

There are a lot of movies that take inspiration from video games. However, only a few of those movies stand up to the fans’ expectations. If you’re looking forward to watching some of the best video-game movies, you’re in luck. In this list, we’ve mentioned ten best movies based on video games.

Best Video Game Movies Of All Time

S. No. Best Video Game Movies Release Date
1 Detective Pikachu 2019
2 Tomb Raider 2018
3 Sonic The Hedgehog 2019
4 Silent Hill 2006
5 Max Payne 2008
6 Mortal Combat 1995
7 Warcraft 2016
8 Resident Evil: Extinction 2007
9 Assassin’s Creed 2016
10 Doom 2005

1. Detective Pikachu (Highest Grossing Video-Game Movie)

Detective Pickachu was released in 2019 and became the highest-grossing video game movie adaptation of all time by making $436 million dollars worldwide. The success of Detective Pickachu isn’t surprising given that Ryan Reynolds was the actor who gave Pikachu a voice in the movie. Other than a beautiful cast, the movie captured the Pokemon universe accurately on the big screen.

2. Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander took bow and arrow from our favorite Angelina Jolie to star in the reboot of Tomb Raider. The movie came out in 2018 and took every Tomb Raider fan by surprise by its cinematography, action. Also, the major takeaway of the film is the acting, which makes it one of the best video game movies of all time.

The movie picks up the story from the Lara Croft video game that was released in 2013. Alicia Vikander did an excellent job of playing a fearless character who doesn’t give up even after taking heavy injuries.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog was such a huge success that its sequel is already in the works. Initially, not everyone was happy with the appearance of Sonic when the movie trailer came out. However, the studio didn’t want to disappoint the fans, so they improved the CGI exponentially in the actual movie.

When it comes to movies based on video games, it’s tough for actors to do justice with the video game characters. However, starring actors such as Jim Carry and Ben Schwartz played iconic roles in the movie which turned out to be a perfect decision.

4. Silent Hill (2006)

Of course, Silent Hill is not of the greatest horror movies of all time. However, when it comes to scary movies based on video games, Silent Hill is definitely one of the best.

The movie was released back in 2006 and it didn’t have a big budget. Nevertheless, the film did justice to the Silent Hill video game by remarkably recreating some of the horrifying scenes from the video game.

If you’re someone who watches movies based on their IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, this movie isn’t for you. However, if you are an evident gamer who tried out the Silent Hill video game, you can’t miss out on the Silent Hill movie.

5. Max Payne (2008)

No gaming enthusiast can deny that Max Payne is one of the best action video game series. So, when Hollywood decided to make a Max Payne game movie, they casted big faces like Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the leading roles.

Of course, Wahlberg plays Max Payne in the movie, a character who is on a killing spree to punish people who murdered his family. He takes the help of Mila Kunis, who wants to avenge the death of her sister.

When it comes to adequately-portrayed video-game movies, Max Payne is undoubtedly one of the best.

6. Mortal Combat (1995)

Mortal Combat is the story of three warriors who travel to the outer world to fight some mystical creatures. Yeah, that’s the whole movie in a nutshell.

Mortal Combat is a kind of game that isn’t easy to adapt to in a movie. If the filmmakers stick to the originality, then the film would turn out to be a meme material; and that’s precisely what happened with Mortal Combat. Nevertheless, Mortal Combat is a classic example of those best video-game movies that respects its source.

 7. Resident Evil: Extinction

Resident Evil: Extinction is one of those video-game movies that attracted viewers who didn’t even know about Resident Evil video games. There are about six Resident Evil movies, and the best one of them is Resident Evil Extinction.

The world has ended and is now covered with nothing but sand and flesh-eating zombies. Milla Jovovich plays the role of Alice like was born to play it. Alice is a woman with telekinetic abilities trying to take down the organization that ended the world. On her way, she stumbles upon a group of survivors, and a lot of, I mean, a lot of zombies.

8. Assassin’s Creed

I know some people hated every second of Assassin’s Creed movie. However, many fans agree that based on the bad track record of video-game movies, Assassin’s Creed did a little better.

The movie shows the real struggle between Assassins and the Templar Order. Just like the game, you’ll see a decent amount of Parkour-styled action. The story isn’t well executed and throws you off some times; however, it isn’t that bad either.

With a massive cast like Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Michael K. Williams, the movie series does have some potential. And to be honest, I would love to see a sequel to the movie instead of seeing the series dropped off like Prince of Persia.

9. Doom

Doom came out in 2005 and is still considered one of the best video-game movies ever made. In the movie, a group of Space Marines goes to Mars to investigate some suspicious activities. However, they have to go against genetically advanced humans who are turned to monsters.

The fact that the film had stars like Rock and Karl Urban is enough to make it worthwhile for a watch. But more than that, the movie stays true to the Doom video game. For instance, at one point, you’ll see everything happening in the move from a first-person perspective.

10. Warcraft

Before Detective Pikachu, Warcraft was the highest-grossing video-game movie with a worldwide ticket sale of $433 million. The film is an adaptation of the World of Warcraft game by Blizzard Entertainment. It focuses on a fierce battle between Humans and Orcs, who are trying to invade the human world through a magic portal.

Ever since the Warcraft movie was announced, fans were eagerly waiting for the movie. However, both fans and critics were disappointed when the film released. Nevertheless, if you love the World of Warcraft game, then you should watch the movie at least once.

Movies Based On Video Games: Wrapping Up

So, these are all the best video game movies you should watch if you belong to the gaming community. Even if you’re not a gamer, you should definitely give these movies a go if you’re bored out of your mind. Maybe one of these video game movies will motivate you to try out the game for yourself.

Shivam Gulati

Shivam Gulati

Shivam is a blogger who is always fascinated with technology and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around him with that same knowledge, through his writings. He enjoys gaming in particular, so he tries to keep track of what’s new in the gaming community and write about it. Visit his Gaming Channel IntroGamers on YouTube.
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