In 1993, Hollywood fulfilled its dream of making a video game movie with Super Mario Bros. This set the stage for many years of unanswered decisions, shaky productions, and gamers’ pixel tears. The studios are like the child who has to work one more quarter to get that high score.
In May 2019, Detective Pikachu broke the video-game curse! It is fitting that Nintendo, the Super Mario Bros. movie that started all of this trouble, would finally end it. Another surprise 2019 development is that the second Angry Birds movie has slingshotted the naysayers with a lot of critical praise and toppling Pikachu just months after its release. Video game movies are starting to get popular again, and in honor of that, let’s check out our list of 50 best movies based on video games.
List of Best Movies Based on Video Games
50. Alone in the Dark (2005)
We start of our list of best movies based on video games with Alone in the Dark. Alone in the Dark directed by Uwe Ball is a movie based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. Alone in the Dark follows Edward Carnby, a supernatural detective, who discovers that the Abskani were a lost tribe and worship demons. These evil creatures are trying to resurface in this world. Edward is the only hope to stop them with the help of Aline Cedrac. It’s an archeologist who is also his old flame. Can Edward and Aline stop sinister forces from trying to control Edward’s mind before it’s too late, or is it too late?
49. Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)
Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997) is based on the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. Each generation opens a portal between the Outer worlds and Earth. The mythical Outer world ruler, Emperor Shao-Kahn, (Brian Thompson), pounces when the portal opens again and slips through along with his powerful warriors. He is determined to doom and unify the world. He has seven days to finish his task under pressure. Opposition grows, and the warriors Sonya Blade Jax, Kitana, and Liu Kang prepare for war in Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
48. House of Dead (2003)
One more movie directed by Uwe Boll on this list is House of Dead (2003). House of Dead follows Simon and Greg, who meet up with a bunch of friends and head out to a remote island rave. They miss the ferry and decide to ride along with Kirk, a smuggler. The island is deserted when they arrive and find that all the partygoers are dead. The group now has to escape the dangerous creatures and seek safety. The only way to escape Kirk’s boat is overrun and the survivors must fight off the undead.
47. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) directed by Uwe Boll is based on the popular action-adventure video game franchise Dungeon Siege. n the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale follows a man named Farmer who sets out on a heroic journey to rescue his wife and kill their son, the Krugs, as war threatens an idyllic kingdom. Gallian, a villain, sends an evil army to overthrow King Reignito and take the throne.
46. BloodRayne (2005)
BloodRayne (2005) directed by Uwe Boll is based on the BloodRayne video gamer series and follows a vampire named Rayne. After spending most of her life in a traveling circus, Rayne, a human-vampire hybrid, escapes, and plots against her evil vampire father Kagan. She convinces three vampire hunters Sebastian, Katarin, and Vladimir to save her life and to join her cause. It will not be easy to slay a vampire as powerful and powerful as Kagan.
45. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
Up next on our list of best movies based on video games we have Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, takes its inspiration from the incredibly popular Street Fighter video game series. Bison, a crime boss, and his henchmen begin to fight for power in Bangkok’s slums, crushing anyone who stands in their way. A team of heroes rises to bring Bison to justice as the violence escalates. Chun-Li is a martial-arts master, and Interpol agent Charlie Nash, and Maya Sunee are fighting for the good side.
44. Postal (2007)
Postal (2007), directed by Uwe Boll is based on the Postal video game series. Like the video game series, the movie Postal was shocking, controversial, and overall vulgar. Postal (2007) opens with a prologue. It shows Asif and Nabi the two hijackers on Flight 11 during the 9/11 attacks. They debate the number of virgins they will get as a reward for their actions. After much discussion, they call Osama Bin Laden, their leader, and ask for the exact amount.
Osama informs them that “there are not enough virgins for everyone”. The hijackers then abandon the attack and change their flight path to the Bahamas in dismay. The plane’s passengers storm the cockpit to seize control of it. The terrorists attempt to reason with the passengers but to no avail. Eventually, the plane crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
43. Hitman Agent 47 (2015)
Hitman Agent 47 (2015) directed by Aleksander Bach is based on the popular video gamer series Hitman. Like the games, Hitman Agent 47 (2015) follows a professional assassin 47. 47 is an Agent, a super-soldier genetically enhanced by Dr. Petr Livenko, a Ukrainian geneticist. Litvenko was unable to bear the guilt for his creation and abandoned the Agent project. 47 is a hitman for ICA. He has spent the past few years searching for Litvenko’s daughter Katia. Delriego leads him to a source of information.
42. Street Fighter (1994)
Street Fighter (1994) is one more movie based on the Street Fighter video gamer series. In Street Fighter (1994) Civil war breaks out in Shadaloo, a Southeast Asian country. It was between General M. Bison, a drug lord turned general, and the Allied Nations under Colonel William F. Gulie. Bison has taken several A.N. Guile demands a ransom of US$20 million in three days from relief workers. Guile refuses and vows to track Bison down and place him on trial for his crimes.
But his assistant, Sergeant Cammy White, is the only partially able to pinpoint Bison’s location in the river-delta region outside the city. Guile’s friend Sergeant Carlos Charlie Blanka, is also one of the hostages. Who Bison orders are taken to his lab for his captive doctor and scientist, Dhalsim, to turn into the first of his super soldiers. Dhalsim secretly alters Charlie’s cerebral programming to keep him human, even though Charlie is left severely disabled by the procedure.
41. Wing Commander (1999)
Wing Commander (1999) was directed by the famous (or infamous depending on who you ask) Chris Roberts. Wing Commander (1999) is based on a video game series of the same name. In 2654, an interstellar war starts between two of the giants Terran Confederation and the Kilrathi Empire. The Kilrathi, look to eradicate all humankind.
Pegasus Station is attacked by a massive Kilrathi armada. It captures a navigation system, which will allow it to locate Earth. Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn remembers that the Terran fleet is there to defend Earth. However, he expects it will arrive two hours late. Tolwyn orders Lieutenant Christopher Blair to carry orders to TCS Tiger Claw to fight a suicidal delay action to buy time.
40. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
The next entry on our list of best movies based on video games is Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) directed by M.J. Basset. Silent Hill: Revelation is based on an excellent horror video game series called Silent Hill.
In Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) Sharon Da Silva and Christopher (her adoptive dad), moved from one town to the next over the past several years, changing their identities and taking on different names, including Harry Mason and Heather Mason. Heather believes they are fleeing police because Harry killed an individual in self-defense, and Rose Da Silva, her adoptive mother, was killed in a car accident. He has been protecting her against the Order, a cult from Silent Hill. Rose managed to rescue Heather from the fog using half of the Seal of Metatron talisman, but she was still trapped in Silent Hill.
39. Pokemon 4Ever (2002)
We don’t have to tell you what Pokemon 4Ever (2002) was based on because you are probably aware of the planetary popular Pokemon Anime Series and popular Pokemon Video Game series. Pokemon 4Ever (2002) folows a woman named Towa to warn a Pokemon trainer, Sam, about the “Voice of the Forest”, a Pokemon that can time travel. Celebi is attacked by a Pokemon hunter. Sam saves Celebi from the Pokemon hunter. However, Celebi uses her powers to travel back in time and takes Sam along with her. The Iron Masked Marauder is a sinister and cruel member of Team Rocket who seeks Celebi’s enslavement forty years later. The Marauder uses a Dark Ball against the hunter’s Pokemon “Tyranitar”. He orders it to use its Hyper Beam attack on most of his possessions.
38. Pokemon: The First Movie (1999)
Pokemon: The First Movie (1999) follows Misty, Ash Ketchum, and Brock who are sent to spend the day in a park designed for Pokemon. Togepi and Bulbasaur are joined by Squirtle. They also meet a group made up of Raichu, Cubone, and Marill who are bullies.
They compete in sports against each other, which leads to Ash’s Charizard getting its nose stuck in a pipe. Pikachu, his friends, and the bullies come together to free Charizard. They rebuild the park and spend the rest of the day having fun before they part ways when their trainers return.
Giovanni, the leader of Tram Rocket hires scientist Dr. Fuji to use his expertise in cloning to create a live weapon based on the eyelash from mythical Pokemon Mew. Giovanni discovers that Fuji is collaborating with Giovanni to finance his side project, the resurrection of his daughter Amber.
The weapon eventually acquires sentience in a laboratory and is named Mewtwo. Mewtwo meets Ambertwo’s salvaged consciousness, which is named Ambertwo. She also has clones of other Pokemon at the laboratory. Mewtwo is deeply traumatized by the decomposition and death of Ambertwo and other clones. Fuji calms Mewtwo to help him feel better.
37. Hitman (2007)
Hitman (2007) was the first movie in the series based on the Hitman video game franchise. In Hitman (2007) group of young boys is given tattoos with bar codes on their heads. They then learn how to use weapons and demolitions and build stamina and strength so they can become professionally-trained hitmen. Present-day Interpol agent Mike Whittier is brought home by Agent 47. They talk about 47’s past as a professional hitman who was trained and raised by an unknown paramilitary organization called the Organization.
36. Max Payne (2008)
Max Payne (2008) released in 2008 and directed by John Moore was based on the action video game series Max Payne. Max Payne, an NYPD Cold Case Unit detective, lost his wife Michelle and his infant daughter Rose to a horrible murder. Since that time Max has been obsessed with the search for his family’s killer. Max is brought under suspicion by the NYPD after Natasha, a friend of Max’s is brutally killed and Max’s wallet is discovered at the crime scene.
Max’s ex-partner, Alex Balder is killed in his own home. Alex informed Max about a possible link between Natasha’s suicide and the murder of his family. Max is being held as a murderer and Lt. Bravura, Internal Affairs, is charged with getting him in.
35. Pokemon Heroes (2003)
Up next on our list of best movies based on video games we have Pokemon Heroes released in 2003. Pokemon Heroes (2003) is about cute kids and their superpowered, cuddly creatures and is the fifth in the Game Boy series. It’s a gentle, sunny action tale with repetitive chase scenes and bouncy interludes. Annie and Oakley are two mean girls who steal a book from a library. This leads to the discovery of a pearl-like orb that powers Altamore’s defensive armaments.
Altamore is an island city with many canals but no discernible industry. The story is saved by twin Pokemon spirits, Latias & Latios. It’s accompanied by soundtrack lyrics about “best friend” and “one universe.” Written and directed jointly by Jim Malone, Kunihiko Yama, and Hideki Soda.
34. Doom (2005)
Doom (2005) directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak is based on one of the first FPS video games in the history, – Doom. Doom franchise was created by John Carmack. In Doom (2005) a wormhole portal, called the Ark, that leads to an ancient city of Mars is discovered beneath the Nevada desert in 2026. Twenty years later, an unknown assailant attacks the 85 employees of the Union Aerospace Corporation Mars research facility. A squad of eight Marines is sent to the research center following Dr. Carmack’s distress call. Squad leader, Sgt. Asher “Sarge”, Mahonin, “Duke”, “Goat”, “Destroyer”, Portman,” Mac”, a rookie, and John “Reaper” Grimm are all part of the team. They are on a search and destroy mission to Mars. Moreover, the concern of UAC is only retrieving computer data from their anthropology.
33. Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Assassin’s Creed (2016) directed by Justin Kurzel is based on the famous action-adventure video games series called Assassin’s Creed. In Assassin’s Creed (2016) Cal Lynch travels back to 15th century Spain using a new technology that unlocks his genetic memories. He experiences the life of Aguilar De Nerha, a distant relative, who is also a member of the Assassins. It’s a secret organization that defends free will against the power-hungry Templar Order. Cal is transformed by his past and begins to acquire the physical and mental skills needed to fight the oppressive organization in today’s world. Assassin’s creed video game series is soon getting its own tv-show on Netflix.
32. Pokemon The Movie 2000: The Power of One (2000)
Ash’s adventure in Pokemon The Movie 2000: The Power of One (2000) begins as a strong storm lands him and his friends at Shamouti Island, just as the islanders prepare to play the role of the hero in their annual festival. They offer the role to Ash and he accepts it because it sounds fun. This festival tells the story of three powerful Pokemon birds, Moltres Zapdos, Articuno, and Zapdos. Who protect nature’s balance by ruling over the elements of fire, lightning, and ice.
31. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil movie series is probably the most famous film franchise based on video games. The movie franchise was based on a popular horror game franchise called Resident Evil. In Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) the world is now exposed to a deadly virus discovered in a secret Umbrella Corporation laboratory beneath Raccoon City. To contain the virus, Umbrella closes the city and creates a ghost town in which everyone inside becomes a mutant zombie. Alice, a survivor of Umbrella’s secret laboratory, meets Jill Valentine, an ex-security officer at Umbrella, and Carlos Oliviera, a mercenary. They search together for a scientist that might be able to help.
30. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Up next on our list of best movies based on video games we have Tomb Raider! Lara Croft, the most popular interactive video-game character ever created, inspired this live-action feature. Lara Croft is beautiful and intelligent. She is the heroine in Eidos Interactive’s wildly successful “Tomb Raider” game series. One woman’s brave quest to save the planet is the inspiration for this game.
29. Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)
In Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001) Ash Ketchum, a young Pokemon trainer, and his friends travel to Greenfield, a beautiful mountain town, where they will meet the Unown. It’s one of the most mysterious Pokemon in Kids’ WB! Presents “Pokemon 3”: The Movie. This is two stories in one. It’s the third installment of the immensely popular Pokemon mythology. The feature-length adventure “Spell of Unown” is accompanied by a 22-minute bonus short called “Pikachu and Pichu”, starring the beloved Pikachu.
28. Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Ratchet & Clank (2016) directed by Kevin Munroe and Jerrice Cleland is based on a popular platform video games series called Ratchet & Clank. Ratchet is the last member of his species. He is a foolish lombax who was raised without a family. Clank is a tiny robot that has more brains than muscles. They stumble upon a weapon capable of destroying entire planets and they team up with the Galactic Rangers, a group of good-hearted people. They must work together to stop evil alien Chairman Drek from using this deadly technology. Ratchet, Clank and their friends learn valuable lessons about friendship, heroism, and discovering your own identity.
27. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
In Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Alice continues her fight against Umbrella Corp. in a world ravaged by the walking dead. She gathers survivors along the journey. Alice is joined by an old friend as she sets out to find a haven in Los Angeles. They find that the city is overrun by zombies and a trap waiting to spring. Resident Evil: Afterlife is an excellent entry in the Resident Evil franchise based on the horror games video game series of the same name.
26. Need For Speed (2014)
Need For Speed (2014) directed by Scott Waugh is based on the popular video game franchise of racing games called Need For Speed. In Need For Speed (2014) Tobey Marshall is a mechanic who races muscle cars on an underground circuit. He struggles to keep his business afloat and reluctantly joins forces with the wealthy, but treacherous Dino Brewster. Tobey is then accused by Dino of a crime which sends him to jail. Tobey is determined to revenge Dino two years later. His only hope of bringing down Dino is to defeat him in a high-stakes race. To get there in the time allowed, he must evade army cops and bounty hunters.
25. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Up next on our list of best movies based on video games we have Super Mario Bros. (1993). In Super Mario Bros. (1993) A meteorite crashed into Earth 65 million years ago. It killed the dinosaurs and split the universe into two separate dimensions. The survivors of the dinosaurs evolve into humanoids by crossing into another dimension.
Twenty years ago, a mysterious lady leaves behind a large egg and a rock at a Catholic orphanage. President Koopa confronts her as she tries to flee, demanding the location of the stone. The rocks then fall on the woman, killing them. The egg hatches and bears a baby girl.
Mario and Luigi, an Italian-American plumber brother, live in Brooklyn, New York. Anthony Scapelli, the mafia-operated Scapelli Construction Company is poised to drive them out of business. Luigi falls in love with Daisy, an NYU student who is digging beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to find dinosaur bones. After a date, Daisy takes Luigi to the bridge to see two of Scapelli’s men open the water pipes and sabotage them. Mario and Luigi fix the problem but are taken unconscious by Iggy, Spike, Koopa’s cousins, and henchmen, who kidnap Daisy. Mario and Luigi wake up and follow them through an interdimensional portal to Dinohattan.
24. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) follows Alice, a cloned Alice, who wakes up in a mansion and wanders its halls. She is then forced to escape from several security traps that mirror some of the events in the first film. Alice uses her new telekinetic abilities to escape and kill a security guard. But she is ultimately killed by the bouncing mine on her floor. Her body is dumped in a pit with many other Alice clones. This represents the failure of Umbrella Corporation’s ongoing Project Alice.
23. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) starts when a strong earthquake in Santorini, Greece, uncovers the Luna Temple. Alexander the Great built the temple to hide his valuable treasures. One of these treasures includes a glowing orb that has a pattern resembling an engraved code. Lara Croft, a treasure-hunting archaeologist, and her group discover the orb. However, they are attacked by Chen and Xien who are both crime lords and leaders in Shay Ling’s Chinese Syndicate Shay Ling. They kill the group and steal the orb, but Lara escapes with an unusual medallion.
22. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) follows Alice and her crew on the Umbrella Corporation freighter Arcadia getting attacked by a fleet of V-22 Ospreys with tiltrotor V-22 Ospreys. This attack resulted in the death of many survivors. Alice is captured in the attack, while Claire Redfield and Chris Redfield are still unknown.
The story now switches to suburban Alice, who lives with Todd and Becky, her deaf daughter. The Zombies attack and reveal that the suburbia was Raccoon City at the time of the contamination incident. Alice and Becky escape the undead by riding in Rain Ocampo’s car. Rain is knocked unconscious by a garbage truck as they flee. Alice hides Becky in another house but is attacked by a zombified Todd.
21. Warcraft (2016)
The movie Warcraft (2016) directed by Duncan Jones is based on an extremely popular and long-running video gamer franchise called Warcraft Warcraft (2016) starts off when a mysterious force called fel magic starts destroying Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs. Gul’dan is an orc warlock who unites the Horde’s orc clans and uses fel magic to take the lives of the captive Draenei. Gul’dan leads an orc Warband through the portal to capture Azeroth prisoners and to sacrifice them for the Horde. Durotan, chieftain, and wife of Frostwolf Clan, along with Orgrim Doomhammer, join the initial Warband.
Draka gives birth to Go’el when the orcs arrive in Azeroth. Gul’dan saves Go’el by removing the life of a nearby animal and injecting them with fel magic. Many settlements are attacked by the orcs in Azeroth. Anduin Lothar is the commander of the human forces in the Stormwind Kingdom. Khadgar, a trespassing wizard, investigates the bodies of the slain and explains that they contain traces of fel magic. Stormwind’s King, Llane Wrynn sends them to Karazhan to inform Medivh (Guardian of Tirisfal) about fel magic’s presence in Azeroth.
20. Silent Hill (2006)
The next entry on our list of best movies based on video games we have Silent Hill (2006) directed by Christopher Gans. Silent Hill (2006) follows Rose Da Silva and Christopher who are disturbed by Sharon, their adopted daughter. Sharon has a habit of waking up in the middle of the night and is having nightmares about Silent Hill. Silent Hill is a West Virginia town that was destroyed in a huge coal seam fire in the 1970s. Rose decides to take Sharon to Silent Hill, despite Christopher’s wishes. Rose flees Cybil but, when a girl walks out onto the road, Rose crashes into her car and blacks out. Rose wakes up a while later and finds herself in Silent Hill’s foggy dimension. She realizes Sharon is gone.
Rose searches the town in search of Sharon and finds the same girl that she met before the crash. She turns out to be very similar to Sharon. The town transforms at various points into a nightmare dimension, inhabited by terrifying inhuman monsters including the Pyramid Head. Cybil captures Rose and attempts to arrest her. However, he soon discovers that the two are trapped and that all roads are closed off.
Rose flees and is confronted by other inhuman beings. Rose survives the transitions and discovers that Alessa Gillespie is a young girl who was burned by the brethren, a town’s Manichean fanatic cult. Dahlia, her mother, wanders the streets guilt-free for her negligence which led to Alessa’s death.
Christopher and Thomas Gucci are still searching for an abandoned town in the real world. However, their search proves futile. Christopher finds a photo of Alessa and goes to the orphanage, where Sharon was adopted. Gucci shows up, telling Christopher that he was from Silent Hill and that he saved Alessa’s life from the flames. He encourages Christopher not to give up on his futile search for happiness and to go home.
19. D.O.A.: Dead Or Alive (2006)
D.O.A.: Dead Or Alive (2006) directed by Corey Yuen was based on Team Ninja fighting video game series called Dead or Alive. D.O.A.: Dead Or Alive (2006) follows a group of combat and martial arts masters who are invited to compete in a fighting competition, “Dead or Alive”. Which takes place on an isolated island at an advanced complex. The ultimate prize is $10 million. Kasumi, a shinobi-ninja-princess who is looking for Hayate, Tina (a professional wrestler), and Maximillian Marsh (her treacherous partner Maximillian Marsh), are among the competitors.
Hayabusa, a friend, and Hayate follow Kasumi to ensure her safety and use the invitation to DOA to do this. Helena Douglas, the daughter of the tournament’s founder, is the final competitor. They are greeted upon arrival by Dr. Victor Donovan who is the island’s supervisor and egghead Weatherby who gathers data from fights to help with a mysterious project. Ayane, a Kasumi colony assassin, has been following Kasumi to kill her and end the disgrace she has done to the clan.
18. Double Dragon (1994)
Double Dragon (1994) is one more movie based on the martial arts video game series called Double Dragon. Double Dragon (1994) was directed by James Yukich and follows An evil army of shadow fighters terrorizing Shang-sa, a great Chinese city, thousands of years ago. The good king gave his life to save his people and created a magical medallion. The king realized the power of the medallion and split it in half. He gave power over the body to one son and power over the soul to the other.
Koga Shuko is a crime lord turned businessman. He explains to his subordinates about the Double Dragon magic medallion, which has been divided into two parts. He takes one and orders his henchmen, to get the other.
After completing a citywide curfew, Billy and Jimmy Lee, their brothers and guardian/adoptive mothers, head home with Satori Imada, Satori’s mother. They are stopped by gang members as they travel along the street.
This is due to an uneasy agreement with the police department that prevents them from running riot during the day. The Power Corps, a group consisting of vigilantes led by Marian Delario, the daughter of the police chief, helps them escape. Bo Abobo, a gang leader discovers that Satori has the second half of the medallion and reports it to Shuko. He is made a giant for his inability to secure it.
17. The Wizard (1989)
The Wizard (1989) directed by Todd Holland follows Jimmy Woods who has PTSD from the death of his twin sister Jennifer two years ago. He is prone to wandering off-road and carries a lunchbox around with him, while often repeating the phrase “California”.
Jimmy’s parents split after Jennifer’s passing. Jimmy lives with his mother Christine, and his stepfather Mr. Bateman. His older half-brothers Nick (and Corey) live with their father Sam. Christine and Mr. Bateman become frustrated by Jimmy’s behavior and decide to place Jimmy in an institution. Unwillingly, Corey sneaks Jimmy away and they begin walking to Los Angeles. Nick and Sam decide to bring the boys home while competing against Mr. Putnam. The Wizard (1989) is regarded as a movie that officially introduced Super Mario Bros. 3 to North America due to its constant Nintendo product placement.
16. Tekken (2010)
Tekken (2010) was based on a science fiction martial arts sim video gamer series called Tekken. Tekken (2010) is only loosely based on video games. In Tekken (2010) All territories have been destroyed by world wars and corporations now control them, with Tekken being the most powerful and cruel of all. Jin Kazama witnesses the death of Jun by Tekken at the slums called Anvil. Vowing revenge, Jin Kazama is armed only with his street smarts, raw fighting skills, and street smarts. He must beat the best fighters in the world to become the “King the Iron Fist.” Tekken video game franchise also spawned a popular Netflix series called Tekken: Bloodline.
15. Far Cry (2008)
Up next on our list of best movies based on video games we have one more movie directed by Uwe Boll Far Cry (2008). Far Cry (2008) was based on a video game franchise called Far Cry and it follows a mercenary team in a remote jungle, tracking down several escapees, only to be killed by a single mutant. Their employer, Dr. Kurier, is made aware of the incident and asked Krieger to stop his research. But Krieger refused. The film then cuts to Valerie Cardinal. An American journalist is receiving information about Krieger’s research and other details from an informant. To receive the rest, she agrees to meet him on a remote South Asian Island.
Valerie hires Jack Carver, a former special forces operative, as her skipper to get her to the island. She tells Jack about Max her uncle during the trip. Jack denies ever having known Max. Jack’s boat makes it to the island. It turns out Krieger’s mercenaries captured Max and forced him into revealing the location. Jack escapes after Valerie is taken and the boat is destroyed. Jack robs a nearby guard of a gun and rescues Valerie. Although he insists on leaving the island, Valerie refuses to go without Max.
They hijack a mercenary car and drive to their main compound where they are again captured. Jack is held captive in an empty cell along with a former member of the cooking staff. Valerie and Jack attempt to escape while Valerie has dinner with Krieger. Krieger orders the mercenaries to unleash Max, a mutant who has been transformed into Jack, on Jack and the cook after he sees them trying to escape on camera. Jack can convince Max to stop listening to Krieger after a short fight. Max attacks the mercenaries and then releases the other mutants.
14. Resident Evil (2002)
In Resident Evil (2002) Milla and Michelle Jovovich play the leading roles in a commando team that must enter “the hive”. An underground genetics lab run by the authoritative Umbrella Corporation. A deadly virus has infected the laboratory’s staff and will resurrect them as the Un-dead. The team now has three hours to shut down supercomputers at the lab and close the facility, before the virus overruns the Earth.
13. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) follows Alice, a former Umbrella employee who became a rogue warrior and joins her friends to attack the headquarters of the company. Which is located beneath what was once Raccoon City. The Red Queen is aware that Alice is coming and will decide if the rest of the world lives or dies.
12. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) directed by Mike Newel is a movie based on the action-adventure video games series The Prince of Persia. The Sands of Time are found in Alamut, the holy city. They give mortals the ability to reverse time. Dastan, an adopted son of Persia’s king, leads an attack on the city. He then acquires a dagger which grants the person who holds it access to the Sands. After being accused of murdering his father, Dastan runs away with Tamina, an Alamut princess. They must defend the treasure and uncover the assassin.
11. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
A popular video gamer series called Angry Bird inspired our next movie on the list of best movies based on video games. The Angry Birds Movie (2016) follows Red, a flightless bird, who is happy and able to get through the daily hassles of life. Red’s temperament leads him to anger management classes, where he meets Chuck and Bomb. Red gets even more upset when his feathered brothers welcome green pigs on their island paradise. Red becomes more agitated when the swine start to get under Red’s skin. Red teams up with Chuck and Bomb in an attempt to discover the true reason for their arrival.
10. Mortal Kombat (1995)
Mortal Kombat, is a tournament in martial arts that takes place once a generation between representatives from Earth and Outworld. It is created by the Elder Gods to counter the imminent invasion of Outworld. If Outworld wins ten consecutive victories, the Earthrealm’s emperor will be victorious.
They have won nine times already. Rayden, the god, and protector of the Earth realm and Shaolin monk Liu Kang and Johnny Cage, a movie star, and Sonya Blade, a special forces officer, have chosen them to stop Outworld from winning their tenth consecutive tournament. Shang Tsung, the tournament host, seeks revenge on Liu; crime boss Kano lures Sonya onto the ship heading for Shang Tsung’s island. Johnny tries to discredit media claims about his martial arts skills. Mortal Kombat (1995) was inspired by popular video game series called Mortal Kombat.
9. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within blurs the line between computer animation and reality. It is the first feature-length movie to bring vivid photo-realism into computer-generated human characters. This futuristic, thrilling action-adventure pits earth and its citizens against the ultimate enemy: mysterious aliens who steal all life on the planet’s energy. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) was based on one of the most popular video game series of all time, Final Fantasy.
8. Monster Hunter (2020)
Monster Hunter (2020) was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and is based on a video gamer series of the same name – Monster Hunter. A Hunter is a warrior who is trained to hunt and kill large, fierce monsters in the New World. He is forced from his group when the ship of the Hunter is attacked by the Diablos.
U.S. Army Ranger Captain Natalie Artemis, along with her United Nations security group, search for a deserted soldier team. They are pulled into the New World by a sudden storm, where they discover the remains of the soldiers and their vehicles. The Hunter watches the group and fires a warning signal as the Diablos approach them. The Diablos, impervious to bullets or grenades attacks the squad and kills two of them.
The survivors escape to a cave where they are attacked and snatched by Nerscyllas, a group of spider-like monsters. Artemis is paralyzed by a paralyzing poison and the other survivors try to save her. However, Nerscyllas continue to arrive and swarm them. Artemis awakens in a Nerscylla cave, where her team is dead or infected by Nerscyllaspawn. She then escapes the lair setting the monsters ablaze.
After fighting with each other, she finds the Hunter above ground and they reluctantly agree to cooperate. Artemis discovers that the Sky Tower, which is located in the desert, creates the portals. The Hunter tells Artemis that they must kill the Diablos to reach the Tower. Artemis learns how the Hunter uses his unique bladed weapons to fight and assists him in setting up a trap for Nerscylla to kill the Diablos. Artemis delivers the final blow but the Hunter is severely wounded. Artemis constructs a temporary stretcher and carries the Hunter across the desert.
7. Rampage (2018)
Rampage (2018) directed by Brad Peyton is a movie based on the video game series Rampage. Rampage (2018) follows Davis Okoye, a primatologist, who has a strong bond with George, a silverback gorilla who’s been his caregiver since birth. A rogue genetic experiment causes George, a wolf, and a reptile, to grow to monstrous sizes. Okoye joins forces with a discredited geneticist and military to stop the mutant beasts from causing destruction.
6. Tomb Raider (2018)
Tomb Raider (2018) follows Lara Croft as a bicycle courier after her father, Lord Richard Croft, disappeared. After a collision with a police vehicle, Lara Croft is arrested while participating in a bet with the couriers. Ana Miller, Richard’s business partner, posts Lara’s bail and asks her to accept her inheritance. Lara believes her dad is still alive. Miller warns Lara that she will lose her Croft Manor family estate if Lara doesn’t claim her inheritance.
Lara accepts the offer and goes into a secret chamber of her father’s tomb. There, she discovers a recorded video message from Richard explaining his research into Himiko, the mythical queen of Yamatai. Who is believed to have the power to control life and death? Richard warns Lara not to destroy his research. Lara ignores his warnings and continues her investigation.
Lara, not having yet received her inheritance, is forced to pawn her father’s jade pendant. Lara uses the money to travel to Hong Kong, where she hires Lu Ren as captain of the ship Endeavour to sail to the Devil’s Sea and Yamatai. Lara is knocked unconscious when the ship sinks in a severe storm. Mathias Vogel is the leader of an expedition that seeks to find Himiko’s tomb.
Lara awakens to see him. Trinity, a shadowy group that seeks to harness Himiko’s power and weaponize it, has funded the expedition. Vogel holds Lara captive, accusing her of murdering her father. He also reveals that he plans to use Richard’s research for his expedition. Lara and Lu Ren are added to his slave force. They both try to escape but Lara is the only one who succeeds.
5. Mortal Kombat (2021)
In “Mortal Kombat (2021)” MMA fighter Cole Young is used to taking a beating in exchange for money. Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung sent Sub-Zero, an alternate Cryomancer, as his best warrior to track Cole down. Cole runs for Sonya Blade, fearing for his safety. Jax, a Special Forces Major, directs him to find her.
Soon, Cole finds himself at Lord Raiden’s temple, an Elder God who protects Earthrealm and grants sanctuary to all who have the mark. Cole is accompanied by Kung Lao, Liu Kang, and Kano, who are preparing to fight alongside the greatest heroes of Earth against the Outworld’s enemies in a high-stakes battle for control over the universe. Cole will need to be pushed to unlock the power within his soul that allows him to save his family and stop Outworld once for all.
4. Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)
Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) was inspired by a popular video games series Sonic The Hedgehog. A seemingly ordinary day in San Francisco is interrupted by an amazing spectacle. An anthropomorphic hedgehog wearing blue fur, white gloves, and red shoes runs through the city at a breathtaking speed. While a flying machine, piloted by a mustachioed scientist in red, chases it and unleashes explosive energy blasts. Sonic, the hedgehog, stops to tell the story.
He then rewinds to his childhood, describing the idyllic island he lived on, with its palm trees, waterfalls, and loop-de-loops made from earth. Longclaw, his loving surrogate mother, told him to keep his natural-born powers secret. He recalls running joyfully across the island, enjoying life, and taking full advantage of his natural-born abilities.
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)ž
Up next on our list of movies based on video games we have Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019). Tim Goodman, 21, is an insurance adjuster in the Pokemon universe. He abandoned his dream to become a Pokemon trainer after the death of his mother, and the separation from Harry, his father, who is a detective police officer. The police in Ryme City contact Tim to inform him that Pokemon battles are not allowed and humans live together in harmony.
Harry’s friend Detective Hideo Yoshida informs him that Harry died in a car accident. To sort out the situation, Tim visits Harry’s apartment and meets Harry’s police partner, Detective Hideo Yoshida. He is a deerstalker-clad amnesiac-speaking Pikachu who only Tim understands; everyone else hears him saying “Pika-Pika”. Tim accidentally releases “R,” a mysterious purple gas from Harry’s office. A party of Aipom becomes rabid due to the gas’s effects.
2. Werewolves Within (2021)
Werewolves Within (2021) directed by Josh Ruben is a movie based on a video game of the same name. Werewolves Within (2021) follows Finn Wheeler, a forest ranger, who is assigned to Beaverfield. The residents of a small town are divided by Sam Parker’s proposed pipeline. Finn meets Cecily Moore, a mail carrier, upon his arrival. A blizzard strikes Beaverfield that night and knocks out power, forcing residents to seek refuge in Jeanine Sherman’s lodge. Trisha Anderson’s dog, Trisha, is attacked by unknown assailants. This causes tensions to rise in the area.
1. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
In The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Red, now a hero and protector of Bird Island, was created three years after Piggy Island was destroyed by the Birds as retribution to the Pigs for the theft of their eggs. The pigs led by King Leonard Mudbeard are engaged in prank warfare against the birds after rebuilding Piggy Island. One day, an enormous ice ball from Eagle Island crashes into the ocean near Piggy Island. This forces the pigs and birds to agree to a temporary truce. Zeta, leader of Eagle Island is furious at her frozen surroundings. She wants to take control of the islands by firing ice balls from a superweapon to force their inhabitants to leave.