Top 10 Video Game Movies of all Time

“Failure doesn’t mean game over; it means try again with experience.” It is a very famous quote among gamers. So, keeping this aside, have you ever wondered what the top video game movies in today’s time are?

Also, do you know what makes these movies come in today’s top 10 list? Yes, in this article, we will discuss the full 10 video game movies and their reason for doing so.

Best video game movies. (Source: Goodreads)

Hence, we have compiled today’s top 10 video game movies list. So, stay tuned to find out if your favorite video game movie makes it to this list.

Top 10 Video Game Movies of all Time

All movies are unique and sound in their ways, just like the taste and preferences of the viewers are also excellent. So, the video game movies here are also ranked based on their popularity and media coverage.

RatingNameReleased year
1Detective Pikachu2019
2Sonic the Hedgehog2020
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2010
4Assassin’s Creed2016
5Tomb Raider2001
6Warcraft 2016
7Need for Speed2014
8Mortal Kombat2021
9Resident Evil2002
10Hitman2007

10. Hitman

Based on the video game series, Hitman is an action thriller movie directed by Xavier Gens. This movie got to enter the theatres in late 2007.

Hitman
Hitman (Source: IGN Brasil)

However, even though the game was released 14 years ago, it still has one of the best action-thriller scenes in the genre.  

Moreover, the video game movie showcases the story of a professional hitman, Agent 47. He was raised as an orphan by an agency organization that performs hired assassination activities. Trained from a very young age in the art of killing, Agent 47 is excellent in his job. 

Being assigned to kill the president of Russia, Agent 47 finds out that the employers have betrayed him. As a result, to prove his innocence, he takes a prostitute and another witness with him, fleeing from the Russian secret service and Interpol. 

Above all, the thrilling action scenes of these top video game movies are sure to keep you at the edge of your seats. 

This is to say, the film was budgeted for around $24 million, but it successfully grossed $101.3 million. 

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9. Resident Evil

We’ve all heard of the Resident Evil game; if not, then we’ve heard about the video game movie at any point. Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, it is an action-horror movie based on Resident Evil’s famous video game franchise.

Resident Evil
Resident Evil (Source: IMDb)

Starring the signature actress Milla Jovovich (Alice) and Michelle Rodriguez as leaders of an elite military team of Umbrella Corporation has an impossible mission in their hands.

A mission to break into “the hive,” an underground genetics laboratory operated by the corporation. 

However, a deadly virus has been released, killing and turning all the lab personnel and animals into malicious flesh-eating monsters at the genetic research facility.

As a result, the elite team has about three hours to shut down the facility and save the Earth before the virus overruns the facility. 

As famous as the video game franchise is, these top video game movies have also made a mark on the movie industry. With its years and years of successful journey, one more is to release this year, “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon city.” 

The video game movie, budgeted for around $33 million, earned about $102 million.

8. Mortal Kombat 

Fatality! is one of the most famous words from the Mortal Kombat game franchise. Since the game’s first release in 1992, the combat video game franchise has been the number one fan favorite.

Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat (Source: DevianArt)

Moreover, the game was soo popular that different movie directors and producers decided to make a video game movie based on the video game multiple times. In total, there are three movies based on video games. 

Therefore, based on the movie’s popularity, quality, and action scenes, we’ve decided to put the recently released Mortal Kombat 2021 on today’s list. 

The video game movie directed by Simon McQuoid is an action-fantasy film.

In the movie, MMA fighter Cole Young is hunted by Sub-Zero. As a result, to keep himself from harm’s way, Cole seeks shelter at the temple of Lord Raiden.

However, to take on enemies from the otherworld and protect the universe, Cole trains himself alongside Earth’s greatest champions, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and the rogue mercenary Kano.

The video game movie had a budget of $55 million, and its box office reached $83.6 million.

7. Need for Speed

“I feel the need, the need for speed” is a famous quote from the legendary actor Tom Cruise. If Mr. Cruise didn’t feel his need for speed in his movie, he would feel it in this one. 

Need For Speed
Need For Speed (Source: MobyGames)

Directed by Scot Waugh, the video game movie is an action thriller blockbuster movie released in early 2014. In the film Tobey Marshall, a mechanic/underground street racer, gets framed by his rival (Dino) for a crime, sending him to prison for two years. 

After completing his sentence, Tobey plans to take revenge on Dino upon release. A plan to beat Dino in a high-stakes illegal street race. However, the goal is only possible if he can evade through an army of bounty hunters and police, whose after him. 

The video game movie, with a budget of $66 million, boxed the office for $203.3 million. 

6. Warcraft

WOW, or World of Warcraft, is one of the biggest/most popular MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game).

Moreover, the video game happened to be soo popular that the in-game items were limitedly produced in the real world by the game company (Blizzard Entertainment) and were sold to the fans.

The items were later auctioned for thousands due to their popularity. 

Warcraft: Real-size action figure. (Source: Flickr)

Looking at what the fans wanted and wished for the most, director Duncan Jones mid-2016 released the video game movie ‘Warcraft.’

The action fantasy video game movie starts with a desperate scuffle between the orcs and humans. The orcs’ shaman (Gul’dan) desperately tries to escape from their dying world into the human realm (Azeroth).

As a result, the shaman uses his dark magic to open a portal between two worlds. With the help of Blackhand (the most potent of the orc clan) and the orc clan (Horde), they devise a plan to invade and conquer the human realm. 

However, to protect Azeroth from the atrocious invaders, King Llane, the mighty warrior Anduin Lothar, and the most powerful wizard Medivh along with their army, face the Horde in a ferocious battle. 

As the battle between these two races brews, each side starts to question if this war is essential. 

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The video game movie blew up the box office with $439 million. The film had a budget of $160 million. 

Above all, Warcraft belongs at the number four spot on our top video game movies list. 

5. Tomb Raider

Directed by Simon West, the action-adventure film is based on the most popular video game ‘Tomb Raider.’ The fan favorite among the top video game movies was released in 2001.

Similarly, the video game movie features Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) on her journey across the world, searching for a time-controlling artifact. But unfortunately, Croft has to battle against an evil secret society that wants the relic for its malicious intentions. 

Tomb Raider: Starring Angelina Jolie. (Source: Flickr)

Moreover, the Tomb Raider video game franchise is one of the most popular games in the Single-player category. 

The video game movie was budgeted for around $90-106 million, costing the box office $275 million. 

4. Assassin’s Creed

Released in late 2016, Assasin’s Creed is a  dystopian science fiction action film. Justin Kurzel’s video game movie is based on the popular game series ‘Assassin’s Creed.’

Assasin's Creed
Assasin’s Creed (Source: Epic Games)

In the movie, Cal Lynch (the protagonist) discovers he is a legendary assassin descendant. 

However, with the help of groundbreaking technology, Cal unlocks his ancestral genetic memories from his DNA and travels back to 15th century Spain.

There he experiences the memory of his distant forefather (a member of the Assassins), who has been fighting against the Templars Order to protect the people’s free will. 

Therefore, Cal becomes enlightened by the assassins’ past ancestral memories, knowledge, skill, and will. And he uses the same power to fight against the oppressive organization ruling the present. 

It was budgeted for $125 million and boxed the office for $240.7 million. 

3. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

I believe you have heard of the legendary game series of the ‘Prince of Persia.’ Moreover, it is the one game that every gamer knows about. Probably the first game for most gamers out there. 

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia (Source: MSPoweruser)

The global fanbase just wanted one more thing. Yes! a movie. A movie about the game. In mid-2010, when director Mike Newell released the video game movie, this dream was made possible.

Among many other video game movies out there, this one indeed belongs on the top video game movies list.

In the movie Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), the Prince of the Persian kingdom is framed as the murderer of his father (King Sharaman) by his uncle.

As a result, the innocent Prince teams up with Princess Tamina to expose his evil uncle and stop him from getting his hands on the dagger that controls the time. 

With a $150-200  million budget, the film hit the box office with a gross of $336.4 million.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

If not the movie, we’ve heard of the legendary Sonic game. The video game is developed and owned by Sega Corporation (a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher).

Directed by Jeff Fowler, the action-adventure comedy movie was released in mid-2020. The film features Sonic (an extraterrestrial hedgehog) who finds his way to Earth through the portal created from his stack of golden rings.

However, he encounters an evil scientist (Starring Jim Carrey) who intends to use Sonic’s powers for his selfish desires. 

Sonic Cosplay. (Source: Flickr)

The fan-favorite movie with an $85-90 million budget earned a gross of $306.8 million. Moreover, video game is second on the top video game movies list.

Its part 2 will be released in April of 2022.

1. Detective Pikachu

Because Ryan Reynolds was voicing our favorite yellow fuzz ball Pikachu, this had to be the best video game movie. 

Moreover, the film, made with a budget of $150 million, grossed the blockbuster with $433 million. 

Detective Pikachu. (Source: Facebook)

Directed by Rob Letterman, the 2019 family adventure movie features Tim (son of Ace detective Harry Goodman) after the mysterious demise of his father, going on an adventure to find out the cause.

However, Tim runs into his father’s Pokemon partner, Pikachu. As a result, they join forces to uncover the mystery left behind by Tim’s father.

Most importantly, Detective Pikachu is the number one spot on the top video game movies list. 

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Conclusion

So, each movie hits each of us differently; as a result, this rating might not be relatable to everyone. However, it all depends on our tastes and preferences.

Hope you liked our compilation. For more exciting content like these, do revisit us.

Until next time!

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