Do video game movies do justice to the video games they are adapted from? Many fans do not think so. However, some of these video game movies have gone ahead to gross a large amount at the Box Office while keeping faithful to the storyline or concept of the video game. Below is a list of the ten best video game movies ever.
Top 10 best video game movies
10. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Casting Angelina Jolie in this 2001 action adventure film, an adaptation from the video game from British developer Core Design, paid off as it was top grossing in the box office in its first week. A sequel was released in 2003.
9. Silent Hill
Adapted from Konami’s 1996 survival horror video game ‘Silent Hill’, this French Canadian supernatural horror movie was released in 2006. With a budget of $50 million and starring Radha Mitchell, this film has grossed over $100 million. In 2012, a sequel was released and was modestly received.
8. Mortal Kombat
This movie keeps true to the video game by featuring a tournament setting where characters fight to the death. It also has Nostalgic 90’s effects and a techno theme song that endears it to the audience. Directed by Paul W.S Anderson, it had a budget $18 m and grossed over $122 million on the Box Office.
7. Need for Speed
This action movie was produced by Steven Spielberg and is a faithful adaptation of the electronic arts video game franchise by the same name. Starring Aaron Paul as the lead actor, the film grossed over $200 million at the Box Office.
6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
This Disney 2010 action fantasy movie is an adaptation from the video game with the same name developed by Ubisoft. With a big budget of $150–200 million, this film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this film grossed more than $336 million.
This movie, written and directed by Steven Lisberger in 1982, was adapted from Pong, one of the oldest video game movies, and features special effects in the form of Clunky 1980’s Computer graphics. Famously denied an Academy award for its use of computer effects, it later became revolutionary by influencing many modern computer animators.
4. Assassin’s Creed
This is a 2016 American action movie based on the video game Assassin’s creed from Ubisoft. It had a large budget of $125 million and grossed only $240 million on the Box Office. The movie slightly deviates from the storyline in the video game but still retains the setting of the game.
3. Resident Evil
Based on the 1996 survival horror video game developed by Capcom, this 2002 movie, was written and directed by Paul W.S Anderson and starred Milla Jovovich in the lead role. The movie has had five other series, making the franchise the highest-grossing film series based on video games, earning over $915 million worldwide.
Wreck-It Ralph is originally the main antagonist in the video game, Fix- It- Felix. This animated movie is not based on a single video game but produced as a tribute to old 8-bit computer games, like Sugar Rush and Hero’s duty. It was released in 2012 by Disney and has earned over $470 million at the Box office. It also bagged an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
This movie was based on the popular MMO video game, World of Warcraft, from game developer Blizzard Entertainment and is a faithful adaptation of the video game. It was directed by Duncan Jones and released in 2016, ten years after production was announced. It is the best performing video game of all time grossing over $433 million.