10 Movies Like Ready Player One

One of the latest films by the cult director Steven Spielberg is distinguished not only by impressive special effects, but also by extraordinary plot twists.

The events take place in 2045 and revolve around an ordinary guy Wade Watts, who, like other earthlings, is forced to “live” in virtual reality, which has long become much more interesting than the surrounding reality. The cinema industry is full of films like Ready Player One, and we invite you to check out some of them.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Nerve (2016)

Vee is a shy schoolgirl who has become addicted to a popular online game. Participants need to complete various tasks invented for them by other players. The most successful and dexterous users receive monetary rewards. The stakes are raised, and now Vee realizes that she will not be able to quit the game so easily: she has become a pawn in someone else’s sophisticated plan.

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First of all, the film is similar in that players have to complete difficult tasks in order to achieve the goal. During the passage of the levels, Vee, like Wade, finds true love and risks his life, opposing a powerful organization.

Original title:
Nerve

Cast:
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Mead

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

A group of teenagers miraculously ends up in the video game Jumanji. Once in virtual reality, the guys realize that here they do not look like real ones at all: they have a different appearance and skills. To get home, students have to go through several levels, but at the same time they must not forget that they have a limited number of “lives”, and, having died in the game, they most likely will not be able to return to reality.

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One of the most exciting adventure movies in the list of movies like Ready Player One. In both stories, the characters enter the game in an unusual form, possessing previously missing skills.

Original title:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Cast:
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+

Gamer (2009)

John was sentenced to life in prison for an atrocity he had nothing to do with. The guy has a chance to be free, but for this he needs to become a member of some experimental Game. He receives the nickname Cable, and before the eyes of thousands of people, he goes through level after level, becoming a national hero. However, not everyone is happy with his success, and this can threaten him with real death.

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The films are similar in that in each of them the character enters the game, subsequently gaining recognition from the public. At a certain point, this success begins to work against him, and he finds himself in mortal danger.

Original title:
Gamer

Cast:
Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
18+

13th floor (1999)

Scientists create a virtual simulation that completely repeats a certain area of ​​reality – not only the area itself, but also the people who lived in it with their thoughts and consciousness. Hanon Fuller, who founded the project, recreates Los Angeles in 1937 – the city and the period of his childhood. Soon, a worried professor calls an employee, Douglas Hall, and anxiously asks for an immediate meeting. The next day, Fuller is revealed to be dead, and Hall is now a suspect.

Fans of movies like Ready Player One will surely find the 13th Floor plot very exciting. The heroes have to investigate mysterious crimes, acting both in the fictional world and in the real one.

Original title:
The Thirteenth Floor

Cast:
Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Muller-Stahl

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Sam Flynn is the grown-up son of Kevin, who disappeared many years ago after actively studying computer programs. The guy wants to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of his father, and suddenly he finds himself in a dangerous cybernetic space that has become a haven for Kevin.

Sam, like Wade, becomes part of a vast computer universe. Having solved the riddle hidden in the virtual labyrinths, the hero can prevent the spread of evil in the real world.

Original title:
Tron

Cast:
Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
12+

Existence (1999)

Allegra Gella is the creator of the computer game “Existence”. At a presentation, a young woman is attacked by a psychopath who wants to destroy her offspring. The heroine is forced to hide from the criminal, and asks her colleague Ted to connect to the damaged system in order to identify problems. The guy gets into a virtual space that is incredibly similar to our world.

In many ways, the film is similar to Ready Player One sci-fi, and one of the main similarities is that the character has to fight enemies not only in computer space, but also in real life.

Original title:
eXistenZ

Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm

Country:
Canada, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+

Avatar (2009)

Jake was once a Marine, but as a result of the tragedy, he was confined to a wheelchair. The authorities offer him an unusual task: to travel a few light years to the planet Pandora. There he should complete the mission of extracting valuable minerals with other earthlings. In this universe, Jake’s consciousness is transferred into an avatar – a creature similar to the inhabitants of Pandora.

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In both films, the characters find themselves in another universe, taking on an alien appearance there. They have to deal with great danger, while gaining friends and love in parallel.

Original title:
Avatar

Cast:
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+

Lawnmower Man (1992)

Trace is a talented scientist who has taken on the development of a new program and decided to test it on a mentally retarded lawn mower. Having introduced Jobe into the computer world, the researcher makes him a real genius. Outside observers secretly interfere with the experiments, and Jobe becomes a psychopath who wants to take over the planet with the help of virtual space.

The Lawnmower Man is similar to the movie Ready Player One (2018) in its setting. The main plot moves take place in virtuality. There is also a serious transformation of the hero’s personality thanks to a computer program.

Original title:
The Lawnmower Man

Cast:
Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright

Country:
UK, USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age limit:
16+

Dark Tower (2017)

Eleven-year-old American Jake sees in a dream a mysterious expanse in which there is a certain Dark Tower, a Man in Black and a brave Shooter. The boy constantly draws everything he sees on paper, causing his parents to doubt his mental health. Fearing that he will be sent to a hospital, the student runs away from home and finds himself in a place that he has already seen in his dreams.

The key similarity is that the hero learns another dimension, and, despite his young age, only he can save him. Another world is closely intertwined with the life of the main character, gradually replacing his real life.

Original title:
The Dark Tower

Cast:
Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+

Call (2016)

A team of famous online game players receives a special invitation from a powerful corporation. They are invited to put on high-tech equipment and experience a new revolutionary game. The participants in the experiment are delighted with what is happening, but gradually realize that for every mistake they can pay with real life.

The final representative of films like “Ready Player One” was a fantastic action movie , whose characters also became part of the game world and at some point realized that this could lead to death in reality.

Original title:
The Call Up

Cast:
Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
16+

Do you know other similar films? Add to the list in the comments!

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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