20 best movies based on computer games

The popularity of computer games has not passed by the cinema. A lot of sensational shooters, fighting games, strategies, arcades and racing have got their spectacular movie versions. Of course, when watching an action movie, you won’t be able to control the actions of the characters, but you can better feel the characters and find out what’s left “behind the scenes” of the completed levels. The video game films that have been released from our selection will show familiar game universes from an unusual angle.

Main character (2021)

An employee of a large bank lives an ordinary life and is quite happy with everything until he realizes that he is in a video game. A modest clerk in virtual reality is assigned the role of a minor minor character, and the developers intend to end the project. The hero is not satisfied with this state of affairs. A friendly guy in a blue shirt takes fate into his own hands to win the love of a beautiful girl and save the gaming universe from the apocalypse .

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

Original title:
Free Guy

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Comedy

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age Limits :
16+


Mortal Kombat (2021)

The novelty of the cinema, which has become one of the most sensational films of recent years, based on computer games, is based on a cult fighting game. A mixed martial arts fighter discovers another reality, where people with superpowers fight in a deadly battle that decides the fate of the world. In addition to physical strength, the hero will also have to train the power of his soul, so that each blow, filled with magic, helps to restore justice.

Original title:
Mortal Kombat

Genre:
Action, fantasy, sci-fi

Actors:
Lewis Tan, Joe Taslim, Jessica McNamee …

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Sonic Movie (2020)

The super-fast character of the popular video game, the blue hedgehog Sonic, arrives on Earth from another planet. The stranger befriends a humble provincial sheriff. The appearance of the hedgehog has not gone unnoticed by the supervillains – the mad inventor Robotnik is eager to capture Sonic in order to use the alien’s abilities to take over the world. However, on the way, a crazy genius has an alliance of rapid speeds and true friendship .

Original title:
Sonic the Hedgehog

Genre:
Action, comedy, fantasy, adventure

Actors:
James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Rothwell …

Country:
USA, Japan, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


Monster Hunter (2020)

The list of the best films on computer games continues with an interesting fantasy action movie. A detachment of elite fighters, following the trail of missing comrades-in-arms, is transferred through a portal to a parallel world inhabited by gigantic monsters. The monsters seem terrible and invincible, but the brave captain Artemis and her subordinates are not used to retreat. A local lone hunter will help to defeat the terrible creatures.

Original title:
Monster Hunter

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Milla Jovovich, Tony Jah, Ron Perlman…

Country:
USA, China, Germany, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


The Witcher (TV series 2019)

The script of the popular fantasy series is based on a series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which also became the inspiration for the famous video game. Witcher Geralt of Rivia wanders the world and saves the locals from monsters for a moderate fee. That’s just people are often much more dangerous than any monsters. Immediately after the film adaptation of fantasy, the army of Internet memes was replenished due to the song of the bard Dandelion “Pay the Witcher with a minted coin …”.

Original title:
The Witcher

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, drama, horror

Actors:
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Joey Baty …

Country:
Poland, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Pokémon. Detective Pikachu (2019)

The first feature-length feature film based on a game from the legendary Pokémon franchise. A young guy is investigating the mysterious disappearance of his own father, an experienced private detective. The talkative electric Pokemon Pikachu, who has the makings of a brilliant detective, is helping the guy solve the case. A joint investigation leads the seekers of truth on the trail of a terrible conspiracy that threatens both people and Pokémon.

Original title:
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, detective, adventure, family

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Katherine Newton …

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
6+


Tomb Raider: Lara Croft (2018)

A young eccentric girl, who famously cuts through the city on a bike , tries to shed light on the circumstances under which her father disappeared. An avid lover of antiquities and an adventurer left a secret message for his daughter with a request to destroy all the materials of the latest research. Against the will of her father, the girl sets off on the trail of the missing expedition, leading to the terrible ruler of a mythical country.

Original title:
Tomb Raider

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
16+


Warcraft (2016)

The adventure film based on the famous computer game looks like a breeze and was well received by the fans of the Warcraft universe, receiving the highest rating from the fans. Monstrous fel magic is destroying the orc world. Through the Dark Portal, the warlike and bloodthirsty people rush to conquer new lands. The King of Stormwind, along with valiant warriors, is forced to resist the invasion of the ruthless Horde.

Original title:
Warcraft

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster …

Country:
China, Canada, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
12+


Assassin’s Creed (2016)

New technologies opened up access to genetic memory, which helped the young man to learn about the adventures of his ancestor in medieval Spain. A member of a secret clan of assassins led an uncompromising struggle with the cruel and mercenary order of the Templars. Mental time travel gives Callum Lynch new experience and skills, and at the same time inspires him to continue the deeds of his ancestor. The Templars still exist, and they still pose a threat.

Original title:
Assassin’s Creed

Genre:
Fiction, action, adventure

Actors:
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons…

Country:
USA, France, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malta

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Pixels (2015)

Hilariously funny film based on computer arcade games will show the exciting story of the confrontation between humanity and aliens. The aliens mistook a message from Earth for a declaration of war and invaded our planet in the guise of characters from famous video games. The government decided that not brave commandos , but gamers would be better able to deal with such an adversary. A diverse team of fans to cut themselves into a prefix stands up to protect the world.

Original title:
Pixels

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Comedy

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan…

Country:
USA, China, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits :
12+


Need for Speed: Need for Speed ​​(2014)

The film adaptation of the famous series of racing games will take the viewer into the universe of luxurious cars and high speeds. A talented master of tuning due to the insidious setup of a companion ends up behind bars. Having been released, Toby Marshall intends to punish the offender and win the underground race. To implement ambitious plans, a car mechanic needs only a good car. For filming some scenes of the action movie, remote-controlled cars were used.

Original title:
Need for Speed

​​Genre :
Action, Thriller

Actors:
Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots…

Country:
USA, India, UK, France, Philippines

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
12+


Halo 4: Dawnwalker (2012)

An exciting film based on the computer game – a popular sci-fi shooter. In the distant future, a bitter war rages between the humans and the Covenants. The military academy trains elite fighters – the future hope of mankind. The young cadet has doubts about the nature of the opponents, but a sudden attack leaves no time for reflection.

Original title:
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, adventure, family, military

Actors:
Anna Popplewell, Tom Green, Enisha Brewster …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
16+


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

A brave and noble prince is accused of murdering his father, a powerful ruler. The young man is forced to flee from his native city. The heir to the throne intends to find the real killers and restore justice. To do this, he will need a magical artifact that can rewind time and help correct fatal mistakes. In achieving a noble goal, the prince will also be helped by brilliant swordsmanship skills, incredible abilities in acrobatics and falling in love with a wayward princess .

Original title:
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
12+


Max Payne (2008)

Dark film noir based on the popular shooter game. A successful detective lost his beloved wife and children. For several years, the detective has been looking for murderers in order to take brutal revenge . The hero manages to deal with the accomplices, but the main culprit remains inaccessible. In the process of searching for the villain, the detective finds himself in a problematic situation and sets the authorities, the police and criminal circles against him.

Original title:
Max Payne

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Olga Kurylenko…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Hitman (2007)

A professional killer receives another risky task – to destroy the President of Russia. The mission is completed, but the customer is in no hurry to pay and requires the elimination of a random witness. The killer realizes that he has become a victim of a murky political intrigue and is trying to expose the conspiracy. In the heat of chases and skirmishes, the hero manages not only to get to the bottom of the truth, but also to meet his love.

Original title:
Hitman

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko …

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

The princess, grieving for her dead brother, leaves the boundaries of the forbidden city – such impudence is punishable by death. The girl goes to the martial arts tournament. On an exotic island, masters of hand-to-hand combat fight for a solid cash prize. The girl takes part in the competition, hoping to find out about the death of her brother at last year’s tournament, and the organizers of the fights weave their own intrigues. A lively film with spectacular fights based on the popular fighting game.

Original title:
DOA: Dead or Alive

Genre:
Action, detective, adventure

Actors:
Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Holly Valance…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Silent Hill (2006)

The top movies based on video games cannot do without cult horror. A little girl constantly imagines a gloomy, fog-shrouded and monster-infested city. The doctors do not know how to get rid of the obsessive visions, and the mother makes a strange decision – to go to Silent Hill, which does not give the girl peace. Atmospheric horror film shot with a minimum of computer graphics.

Original title:
Silent Hill

Genre:
Horror, Detective

Actors:
Radha Mitchell, Jodelle Ferland, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean …

Country:
Canada, France, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
18+


Doom (2005)

The Martian space station sends a distress signal to Earth. A detachment of brave commandos flies to the rescue. Secret genetic experiments are out of control, and the base is teeming with aggressive bloodthirsty mutants. The commandos will have to make a lot of efforts to restore order. From the original video games, the film borrowed not only the musical theme, but also the sound of opening doors.

Original title:
Doom

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action

Actors:
Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparey, Dwayne Johnson …

Country:
USA, UK, Czech Republic, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Resident Evil (film series, 2002 – 2016)

The acclaimed post-apocalyptic sci-fi film franchise has become the highest-grossing film series based on games. An influential pharmaceutical corporation is conducting terrible genetic experiments, because of which the planet turns into a real hell. A former employee of a powerful office, endowed with superpowers, crushes bloodthirsty mutants and opposes the Napoleonic plans of the corporation.

Original title:
Resident Evil

Genre:
Horror, action, fantasy

Actors:
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabias …

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (dilogue, 2001 and 2003)

Beauty Lara Croft is engaged in archeology, and she also knows how to survive in the most extreme conditions and is fluent in hand-to-hand combat. The girl travels to exotic places on the planet and searches for ancient magical artifacts that can create very serious problems for all mankind in the hands of villains. Angelina Jolie, who played Lara Croft, was nominated for an MTV Award for Best Actress and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst.

Original title:
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Ian Glen, Daniel Craig…

Country:
USA, UK, Japan, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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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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