The 10 Best Movies Based Off Video Games

Despite the popularity and critical success that video games have enjoyed, the movie adaptations have been, well, pretty weak.

Over the years there have been a lot of movies based off video games, and there has yet been one that has been an overwhelming success with fans and critics. But, that could all change when the Assassins Creed flick hits theaters on May 22, 2015.

The collaboration between New Regency Films and Ubisoft Motion Pictures is already on the right path. Michael Fassbender is set to star, and produce, in the film adaptation that is about “a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.”

So far, Assassins Creed sounds intriguing, but it’s going to have to go against The Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII at the box office around the same time. Hopefully, the film will at least break the curse that has plagued all of the movies based on video games throughout the years.

If Assassins Creed is anywhere close to as entertaining as the following best ten films based on video games, which shouldn’t really be a challenge, we can safely call it a success. Just as long as Uwe Boll has absolutely no involvement with the ambitious project whatsoever.

10. Doom (2005)


While Doom isn’t exactly a good movie, the film adaptation still managed to please some fans of the video game series by entertaining them with gratuitous violence. And, it did have a pretty solid cast with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Karl ‘I Am The Law’ Urban.

9. Hitman (2007)


Another film that is anything but good for moviegoers. However, Timothy Olyphant at least made Hitman kinda watchable. He nailed the role of Agent 47. It’s just a shame that he was given such poor material to work with.

8. Max Payne (2008)


When the Rockstar Games’ antihero hit the big screen, it featured more than enough stylized action to keep fans entertained. If the film had come out years earlier, the game’s bullet-time gunplay that revolutionized video games and movies would have made Max Payne a groundbreaking film. Instead, we got a movie that takes itself way too seriously starring Marky Mark. At least Mila Kunis was in it.

7. Street Fighter (1994)


This was the third video-game film ever made, and it’s become a guilty pleasure. It had an unusual cast, Jean-Claude Van Damme, the late Raul Julia and singer Kylie Minogue, but the campy one-liners and non-stop action still make Street Fighter a fun cult classic.

6. Resident Evil (2002)


Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of the popular zombie franchise provided us with lots of gruesome monsters, zombie action, and Mila Jovovich to make it a guilty pleasure. The sequels, however, are just terrible. But, they keep releasing new Resident Evil films, so Anderson and Jovovich are doing something right.

5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)


Even though the first “Prince of Persia” video game was released in 1989 for Apple Computers, it didn’t come to theaters until 2010. The Walt Disney film version was a major improvement for video game movies by not taking itself that seriously and delivering a fun and watchable popcorn flick. The Jake Gyllenhall, Ben Kingsley, and Gemma Arterton vehicle also did well at the box office by taking in $335.1 million.

4. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)


Sure. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within may not be considered a classic, it did make history by becoming the first completely photorealistic computer-animated film ever released. While the movie received mixed reviews, it was a trendsetter for computer animated movies to come.

3. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003)


This is one of the few sequels that is superior to the original film. Angelina Jolie was the perfect actress to portray Lara Croft, and the supporting cast included Gerard Butler and Djimoun Hounsoun. Cradle may have had its flaws, but it was definitely an improvement from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

2. Silent Hill (2006)


When Konami’s premier horror title was released on the big screen, many people felt that it was confusing and ran too long. However, a lot of people agree that the film is visually impressive. In fact, Don R. Lewis of Film Threat stated that it was “the best-looking bad film I’ve ever seen.”

1. Mortal Kombat (1995)


Maybe it’s nostalgia that has us listing Mortal Kombat as the best movie based off a video game. After all, the controversial game’s film version has bad dialogue and laughable effects. But it stayed true to the source material and starred cult favorite Christopher Lambert. If you question this decision, think back to when you first saw Mortal Kombat and tell us that you didn’t geek out when Scorpion came on the screen and delivered his signature yell, “get over here!”

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