Top 10 Video Game Movies as Ranked by IMDb Usersby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 15 Jun 2016
As this list shows, it’s not easy for Hollywood to adapt video games successfully. IMDb users have very high standards, and these 10 films represent the highest ratings for video game movies released since the 1990s. (Sorry, Lara Croft!) — Gina Carbone
10. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) — Rating: 6.2
Three out of 5 Resident Evil films made this list, with this one just barely surviving the cut. Milla Jovovich returned as Alice for this second film in the Resident Evil series, which is based on elements of the popular video game franchise. The sequel made more money at the box office than the first film even if it wasn't quite as well-received by fans or critics. In perhaps a fitting twist for a movie about the "infected," Apocalypse was shot in the Toronto area during the 2003 SARS outbreak, and it was feared that production might have to shut down from the sickness. Since we're talking video games, the words "Finish him" are spoken during a fight, as a reference to the Mortal Kombat games and the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, which was directed by Resident Evil: Apocalypse writer/producer Paul W.S. Anderson.
9. Hitman (2007) — Rating: 6.3
Timothy Olyphant played the assassin known as Agent 47 in this adaptation of the video game series. Vin Diesel was initially going to star in the film, as well as serve as executive producer, but he dropped out (while keeping his producer credit). Jason Statham was said to be the first choice to replace Diesel but passed. There was no sequel to Olyphant's film, but in 2015 they tried again with Rupert Friend in the lead for Hitman: Agent 47. You may not be impressed with the 2007 film's 6.3 rating from IMDb users, but the 2015 version was slapped with a 5.7. So, this version wins the game.
8. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) — Rating: 6.3
The third film in the Resident Evil series follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Raccoon City survivors as they try to cross the desert to Alaska, with Oded Fehr returning, and Ali Larter and Ashanti joining the cast. The original working title was Resident Evil: Afterlife, which went on to be used as the title of the fourth film. Worldwide, Extinction made less than Afterlife and the fifth film, Retribution, but more than Apocalypse and the first movie. IMDb user reviews for Extinction run the gamut from an "excellent follow-up” to “jumping the shark,” which is probably how it ended up with a middle-of-the-road rating.
7. The Angry Birds Movie (2016) — Rating: 6.4
The Angry Birds Movie was released in May, adapted into a family movie from the mobile game series that has been downloaded more than 3 billion times. Jami Laes of Rovio Entertainment told GamesBeat that, once they saw how well their fan base responded to their in-game video channel, the "Angry Birds Toons" series, it was a "no-brainer" to go ahead with a movie. Executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment told the L.A. Times the marketing for The Angry Birds Movie cost around $400 million, making it the biggest-ever campaign for an animated Sony movie. Overall, the movie has made just over $230 million around the world, becoming the fifth highest-grossing video game film to date, behind Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
6. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) — Rating: 6.4
This one was ambitious, even if the ambitions didn't pay off at the box office. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the role-playing video games, in his first feature film as director. This was the first photorealistic computer-animated feature film and also, with a budget of roughly $137 million in 2001, the most expensive film inspired by a video game. With a worldwide gross of just over $85 million, the film was considered a flop and blamed for the "retirement" of Square Pictures. There had been talk of computer-generated actors' changing the face of moviemaking, but the poor box office performance pretty much brought that to a hold. However, Aki Ross (voiced by "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actress Ming-Na Wen) actually made Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2001, becoming the only non-person to date to make that list.
5. Need for Speed (2014) — Rating: 6.5
Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper played rival street racers in this action film based on the Electronic Arts video games. Aaron Paul told Jimmy Kimmel that executive producer Steven Spielberg was binge-watching "Breaking Bad" when he decided, along with producer Scott Waugh, that Paul should play the film's hero instead of the villain. The title of the franchise got its name from the well-known Top Gun quote, "I feel the need. The need ... for speed!" One IMDb reviewer summed it up with "I walked in the cinema expecting fast cars, street racing, crazy cop chases, drifting, and explosions, and that's exactly what I got!" The movie sped around the world to make more than $200 million, with an especially strong showing from China, even if critics weren't huge fans.
4. Silent Hill (2006) — Rating: 6.6
Konami's survival horror game was adapted into this visually striking film starring Radha Mitchell as a woman who searches for her daughter in the mysterious town of Silent Hill. The film paid homage to "Silent Hill 3," released in 2003, by using songs from the game, including the theme song in the end credits. IMDb users were mixed on Silent Hill, but one message board user defended it in a thread titled "I really don't know why people don't like this," writing, "I really think this is one of the if not the best video game adaption movie of all time. It stays true to the movie, it's pretty well written, and it has a good cast." You don't find many people defending the 2012 sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation, which has a 5.0 rating.
3. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) — Rating: 6.6
Mike Newell, whose diverse filmography includes Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, directed this adaptation of Ubisoft's "Sands of Time" video game series. In 2010, Newell told /Film he started playing the "Prince of Persia" games when he knew he would make the film, but he was "hopeless" at them. The director praised Jake Gyllenhaal: “You can’t know how hard he worked to make himself the physical personification of that tiny little video game character." And he said he never aimed to copy the video game: “I wanted him to look like that. I wanted him to be able to fight like hell, and I wanted him to be a great action character.” Disney had hoped Prince of Persia would be the new Pirates of the Caribbean; it did become the highest-grossing video game adaptation worldwide, with a total intake of more than $336 million. But it made less than $100 million of that from its domestic release, off a budget estimated at $150 to $200 million. IMDb users are still debating the accents and casting, if you want to jump onto the message boards.
2. Resident Evil (2002) — Rating: 6.7
The original Resident Evil is still the best according to IMDb users. If writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich hadn't found an audience with this adaptation of the Capcom game, they never would've made five subsequent movies, including Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, coming in January 2017. Jovovich said Sigourney Weaver's character in Alien was her inspiration for Alice, crediting her younger brother Marco for introducing her to the "Resident Evil" video game, which they played together. Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider had just come out the year before and was shot down by critics. So, there was skepticism that a video game movie could work. But IMDb users gave Lara Croft a 5.7 rating, compared to 6.7 for Resident Evil. So, this one seemed to work OK. At this point, the Resident Evil franchise is the highest-grossing film series based on video games, earning $915 million worldwide, and most likely to break $1 billion with The Final Chapter.
1. Warcraft: The Beginning (2016) — Rating: 7.7
Warcraft was just released in the U.S. on June 10, 2016, which is 10 years after the film was first announced as a co-production with game developer Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft, based on the video games and novels, is set in the world of Azeroth following the clash of orcs and humans. When Duncan Jones came on to direct in 2013, he changed the script so that it was 50-50 between the two factions of the Horde and Alliance, instead of just having the humans be the good guys.
This initial high rating on IMDb may not last; it's only from 35,000 users, based on the early release in markets around the world. But as of now, the IMDb user reviews are pretty positive, with one fan writing, “This movie broke the video game movie curse with style. Warcraft surprised me even though I am a "Warcraft" fan. If there are sequels, Warcraft could easily be this generation’s equivalent of The Lord of the Rings. The acting was great, the effects were spot on, and the action was epic."