6+ Video Games That Got Great Movie Adaptations, And 6+ That, Well, Didn't

Diply 4 Sep 2018

Video games are great. I think most of us can agree on that. And movies are great. (I think you know where this is going.) But movies based on video games...well, they're pretty hit or miss.

Can they be great? Yes. Are they usually? No.

Are we gonna have fun with the bad ones anyway? Yuuuup!

1. Tomb Raider (2018) — Good

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The new Tomb Raider movie is a great example of a video game movie that works — it stays true to the spirit of the source material, has a great cast, and stands on its own two legs. Or should I say "hangs by its own two arms"?

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2. Tomb Raider (2001) — Bad

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On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Angelina Jolie version of Lara Croft, who...fights robots? Seriously, in this scene, she's fighting a robot. The early 2000s were a weird time.

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3. Resident Evil 1 — Good

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Unlike Tomb Raider, the first Resident Evil wasn't really true to the source material, but it was one of the first video game movies that had a sense of style. Well, a sense of style for 2002, anyway.

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4. Every other Resident Evil movie — Bad

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Unfortunately, the series never seemed to let go of 2002. Each sequel just got worse, and worse, and worse, until it was totally out of control. When your villain looks straight out of The Matrix in a movie made in 2010...oof.

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5. Angry Birds — Bad

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Did anybody ask for an Angry Birds movie? Another great example of not being at all on time, Angry Birds was released in 2016 looking to make money off a game that came out seven years earlier. Nice one, Sony.

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6. Mortal Kombat— Good


30% over-the-top acting, 10% that's-so-cool character moments, and 60% theme song (you know it's in your head right now), Mortal Kombat proved you can make a movie about a game with almost no plot and still make it entertaining.

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7. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — So Bad It's Good

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On the other hand, the absolutely ridiculous sequel that came out a couple of years later was so cheesy and awful that it was almost as good as the first one. Maybe better.

Movies are a mystery, y'all.

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8. Prince of Persia — Bad

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Before Scarlett Johansson was experimenting with how many roles she could whitewash her way through, there was Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He got some flak for it, too — but since it was 2010, Twitter didn't lose its mind. We had to wait until 2018 for that level of rage.

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9. Street Fighter— Bad. Raul Julia? Good!


Remember how Mortal Kombat was good while being cheesy? Well, Street Fighter was...not that. Except for one vital component: Raúl Juliá, in his last theatrical film role before his death in 1995.Tear-jerker warning: Julia let his kids pick the role because he wanted to spend more time with them. Aww...

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10. Silent Hill — Good  

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Getting away from the cheesiness, Silent Hill set out to adapt a classic horror game, and they pulled it off way better than the Resident Evil series. The amazing visual effects and some pretty powerful acting helped it stand on its own, even when it veers away from the source material.

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11. Warcraft — Bad

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Unfortunately, visual effects can't save everything. Warcraft was a big, expensive, mess of a movie, and it's honestly hard to understand how anybody thought this was gonna work out.

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12. Assassin's Creed — Bad

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Proving that Hollywood can't ever really learn its lesson, the beloved main character of the original Assassin's Creed, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, is replaced by...a new guy, so Michael Fassbender can be cast without pulling a Gyllenhaal. Yup. Next...

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13. Super Mario Bros. — So Bad It's Good

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Ah, 1993. A great year for movies, actually. If only it'd been a good year for Mario movies.

Super Mario Bros. was notable even just for the fact that it had almost nothing to do with the video game. I mean, just look at that picture. That's a Koopa.

It's like going to a restaurant that only serves "interpretations" of dishes. Don't mess with my mac and cheese, y'all.

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Let's face it, I think we'd all love a Mario Kart movie, even if it's just for Luigi's death stare.


More good news — the intensity it would take means that Ryan Gosling would 99% play Luigi.

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14. Rampage — Good

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What happens when you take a weird video game about a giant ape, lizard, and wolf that tear apart cities for basically no reason, and you wanna make a movie about it that actually makes money?

Eh, let's just put the Rock in it. Oh wow, that worked.

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15. Detective Pikachu — Who Cares? Ryan Reynolds Is Doing The Voice

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Yeah, this is the thing: I will basically watch any movie where Ryan Reynolds plays a Pokémon.

I know that Detective Pikachu is gonna be the first time that ever happens, but that doesn't make it any less true.

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