Page title: 7 Amazing Games That Were Made into Movies
7 Amazing Games That Were Made into Movies
We’ve all been there. We’re playing an amazing game, and then we think: “Hey, this would make an awesome movie!”
It could be the way the storyline unfolds or the way the characters are portrayed…either way, you’re right; these seven games were made into movies for a reason. While some games are made into movies, others become esports titles. So if you prefer to play competitively than watch movies, this is another great option. But in this article, we’ll cover 7 must-see game movies!
1. Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. is a 1993 American adventure comedy film based loosely on the video game series of the same name. The film was directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel and written by Parker Bennett and Terry Runté.
The original Super Mario Bros. movie is live-action, but if you prefer animations, you’re in luck. There’s another Mario movie coming out soon, and this one is going to be animated.
The movie received negative reviews upon release but has become popular amongst certain audiences since then due to its cult following status. The budget for Super Mario Bros. was $48 million, with worldwide grossing totaling $39 million; it was a flop at the box office as well as with critics.
2. Tomb Raider
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released in 2001, and it was based on Lara Croft’s first adventure. The film starred Angelina Jolie as the titular character. In the game series, Lara is an explorer who travels around the world in search of ancient artifacts and treasures. She also battles against supernatural enemies with her athleticism and wit.
3. Mortal Kombat
The movie was released in 1995, a few years after Mortal Kombat I came out. The film received positive reviews from critics, and a sequel was made in 1997 and again more recently in 2021, but both sequels were not as successful as their predecessors at the box office.
The movie version of Doom came out in 2005, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and starring Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, and Dwayne Johnson.
This film follows the story of a group of marines who are sent to investigate an outpost on Mars that has gone dark after receiving an emergency distress call from them. On arrival, they find themselves faced with some weird and wonderful creatures against whom they must battle to survive.
5. Street Fighter
Street Fighter II was released in 1991 on the SNES. The game featured polygonal characters (something that wasn’t common at the time), and included a cast of playable characters with unique fighting styles and special moves. The game itself was so popular that it spawned its own franchise, which includes multiple sequels and spin-offs.
In 1994, Street Fighter hit theaters. It was directed by Steven de Souza (Die Hard) and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue, among others. Unlike most other video game adaptations, this one actually stays faithful to the source material, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. It follows Ryu as he travels around Asia to find out what happened to his master Ken Masters after he disappears during an assassination attempt on Sagat’s life.
6. Pokémon: The Movie 2000
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 is a Japanese anime film that was released in 1999. It was the second Pokémon movie and was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, who also directed some of the other Pokémon films, including Pokémon: The First Movie.
The story follows Ash Ketchum (voice acted by Veronica Taylor in the English version), who must explore Shamouti Island to find legendary bird Pokémon to add to his collection. A rival, Lawrence III, wants to claim these Pokémon for himself; you’ll have to watch the movie to find out who manages to get them first!
7. Angry Birds
This engaging app has spawned not one but two blockbuster movies. The first, a CGI comedy released in 2016, stars famous faces such as Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad. It had a budget of $73 million and raked in a staggering $352 million at the box office. Each of the main bird characters has their own unique powers and talents, meaning there are plenty of laughs in this movie.
Of course, the pigs from the game also star in the movie, with an evil plan to boot!