Best Video Game Movies to See Before 'Mortal Kombat'

From game to fame, we're ranking 10 of the best video game movies that have had double the shelf life, first as a game, then as a movie.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Best Video Game Movies to See Before "Mortal Kombat"

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Only a few more days until the release of the new "Mortal Kombat." As fans of the video game franchise, we were ecstatic after seeing the first trailer. We were especially excited to see all the characters from the game in live action. And because we're looking forward to it so much, we started thinking about other game franchises turned into movies. So, in honor of the release of "Mortal Kombat," here's our list of the 10 best video game movies we could find!

#1 / Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Our number one choice is one that everyone in the world should recognize, no matter what generation you're from. This iconic franchise is one that started off as a Game Boy game and from there it spread like wildfire. There was a TV show, multiple movies, and even trading cards (which grew a life of their own). Then, Warner Bros. made this gem by bringing us a live action animation with Ryan Reynolds as the voice actor for Pikachu.

#2 / Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

The famous Sega Genesis hedgehog was first brought to life when he had his own game in 1991. Acting as somewhat of a mascot for Sega, this character was on the same level as the Mario Bros., and he even collaborated with their characters on certain games. This speedy blue bolt of energy has been on almost every console you can think of, and he recently made his debut into theaters with his own film. After some necessary CGI edits, this flick ended up doing pretty well.

#3 / Rampage (2018)

This old-school arcade game turned Hollywood CGI monster movie is next on our list of best video game movies. Those of you who don't know the initial arcade game or didn't play the version on the Nintendo 64 may not realize that this film was made from a game. Though the plot of the film is a little more complex, the characters and general premise are still the same. It's monsters destroying the city and fighting each other. This is the video game version of "Godzilla vs. Kong."

#4 / Warcraft (2016)

As we continue on our quest of offering up the best video game movies, this is probably one of the more creative adaptations on our list. The film brings an entire gaming world to life. The Warcraft franchise created the World of Warcraft which is one of the most successful computer games of all time. Though critics rated this flick a little bit lower on the quality scale, the fans loved it. People who love the games are sure to have a soft spot for this film.

#5 / Resident Evil (2002)

This is an example of a game franchise that was able to build a legitimate film series that took on a life of its own. With 6 films and 30+ games being released over the last couple decades, this franchise found success in the film industry as well as the gaming industry. Actress Milla Jovovich is the face of this film series and this film specifically was one of her earliest hit roles in her career.

#6 / Silent Hill (2006)

Here we have a franchise that first started off as a survival horror video game for PlayStation. The film and the game are very similar in the sense that the setting is a deserted town where you're looking for a lost girl. Whether you're watching the movie or playing the game, it's equally mysterious, and it'll have you finding more questions than answers. Good luck!

#7 / Tomb Raider (2018)

Don't think we forgot to include this one on our list. What started as an action-adventure video game with a female protagonist turned into a successful franchise with Angelina Jolie being the first actress to bring this character to life on the big screen. More recently, Alicia Vikander got her shot to play the iconic role in the franchise. This game empowered girls everywhere, showing them what a female Indiana Jones might look like.

#8 / Need for Speed (2014)

Making our way down the list, we're finally naming a racing game! Even though the game and the movie share the same name, they're very different. The film itself has a entire background story, and a complicated one at that. The game is all about racing with no story to tell. We'll admit, we were a little surprised when the announcement was made to create a movie. But we were also excited seeing Aaron Paul leading the project just after he finished filming "Breaking Bad."

#9 / Hitman (2007)

This pick is the closest thing we have to James Bond on the list. This list is specifically for games that became movies, and Bond had a film first and a game later. But what we can say about this hitman only referred to as 47... he's as stealthy as they come. The first game in the series was released in 2000, and now there are 10+ games available. Also, when the film was announced, we would have never guessed that they would be able to cast A-lister Timothy Olyphant in the lead role. Target acquired!

#10 / Assassin's Creed (2016)

Our final choice is probably the most recent gaming franchise that has been popular among gamers. The first game only came out in 2007, and there have already been 10+ games. That's definitely saying something. And, for the film adaptation, they were able to nab Michael Fassbender for the lead role. Watching this abstract sci-fi action flick will definitely make you want to play the game, and vice versa.

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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