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List of films based on video games

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This is a list of film adaptations of video games. These include local, international, direct-to-video and TV releases, and (in certain cases) online releases. They include their scores on Rotten Tomatoes, the region in which they were released (for foreign adaptations), approximate budget, their approximate box office revenue (for theatrical releases) and the publisher of the original game at the time the film was made (this means that publishers may change between two adaptations of the same game or game series, such as Mortal Kombat). Also included are short films, cutscene films (made up of cutscenes and cinematics from the actual games), documentaries with video games as their subjects and films in which video games play a large part (such as Tron or WarGames).



The following is a list of Chinese feature films based on video games. Gross in million yuan.

Short films

Listed below are original short films produced, commissioned or licensed from a game publisher.

Films with plots centered on video games

  • Tron (1982) – Kevin Flynn, an arcade game designer, gets sucked into the video game world he created and has to fight his way back to the real world.
  • Nightmares (1983) – The segment "Bishop of Battle" stars Emilio Estevez as a video game wizard who breaks into the arcade at night to get to the 13th level, in doing so he becomes part of the game.
  • WarGames (1983) – Computer hacker breaks into military intelligence computer to play games, which almost starts a thermonuclear war.
  • Joysticks (1983) – When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.
  • Cloak & Dagger (1984) – A young boy has secret plans given to him in the form of a video game cartridge, which he must protect from spies.
  • The Last Starfighter (1984) – A boy, who is very good at a video game in his trailer park, finds himself recruited to be a pilot for an alien defense force just like the game he plays.
  • The Dungeonmaster (1985) – A computer whiz is drawn into a series of realistic simulations by a demonic wizard who considers him a worthy adversary. Armed with his wrist-mounted X-CaliBR8 computer, he must solve the puzzles and rescue his girlfriend.
  • Hollywood Zap (1986) – Tucker Downs tires of his boring job selling bras to fat ladies in Mississippi and heads for Hollywood to look for his long lost father. En route, Downs hooks up with wasted video game addict/hustler Ben Frank who is seeking a title match with "The Zap," holder of the record score in Zaxxon.
  • Kung-fu Master!/ Le petit amour (1988) – A love story between a 40-year-old woman (Jane Birkin) and a 15-year-old Kung-Fu Master addict. Directed by Agnès Varda.
  • The Wizard (1989) – A boy with mental problems decides to run away to compete in a video game contest and his brother helps him hitchhike to the tournament. Features numerous NES video games, primarily Super Mario Bros. 3 before its American release.
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992) – A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science and virtual reality.
  • Arcade (1993) – A teenager has to battle inside of a deadly virtual reality video game, in order to save her friends.
  • Brainscan (1994) – A teenager is sent a mysterious computer game that uses hypnosis to make the game the most horrifying experience imaginable. He stops playing, only to find evidence that the murders depicted in the game actually happened.
  • Nirvana (1997) – A computer game designer, finds that his latest video game has a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo.
  • eXistenZ (1999) – plot centered around a virtual reality game.
  • How to Make a Monster (2001) – An evil video game comes to life and hunts the group of developers.
  • Avalon (2001) – Science fiction film centered on a war-themed, virtual reality MMO under the same title. Directed by Mamoru Oshii.
  • Arcade Gamer Fubuki (2002) – A Japanese high school student named Fubuki faces off against an organization who is against her.
  • Game Over (2003) – Uses footage from five different Digital Pictures games.
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) – Carmen Cortez is caught in a virtual reality game designed by their new nemesis, the Toymaker. Juni, her little brother, goes into the game to save her as well as beta players and the world.
  • GameBox 1.0 (2004) – A video game tester must fight to escape from a video game that has become all too real.
  • Grandma’s Boy (2006) – A 35-year-old game tester develops a game in secret only to have someone at work try to steal it.
  • La Máquina de Bailar (2006) – (The Dancing Machine) A Spanish movie focused on culture of Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Stay Alive (2006) – Friends start dying just like they did in a video game they all played.
  • Ben X (2007) – The main character Ben is an autistic boy obsessed with an MMORPG called ArchLord. He plays the game to escape being bullied and has one online friend named Scarlite. He considers suicide until he meets Scarlite in person.
  • Press Start (2007) – Average suburban youth Zack Nimbus is recruited by an ill-tempered ninja and a tough-as-nails space soldier to save the world from a tyrannical, but comically insecure, sorcerer. References to many classic video games.
  • WarGames: The Dead Code (2008) – is a sequel to the 1983 thriller film WarGames.
  • Gamer (2009) – A man has to save humanity from being enslaved by an MMO.
  • Assault Girls (2009) – Three girls in an MMO team up to win a boss battle. Directed by Mamoru Oshii.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – Action comedy film rife with video game references and plot conceit similar to fighting games.
  • Tron: Legacy (2010) – Kevin Flynn's son Sam finds his missing father in a new version of the virtual game world and has a similar journey as his father did fighting to get back to reality.
  • Black Heaven (2010) – An innocent young man becomes enamored with a mysterious girl. He is lured into "Black Hole" – a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.
  • RPG: Metanoia (2010)
  • Ra.One (2011) – A video game developer creates an unstoppable villain for his son which becomes all too real.
  • Wreck-It Ralph (2012) – An arcade game villain who dreams of being a hero decides to leave his game in order to become one. Features cameos by multiple licensed video game characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man & Ryu.
  • Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) – Based on the web series of the same name.
  • Pixels (2015) – When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults to fight aliens such as Donkey Kong and galaga bugs.
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