List of films based on video games

List of films based on video games

This article provides lists of films based on video games.


Theatrical releases

These films have been released theatrically in at least one region: Japan (JP), North America (NA), PAL region (PAL).


Title Release date Original game publisher Regions released
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! July 20, 1986 Nintendo JP
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture July 16, 1994 SNK JP, NA
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie August 6, 1994 Capcom JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back July 18, 1998 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 - The Power of One July 17, 1999 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown July 8, 2000 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi, Voice of the Forest July 7, 2001 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon Heroes July 13, 2002 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker July 19, 2003 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys July 22, 2004 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Air February 5, 2005 Key JP, NA
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew July 16, 2005 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children September 14, 2005 Square JP, NA, PAL
Forbidden Siren February 9, 2006 Sony
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea July 15, 2006 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Animal Crossing December 16, 2006 Nintendo JP
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai July 14, 2007 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Clannad September 15, 2007 Key JP
OneChanbara April 26, 2008 D3
Like a Dragon June 23, 2008 Sega
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior July 19, 2008 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Resident Evil: Degeneration October 18, 2008 Capcom JP, NA, PAL
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life July 18, 2009 Nintendo JP, NA, PAL
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva December 19, 2009 Level-5 JP, PAL
Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions July 18, 2010 Nintendo JP
Tekken: Blood Vengeance July 26, 2011 Namco JP, NA
Gyakuten Saiban 2012 Capcom JP
Resident Evil: Damnation 2012 Capcom JP


Title Release date Rotten Tomatoes score Box Office Original game publisher
Super Mario Bros. May 28, 1993 13% $20,915,465 Nintendo
Double Dragon November 4, 1994 0% $2,341,309 Technōs Japan
Street Fighter December 23, 1994 13% $99,423,521 Capcom
Mortal Kombat August 18, 1995 35% $122,195,920 Midway Games
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation November 21, 1997 7% $51,376,861 Midway
Wing Commander March 12, 1999 11% $11,578,059 Origin Systems
Tekken November 5, 2009 TBC $967,369 Namco
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider June 15, 2001 19% $274,703,340 Eidos
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within July 4, 2001 43% $85,131,830 Square
Resident Evil March 15, 2002 34% $102,441,078 Capcom
House of the Dead February 15, 2003 4% $13,818,181 Sega
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life July 25, 2003 24% $156,505,388 Eidos
Resident Evil: Apocalypse September 10, 2004 20% $129,394,835 Capcom
Alone in the Dark January 28, 2005 1% $10,442,808 Infogrames
Doom October 21, 2005 19% $55,987,321 id Software
BloodRayne January 6, 2006 4% $3,650,275 Majesco
Silent Hill April 21, 2006 29% $97,607,453 Konami
DOA: Dead or Alive April 13, 2007 34% $7,516,532 Tecmo
Postal July 21, 2007 8% $146,741 Ripcord Games
Resident Evil: Extinction September 21, 2007 22% $147,717,833 Capcom
Hitman November 21, 2007 14% $99,965,792 Eidos
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale January 11, 2008 4% $13,097,915 Microsoft Game Studios
Max Payne October 17, 2008 16% $85,761,789 Gathering of Developers
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li February 25, 2009 17% $12,764,201 Capcom
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 36% $335,154,643 Ubisoft
Resident Evil: Afterlife September 10, 2010 25% $296,221,663 Capcom
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 2012 TBC TBC Konami
Resident Evil: Retribution September 14, 2012 TBC TBC Capcom

Television films

Title Release date Original game publisher
Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf December 23, 1992 SNK
Samurai Shodown: The Motion Picture March 4, 1993 SNK
Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle June 30, 1993 SNK
Art of Fighting December 23, 1993 SNK
Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns December 30, 2000 Nintendo
House of the Dead II October 14, 2005 Sega
Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon April 29, 2006 Nintendo
Clannad October 4, 2007 Key
Clannad ~After Story~ October 3, 2008 Key
Red Faction: Origins June 2011 THQ



Title Release date Original game publisher
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals 1994 Square
Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins 1995 Midway
Battle Arena Toshinden 1996 Sony
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie May 31, 1996 Sega
Tekken: The Motion Picture 1997 Namco
Voltage Fighters: Gowcaizer the Movie 1997 SNK
Welcome to Pia Carrot (OVA) 1997 Cocktail Soft
Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 (OVA) 1998 Cocktail Soft
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie 1999 Capcom
Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 DX 1999 Cocktail Soft
Samurai Spirits 2: Asura Zanmaden December 22, 1999 SNK
Sin: The Movie October 24, 2000 Activision
ZOE: 2167 IDOLO March 1, 2001 Konami
Sakura Wars: The Movie December 22, 2001 Sega
Nakoruru ~Ano hito kara no okurimono~ May 25, 2002 SNK
Welcome to Pia Carrot - Sayaka’s Love Story October 19, 2002 Cocktail Soft
Galerians: Rion April 24, 2004 ASCII
Kirby: Fright to the Finish!! June 14, 2005 Nintendo
Last Order: Final Fantasy VII September 14, 2005 Square
Street Fighter Alpha: Generations October 25, 2005 Capcom
Dead Space: Downfall October 17, 2008 Electronic Arts
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete June 7, 2009 Square
Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind 2009 Capcom
Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic February 9, 2010 Electronic Arts
Halo Legends February 16, 2010 Microsoft Game Studios
Ultramarines: The Movie December 13, 2010 Games Workshop / THQ
Dead Space: Aftermath January 25, 2011 Electronic Arts


Title Release date Original game publisher
Like a Dragon: Prologue March 24, 2006 Sega
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance September 18, 2007 Majesco
Alone in the Dark II September 25, 2008 Infogrames
Far Cry October 2, 2008 Ubisoft
Onechanbara: The Movie - Vortex 2009 D3
The King of Fighters November 4, 2009 SNK
Tekken November 5, 2009 Namco
BloodRayne: The Third Reich November 5, 2010 Majesco

Cutscene films

Cut scenes from video games edited together to resemble a film.

Title Release date Original game publisher
Shenmue: The Movie 2001 Sega
Xenosaga: The Movie 2004 Namco
Metal Gear Solid: Existence 2006 Konami
Red Dead Redemption: The Man from Blackwater 2010 Rockstar
Metroid Other M: The Movie 2010 Nintendo


Initially created without the involvement or consent of the game publisher.

Title Release date
"Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy" September 27, 2009
"The Hero of Time" December 14, 2009
"Mega Man" May 7, 2010

Short films

Listed below are original short films released on the internet.


Produced or commissioned by the game publisher.

Title Release date Original game publisher
"Run the Gauntlet" (Driv3r) Atari
"The King of Fighters: Another Day" December 2, 2005 SNK
"Deep Dive" (Kingdom Hearts) March 2007 Square Enix
"Halo: Landfall" October 30, 2007 Microsoft Game Studios
"Heavenly Sword" November 29, 2007 Sony
"Sonic: Night of the Werehog" November 21, 2008 Sega
"Kijuju" (Resident Evil 5) Capcom
"Assassin's Creed: Lineage" October 26, 2009 Ubisoft
"Bright Falls" April 26, 2010 - May 13, 2010 Microsoft Game Studios
"Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" June 8, 2010 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
"Zombrex Dead Rising Sun" (Dead Rising 2) August 4, 2010 - August 25, 2010 Capcom
"Mortal Kombat: Legacy" April 12, 2011 - July 24, 2011 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Initially created without the involvement or consent of the game publisher.

Title Release date
"Half-Life: Escape from City 17" February 13, 2009
"Street Fighter: Legacy" May 6, 2010
"Manhunt 3" TBC
"Pokémon Apokélypse" September 20, 2010


Documentaries on video games

Theatrical releases

Title Release date Subject
8BIT[1][spam link?] 2006 The intersections of video games, art, and music
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade 2007 The golden age of video arcade games
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters August 17, 2007 The rivalry between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe over the Donkey Kong record high score
Frag 2008 Professional video gaming
Second Skin March 7, 2008 Follows seven people through the world of MMORPGs
'INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE[2] 2011 A feature documentary about videogames, their creators and the craft


Title Original air date(s) Network Subject
History of Video Games Discovery Asia
Thumb Candy 2000 Channel 4 History of video games
Game Makers 2002–2005 G4 Series on video game industry figures
Tetris: From Russia With Love 2004 BBC Four History of the 1980s Tetris game phenomenon
Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession 2004 GSN
The Video Game Revolution 2004 PBS
Game On!: The History of Videogames 2006 HLN The Wii and PlayStation 3 console launches
I, Videogame 2007 Discovery
Rise of the Video Game[3] 2007 Discovery
Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe 2009 BBC Four
Cyberdreams/Cyberdrømme 2011 DK4 Denmark Danish documentary about the national eSports team competing in World Cyber Games

Other releases

Title Release date Subject
Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games 2000
In the Game 2007 The game industry, technology, and the future of gaming
Once Upon Atari[4] 2007
FPS - Por dentro do virtual (Portuguese) 2009 Ethnographic research of an FPS gamers community

Films with plots centered on video games

  • Tron (1982)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kung-fu Master!/Le petit amour[5] (1988) - A love story between a 40 years 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.
  • 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 centred around a virtual reality game.
  • 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)
  • RPG: Metanoia (2010)

See also


  1. ^ "at". Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ "''Film - Indie Game: The Movie - A Video Game Documentary''". 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Rise of the Video Game". Discovery Channel. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ "from Scott West Productions". Once Upon Atari. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  5. ^ "Le Petit Amour". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Films based on video games — comprise a fairly new genre that first gained limited popularity in the late 1990s and 2000s. Movies closely related to the computer and video game industries had been done previously, such as Tron and The Wizard , but only after the release of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of television programs based on video games — This article provides a list of television programs based on video games:Animated programs* Ape Escape On Air * Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog * The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 * Air * Arc the Lad * Bomberman B Daman Bakugaiden *… …   Wikipedia

  • List of comics based on films — This is a list of comics based on films. Often a film becomes successful, popular or attains cult status and the franchise produces spin offs that often include comics. The comics can be direct adaptations of the film or a continuation of the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of video games notable for negative reception — The video games listed here have achieved notably negative reception from a variety of gaming publications, some of which have also labelled them as the worst video games ever made. Contents 1 1980s 1.1 Custer s Revenge (Atari 2600) 1.2 E.T. the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of comics based on television programs — This is a list of comics based on television programs. Often a television program becomes successful, popular or attains cult status and the franchise produces spin offs that often include comics.There are a number of companies that specialise in …   Wikipedia

  • List of comics based on fiction — The following is a list of comics based on fiction, including novels, books or short stories.Novels* Battle Royale: ** Battle Royale ** * Belphegor * * Clive Barker s The Great and Secret Show [ [… …   Wikipedia

  • List of films considered the worst — The films listed here have achieved notably negative reception as being called the worst films ever made. The films have been cited by a combination of reputable sources as the worst movies of all time. Examples of such sources include Metacritic …   Wikipedia

  • List of undead-themed video games — This is a list of video games with an undead theme. Subjects for an undead theme may include zombies, vampires or ghosts. It also covers demons and werewolves which are death related and normally allies with undead. Most games with undead are… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Dragon Ball video games — The following is a list of video games based on the Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama. Since 1986, many video games based on the property have been released in Japan, with the majority of the games being produced by Bandai. Most of the fighting …   Wikipedia

  • List of video games set in New York City — This article lists computer and video games in which a major part of the action takes place in New York City or a fictional city closely based on it. This video game related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Contents …   Wikipedia