We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Most video game movies are shit, but they’re guilty pleasures for many of us. Here are the top 10 video game movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Doom (2005) 19% at Rotten Tomatoes
It has The Rock, and it’s so bad, it’s good. In the early days of first-person shooters, Doom outshone Wolfenstein and Duke Nukem to become a classic on many systems (I even had it on my Sega 32X). It was also long the game used to benchmark computers in professional reviews. They do their best here, and it’s worth watching if you really love the game.
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike
9. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) 20% at Rotten Tomatoes
In a story of things coming full circle, Lara Croft was initially a generic Indiana Jones who then went on to star in her own movie that became copied by Indy. Great little adventure, even if only to watch Jolie run around with video game boobs.
Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen
8. BloodRayne (2006) 4% at Rotten Tomatoes
While this movie (like most video game adaptations) was critically panned and commercially avoided, BloodRayne has a great cast, and it’s very watchable if you love the series enough. At a bare minimum, it’s fun to watch chicks with video game boobs.
Director: Uwe Boll
Starring: Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez
7. Far Cry (2008) 12% at Rotten Tomatoes
Far Cry is one of the most beautiful games if you have the right graphics card, and it’s become more and more popular over the years. Boll, an obvious gamer, thought he’d capitalize on the popularity with this movie about a special forces mercenary investigating a secret military island base.
Director: Uwe Boll
Starring: Til Schweiger, Natalia Avelon, Emmanuelle Vaugier
6. Silent Hill (2006) 29% at Rotten Tomatoes
Pyramid Head is easily the dumbest video game creature invented. He looks like a hi-res version of an unfinished 8-bit character…but then he silently looks at you and you realize how big that motherfucker is. Hope that lady is ready to run.
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
5. DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes
Love it or hate it, Dead or Alive was always known for overly sexualizing female fighters. This movie is not even close to the worst thing that came from that franchise. In fact, it’s the easiest way to relive going to your creepy friend’s house to play half-naked beach volleyball with him in this series.
Director: Corey Yuen
Starring: Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter
4. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes
Square Enix has long been dropping jaws with its graphics capabilities, and this continuation of the FF7 story of Cloud and Sephiroth is important for several reasons. The first FF movie sucked (although looked amazing), and FF7 is the most popular storyline that warranted a rare sequel.
Director: Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue
Starring: Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Ito, Shotaro Morikubo
3. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
This documentary about die-hard gamers competing for records in classic arcade games is brilliant. It reminds you of just how long gaming has been around. Chuck versus Tom Sawyer (released a year later) is great supplemental viewing.
Director: Seth Gordon
Starring: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger
2. Tekken (2010) 0% at Rotten Tomatoes
Of all the fighting game-based movies, Tekken animated movies are by far the best. That’s why this live action movie is so important and amazing. Although not as good as its animated brethren, it’s easily the best live-action fighting movie and a bar for the rest to clear.
Director: Dwight H. Little
Starring: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki
1. Resident Evil (2002) 34% at Rotten Tomatoes
The horror game that created so many imitators became a horror movie series that did the same. Resident Evil feels like the game in many aspects, pays homage to fans, and cleared a lane for so many other competitors. It’s not as scary as the PSVR experience, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey