We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 video game movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Super Mario Bros (1993) 15% at Rotten Tomatoes
Mario and Luigi are the most iconic video game characters of all time. While this movie has pretty much nothing to do with the games, it’s not exactly a bad thing. The games have thin plots and are mostly about entertainment, which Super Mario Bros provides.
Director: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton
Starring: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper
9. Wing Commander (1999) 10% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Wing Commander series was quite popular during the 90s – so popular it spawned a movie starring the hottest actors of the day. This movie is no Starship Troopers, but it’s still a shiny spectacle to behold.
Director: Chris Roberts
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
8. Street Fighter (1994) 15% at Rotten Tomatoes
Although critically panned, Street Fighter is a cult classic. It’s partially because the game series is so popular, and partially because it’s Julia’s last movie. Van Damme and the rest of the cast make this a colorful outing worth watching if you’ve ever played the game.
Director: Steven E. de Souza
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Kylie Minogue
7. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) 3% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Coke to Street Fighter’s Pepsi, Mortal Kombat always takes an alternate route. After Shang Tsung was defeated in the first movie, Earth’s warriors don’t have much time to celebrate. That’s because Shao Kahn is now leading the warriors of Outworld to invade our planet with non-stop action.
Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Robin Shou, James Remar, Talisa Soto
6. Pokemon: The First Movie (1998) 14% at Rotten Tomatoes
At the behest of Team Rocket, Dr. Fuji creates a clone based off legendary Pokemon Mew’s eyelash. The clone, named MewTwo, quickly turns on his creators, humans, and any Pokemon allied with them. Ash and Pikachu head to the island to confront him and battle for the fate of the world.
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney
Starring: Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachael Lillis
5. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ryu is a wandering warrior who never stays in one place long, and he’s being hunted by Bison, who’s searching for the world’s greatest fighter. Meanwhile Guile and Chun Li team up to take Bison down. While the live-action movie is great, this is the best Street Fighter movie.
Director: Gisaburo Sugii
Starring: Kenji Haga, Miki Fujitani, Kojiro Shimizu
4. Mortal Kombat (1996) 34% at Rotten Tomatoes
Fighters from different realms of existence are invited to participate in an ancient tournament to determine who can invade who. Lord Raiden, the Thunder God, protects a handful of fighters, one of which is destined to stop Shang Tsung’s path of destruction.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Robin Shou
3. The Lawnmower Man (1992) 35% at Rotten Tomatoes
Not based on an actual video game, The Lawnmower Man does get credit for being one of the first movies to use virtual reality as a plot device. A simple-minded gardener is subjected to multiple experiments until he becomes a super-villain.
Director: Brett Leonard
Starring: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright
2. eXistenZ (1999) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
Cronenberg is a master of visceral gore, and this time he uses his talents to warn of consequences that can arise from our love of video games. A video game designer creating the greatest VR game is suddenly attacked and enters the game to see if it still works. That’s when reality starts to crumble, and multiple layers of reality are revealed.
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jude Law, Ian Holm, Jennifer Jason Leigh
1. Tekken: The Motion Picture (1998) 41% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Heihachi Mishima organizes a fighting tournament, fighters from around the world descend on his island ready to do battle. Among them are several police officers and his son, all of whom are looking to take him down. The result is the greatest video game movie made in the 20th century based on the greatest fighting game ever.
Director: Kunihisa Sugishima
Starring: Edi Patterson, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Adam Dudley