The Video Game Movie High Score Board

Video Game Movies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Detective Pikachu

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The video game movie is a risky gamble.

When done right, as was the case with last year’s Detective Pikachu with its inventive, tongue-in-cheek approach to its source material aided by adorable character design and the always-welcome Ryan Reynolds lending his supremely sarcastic vocal talents to the title character, there’s oodles of money to be made and film franchises waiting to be born.

And when it goes the other way, well, look no further than the first-ever film adaptation of a beloved video game series, 1993’s Super Mario Bros. Or better yet, don’t. No one needs to put themselves through that.

The latest beloved property to transition out of the arcade and onto the big screen is Sonic the Hedgehog, the long-gestating adaptation of the beloved platformer video game series from Sega. In theaters now, the film features Ben Schwartz as the voice of the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog and Jim Carrey as his nemesis, the evil Dr. Robotnik.

The film’s already overcome the hurdle that was the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the first trailer back in April 2019, with fans put off by Sonic’s overly humanoid appearance, forcing a delayed release so director Jeff Fowler could tinker with the design of the beloved character. While the jury’s still out on whether he got it right enough to lure fans of the franchise to the theater, let’s take a look at all the video game movies that have come before it and see who tops the high score board.

Double Dragon, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Video Game Movies

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Wing Commander, Freddie Prinze Jr, Video Game Movies

Steve Braun/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

Super Mario Bros, Video Game Movies


Doom, Dwayne Johnson, Video Game Movies

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Max Payne, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Video Game Movies

Firm Films/Kobal/Shutterstock

Street Fighter, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Video Game Movies


Silent Hill, 2006, Video Game Movies


Mortal Kombat, 1995, Video Game Movies

E R Aaron/New Line/Kobal/Shutterstock

Hitman, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Olyphant, Video Game Movies

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Need for Speed

Walt Disney Studios

Michael Fassbender, Assassin's Creed, Video Game Movies


Alicia Vikander, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

Warner Bros.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia

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Dwayne Johnson, Rampage

Warner Bros. Pictures

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie

Paramount Pictures

Detective Pikachu

Warner Bros.

Warcraft, Video Game Movies


Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil Retribution

Davis Films/Impact Pictures

Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters now.

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