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10 Epic Action Movies like The Hunger Games: Deadly Game Shows

Updated on November 25, 2017

The Hunger Games is set in dystopian North America that has been divided into 12 districts with all the power in the hands of Capitol. After a long war, peace is reinstated, but not without its cost. Every year, a boy and a girl are selected to take part in Annual Hunger Games – A brutal reality TV show where they are forced to kill each other until only one of them remains. Everyone must watch these kids fight to the death. It serves as a reminder to everyone watching the show as to how brutal and unforgiving a war can be. At least this is how the Capitol tries to justify this brutality. Does the plot sound familiar to you? It’s not the first movie to have the concept of a deadly game show.

Being a big fan of the movies and books, I’ve compiled a list of some their movies like Huger Games that will intrigue you. Let’s take a look -

The Ten Commandments - One of the best classical movies like The Hunger Games

Do they still make movies that are worth watching more than once? It’s pretty rare. Shutter Island, Inception, Memento and few other movies come to mind, but those movies are exceptions to an otherwise brain-dead stream of movies popping left and right.

The Ten Commandments might be more than half a decade old, but it still is one of the best movies ever made. You’d wanna watch it over and over again, just to recollect what you missed in first few sittings. They have made a lot of movies about Hebrew born prince of Egypt, but none come even close to The Ten Commandments.

It wasn’t really a big hit at the box office, but it succeeded in staying in hearts of millions of people even after all these years. As the case with The Hunger Games, this is a movie about good triumphing over evil, to put it simply.

Divergent - One of the best action/survival movies like The Hunger Games

In the futuristic dystopia, people have started living in factions. As soon as someone grows old enough, they have to make a choice. They have to decide whether they want to stay in the same faction of their family or choose any other. When a teenager makes a surprising choice, she must undergo extreme psychological and physical changes to outcompete others or she risks going faction-less. What she mustn’t tell others is that she is Divergent, not fitting for any particular faction. Anyone knowing it would mean a certain death. But this is the secret that could save her people.

The plot stays true to the novels for the most part, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are some slight changes, of course, but it’s only done to make it more fitting for the screening.

If you’re looking for some serious action movies like The Hunger Games, Divergent is what you’re looking for. The first movie was good, and hopefully, the rest of them will be just as good, if not better.

The Birds - A horror/survival movie like The Hunger Games

When Catchy receive lovebirds for her birthday, things start to get more complicated as an army of crows and seagulls appear out of nowhere start attacking everyone. This onslaught is pretty much impossible to survive, but there is still some hope. Can they avoid dying?

You could argue that the plot of this movie is ridiculous; it doesn’t make any sense, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Why’d birds, the same creatures that have co-exited with humans peacefully for millions of years, would decide to attack all of a sudden? The idea of crows and seagulls attacking human beings isn’t really unique, but it still is pretty fun and horrifying to watch.

First half of the movie is spent on development of characters and setting up the plot for a roller coaster ride in the second half. You’d see it coming from a long way, but when the horror really comes along, it is pretty convincing and potent.

What prompted them to attack is never really revealed, which makes the whole movie a tad more terrifying. The idea of birds turning malicious all of a sudden is pretty spooky. Give it a thought!

Hitchcock has made a lot of good movies, but The Birds certainly stands out as one of the best movies like The Huger Games.

Hanna - One of the best action movies like The Hunger Games

Have you ever wished that Katniss would just stop being a mockingjay and just kick some ass without any emotional distress? If yes, ‘Hanna’ is just the movie you’re looking for.

The plot revolves a teenage girl who is trained to be a killing machine from very early in her life. Isolated in the wilderness, she finds herself stacked against her captors. Will she come out unscatethed?

This movie is pure action. If you’re looking for some good movies like The Huger Games with main focus on fighting, ‘Hanna’ is what you’re looking for

The Truman Show - One of the best movies like The Hunger Games with a twist

Truman Burbank lives a perfect life. He has everything he could have asked – a good looking, caring wife, a job that pays well and all the other luxuries one could afford. Still, everything seems just like a setup to him. Still paralyzed by the fear of water, Truman feels he is missing something. He wants to leave the island, but something always mysteriously comes up, forcing him to postpone the plans. Soon enough, he finds a secret about the island that totally changes the course of his life.

Jim carries the whole movie on his shoulders since he takes almost all the screen time during the whole movie. His character is comic, but serious, and somehow he manages to do it perfectly. Other supporting characters have done their job well despite not sharing much screening time with Carrey. It may be Jim Carrey’s show, but the support always helps.

This is the movie that cemented Jimmy as an actor who could do much more than making a number of funny faces. It’s short, thought-provoking, serious and funny at the same time. Well worth your time and money.

1984 - A novel to movie adaption

1984 is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. It takes place in a world where government controls almost everything and feeds people nothing but propagandas. Despair and chaos has erupted as people are always under surveillance. John Hurt, the protagonist, is a writer who finds himself working for the dominant party in force. His job is pretty simple – correction of news articles to better fit the interests and goals of the regime.

Never before I’ve seen such smooth transition from book to movie. Almost everything mentioned in book is depicted on the screen with accuracy. The strength of this movie is staying true to the source material, which, not to mention, is ineffable. Same can’t be said about contemporary movies and shows that often stray from the source material to do something new.

12 Years a Slave - Oneof the best movies like The Hunger Games about slavery

12 Years a Slave is a true story of a black man who was abducted and sold into slavery. Taking place in 1840’s in New York, it showcases how a young, educated man’s life changed drastically in such a short span of time once he is shipped to south. This is a movie that manages to stimulate both at intellectual and emotional level.

It’s not only about slavery. The most noteworthy thing about 12 Years a Slave is it covers much more than slavery. We see how it changes those who profit by it. Benedict Cumberbatch, a relatively nice guy, who treats his slaves with reasonable respect, isn’t untouched by the powerful confines of slavery either. He comes off as a man with good hart who can’t do much about what he has gotten himself into.

Overall, 12 Years a Slave is one of the best movies like The Hunger Games, managing to portray slavery as the enemy of society that turns an entire race into livestock.

To compare it with movies like Django Unchained or Gone With The Wind, would be not be a fair treatment. Both those movies have a touch of naïve romanticism and tameness, making it easy to digest. 12 Years a Slave makes you see slavery in a whole new light. Be warned; this movie can leave you feeling depressed for hours or even days. Why watch it, then? Well, because it’s one of the best movies made about slavery. My suggestion; go ahead with it.

The Maze Runner - An underrated movie similar to The Hunger Games

As with The Hunger Games, a bunch of teenagers find themselves in a completely new environment with no previous memories whatsoever. When Thomas finds himself amongst these 60 other teenagers, he starts to learn to survive while looking for a way out of the maze.

The only thing that works against this movie is the lack of motive and explanations. We are never told why the Maze exists. It’s one of those make-your-own-story kinds of movies, which adds to the suspense and intrigue.

Although the narrative isn’t really compelling, the action scenes and amazing cinematography more than make up for it. Overall, it’s a good debut for Ball. His young cast manages to carry the whole movie on their shoulders, albeit fumbling every once in a while. If you are looking for some good survival action movies like The Huger Games, it should be right up your alley.

Meek's Cutoff

This movie poses a question upon all of us – Whom would you trust when in distress? The one who is your friend but is not experienced or your natural enemy who might be get you out of trouble?

Taking place in 1845, a wagon team of three families find themselves asking the same questions when their guide ends up getting them in the middle of nowhere. When they come across a Native American, their natural enemy, they must make a choice – to stay with the unreliable guide or follow the Native American.

This is one of those movies that compelled you to think. With no unambiguous ending,. You are left wondering as to what happened to the families. After watching them struggle for almost 2 hours, you long for answers; you want to know their fate. For better or for worse, there are no answers to the questions raised. What you have, instead, is a lot of fan theories, which makes for a good read.

There is no real character development or plotline, for this is not really the point. The director and writer wanted to give the audience a feel of life in a wagon train. You are just put on their shoes for a few hours.

If you are looking for an immersive movie like The Huger Games, this is the one you should pick up.

Battle Royale - One of the most brutal movies like The Hunger Games

How does the idea of a Japanese version of The Hunger Games sound to you? Battle Royal is what we’re talking about here – a creepier and more despairing story surrounding around 42 school students who must kill off each other within 3 days. If they don’t do it, the government will kill them all. Welcome to Battle Royale!

Some of them decide to go all guns blazing on others, while a few others decide to get off the island without any violence. Is there any way out for them?

One of the key things working for this movie is that there are children at fight, which manages to deliver a more shocking and ever lasting impact on our minds. We have seen movies like The Hunger Games before where teenagers are forced to kill each other, but we’re talking about 9th standard students here.

There are no villains or victims here. They are kids, forced to play until they die. My guess is, you won’t be cheering up as the numbers start reducing. If you have the stomach for it, you can go ahead and watch it. One of the best brutal, survival movies like The Hunger Games!


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      Angel 3 weeks ago

      Century, not decade. I like hannah