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Top 10 Must-Watch Popular Movies Based on Video Games Like Warcraft

Updated on November 8, 2016
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Warcraft is a 2016 American action-fantasy film directed by Duncan Jonesand written by Jones, Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinskyand Daniel Wu. The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership between Legendary Pictures and the game's developer, Blizzard Entertainment.

Warcraft (2016)
Warcraft (2016)

Warcraft premiered in Paris on May 24, 2016, and was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016.Despite receiving negative reviews from critics and a poor domestic box office performance, the film has grossed $433 million worldwide, surpassing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, although it was still considered a financial disappointment.

Here is a list of top 10 must-watch movies which were actually video games:

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

DIRECTOR:

Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly

WRITER:

John Cohen, Mikael Hed, Mikko Polla, Jon Vitti

STARS:

Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride

PLOT SUMMARY:

On an island populated with birds an easily tempered flightless bird named Red lives happily with his best friends Chuck and Bomb until these pigs show up. Everyone loves these pigs but Red thinks something is going on and he figures out that the pigs are stealing their precious eggs. Red, Chuck, and Bomb along with a few fellow citizens must head to their layer and take down those piggies! Based on the electronic app made my Rovio.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Mike Newell

WRITER:

Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner

STARS:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley

PLOT SUMMARY:

Adopted from the streets of Nasaf by King Sharaman of Persia, young Dastan grows up amongst royalty and quickly earns his place as a mighty warrior and prince. As his brothers Garsiv and Tus plan battle strategies, a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying weapons to enemies of Persia. Taking matters into his own hands, Tus orders an attack on the sacred city and upon its fall Dastan encounters the beautiful Princess Tamina. When King Sharaman dies under mysterious circumstances shortly after, and Dastan is accused of his murder, he flees with the princess on a harrowing mission to clear his name. Learning from Tamina the true motives behind Alamut's invasion, Dastan must embark on a perilous quest to stop an evil mastermind's plot for ultimate power with a mystical weapon that can control the very fabric of time.

Resident Evil (2002)

DIRECTOR:

Paul W.S. Anderson

WRITER:

Paul W.S. Anderson

STARS:

Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey

SERIES:

  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

PLOT SUMMARY:

A virus has escaped into a secret facility called "The Hive," which chemically turns the staff (Umbrella Corporation) into man eating zombies and releasing the mutated lab animals that they were studying. The complex computer (The Red Queen) shuts down the base to prevent from infection. The parent corporation sends in a military unit, where they meet Alice who has only a short time to remember who she is and what is her mission. who which is suffering from amnesia due to the nerve gas released into her bathroom. The military must shut down the computer (The Red Queen) and make their way back out of the Hive. Fighting their way past zombies, mutants and The Red Queen before the T-Virus escapes and effects the rest of the world. Its up to Alice to defeat the virus, if she loses, we all lose.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

DIRECTOR:

Simon West

WRITER:

Sara B. Cooper,Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Simon West, Patrick Massett, John Zinman

STARS:

Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen

SERIES:

  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

PLOT SUMMARY:

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she must retrieve the key and find and destroy the talisman before the Illuminati can get their hands on it.

Need for Speed (2014)

DIRECTOR:

Scott Waugh

WRITER:

George Gatins, John Gatins

STARS:

Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots

PLOT SUMMARY:

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together, but above all; It's a story about fast, fast cars.

Mortal Kombat (1995)

DIRECTOR:

Paul W.S. Anderson

WRITER:

Ed Boon, John Tobias, Kevin Droney

STARS:

Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby

SERIES:

  • Mortal Kombat (1995)
  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

PLOT SUMMARY:

The Emperor of Outworld has his sights set on conquering the realm of Earth. But in order to do so, he has to win 10 straight the ancient Mortal Kombat tournaments. The Emperor's sorcerer, Shang Tsung, has led Outworld's forces to nine straight victories. The only thing standing between Earth and the Emperor's evil forces are three humans: Liu Kang, who is only at the tournament to kill Shang Tsung for the murder of his brother, Sonya Blade, a law enforcement officer who was lured to the ship under the pretenses of catching her partner's killer, and Johnny Cage, an egotistical movie star who the press has dubbed as a fake and is only at the tournament as a way to prove himself. It will be up to Lord Rayden to teach his three warriors to look deep inside themselves to find the ability to beat Shang Tsung and save the realm of Earth from devastation.

Hitman (2007)

DIRECTOR:

Xavier Gens

WRITER:

Skip Woods

STARS:

Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko

SERIES:

  • Hitman (2007)
  • Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

PLOT SUMMARY:

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman.

Street Fighter (1994)

DIRECTOR:

Steven E. de Souza

WRITER:

Steven E. de Souza

STARS:

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen

PLOT SUMMARY:

Col. William Guile leads an army of soldiers into the country of Shadaloo to find traces to lead him to General M. Bison, who has captured many people including three missing soldiers. Among them is Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, in which Bison decides to turn into a hideous mutant. On the other hand, Chun Li is a reporter who seeks revenge against Bison for the death of her father years ago. Then two small time hustlers Ryu and Ken, are arrested along with Sagat, a powerful arms dealer and Vega for dealing of illegal weapons. Guile recruits them in order to find Bison's base. Now Guile, T. Hawk, Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Balrog and E. Honda have three days before Bison murders the hostages and takes over the world.

Silent Hill (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Christophe Gans

WRITER:

Roger Avary

STARS:

Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean

PLOT SUMMARY:

After the continuous sleep walking episodes of Sharon, the young daughter of Rose Da Silva, the decision is made to take Sharon to the place only mentioned in her restless dreams- Silent Hill. However, the road to Silent Hill is anything but easy to access, and Rose creates a high speed chase between herself and a police officer only to end in a crash for them both. When she wakes up, Sharon has disappeared and Rose is at the entrance to the deserted, dream-like town of Silent Hill. As Rose begins the search for her daughter, she does not realize the terror and mystery surrounding her. Rose is led on a blind search for her beloved daughter, finding herself getting more and more entwined into disturbing past of Silent Hill.

Max Payne (2008)

DIRECTOR:

John Moore

WRITER:

Beau Thorne, Sam Lake

STARS:

Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges

PLOT SUMMARY:

Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast.

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