People love video games, and people also love movies. So it’s really no shock that when Hollywood goes looking for popular IP to turn into films, it looks at video games frequently, despite the fact that the vast majority of movies based on games are unpopular or unsuccessful, or both. However, there is a subset of the video game movie that has proven to be, generally speaking, more popular and more successful than Tomb Raider or Assassin’s Creed. Those are the movies that aren’t base on existing game properties, but instead take place inside games in largely original worlds. Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy is the most recent success story here.
There have been some great movies set inside the world of games. In some, video game characters come to life. In others, real people enter the world of video games and must learn to follow those rules. I’d argue nothing on this list is actually a bad movie, but only one of them can be the best.