Best Video Game Movies Not Based on Properties

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Video game movies have a reputation for being bad. Even when they don’t suck, they are not exactly high cinema. It’s not surprising then that some of the best video game movies are movies that are not based on properties.

These are some of the best video game movies that are not based on properties.

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Players gets a shoutout as an honorable mention because it’s one of the newest examples of video game media not based on a property, and it’s one of the most accessible entertainments on this list. It is also just a very good show.

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The Wizard is a Fred Savage-led film about a wunderkind Super Mario Bros gamer on an odyssey to California to compete in “Video Armageddon.”

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War Games is another 80’s film that has grown in popularity since its release. This time led by a pre-Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. The plot is typical 80’s fodder, relying on a 1983 audience having no idea how computers work.

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Jumanji is a classic 90’s film starring Robin Williams and a board game that comes to life. The reboot couldn’t completely capture the original’s charm, but a solid cast and new take on the formula give it a spot on our list.

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

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The Last Starfighter tells the tale of a teenager recruited to fight an alien invasion through his skills as a video gamer. The film shares themes with the novel Enders Game and the famous Polybius urban legend.

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