The Best VR Movies & Top Virtual Reality Films of All Time

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The Best VR Movies & Top Virtual Reality Films of All Time

Below is the list of the best VR movies and can be considered as the top virtual reality films of all time. Please take note that the list below is not based on any specific ranking or rate. Each of this movie or film has their own strength and weakness. One common thing is that, they really bring or rejuvenate the public interest towards virtual reality. They are…

The Best VR Movies…

The Matrix

1. The Matrix
Directed By: The Wachowskis
Release Year: 1999
Synopsis: The story takes place in the future where humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality which is created by intelligent machines to distract humans while using their bodies as an energy source.
Opinion: The first film in the Matrix trilogy is the one that really brings the whole world interest back in virtual reality. Until know people keep benchmarking the VR or XR technology with this film due to it concept of ultimate immersiveness until you don’t realize it.

Ready Player One

2. Ready Player One
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Release Year: 2018
Synopsis: In 2045, most of the people are using the virtual reality software called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) to escape the desolation of the real world.
Opinion: This looks like a more realistic version of VR that we have nowadays where we need to use the headset, glove and haptic suit. It also got some morals and lesson learnt from it. Good for educational purpose.

The Thirteenth Floor

3. The Thirteenth Floor
Directed By: Josef Rusnak
Release Year: 1999
Synopsis: In year 1999 at Los Angeles, Hannon Fuller owns a multibillion-dollar computer enterprise and he is also the inventor of a newly completed virtual reality (VR) simulation of 1937 Los Angeles, filled with simulated humans unaware they are computer programs.
Opinion: This movie brings the concept of multi-tier virtual world. A good detective movie on using VR as a tool to solve the case.

The Lawnmower Man

4. The Lawnmower Man
Directed By: Brett Leonard
Release Year: 1992
Synopsis: This film is about the scientist who decides to perform an experiment using psychoactive drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener.
Opinion: This is a legendary movie of VR. Before The Matrix, it is the most talked film when it comes to VR.

Virtuosity

5. Virtuosity
Directed By: Brett Leonard
Release Year: 1995
Synopsis: An ex-cop must use his intelligence to capture a deadly serial killer, SID 6.7, a virtual reality simulation. This virtual reality simulation is created using the personalities of multiple serial killers and unfortunately he manages to escape into the real world.
Opinion: This movie introduce the concept of integration between the virtual world and the real world. Might be happen in the far, far future.

TRON

6. TRON
Directed By: Steven Lisberger
Release Year: 1982
Synopsis: It is about a computer programmer who is transported inside the software world of a mainframe computer where he interacts with programs in his attempt to escape.
Opinion: This is a classic movie that introduce the concept of a real human being sucked and trapped in the virtual and digital world. The minimalist design and polygons with light make it a memorable movie of all time.

Arcade

7. Arcade
Directed By: Albert Pyun
Release Year: 1993
Synopsis: It is about teenagers who will disappear when they play Arcade, a virtual-reality game with seven deadly levels.
Opinion: This is a straight forward VR movie where the player is using the VR headset.

Jumanji

8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Release Year: 2017
Synopsis: It is about a group of teenagers who come across a video game and then suddenly find themselves trapped in that game as a set of avatars, seeking to complete a quest alongside another player trapped in the game since 1996.
Opinion: Although the movie does not directly relate itself to VR, but it is the way the character transported inside the player avatar and interact with the game world that make it part of this list.

These are the list that we have managed to compile so far. And we will update it from time to time. If there are any more that we miss, you are welcome to share it in the “Comment” section below.

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