Gamification

by brunosetola-133-634230 | created - 10 Jul 2013 | updated - 11 Jul 2017 | Public

A growing list of movies about games and play, rules and autonomy, hoping to inspire new ideas about Gamification.

(martial arts not included, otherwise the list will never end)

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1. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 127 min | Crime, Drama

91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 150,205

An interesting story about rules and regimes, about reframing and non-conformity, about play and freedom. Worth to watch again to find more meaning in it. Personally the religious layer of the story I'm not so much interested in yet the references may be relevant for others.

2. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 317,921 | Gross: $48.32M

If you like Alternate Reality Games, this is one to watch. Moreover it is a great puzzle. The cover image underlines that. Yet 'The Puzzle' would not have been a great name for the movie, I suppose.

3. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 212,991 | Gross: $61.74M

A movie about War Games. Read the book when I was in art school and enjoyed reading the complete series. The description of their practice battles and Ender's ever changing tactics still stick with me. Especially when you learn about the true nature of these exercises.

4. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 560,790 | Gross: $57.60M

Ode to the power of humor, of storytelling, of make-belief, of play. This is a movie you'll either love or hate and that will say something about yourself. It's worth reflecting on your initial reactions to this movie.

5. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 186,979 | Gross: $131.14M

This is the 'real' Lara Croft. It may have a lousy rating but at least try watching the opening scene. It's clearly about challenges and being in the zone. This time though, you do not master Lara. She is in control. And with control, I mean an unreal control. Enjoy the cat and mouse game.

I have a weak spot for Jolie, so I watched both movies in one go and enjoyed it, I have to admit. Never was any good at the video games though.

6. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 809,156 | Gross: $191.80M

Toys and humans. Their special bond. About play time and then one day growing up and putting your toys in a box. What follows is an epic quest for your heart. All three Toy Stories are worth watching.

7. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,226,652 | Gross: $187.71M

An epic movie about the raw life of gladiators. Living entertainment, public games, life or death. Very entertaining movie. If you read Dutch, you should read http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12806602-gladiatoren/

8. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 106,890 | Gross: $33.00M

9. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 349,986 | Gross: $189.42M

10. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 160,241

11. Doom (2005)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

34 Metascore

Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Deobia Oparei

Votes: 100,378 | Gross: $28.03M

12. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 57,364

13. Gamer (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

27 Metascore

In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he?

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris, Amber Valletta

Votes: 125,276 | Gross: $20.49M

14. The Two Escobars (2010)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medelli­n Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: María Ester Escobar, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez, Francisco Maturana

Votes: 1,507

16. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,910 | Gross: $2.67M

17. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament

Votes: 11,496 | Gross: $1.29M

18. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,721 | Gross: $0.89M

19. The Endless Summer (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,712

20. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 56,047 | Gross: $1.61M

21. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

67 Metascore

The rise and fall of the N.Y. Cosmos. The soccer team that brought Pele to America; against the backdrop of N.Y. City in the 70's.

Directors: Paul Crowder, John Dower | Stars: Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Matt Dillon, Ahmet Ertegun

Votes: 1,384 | Gross: $0.14M

22. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,569 | Gross: $1.52M

23. Fire in Babylon (2010)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Brian Close

Votes: 1,517

24. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,420

25. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,706 | Gross: $4.59M

26. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,459 | Gross: $7.83M

27. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 85,189 | Gross: $107.53M

28. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 194,270 | Gross: $0.50M

29. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 178,405 | Gross: $14.38M

30. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,528,461 | Gross: $171.48M

31. Word Wars (2004)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

61 Metascore

A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.

Directors: Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo | Stars: Joe Edley, Matt Graham, Marlon Hill, Joel Sherman

Votes: 1,623 | Gross: $0.06M

32. Clue (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

36 Metascore

Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 70,569 | Gross: $14.64M

33. Scrabylon (2003)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

Petersen follows competitive scrabble players as they compete in the world championships.

Director: Scott Petersen | Stars: David Boys, Brian Cappelletto, James Cherry, Chris Cree

Votes: 44

34. Uber Goober (2004)

87 min | Documentary

Über Goober focuses on the often-misunderstood, sometimes-controversial, and always-kind-of-geeky world of Gamers. Director Steve Metze examines several different groups including ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Metze | Stars: E. Gary Gygax, John Kovalic, Michael A. Stackpole, Christopher R.L. O'Neill

Votes: 74

35. Jumanji (1995)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 273,746 | Gross: $100.48M

36. Geri's Game (1997)

4 min | Animation, Short, Family

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director: Jan Pinkava | Star: Bob Peterson

Votes: 20,886

37. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 161,445 | Gross: $3.22M

38. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 84,296 | Gross: $79.57M

39. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 145,324

40. The Amazing Race (2001– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Family, Game-Show

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to 'amazing' locations.

Stars: Phil Keoghan, Joyce Agu, Uchenna Agu, Jet McCoy

Votes: 12,860

41. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 131,931 | Gross: $38.12M

42. Queen to Play (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Bottaro | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals

Votes: 2,505 | Gross: $0.48M

43. Chess Fever (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky | Stars: José Raúl Capablanca, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Natalya Glan

Votes: 1,028

44. Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

14 Metascore

Profion, a tyrant, attempts to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne

Votes: 30,605 | Gross: $15.22M

45. Shade (2003)

R | 101 min | Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

A group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster.

Director: Damian Nieman | Stars: Joe Nicolo, Carl Mazzocone Sr., George Tovar, Frank Medrano

Votes: 11,614 | Gross: $0.03M

46. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 215,262 | Gross: $81.16M

47. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama

Based on the true story of the rise and fall of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar.

Director: A.W. Vidmer | Stars: Al Bernstein, Andrew N.S. Glazer, Michael Imperioli, Brian Kaplan

Votes: 1,970

48. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama