Are you looking for movies like The Hunger Games? I know what you’re feeling; trust me, I’ve been there. Suzanne Collins’ masterpiece has become a worldwide phenomenon, gaining millions of fans across the globe. Thanks to the undeniable chemistry of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as well as the beautifully-written story of survival in Panem, the movie series has earned a spot among the highest-grossing film series of all time.
Can’t get enough of movies similar to The Hunger Games? Then check out the following and enjoy more thrilling adventure films.
1. The Lord of the Flies
A thriller movie like The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 16, 1990
Director: Harry Hook
Cast: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly
Lord of the Flies is the second film adaptation of William Golding’s first novel. It details the story of young cadets who get marooned in an uninhabited island after their plane crashes into the sea. The pilot gets seriously injured and soon loses his mind, forcing the boys to elect a leader. Ralph gets the position because of his seniority in ranking, but it soon becomes evident that not everyone’s happy with his leadership, particularly Jack. Tensions arise and the group gets divided into two. Their initial goal of surviving together gets blown out of the water when Jack’s group kills Ralph’s followers one by one.
2. The Running Man
A sci-fi film like The Hunger Games
Release Date: November 13, 1987
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
Ben Richards is a policeman who gets convicted for a massacre, a crime he has never done. In prison he breaks out with other inmates, but the woman whom he used to plot his escape turns him to the authorities. Damon Killian—host of The Running Man, a game show in which prisoners are given the chance to run to their freedom—learns about Richards’ capture and decides to make him the next contestant. Killian tells Richards that his two friends are going with him, infuriating Richards and prompting him to promise Killian that he’ll come back to get him. Ben now tries to prove his innocence as well as reveal the truth about the totalitarian government.
A sport, action movie similar to The Hunger Games
Release Date: June 25, 1975
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams
The story is set in 2018, a time when there are no more crimes and wars plaguing the world. Huge corporations are now the rulers of the world, having complete authority over all people. The most popular sport is called Rollerball, a violent game in which teams from different regions compete to win the championship. Jonathan E. is a member of the reigning championship team, and he tries to lead them again to another title. But Bartholomew, the head of the corporation, tells Jonathan to retire. Despite threats against him and his teammates, Jonathan decides to play and win it all.
4. Battle Royale
An action, drama movie like The Hunger Games
Release Date: December 16, 2010
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto
Forty-two ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school get the surprise of their life when they are forced to compete in a Battle Royale. They are thrown in a deserted island where they must fight for their lives until only one survives. Each of them gets a bag containing a random weapon. They also receive a limited amount of food and water. Some students decide to play the game and kill the other competitors. Shuya, Noriko and Kawada, meanwhile, refuse to resort to violence as they try to figure out a way to escape the island.
5. Series 7: The Contenders
A comedy movie similar to The Hunger Games
Release Date: January 20, 2001
Director: Daniel Minahan
Cast: Brooke Smith, Marylouise Burke, Mark Woodbury
Series 7 is a reality show in which five people are randomly chosen to participate along with the winner of the previous series, making up a total of six contestants. They are pitted against each other in a kill-or-be-killed contest. With just a pistol as their weapon, they must find more armaments to increase their chances of survival. Upon winning three series in a row, the contestant can be set free. Dawn Lagarto is a pregnant woman who has two titles under her belt, and she does everything in order to win one last time and set herself and her baby free.
6. The Tournament
An epic action movie like The Hunger Games
Release Date: October 16, 2009
Director: Scott Mann
Cast: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu
Every seven years, the world’s richest men gather forty of the best assassins to battle it out in a no-holds-barred tournament. The participants come from different parts of the world, some with interesting and peculiar personalities. Among them is Lai Lai Zhen, a beautiful Chinese woman who wants to earn huge money and disappear from society. However, an alcoholic priest named Father Joseph Macavoy gets targeted by other assassins, prompting Lai Lai Zhen to protect and save him.
7. The Condemned
A thriller film similar to The Hunger Games
Release Date: April 27, 2007
Director: Scott Wiper
Cast: Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Nathan Jones
Jack Conrad is a former Delta Force operator who awaits his execution in a prison in El Salvador. A television producer hears about his story and buys him, placing him in a deserted island along with nine other criminals where they must fight to their death. The violent tournament is set to be broadcast over the Internet, and the winner is granted freedom and a huge amount of cash. Jack’s girlfriend, Sarah, cannot do anything but watch in horror as his man battles for his life.
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Robert Sacchi on February 16, 2016:
An interesting list. Did you consider the movie The 10th Victim?
Hansika Sachdeva from India on September 11, 2015:
I love the hunger games and was looking for more movies like it. Thanks for the suggestions!