Virtual reality movies are noted for their highly innovative use of visual effects and strong technicalities. Many sci-fi movies have incorporated elements of virtual reality to craft compelling stories that explore the various facets of humanity’s relationship with technology. One of the biggest issues with this sub-genre is that a lot of them suffer from weak plot and character writing and rely heavily on the visual aspects. Virtual reality movies tend to drive purely on atmospheric power and many of them feature exemplary world-building. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of top VR movies ever made. You can watch some of these best VR movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Cell (2000)
‘The Cell’ is about a female psychotherapist who is hired to conduct a virtual reality experiment that allows to get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer and rescue his latest victim. The film is incredibly ambitious and shows immense promise in terms of the technicalities and the overall setting but falls well short of its potential. Jennifer Lopez comes off as a savior in the lead role and she is exceptionally good as Dr. Catherine Deane, a deadly seductive, intelligent child psychologist.
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9. The Thirteenth Floor
‘The Thirteenth Floor’ may not be among the best sci-fi movies of all time but it sure is one of the best virtual reality movies ever made. The film tells the story of a computer scientist who becomes the major suspect when his colleague, a computer genius, is murdered right before testing his newly completed Virtual Reality simulation program. The plot is filled with twists and turns and eventually turns out to be a mess, a very interesting mess nevertheless. But what’s most fascinating about the film is the highly innovative use of visuals. The film brilliantly manages to construct a virtual reality world and the film, despite its glaring narrative flaws, manages to keep you engaged using its atmospheric power.