One of the most popular things to do with the family or roommates while spending time at home is definetley playing board games. These types of games have been part of social bonding for ages, passing from generation to generation and enjoying an everlasting popularity - especially before the era of video games and smartphones. (Yeah, there was a time when these did not exist!)

Board games are so popular in our culture that even movies have been made about them - some from real games and some fictional which became actual games afterwards.

  • Jumanji: The original Jumanji was released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, and told the story of a supernatural board game that brought jungle hazards to its players on every turn they take, and siblings Judy and Peter must find the way to finish the game and restore all the destruction back to normal.

  • Zathura: Released in 2005 and based on a different book by Jumanji’s author, Chris Van Allsburg, Zathura tells the tale of another supernatural board game that teleports its young players into outer space where they meet an astronaut who mentors them to finish the game and return home.

  • Clue: This 1985 black comedy film was based on the Hasbro board game of the same name, where six strangers must solve the mystery of the murder of their host, Mr. Boddy. The tragedy happened in the same room where everyone was at the time, making everyone a suspect of the crime. To maintain the nature of the board game, the theatrical release included three different endings, with each cinema receiving one of them randomly.

  • Ouija: Another Hasbro trademark, the infamous spirit board game got its own horror film in 2014. In the film, a group of friends whose use of the Ouija Board led to a series of supernatural deaths. Ouija Boards have also been a main theme in classic films like the Exorcist and 13 Ghosts.

What other board games can you remember that have made it to the big screen? Or even better, what is your favorite board game you think would be a great idea to see come to real life in a film?

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