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The Best Video Games Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Video Games movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Video Games movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. The Seventh Seal

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8.2/10
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77/100
Released: 1957
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Stranger Than Paradise

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7.5/10
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84/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. Croupier

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7.1/10
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65/100
Released: 1998Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino which takes its toll on his relationships and the novel he is writing.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, fuboTV, Showtime & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. California Split

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7.2/10
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62/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Carefree single guy Charlie Waters rooms with two lovely prostitutes, Barbara Miller and Susan Peters, and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill Denny, Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie and Bill have some lucky moments, they also have to contend with serious setbacks that threaten to derail their hedonistic betting binge.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & IMDb TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. Hard Eight

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7.2/10
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67/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Vivre Sa Vie

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8.0/10
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84/100
Released: 1962
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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7. Europa

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7.6/10
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80/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Postwar Germany, 1945. Leopold Kessler, an American of German descent, works as a sleeping car conductor for the Zentropa railway line. When he meets Katharina Hartmann, the railroad owner's daughter, and they fall in love, his life intersects with the dark and violent path of a mysterious organization opposed to the United States army military occupation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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8. The Long Good Friday

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7.6/10
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82/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organization, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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9. Pandora's Box

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7.9/10
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80/100
Released: 1929Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Lulu is a young woman so beautiful and alluring that few can resist her siren charms. The men drawn into her web include respectable newspaper publisher Dr. Ludwig Schön, his musical producer son Alwa, circus performer Rodrigo Quast and Lulu's seedy old friend, Schigolch. When Lulu's charms inevitably lead to tragedy, the downward spiral encompasses them all.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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10. Fox and His Friends

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Released: 1975
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: Fox, a former circus performer, wins the lottery of DM 500,000 and can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. While he wants to climb up the social ladder, it isn't without turmoil, and being torn between his old working class roots, and the shiny new facade of middle class consciousness.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The Most Dangerous Game

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Released: 1932Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: When legendary hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked on the perilous reefs surrounding a mysterious island, he finds himself the guest of the reclusive and eccentric Count Zaroff. While he is very gracious at first, Zaroff eventually forces Rainsford and two other shipwreck survivors, brother and sister Eve and Martin Towbridge, to participate in a sadistic game of cat and mouse in which they are the prey and he is the hunter.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, Epix & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 3 services (Prime Video, Microsoft & Vudu).

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12. Gilda

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66/100
Released: 1946
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Atlantic City

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7.3/10
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62/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Romance, Crime

What it's about: In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. Purple Noon

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7.8/10
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63/100
Released: 1960Rated: PG-13
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Bob le Flambeur

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7.7/10
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62/100
Released: 1956Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. The Immigrant

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7.6/10
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59/100
Released: 1917
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: An European immigrant endures a challenging voyage only to get into trouble as soon as he arrives in New York.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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17. Chinese Roulette

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7.3/10
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58/100
Released: 1976
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: A husband and wife lie to each other about their weekend travel plans, only to both show up at the family's country house with their lovers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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18. Le Million

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 1931Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Debt-ridden painter Michel is overcome with joy at discovering that he has just won 1 million florins in the Dutch lottery, but almost immediately, he discovers that his softhearted girlfriend, Béatrice, has given away his jacket containing the winning ticket to an elderly petty thief. Soon Michel, Beatrice and Michel's artistic rival, Prosper, are hurtling through the streets of Paris on the trail of the missing jacket.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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19. The Chess Players

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55/100
Released: 1977
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It is the year 1856. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is the king of Awadh, one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British colonialists, intent on controlling this rich land, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. Pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, but the Nawab whiles away his time in pursuit of pleasure and religious practice. The court is of no help either—Court nobles Mir and Mirza, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless games of chess. The film is based on Munshi Premchand's short story of the same name.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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20. Dark City

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6.7/10
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51/100
Released: 1950
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Danny Haley's bookie operation is shut down, so he and his pals need money; when Danny meets Arthur Winant, a sucker from out of town, he decoys him into a series of poker games where eventually Winant loses $5000 that isn't his... then hangs himself. But it seems Winant had a shadowy, protective elder brother who believes in personal revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. 5 Card Stud

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Released: 1968Rated: PG
Mystery

What it's about: The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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22. Any Number Can Play

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48/100
Released: 1949
Drama

What it's about: Clark Gable stars in this 1949 drama, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, about a casino owner juggling both business and family problems. The cast also includes Alexis Smith, Mary Astor, Darryl Hickman, Marjorie Rambeau, Lewis Stone, Audrey Totter and Wendell Corey.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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23. Bay of Angels

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7.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1963
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A bank clerk is drawn into the risky world of a gorgeous gambling addict.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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24. Any Number Can Win

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Released: 1963
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Charles, fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cell mate, Francis, to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned assault on the vault of a Cannes casino.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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25. Kung-Fu Master!

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7.0/10
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49/100
Released: 1988Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A lonely 40-year old woman finds herself shattering taboos by falling in love with the 14-year old Julien – but is it romance, or a desperate attempt to turn back time in the face of middle age?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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26. Phantom Love

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6.1/10
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40/100
Released: 2007
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: A surreal drama about an alienated family set in Koreatown, Los Angeles and Rishikesh, India.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Fandor).

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27. Bumping Into Broadway

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7.0/10
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42/100
Released: 1919Rated: G
Family, Comedy

What it's about: A young playwright spends his last cent to pay the past-due rent for the pretty dancer who's his boarding house next-door neighbor. Soon after, he winds up at a gambling club, where he wins big - just before a police raid.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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28. King Solomon's Mines

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6.4/10
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55/100
Released: 1937
Action & Adventure, Romance

What it's about: Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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