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14 Board Games Based on Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows

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Delve back into your favorite TV shows and movies with these games.
Delve back into your favorite TV shows and movies with these games. / USAopoly/Spin Master/Amazon
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When you can't choose between game night or a Netflix binge, you can split the difference with these board games based on some of the most popular blockbuster franchises and TV shows around. Whether you're looking for some casual trivia games or complex strategy titles you can play for hours, there's something for every level of dedication.

1. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist; $49

"Die Hard" board game against white background.
Bonus: At least you won't have to be barefoot for this one. / USAopoly/Amazon

If you're the type who still sweats through multiple shirts while watching Die Hard, you can bring the action classic to your dining room table with Nakatomi Heist. Based on the movie's adrenaline-soaked fights throughout the downtown Los Angeles high-rise, this game follows a one-vs-many format, with one player taking on the role of John McClane and other players conspiring to eliminate him from the Plaza. The game is meant for two to four players and will take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

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2. Monopoly: The Lord of The Rings Edition; $45

Monopoly: The Lord of the Rings board game against white background.
One board to rule them all. / Hasbro/Amazon

A game of Monopoly with a Tolkien-inspired coat of paint would have been good enough, but this special The Lord of the Rings edition has a few extra wrinkles that make it an even more faithful Middle-earth experience. In addition to the tokens (like Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, and more), properties, and money from the classic game, you can also control the Ring of Power and move it to Mount Doom. But beware, the longer it's in your possession, the more perilous your journey becomes.

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3. Dune; $40

"Dune" board game against white.
Sandworms sold separately. / Gale Force Nine/Amazon

Yes, this board game was originally released in 1979 and is based on the Dune novel—but it was reissued because of the new movie adaptation of the book, so we're counting it. In this strategy game, you have to maneuver your faction to gain control of the flow of melange and, in turn, wield dominion over the planet. This game is a little more detailed than many on this list, and can last two to three hours.

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4. Risk: Star Wars; $50

"Star Wars" Risk game on white table.
May the force—and the rule book—be with you. / Hasbro Games/Amazon

This Star Wars-themed version of Risk recreates the Battle of Endor from 1983's Return of the Jedi, with players commanding either the light or dark side for control of the galaxy. The board itself comes in the shape of a TIE fighter, and you'll have to contend with three concurrent stages of the battle: The assault on the shield generator, the attack on the Death Star, and Luke's lightsaber duel against Darth Vader.

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5. Alien: Fate of the Nostromo; $30

"Alien: Fate of the Nostromo" Board Game against white background.
No facehuggers in sight. / Ravensburger/Amazon

Do you have what it takes to survive along with Ripley and her cat Jonesy aboard the Nostromo? Inspired by the 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien: Fate of the Nostromo is a cooperative strategy game that plunges you right into the action. You can play as one of the commercial tug cruiser’s crew members and work with other players to gather vital supplies, progress across the ship, and most importantly, dodge that acid-blooded, stowaway alien at all costs. 

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6. Planet of The Apes; $23

"Planet of the Apes" game against white background.
A game where apes evolved from men? Sign us up. / IDW Games/Amazon

Take control of Taylor (Charlton Heston from the original movie) as you battle through a treacherous, ape-filled wasteland in this cooperative card-and-dice game. You can either play this one solo or with up to four players, where each person controls a different aspect of Taylor's personality, including “commander,” “cynical,” “defiant,” and “explorer.” These different traits have to be balanced as Taylor moves through the most memorable scenes from the 1968 classic. The real highlight, though, is the art on the scenario cards and mini token figures included in the box, like the iconic war-torn Statue of Liberty.

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7. Stranger Things: Dungeons & Dragons; $23

"Stranger Things: Dungeons and Dragons" against white background.
Turn game night "Upside Down" (in a good way). / Hasbro/Amazon

Netflix’s Stranger Things references countless pop culture phenomenons from the 1980s, but few are as prominent as Dungeons & Dragons, making this collaboration a no-brainer. In this take on the roleplaying classic, you play as one of the show's main characters in order to fight the Demogorgon.

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8. Clue: The Golden Girls; $36

Clue: "The Golden Girls" game against white background.
Thank your pals for being good friends with this game. / USAopoly/Amazon

The classic game of whodunit gets a Golden Girls spin. Play to find out who ate the last piece of cheesecake, where they ate it, and what items they left behind, such as a robe, lipstick, or a shoe.

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9. The Shining; $31

"The Shining" Board game against white background.
What's inside Room 237? Maybe you don't want to find out. / Mixlore/Amazon

Make your next weekend retreat one to really remember with this board game, which takes its cues from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 supernatural horror film. You and the other players joining in are all caretakers for the winter at the eerie Overlook Hotel, but you’ll have to team up to make it through the season. Those who don’t have enough willpower tokens are liable to get temporarily possessed and start attacking other players, while one player from the jump channels the spirit of the hotel, meaning they’re out to secretly conspire against everyone else.

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10. Friends: Wheel of Mayhem; $17

"Friends" Wheel of Mayhem game against white background.
Recreate the famous episode with this game. / Spin Master/Amazon

Remember the one when Joey auditioned for a game show that wound up making no sense? Well, now it's an actual game designed to test the mettle of even the most die-hard Friends fans. The game includes a motorized spinning wheel and 150 trivia cards, and it's designed for up to four players. Like the episode it's based on, Wheel of Mayhem is needlessly confusing and random, but fans of the show probably wouldn't have it any other way.

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11. The Warriors: Come Out to Play; $25

"The Warriors: Come Out to Play" game.
Can you dig it? / Funko/Amazon

If you can make it through dirty old New York as one of the Warriors, the titular gang from the 1979 action-thriller, then chances are you can make it anywhere. At the very least, you can make it through this Funko board game, which was just released back in February. The object is simple and mimics the movie: You have to make it across the city to clear your crew’s name with the Gramercy Riffs, who think you killed their leader. In the meantime, you’ll have to thwart rival cliques, navigate the subway system (fearsome in its own right), and watch your back every step of the way. 

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12. Happy Festivus; $21

Happy Festivus "Seinfeld" game against white background.
Cue the "airing of grievances" in three, two ... / NMR Distribution/Amazon

In one of Seinfeld's most memorable episodes, we learn that George’s father turned his back on the commercialization of Christmas by inventing his own holiday called Festivus. Now you can bring the curmudgeonly celebration home with a board game designed for four people. Complete with eight Festivus poles and 42 cards, you can air your grievances to your loved ones on the path to victory.

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13. Assistant to The Regional Manager; $13

"Assistant to the Regional Manager" Office game against white background.
Climb the "corporate" ladder, one prank at a time. / Spin Master/Amazon

In Assistant to the Regional Manager, you have to channel your inner Dwight Schrute to gain control of the Dunder Mifflin office. You do this by earning tokens for pulling pranks on other players, but you also have to avoid HR Strike cards that stand in your way to victory. The end goal is to have the most tokens on the seven sections of the office, including the annex, sales, Michael's office, and more.

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14. The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31; $75

"The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31" game.
You'll want to keep a close eye on everyone with this game. / USAopoly/Amazon

Watch Clark—or in this case, keep your eyes on every other player partaking in The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31. This tabletop board game is a treat for fans of John Carpenter’s 1982 cult flick and features original artwork from Phantom City Creative, a Mondo mainstay. You’ll get to play as one of 12 characters (including MacReady, Blair, and Palmer), but watch out—not everyone is exactly who they might claim to be.

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This article was originally published in 2021. It has been updated for 2022.

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