Total Nerd Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love Ready Player One  

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Looking for something similar to Ready Player One? You're in luck, as you can find plenty of great TV shows and movies just like it. Ernest Cline's book, Ready Player One was a smash hit when it was first published in 2010. The film adaptation was released in 2018 with none other than Steven Spielberg sitting in the director's chair. The book tells the tale of a contest held in the online, virtual world called The Oasis. The Oasis' founder left a little Easter egg somewhere in the game and whoever finds it wins control over the virtual world and his company worth hundreds of millions of dollars. One of the most beloved aspects of the book and film are the elements of nostalgia sprinkled throughout. Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will surely read the book or enjoy the film with a smile on their face as they recall their own childhood.

Now that the film has come and gone, fans may be looking for something new to watch. Fortunately, there are tons of amazing films and TV series like Ready Player One to enjoy. Harsh Realm is a series based on a comic book of the same name that tells the story of a group of people trapped in a virtual reality simulation. If that piques your interest, there are plenty of virtual reality movies to check out. Many films also follow a similar storyline about a dystopian future that can be overcome by someone like Shailene Woodley's character in the Divergent franchise. Of course, if it's the direction you like most, be sure to check out more of Spielberg's best films.

For more recommendations on what to watch after Ready Player One, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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Back to the Future


Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. Fox plays Marty McFly, a teenager who is sent back in time to 1955. He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally becomes his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, he must find a way to return to 1985. Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended ...more on Wikipedia

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The Cloverfield Paradox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah, and is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise. After using a particle accelerator, a group of astronauts aboard the International Space Station must find a way home after accidentally traveling to an alternate dimension. ...more on Wikipedia

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose. ...more on Wikipedia

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Harsh Realm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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Harsh Realm


Harsh Realm is a science fiction television series about humans trapped inside a virtual reality simulation. It was developed by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files and Millennium, and began airing on the Fox Network on October 8, 1999. The series fared poorly in the ratings and was removed from the schedule after just three of its nine episodes had aired. The remaining six episodes premiered on the FX Network. Repeats of the series began airing Fall 2007 on CBC Country Canada. The term "harsh realm" originates from the "grunge speak" hoax of 1992, in which it meant 'bummer'. The show was loosely based on a comic book by James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette. When the creators noticed the ...more on Wikipedia

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