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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!

Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy in outer space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The supporting cast includes Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley. The film was released in Germany on October 24, 2013, followed by a release in the United Kingdom and Ireland one day later. It was released in the United States, Canada, and several other countries on November 1, 2013, and was released in other ...more on Wikipedia

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called "the Matrix", created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Computer programmer "Neo" learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the "dream world". The Matrix is known for popularizing a visual effect known ...more on Wikipedia

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What 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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love Ready Player One
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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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