Metacritic: 84/100
Release: Nov 2005
Reviewed on: PC

The Movies

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Good: Create your own movies - Mixture of sim and tycoon games
Bad: Some repetitive gameplay
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The Movies offers a unique and incredibly fun mix of life simulation and tycoon business management. This makes it the perfect tycoon game that also has great appeal to fans of The Sims series of video games.


The Movies was developed by Lionhead Studies for the PC back in 2005 with a Mac port becoming available later.

In the Movies players are put in charge of their own movie studio and have control over many aspects of their studio. This includes cresting your actors to designing a movie studio and eventually making the films themselves.

This varied gameplay means that players can choose which area they want to focus their attention on. If you are a fan of The Sims you’ll love spending time on creating the ultimate studio sets and directing your actors lives. While tycoon fans will love the financial management side of movie development.

The main game mode in The Movies has players start from the early days of cinema and then advance into the near future. As players progress through the time periods the technology available to them will increase with the movie preferences of the public also changing overtime.


Throughout the game players will focus their attention towards two important groups of sim characters (the directors and actors). These two types of staff both require careful management if they are to perform at their best.

Players will have to carefully monitor their salary, stress levels and consider their actor’s age when casting them for movie roles (you don’t want a 70 year old in an action film!) Your job doesn’t stop there though, players also have to manage the studio finances, movie sets, competing movie studios and more.


  • Create your own movies and show them off!
  • The Sims meets tycoon business simulation.
  • Control the lives of your actors while you manage your movie studio.
  • Endless possibilities and combinations for your movies.
  • Varied gameplay so there is something for everyone.

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The Movies, 8.4 out of 10 based on 82 ratings
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  1. Cody
    November 23, 2016

    I use to love playing this game, but sadly it stopped working. :(


  2. Jasmine
    December 2, 2017

    Agreed with Cody.
    I’ve been keeping my eye out for a version that will work on the latest computers – or a version I can download!!



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