Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig
Release Date: June 15, 2001
After that debacle, video games were pretty much box office poison. The fans were savvier to the cash-in-quick gimmicks of the early to mid-'90s; it would take a massive A-List star, combined with a massive budget, before anyone would consider a video game adaptation again.
Enter Angelina Jolie, who agreed to play the role of Lara Croft in her first action film. It was critically panned as being a big dumb action thriller, but everyone knew to expect that anyway. More importantly to the studios, it was a box office success, taking in over $270 million, and reinvented Jolie as an action heroine.
A sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life, would be released in 2003. It was somewhat more critically acclaimed and was also a box office success (though not as much as the original was).
The franchise was rebooted in (2018), with Alicia Vikander playing a more realistic gritty Lara, similar to the character in the video game reboot. It also did well at the box office and received critical praise, with some talk of a sequel being a possibility.