40+ Movies Based On Hacking & Computer Technology

On Feb 19 2013 by Pradeep Kumar | Short Link: http://movie.sc/1tcbsHk  

All those hackers and computer technology shown in the movie – they are 99% real! Right from 1968 to 2013 we have seen so much of movies having those hacking technology stuffs. What is so special about these movies?

Movies Based On Hacking

You can learn new technologies, new terms and basically how the stuffs works. I have watched almost 90% of the movies in this list, am pretty sure you can learn something from these movies too. Some movies are even based on real incidents. Here we have 40+ awesome movies based on hacking & computer technology, I’m sure you’ll like it.

Movies Based On Hacking & Computer Technology

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Interesting Fact about “2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)”
There is no dialogue in the first 25 minutes of the movie, nor in the last 23 minutes.

2001- A Space Odyssey

Storyline: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

2. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

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Interesting Fact about “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)”
The “campus” shown outside the window of the Dean’s office is actually a photograph of buildings in the Walt Disney Studios.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

Storyline: Some college students manage to persuade the town’s big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. When the problem- student, Dexter Riley, tries to fix the computer, he gets an electric shock and his brain turns to a computer;

3. The Conversation (1974)

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Interesting Fact about “The Conversation (1974)”
Originally envisioned as a horror movie with Marlon Brando.

The Conversation (1974)

Storyline: A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

4. Tron (1982)

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Interesting Fact about “Tron (1982)”
Many Disney animators refused to work on this movie because they feared that computers would put them out of business.

The Tron

Storyline: A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

5. War Games (1983)

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Interesting Fact about “War Games (1983)”
A video game version of this movie was made in 1984 for the ColecoVision, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-Bit Computer.

War Games (1983)

Storyline: A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

6. Cloak and Dagger (1984)

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Interesting Fact about “Cloak and Dagger (1984)”
The elderly couple in the film, John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan, were actually married in real life for approximately 56 years until his death in 1991.

Cloak and Dagger (1984)

Storyline: 11-year-old Davey, whose mother is dead and whose father doesn’t spend nearly enough time with him. So the boy loses himself in video games–and even has an imaginary friend.

7. Prime Risk (1985)

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Prime Risk (1985)

Storyline: A female engineer, with the assistance of her pilot-wannabe male friend, discovers a way to rip off ATM machines, but in doing so stumbles upon a plot to destroy the U.S. monetary system.

8. Sneakers (1992)

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Interesting Fact about “Sneakers (1992)”
To prevent the project from being thought of as a kids’ movie by being rated G, the directors intentionally added profanity to the script.

Sneakers (1992)

Storyline: Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.

9. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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Interesting Fact about “The Lawnmower Man (1992)”
The scene where the cop says that the missing piece of the dead man is in the bird bath is the only thing in the entire movie that was in Stephen King’s short story.

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Storyline: A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

10. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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Interesting Fact about “Johnny Mnemonic (1995)”
At one point Johnny’s brain implant is detected by a security scanner and is falsely reported as a device for counteracting dyslexia. Ironically Keanu Reeves does in fact suffer from the disorder in real life.

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Storyline: A data courier, carrying a data package literally inside his head too large to hold for long, must deliver it before he dies from it.

11. The Net (1995)

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Interesting Fact about “The Net (1995)”
The operating system Angela uses throughout the movie is Mac OS 7.

The Net (1995)

Storyline: Angela Bennett’s a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years she becomes embroiled in a web (sic) of computer.

12. Hackers (1995)

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Interesting Fact about “Hackers (1995)”
Around the movie’s release, the official website was modified by its webmasters to appear that it had been “hacked into,” and digital graffiti and instructions to “see ‘The Net’ instead” was added to the site’s graphics.

Hackers 1995

Storyline: A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday.

13. Virtuosity (1995)

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Interesting Fact about “Virtuosity (1995)”
Denzel Washington took a role in the film because his son asked him to do so.

Virtuosity (1995)

Storyline: A virtual-reality serial killer manages to escape into the real world.

14. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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Interesting Fact about “Ghost in the Shell (1995)”
First anime film to be released at the same time in Japan, Britain, and the United States.

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Storyline: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

15. 23 (1998)

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Interesting Fact about “23 (1998)”
The other side of the story (the hunter’s) is told in the movie The KGB, the Computer and Me.

23 (1998)

Storyline: The movie’s plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home.

16. Enemy Of The State (1998)

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Interesting Fact about “Enemy Of The State (1998)”
Hans Zimmer was the original composer for the film, but was eventually replaced by Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams.

Enemy of the state

Storyline: A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

17. Webmaster (1998) / Skyggen (1998)

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Interesting Fact about “Webmaster (1998)”
Zeitgeist wishes to thank The 224 extras – who had the time and patience.

Skyggen (1998)

Storyline: JB is the city’s best attacker, who lives a carefully organized life in and outside the network. After hacking into the most powerful of all domains the Stoiser domain, JB thought that the cruel Stoiser would kill him. But instead he gave him a job – as a webmaster.

18. Office Space (1999)

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Interesting Fact about “Office Space (1999)”
The directory that the bank software virus is stored on is “C:/LR427/Virus_CDEF” CDEF is a virus that dates back to 1990 and affected Macintoshes.

Office space

Storyline: Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

19. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

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Interesting Fact about “The Thirteenth Floor (1999)”
Vincent D’Onofrio said that the theme of the movie was about wanting something that you couldn’t have.

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Storyline: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He’s about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him.

20. eXistenZ (1999)

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Interesting Fact about “eXistenZ (1999)”
The lubricant Allegra uses for Pikul’s port is called XE-60, which is only one letter in the alphabet up from WD-40.

eXistenZ (1999)

Storyline: A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

21. The Matrix (1999)

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Interesting Fact about “The Matrix (1999)”
Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments. Other actors considered for the role included Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Matrix (1999)

Storyline: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

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  1. Anirudh Karthik February 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Die Hard 4 is my favorite one and BTW I was thinking about the Transformers, which wasn’t mentioned, and fount that they don’t come under Hacking Category. Anyway, you could mention Transformers 2, as the problem starts from the selling of the item in eBay :) Waiting for the next collection of films. Thanks.

    • Mothi Venkatesh November 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Yeah! Transformers are my favorite. They can also add Oblivion in this list :)

  2. Bharat Chauhan February 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Is there a 3rd part also, because I don’t find Underground here?

    • Pradeep Kumar February 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Are you referring to “Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)” bro? Oops, didn’t really notice it, will add it. :)

      • Bharat Chauhan February 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

        Yeah. Now it looks perfect. ;)

  3. Mohammed Abdullah Khan February 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hey Pradeep,

    Awesome collection man !

    I was waiting to all the movies related to hacking and computers. Did a nice job dude.


  4. Srivathsan February 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    You can add Pirates of The Silicon Valley to this list.

  5. ved February 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    no indian movie?

    • Pradeep Kumar February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Have mentioned “Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)” / “A Wednesday (2008)” bro. If you know any good Indian-based hacking movies, do let me know. :)

  6. Raj February 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    How come you forgot The Pirates of silicon valley here?

  7. Vipin February 20, 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Make another post with inspiriing documentaries. You can add Pirates of silicon valley, TPB AFK like movies.

    Thanks in advance :)

  8. manoj February 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    The Cube series is also worth mentioning

  9. Aditya Chintha March 10, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Awesome list!!!!!

  10. Rounak Baral March 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Going to bookmark the post. :)

  11. Himanshu Negi April 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Die hard 4.0 was awesome ! watched it many times :D

  12. Anonymous May 11, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this great list. It have showed me a hole new hacker list of movies that I’ll never will have searched for. Thanks!

  13. Tushar July 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Wall-E Wall-E one of my fav movie.. of-course Oscar winner too.

  14. K A Zinger August 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Hi there, dats a gr8 list but it seams AVATAR, Source Code, Sword Fish,Surrogates is missing; better do a through search again…. KEEP IT UP !!

  15. Aniruddha August 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Really good Collection :) damn loving…

  16. Vasu August 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    What an amazing list of movies to spend my Friday and Saturday nights :)

    Had saw, Deja Vu, Matrix series, Gamer, Skyfall, Die Hard and Eagle eye, now on the list is Underground and Tron!

  17. Haraprasad Ghosh September 23, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

    My fave rate movie in hacking technology

  18. Fieran January 12, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

    dudes, babes, favour! I watched a movie a looong time ago about a kid who hacks using his father’s machine and then terrorists take him his family hostage believing the dad’s discovered their secret plans.
    I forgot what the dang movie’s title was!

  19. Geekyard February 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    You have missed to include the movie “The Untraceable” :)

  20. PrIyAnGsHu BG @ Tech Audible March 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Great list. Quite an unique list indeed. I haven’t yet watched most of these movies, just gonna check them all. The “Untraceable” looks interesting, going for it at first :D

  21. Vikas April 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    My fav movies Die hard 4 some time watch me…. me ho na stiop hackers i am ready white hat wait here some time

  22. kinganurag April 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Your list contains all movies which i considered best Technology or Hacking movies.

    Great list !!!

  23. vinni kapoor May 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Mickey virus an indian movie bas
    ed on hacking is missing here

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