Top 10 Movies About Hacking

code1Today I don’t feel like writing about viruses, spyware or error messages. I thought I’d take a break and rather try to list top 10 movies about computers or hacking.

Note: I realize there are also foreign movies about hacking, but I listed only English speaking movies that I have seen.

Here are my choices:

1. Sneakers (1992) – Old but very entertaining movie with Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley and Dan Aykroyd.

2. Live Free or Die Hard (2007) – Great Die Hard movie with cyber terrorists and lots of action. Bruce Willis rules!

3. War Games (1983) – This movie is dated by today’s technology standards but it was one of the first movies to show what kind of damage hacking can cause. It almost started a nuclear war.

4. Untraceable (2008) – Features a sick criminal displaying a victim on an Internet Web site who is trapped and will die if the visitor count increases. Diane Lane stars as FBI computer expert trying to trace the criminal.

5. Takedown (2000) – Based on a true story about hacker Kevin Mitnick.

6. Hackers (1995) – This movie has Angeline Jolie and computers! Perfect for any geek.

7. Antitrust (2001) – Decent thriller with Ryan Phillippe and Tim Robbins.

8. Swordfish (2001) – This crime thriller features Hugh Jackman as hacker who is solicited by John Travolta’s character to steal large amounts of money with his hacking skills.

9. The Net (1995) – Loved by some and hated by others, I think this movie predicted many of today’s cyber crimes (stealing identities, hacking into government and military networks…). With Sandra Bullock.

10. Eagle Eye (2008) – Interesting movie but I’m not giving anything away in case you haven’t watched it yet.

I could have put The Italian Job and Office Space on the list, but computer use or hacking was very limited in those movies. Correct me if I’m wrong. Also, an old movie called Real Genius is supposedly about hacking, but I haven’t watched that one.

In my next post I will list more movies about computers, but this time with virtual reality themes.

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