If you’ve seen any thriller, action or a sci-fi Hollywood movie, you know how intelligent and talented programmers and hackers are – well mostly. They can crack complex codes, breach security protection and get access to the craziest things. If there’s one huge support behind a successful hero in a hacker movie script, it ought to be the programmer who did all the backend work for our protagonist.
Programming and Hacking is truly an art, it gives us a world of imagination blended with technology and intellect. There are many movies that portray the possibilities of the programming world and how it could change the world we live in. Well, if you are a programmer or a tech-geek who just loves to watch movies, here are the best movies for you.
This movie held the top spots in many charts in 2010 when it had just released. With 8 nominations, it was a major hit at the Oscars. It is an American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. The Social Network fictionally depicts the origin of Facebook and the messy lawsuits that were to be faced.
Facebook, then known as “Facemash”, initially launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard college roommates. According to statistics, the platform’s net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $5.14 billion. With the buzz that it created, Facebook became a sensation and the movie was able to completely justify it. From the screenplay to editing to the direction, everything was up to the mark.
This is a typical cold-war era film which shows the story of a kid who hacks into a U.S. military supercomputer. The movie was released in the year of 1983 under the direction of John Badham, who created a classic marvel in the form of WarGames.
The protagonist kid accidently gets access into the WOPR (War Operation Plan Response) thinking of it as a game. The movie depicts the after effects of the unintended hacking and the troubles it led everyone into. According to a New York Times article, it was reported that WarGames influenced the U.S. President Ronald Reagan to actually investigate if it was possible to hack into the military supercomputers in real life.
The investigation finally led to major changes in the national security policies and thus, the creation of ARPANET, and the modern-day internet we currently use that protects database with strong codes. Though old, but the WarGames never ceases to surprise coders who love technology!
Tron was released way back in the year 1982. The American science fiction action adventure movie is still one of the best movies in the “programming/sci-fic” genre. Tron was brimming with future technology ideas, creative graphics and enticing designs which made it just the ideal pick for every young individual who fantasized about technology.
It portrays the story of a computer programmer who gets trapped in the computer world. The interesting part is undeniably the way back from the fictional world to his normal life. The hero is seen to be interacting with computer programs in order to escape from this world of computers which is just amazing.
Takedown gives a peek into the life of Kevin Mitnick, a hardcore computer hacker who explores the world of programming and hacking. The movie is based on the book written by John Markoff and Tsutomu Shimomura. It was released in 2000 and created a spark amongst young aspiring hackers who wanted to know the untamed possibilities of hacking. Russel Wong and Skeet Ulrich played the 2 major roles of the protagonists and the story was directed by Joe Chappelle.
We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists
If you are least bit involved into hacking then you must be aware about the much infamous hacking group, Anonymous. This movie is a documentary about the beliefs and the overall movement of the Anonymous, hacktivist group.
The group remains anonymous, much like its name, as it is almost impossible to track it down. Anonymous gained its wicked fame after various DDoS cyber-attacks against several government institutions, agencies corporations and even Church of Scientology. The documentary sheds light on the origin of Anonymous, major turning points in the history for the group and how it comes together when personal privacy is at risk.
The Matrix is a science fiction movie which hit the screens in March 1999 in the United States. The story revolves around a man named Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer who is led to fight an underground war against highly powerful computers who have constructed this entire reality with a system known as Matrix.
This is one of the first movies that brought “hackers” into the limelight. It inspired many youngsters to learn more about programming and computers. The movie was directed by The Wachowski Brothers, who penned the entire movie and explained different concepts of programming like loop and recursion.
If you aspire to become a programmer, The Matrix might just be one of the best inspirational and amazing movies you could watch.
Ex Machina isn’t an old school movie, rather it was released in the year 2015 and majorly entailed Artificial Intelligence. It is a science fiction psychological thriller which depicts the origin of strong AI. Caleb Smith, a young programmer is expected to work in a strange science experiment and work with artificial intelligence by interacting with a robot.
The discovery was amazing as it would allow people to know the real emotions and understand if the other person was lying or not. The movie Ex Machina is a pristine outcome of an elegant cinematography which captures each and every moment of the robot and human interactions perfectly.
It showcases the brilliance of software programmers in creating beautiful, yet dangerous technology that needs to be handled with proper care.
This movie hit the screens in 2011 with an amazing science fiction thriller genre that shook people to the core with its compelling story. Source code is an intellectually stimulating and emotionally connecting movie which entices the viewers till the very end. It has an interesting story line which includes tracking a Chicago commuter train bomber with a top secret mission.
There are multiple transitory stages throughout the movie, especially for the hero who even enters into another person’s body whilst the journey. Source Code was penned by Ben Ripley and directed by Duncan Jones with Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead actor.
This is a light hearted movie around the comic genre which depicts the fictional life of a corporate programmer named Peter Gibbons and his colleagues. Office space shows the mundane, tedious and typical corporate life that there was in the 1999 in a hilarious way.
Gibbons, the protagonist hates his job at a software firm, and the story revolves around how he resents the managerial oversight and the everyday hustle at the IT firm. Though office space wasn’t a massive success at the big screen, it was still able to connect emotionally to programmers who did work at IT firms in that era.
This movie was penned by Rafael Moreu and directed by Iain Softley. It hit the screens in the year 1995. It was basically a hacker movie ahead of its time which explored the possibilities of hacking and the power of internet. The concept of a technology so strong wasn’t common back then, which made the story so interesting for the viewers.
It depicted a set of high school hackers who exploit their knowledge and the internet to unleash a lethal virus. This hacker movie revolves around about their role in the conspiracy of a corporate extortion. The entire idea was so alluring that the younger generation gave in the movie as soon as it was released. It received a mixed reaction from the critics as it was a new concept which was barely known or touched by anyone.
These movies are an evergreen, epic piece of cinema that still inspires many. From making an emotionally intelligent movie which is surrounded by artificial intelligence to hacking into military stations, they come with a box full of surprises.
So, if you are planning to binge watch on some tech-savvy movies or are fantasized by the world of programming, you know what to do next.
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