Most of these movies revolve around robbery capers or virtual reality enemies. Some are visually-stunning imaginings of possible alternate worlds. A few of these movies, like The Conversation, and Mr. Robot are powerful social commentaries with valuable messages.
You won’t learn secret root command lines or packet sniffing techniques by renting these films. But if you want some entertaining movie rentals involving computers and crime, here are the best hacker movies.
Best of Hacker Movies Till 2018
|1||Terminal Error (2002)|
|2||Hackers in Wonderland (2000)|
|8||Johnny Mnemonic (1995)|
|9||Prime Risk (1985)|
|10||Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age (1984)|
|11||Cloak and Dagger (1984)|
|13||Fifth Estate (2013)|
|14||Eagle Eye (2008)|
|16||Live free or die hard (2007)|
|17||The Italian Job (2003)|
|19||The Matrix (1999)|
|24||Three Days of the Condor (1975)|
|25||The Conversation (1974)|
|26||Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)|
|27||The Italian Job (1969)|
|28||The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)|
|30||who am i: No System Is Safe?|
|33||The Net (1995)|
|34||The Score (2001)|
|36||The Girl with the dragon tattoo (2011)|
|39||Micky Virus (2003)|
|40||Ghost in the Machine (1993)|
|41||Open Windows (2014)|
|44||Echelon Conspiracy (2009)|
|45||Enemy of the State (1998)|
|46||Ghost In The Shell (1996)|
|47||One Point O|
|48||The Fifth State|
|50||Mr. Robot (2015)|
|52||The Core (2003)|
|53||Revolution OS (2001) – Documentary|
|54||Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) – Documentary|
|56||Tron: Legacy (2010)|
|59||The Lawnmower Man (1992)|
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Dexter Reilly (Kurt Russell) fixes a computer during an electrical storm and gets shocked. The computer’s brain has fused with his, and he’s a genius.
The Italian Job (1969)
A robber (Michael Caine) recently released from prison gets help from a group of Britain’s most infamous computer hackers to steal gold bullion from underneath the noses of the Italian police and mafia. One of the film’s most famous scenes is a massive traffic jam caused by hacking the city’s traffic control computer. Its one of the best hacking movies of that time
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Massive computer systems from the U.S. — “Colossus” — and Russia — “Guardian” — connect to each other. Nuclear war is threatened.
The Conversation (1974)
Gene Hack man plays a surveillance expert using high-tech equipment (back in the day) to spy on a couple he fears may be in danger. Nominated for three Oscars. It Comes in top 5 of Best Hacker movies list.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
CIA code breaker Robert Red ford tries to figure out why his own agency wants him dead.
One of the earliest hacking films. A computer engineer learns an executive at his company has been stealing his work and is launched into the world of virtual reality.
The new film ‘Algorithm‘ tracks the travails of Will, who is a freelance computer hacker who “breaks into a top-secret government contractor and downloads all their recently developed programs.” You can see the movie trailer below
The film features David Lightman (Broderick), a young high school student hacker who accidentally hacks into a military supercomputer and starts the countdown to World War III.
This cult classic got a lot of things right, especially the way they showed kids using technology to create their own community. In Hackers, Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller portray two youthful and hip hackers. Miller portrays a hacker who got caught as a very young child (11) after crashing thousands of computers and has been sentenced to zero computer access until his 18th birthday. It was a nice hacking movie in the 90’s.
If you want to know how hackers use their social engineering skills to get sensitive details related to your hardware, this movie will not disappoint you.
The Matrix (1999)
This is one of the greatest science fiction movie. The movie depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.
A character named “Neo”, who is a computer Hacker, learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the “dream world”. The Matrix franchise is a trilogy movie series.
This movie is based on famous computer U.S. hacker Kevin David Mitnick. Based upon the book and written by his nemesis, Tsutomu Shimomura, the story tends to glorify Shimomura. Mitnick operated in the 1980s and ’90s and eventually went to prison for a couple of years. Now, he is a highly paid IT security consultant, speaker, and writer.
The Italian Job (2003)
Although the MINI Coopers are really the stars of The Italian Job (a remake of the 1969 film of the same name), Seth Green plays Lyle, a hacker among a group of elite thieves, who is able to manipulate traffic signals, among other devices, that make this grand theft possible.
Live free or die hard (2007)
Live Free or Die Hard (also known as Die Hard 4 and released as Die Hard 4.0 outside North America) is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series depicts a scenario where a hacker played by Timothy Olyphant (of Justified fame) takes down nearly the entire U.S. infrastructure in an attempt to transfer trillions of dollars from the Federal Reserve to his account.
Blackhat is newly released movie by Chris Hemsworth. In this movie hackers hack Chinese nuclear power plant to start nuclear reaction. Simultaneously, they also hack the stock exchange and steal million of dollars from the bank. Millions of people log on, hastening the victims’ deaths.
Its one of the worst hacker movies i have seen.
This film involves a serial killer who rigs contraptions that kill his victims based on the number of hits received by a website KillWithMe.com that features a live streaming video of the victim.
Eagle Eye (2008)
In this movie, two people get a call from an unknown number by a woman. They get a task on phone that if they don’t follow the phone call they would die. This movie displays supercomputer hack on all networks and military networks.
This is just an amazing movie on how artificial intelligence computer hack our real life for bad motives. This movie is really an Amazing AI based hacker movie.
Fifth Estate (2013)
The Fifth Estate is an unauthorized account of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Cumberbatch plays a believable Assange as a egotistical, idealist that is out to change the world. Few Americans know that Assange is a famous (or infamous) hacker in his native country of Australia. He broke into the Pentagon, Citibank, NASA, and Stanford University, among other facilities, before being caught.
The movie is based on the book, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.
The story line depicts NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques on US and world citizens. Snowden leaked these techniques to the public in the form of thousands of classified documents causing a huge public outcry. Its a reality based story of hacker from NSA (A security agency of USA). Its one of the Best Hacking Movies on our time.
Cloak and Dagger (1984)
When 11-year-old Davey sees the murder of an FBI agent, the dying man hands him an Atari video game cartridge with military secrets. With Dabney Coleman.
Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age (1984)
This documentary about the hacker community includes footage of interviews with some of the programmers that created the PC revolution, including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Filmed at a hacker conference held in Sausalito, Calif.
Prime Risk (1985)
Computer-savvy lovers scam Automated Teller Machines and plot to sink the Federal Reserve.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
A computer chip implanted in his brain allows a human data trafficker (Keanu Reeves) to securely store and transport data too sensitive for regular computer networks. When he gets a valuable package that exceeds the chip’s storage capacity, the mnemonic courier must deliver the data within 24 hours or die. Assassins are intent on helping him do just that. You must watch this one of best hacking movies.
The new security chief at a prestigious private school plans to even a score by kidnapping several of the wealthy students and holding them for ransom. A teenage computer hacker, expelled from the school for pulling pranks, thwarts his plans.
After an orphan invests some of his inheritance in a home computer, he begins discussing conspiracy theories inspired by a novel on bulletin boards. He’s soon hacking military and government computers with a friend. Based on a true story.
Is there a mathematical key that can unlock the universal patterns in nature? If found, can that key predict anything — even the stock market? A brilliant, obsessed, and paranoid mathematician who barricades himself in a room filled with computer equipment intends to find that key, but might go mad while doing so.
In this Danish sci-fi thriller, a powerful crime leader hires a hacker to monitor the security of his computer operations. When someone else hacks into the database, the webmaster must go to extremes to find him, or die within 35 hours.
In the year 2005, NetForce, a division of the FBI, is tasked with protecting the Net from terrorism. A loophole in a browser allows someone to gain control of the Internet and all the information it holds. Now the commander of NetForce must stop him, as he also tracks down a killer.
Hackers in Wonderland (2000)
This documentary on hackers in the United Kingdom and in the United States includes interviews with prominent hackers who reveal what drives them. The hackers include ColdFire, Phobos, and cyberjunkie.
Terminal Error (2002)
A former employee of a major software company gets even with the president by planting a computer virus on an MP3 and giving it to his son. His plan is to crash the computer terminals, but the virus has a mind of its own and begins to take out large portions of the city. Father and son must create their own virus to stop the chaos.