Here’s a look at the top 12 Hollywood movies which show hacking and hackers at its best
The last few years has seen hackers taken a liking for Hollywood with them appearing in almost every robbery or mystery movie.
It is not easier to depict a hack going on a movie. Most of the time an actor or actress is just shown typing something in command prompt tab or UI of any software to show hacking which has nothing to do with real world hacking.
A very few movies have shown the actual depiction of hacking correctly. We have tried our level best to bring out the list of these best movies showing hackers.
Let’s take a look at the best 12 hacking movies of all time.
Top 12 Hacking Movies Of All Time
#1 Algorithm (2014)
‘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.”
This is one of the best hacker movies.
The movie 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.
#3 Hackers (1995)
This cult classic hacker movie 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.
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.
#4 The Matrix (1999)
This is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time.
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 on 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.
#6 The Italian Job
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.
#7 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.
This movie shows how a blackhat hackers operate.
#8 Blackhat (2015)
Blackhat is a newly released movie by Chris Hemsworth. In this movie, hackers hack the Chinese nuclear power plant to start a nuclear reaction.
Simultaneously, they also hack the stock exchange and steal millions of dollars from the bank.
This movie shows how a black hat hackers threaten governments.
#9 Untraceable (2008)
This hacker movie 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.
Millions of people log on, hastening the victims’ deaths.
#10 Eagle Eye (2008)
In this movie, two people get a call from an unknown number by a woman. They get a task on a 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.
#11 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.
#12 Snowden (2016)
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.
So these were few of the best hacking movies depicting hackers.