6 Best Hacking Movies of All Time

Best Hacking Movies

Being a part of this security industry, I also enjoy movies that feature Geeks and Techno stuffs. Below are my 6 all-time favorite Best Hacking Movies.

Best Hacking Movies Number #6 | Hackers

Best Hacking Movies Number #6 | Hackers
Best Hacking Movies Number #6 | Hackers

Hackers is a story of a young boy who is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.

Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie are lead stars in this movie. Not a very good movie but you will like it if you love Geek stuffs. You’ll learn where the iconic names of “Zero Cool” and “Lord Nikon” come from.

IMDB rating: 5.9 

Best Hacking Movies Number #5 | Live Free or Die Hard 4

Best Hacking Movies Number #5 | Live Free or Die Hard 4
Best Hacking Movies Number #5 | Live Free or Die Hard 4

Live Free or Die Hard is a story on how John McClane takes on an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States.

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division, the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he’s told that because it’s the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD’S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane (Bruce willis) who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Matthew Farrell (John Long) to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they’re still being pursued. And it’s just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues.

The film was based on the 1997 article “A Farewell to Arms” written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.

Live Free or Die Hard has received 7.4 rating on IMDB.com.

Best Hacking Movies Number #4 | Swordfish

Best Hacking Movies Number #4 | Swordfish
Best Hacking Movies Number #4 | Swordfish

Swordfish is a movie about a secretive renegade counter-terrorist co-opts the world’s greatest hacker (who is trying to stay clean) to steal billions in US Government dirty money.

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitous and suave Gabriel Shear (John Travolta), wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it’s all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman), who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can’t afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money.

The film centers on Stanley Jobson, an ex-con computer hacker who is targeted for recruitment into a bank robbery conspiracy by Gabriel Shear because of his formidable hacking skills.

IMDB rating: 6.4.

Best Hacking Movies Number #3 | Wargames

Best Hacking Movies Number #3 | Wargames
Best Hacking Movies Number #3 | Wargames

A young computer whizz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Now he is trying to convince the computer that he wanted to play a game and not the real thing.

This movie is very old, it was made in year 1983, but still it is a pivotal film in many viewers’’ minds.

WarGames was nominated for 3 Oscars including best film category.

IMDB rating of WarGames: 7.0.

Best Hacking Movies Number #2 | The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Hacking Movies Number #2 | The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Best Hacking Movies Number #2 | The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with Dragon Tattoo is about a Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), who is aided by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker, in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years.

This movie is an English adaption of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson. Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist is asked by a wealthy industrialist to find about what happened to his niece 40 years ago. So to solve the murder mystery, Mikael teams up with Lisbeth Salander. She is a Swedish hacker who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome. Salander has survived severe emotional and sexual abuse. She teams up with a journalist to solve a murder-mystery.

Lisbeth Salander uses the alias “The Wasp”, she becomes a prominent figure in the international hacker community, known as the Hacker Republic. She uses her computer skills as a means to earn a living, doing investigative work for Milton Security. She has an eidetic memory, and is skillful at concealing her identity, possessing passports in different names and physical disguises that she uses to travel undetected around Sweden and worldwide.

This Girl With Dragon Tattoo has won 11 award including Oscar for best movie.

IMDB rating: 8.0.


Best Hacking Movies #1 | The Matrix(trilogy)

Best Hacking Movies Number #1 | The Matrix (Trilogy)
Best Hacking Movies Number #1 | The Matrix (Trilogy)

This one is my favorite. The Matrix (trilogy) revolves around a computer hacker ‘Neo’.

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity has been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans’ body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents. Agents are super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

This Movie was such a groundbreaking adventure in reality and existentialism. No, you will not learn how to break into a Linux server by watching Trinity port-scanning with “nmap“. But this movie is definitely cool, nonetheless.

Author: Naveen Thakur

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