The nerdy fun, the phreaking plots, the human brain that works like a computer and much more, makes a movie that can interest a Computer geek like you or someone you know. Films have huge impact on our lives, sometimes, even larger than life. A geek’s mind needs its food to think and innovate, and our filmmakers very well understand that.
They have provided and are still providing well-researched, thoughtful, and motivating creations. If you look back, you will find many such good movies made in Hollywood that provokes and amaze at the same time. Obviously, you will see lot of them but different people have different intensity of choices and I take the privilege here to present my 20 Best movies for computer geeks.
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Must Watch Movies for Computer Geeks
See yourself and let us see, if we have some matches here.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
You are a geek and do not like this one, impossible. Good acting, superb direction by Martyn Burke and real time tale of the start of Microsoft and Apple makes it damn interesting.
Hackers is a cyberpunk thriller and a must see for all geeks. It is great piece of direction by Iain Softley where kids at the age of 11 held responsible for crashing 1507 systems and causing huge fall in stock market. It is a good story about their hacking attempts and life once they become adults.
This one is classic from year 1982 where a hacker is transported to the digital grid system to take hold of master control. Film is a great show of war between human brain and machine.
It is my favourite. It is this movie, which introduced techniques like “bullet time” visual effects and “wires Fu” techniques from Hong Kong action cinema.
It is a heist film directed by William Phillips. Though a financial failure, you will find this movie of special interest to computer geeks.
Live Free and Die Hard(2007)
Movie is laced with good action sequences and computer hacking skills. A cop with minimal knowledge of computers team up with a young hacker to track down a group of hackers who are smart and good at hacking but are threat to country’s economy. Film is a nice example of planned and organized hacking.
Film is about a serial killer who uses internet to display all his killings. The protagonist herself becomes the target when she becomes a threat to the killer.
The social Network(2010)
This is the story of inception of Facebook, its founders and the legal hassles they faced after its popularity.
John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry what more you can ask for from a geek movie? They work as a team; Jackman as a hacker, Travolta as a rebellion counter-terrorist to steal billions of US government’s not so clean money.
Enemy of the state(1998)
When a lawyer comes to know about a politically motivated crime, he falls in danger himself. Good use of technology and a clean approach make the movie worth watching.
An anonymous caller woman plots together a young man and a single mother for a possible terrorist plan. She even helped them out by controlling network devices like, traffic lights, mobile phones, automated cranes, and power lines. It is a good Sci-Fi thriller with a good show for Geek friends.
In the movie, Avalon is an illegal simulation video game and the protagonist acts as a player. People are getting addicted to the game and then the protagonist join a group of explorer in quest of a new level putting her comeback to reality on stake.
Life of a computer specialist takes turn when his current boss who is his ex-love interest accuses him of sexual harassment. Film is a good depiction of politics and intrigue in the computer industry in the mid-1990s.
Saver falls in love with the woman he tries to save by travelling back in time from a terrorist attack.
Revolution OS (2001)
It is more of a documentary film that describes the history of GNU, Linux, open source and the phenomenon of free software sharing.
Protagonist a computer specialist gets a damn attractive offer by a hot Portland (Oregon) based firm. He falls for it to realize later that the CEO had some other malicious plans.
This one is one my favourite. If you want to see, some good organized hacking scenes this one is a good take. It is a caper and I am sure you would love it too.
This picture clearly shows how hacking for fun can become serious if not practised carefully. A young boy enters a nuclear simulation game for fun but later realizes the seriousness of the situation which could lead to World War III
One Point O(2004)
It is a cyberpunk sci-fi movie, now known by name Paranoia 1.0. This film shows how a computer programmer becomes the experimental toy for a corporate experiment that has been set up to test a new advertising scheme.
It is a techno-thriller. Story is about a virtual reality serial killer who somehow manages to escape and enter the real world.
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Without a doubt, there are many which deserve to be here but maybe I will add those in my top 50 list. Till then enjoy these.