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01.16.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Best Computer Hacking Movies

BLACKHAT opens in theaters today and looks to be one of the most realistic approaches to showing computer hacking on the silver screen. With technology shifting almost daily, hacking has always felt a step behind the times. Still, hacking is pretty damn cool when showcased online and these films present the best movies using the terminology or concept of hacking. If your favorite didn't make the cut, feel free to let us know via the talk backs below.

Honorable Mention - INDEPENDENCE DAY

Well, he did manage to take down an entire alien war fleet using a Mac. That has to count for something, right?

#10 - GAMER

Not the greatest movie, but it also doesn't mess with giving us ones and zeroes bouncing around the screen. Instead, we get a realistic visualization of what actually being inside the game would look like. Pretty effective when you watch the film if not exactly the most stunning way of doing it.

#9 - GOLDENEYE

Alan Cumming's portrayal of Russian hacker Boris comes across as the douchiest guy in your IT department who actually thinks he is pretty damn cool and could go toe to toe with superheroes or supervillians. In the end, he gets his, which is oddly satisfying.

#8 - WARGAMES

WARGAMES is the movie everyone forgets is actually about computer hacking. Back in 1983, hacking was just not something we discussed like we do today. It truly was the JAWS for personal computing.

#7 - THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Not centered on hacking, but Lisbeth Salander truly embodies every stereotype we have about the Goth hacker girl. She still embodies every cliche but still manages to be an intriguing and original character.

#6 - SWORDFISH

Most people remember this movie for Halle Berry's nude scenes or John Travolta's awful hair, but this was really the FAST AND FURIOUS of hacking movies. Does anyone really buy Hugh Jackman as a geeky hacker? Probably not, but he definitely makes it look cool.

#5 - JURASSIC PARK

Dennis Nedry's fate in JURASSIC PARK is always a fan favorite, as is the hacking protocol he installs in the amusement park's system that both unleashes the dinosaurs and toys with Samuel L. Jackson. You gotta love the shaving cream can and the animated warning from Nedry. While pre-teen Lex being an expert hacker in her own right stretches suspension of disbelief, this is a movie about dinosaurs.

#4 - SNEAKERS

SNEAKERS is one movie I always forget that I loved until it pops up on cable and I remember all of the great characters played by River Phoenix, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, and Ben Kingsley. Everyone in this movie is a hacker of one sort or another and they team up for one of the best action thriller comedies of the 1990s. Too many secrets.

#3 - TRON

Both TRON and TRON LEGACY visualize the inside of a computer in a way unlike any other movie before or since. Visually stunning, this is a movie that gives us a literal representation of computer programs as people and how they would function in a world with a very different set of rules. There is no movie quite like TRON.

#2 - HACKERS

There is nothing remotely realistic about the hackers in this movie. It is incredibly dated and the computer scenes are fake for anyone who has ever used a PC, but there is something oddly entertaining about this guilty pleasure. Jonny Lee Miller makes for an appealing hero, Angelina Jolie was hot, and Fisher Stevens makes a quality douche villain.

#1 - THE MATRIX

There is no movie that takes the idea of computers and the power they may hold more literally than THE MATRIX. We are all inside of The Matrix and yet there are ways in and out of the machine. All it takes is a little faith and basic programming skills. Plus, kung fu and lots of guns help as well.

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9:45PM on 01/18/2015

cheessy but it's a golden cheese

Mess with the best, die like the rest.
Mess with the best, die like the rest.
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10:04PM on 01/17/2015
What about Johnny Mnemonic? The scene where Johnny put on his virtual reality helmet and tried to trace the fax call and all those virtual reality gloves were awesome.
What about Johnny Mnemonic? The scene where Johnny put on his virtual reality helmet and tried to trace the fax call and all those virtual reality gloves were awesome.
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10:02PM on 01/17/2015
Acid Burns and Crash Override, for the win!
Acid Burns and Crash Override, for the win!
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10:01PM on 01/17/2015
I really love this movie. I thought it was very realistic when it was first released.
I really love this movie. I thought it was very realistic when it was first released.
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5:48AM on 01/17/2015
How can you not have Die Hard 4 on this list
How can you not have Die Hard 4 on this list
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6:27PM on 01/16/2015

You honest said this was realistic?

Was it incredibly painful to crap out that review? Seriously? I mean from the moment you tell me a hacker movie with Chris Hemsworth as the protagonist 'hacker' --- "looks to be one of the most realistic approaches to showing computer hacking on the silver screen". You have lost any credibility. Seriously. Pack your toys, you've obviously got the flu bug or a fever or something - go home. You shouldn't be operating heavy machinery, driving or reviewing movies.
Was it incredibly painful to crap out that review? Seriously? I mean from the moment you tell me a hacker movie with Chris Hemsworth as the protagonist 'hacker' --- "looks to be one of the most realistic approaches to showing computer hacking on the silver screen". You have lost any credibility. Seriously. Pack your toys, you've obviously got the flu bug or a fever or something - go home. You shouldn't be operating heavy machinery, driving or reviewing movies.
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2:19PM on 01/16/2015
LOL at Swordfish being higher on the list than War Games
LOL at Swordfish being higher on the list than War Games
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12:52PM on 01/16/2015
I was sure Weird Science would have made the list. Oh well..
I was sure Weird Science would have made the list. Oh well..
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12:41PM on 01/16/2015
Glad you remembered this! It is a fun movie with great actors!
Glad you remembered this! It is a fun movie with great actors!
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