When it comes to movies on hacking, Hollywood gives a huge library to pick and choose from and picking out the top 10 Hollywood movies on hacking from that is a tough job. Most of the movies have given us a cutting edge insight on hacking, though some are far from realistic. Let’s take a look at the top 10 Hollywood movies on hacking of all times.
1. Hackers (1995) : Imdb
When it comes to hacking movies, Hackers is one of the best among the hacking movie list. Made in the ‘90s, this movie considered as a cult classic has ventured into a world which was not very known at that moment. Starring Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie among others, the movie deals with a group of talented high school hackers and their mission to extort corporate money.
2. Live Free or Die Hard (2007): Imdb
The fourth film of the series Die Hard, Live Free or Die Hard is based on the article “A Farewell to Arms” published in Wired in 1997. This Bruce Wills starrer revolves around the efforts of FBI to prevent a group of cyber criminals who are trying to cause an outrage by initiating a “fire sale” of assets.
3. WarGames (1983) : Imdb
Said to be one of the best hacking movies, WarGames is made on the backdrop of World War 2 where a young hacker, David Lightman, played by Matthew Broderick accidentally hacks into the WORP which is used by the US military to detect possible nuclear warfare. This sci-fi shows how Lightman uses the WORP to play a nuclear simulation game which nearly commences the 3rd World War.
4. Track Down (2000) : Imdb
Skeet Ulrich & Russell Wong starrer Track Down deals with two super geniuses operating from two sides of the law. Kevin Mitnick (Skeet Ulrich) is a hacker who uses the latest technologies to hack the super computers to exhort important information. But when he hacks into the computer of Shimomura, a cyber chase begins.
5. Swordfish (2001) : Imdb
American crime thriller Swordfish, brings together Halle Berry, John Travolta & Hugh Jackman to depict a plot circling around how an ex-con and indomitable hacker is seduced into a case of bank robbery for his incomparable skills with the computer.
6. Sneakers (1992) : Imdb
As the name suggests, Sneakers deals with two friends who sneaks into computers to play virtual Robin Hood. However one of them is arrested and the other becomes a fugitive. In present days the fugitive is asked to assist the CIA to recover a certain “black box” developed for the Russian government and capable of breaking into any computer of the world. However the plot thickens when the fugitive gets kidnapped for the same.
7. Blackhat (2015): Imdb
When it comes to the best hacking movies of 2015 till date, Blackhat definitely tops the list. It deals with how Hathaway and Lien played by Chris Hemsworth & Tang Wei respectively, tracks down a hacker and his gang, plans to blow up the tin mines of Malaysia to get on top of the share market.
8. Hackers Are People Too (2008) : Imdb
This documentary brings to the front how hackers are normal people. It questions normal view towards a hacker and shows us how they are just like us, how they are fond of thing liked by normal people and could be anyone surrounding us. It tries to break our idea that hackers are a taboo.
9. The Secret History of Hacking (2001) : Imdb
Yet another documentary, the film deals with the history phreaking from 1970 to the 1990. One of the best hacking and computer geeks movies, it includes footages from archive with an audio commentary.
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) : Imdb
Dealing with how a journalist played by Daniel Craig appoints a super hacker Lisbeth Salander played by Rooney Mara to investigate the sudden disappearance of a wealthy socialite 40 years ago.