Most of these films revolve around robbery capers or virtual reality villains. Some are visually-stunning imaginings of conceivable alternate worlds. Unlike the end, hackers are computer experts who enjoy understanding the inner workings of systems, discovering their vulnerabilities and helping to fix them, while trying to make the technology do something different from what it was prepared to do. Let’s have a quick glance at the top 12 hacking movies of all time.
1. Tron (1982)
A programmer manages to enter the virtual world, where programs have a life of their own – even he is confused with a program he had created. Beyond discussing the subject matter in his argument, the film has another addition at the technological level, because it was one of the first produced by the great film studios to use the computer graphics technique.
2. WarGames (1983)
It is set in the last years of the Cold War and tells the story of a young hacker who, out of mere curiosity, manages to infiltrate a US military system. There, a reality is similar to playing a game, and the protagonist creates a simulation of nuclear war that almost provokes the Third World War.
3. Sneakers (1992)
This movie gets into the complex world of cryptography and government espionage. A computer expert is the leader of a group specialized in the maintenance of security systems for large companies, hired by a secret agency that orders the theft of a black box. He soon finds out that this box can decrypt any encryption system – and that the Agency that hired it is not state-owned.
4. The Net (1995)
The first day of vacation of a computer programmer receives a strange diskette for investigation. He discovered that it has a password to access the control of the protected databases of the United States. At the same time, he sees how all the data of his life contained in computer files are suppressed or misrepresented.
5. Hackers (1995)
The US Secret Service arrests a young man for creating a virus and is prohibited from using a computer until he turns 18. With the help of his friends, he discovers a dangerous virus and is forced to use his knowledge to find evidence of malicious activity. Thus, they participate in a conspiracy of corporate extortion.
6. The Matrix (1999)
A computer programmer is living a double life under the hacker alias “Neo.” He believes something is wrong with the world and is puzzled by repeated online encounters with the secret phrase “the Matrix.” He accepts to give up his previous life and everything he has known, to understand what the Matrix is and what role he plays in the war against his controllers.
7. Office Space (1999)
Three companions of a software company, fed up with their “junk jobs,” decide to reveal themselves against their greedy boss and after being fired, they decide to launch a virus to the company, to steal money and transfer it to their accounts.
8. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
This film tells the beginnings of computers through the histories of Apple and Microsoft, narrated by its protagonists Stephen Wozniak and Steve Ballmer that, to a large extent, changed the world of computers.
9. Swordfish (2001)
A computer expert just released from prison is required by a terrorist to help him decode the complicated code of a secret account, thus stealing billions of dollars from the government. Only a few experts in the world can do such work, and he is one of them.
10. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
In the United States, the computer infrastructure that manages all types of communications, transportation, and energy is suffering a devastating breakdown by a terrorist group. The brain that hides behind this plot has taken into account even the smallest detail of this crushing plan. What he had not counted on was John McClane, an old-school cop who knows one or two things about how to impede terrorist threats, the right man for such jobs.
11. Eagle Eye (2008)
In this movie, two random people get a call from an unknown number by a lady. She will assign a task on the phone that if they don’t follow they would die. This movie displays supercomputer hack on all systems and military networks.
12. Blackhat (2015)
Blackhat is a newly released movie by Chris Hemsworth. In this film, hackers hack Chinese nuclear power plant to start a nuclear reaction. Simultaneously, they also hack the stock exchange and steal million of dollars from the bank.