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What follows is a list of “hacker movies” in no particular order.

War Games (1983)

War Games

 

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Hackers (1995)

 

Hackers

 

A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday

Prime Risk (1985)

Prime Risk

A female engineer, with the assistance of her pilot-wannabe male friend, discovers a way to rip off ATM machines, but in doing so stumbles upon a plot to destroy the U.S. monetary system.

Takedown (2000)

 

Takedown

 

This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker “Kevin Mitnick”.

Explorers (1985)

 

Explorers

Ben Crandall, an alien-obsessed kid, dreams one night of a circuit board. Drawing out the circuit, he and his friends Wolfgang and Darren set it up

The Social Network (2010)

 

The Social Network

 

A chronicle of the founding of Facebook, the social-networking Web site.

Cloak And Dagger (1984)

 

Cloak and Dagger

 

11-year-old Davey, whose mother is dead and whose father doesn’t spend nearly enough time with him. So the boy loses himself in video games–and even has an imaginary friend, a super-resourceful secret agent.

Enigma (2001)

Enigma

 

A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves.

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

Ghost In the Shell

 

A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

The Conversation (1974)

The Conversation

 

A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Anti-Trust (2001)

 

Anti Trust

 

A computer programmer’s dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.

Middle Men (2009)

Middle Men

 

Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.

Jurassic Park (1993)

 

Jurassic Park

 

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

 

Tron Legacy

 

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

 

Pirates of Silicon Valley

 

History of Apple and Microsoft.

Sneakers (1992)

 

Sneakers

Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.

The Matrix (1999)

 

The Matrix

 

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing — or dead — for forty years by a young female hacker.

Die Hard (1998)

Die Hard

 

New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building.

Swordfish (2001)

Swordfish

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.

Leverage follows a team of robin hood thieves.  From the show’s opening: “The rich and powerful take what they want, we steal it back for you”.

What’s really great about this show is that the producers took the time to make each heist at least somewhat plausible with lots of references to wifi hacking,  social engineering, and even NLP.

Of course there is a little Hollywood flare, but if you are interested in how someone might pull off a large scale con/heist/hack this show is worth a look. Plus the characters are great and come on, a heist movie every episode, can’t beat that!