While none of these next movies depicts the true motions of computer hacking, most of these stories are memorable in some way. Most of these hacker movies are good escapist fun involving robbery capers or virtual reality conflicts. Some are visually stunning. A few of these movies are even powerful social commentaries. No, you won't learn secret root command lines or packet sniffing techniques by renting these films, folks. But if you want some entertaining movie rentals involving computers and crime, here are the 30 Best Hacker Movies...
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She's a Swedish hacker who types on a Mac and lives with Asperger's Syndrome. She teams up with a journalist to solve a murder-mystery. And she has a dragon tattoo. Based on the Stieg Larsson novels, this film has earned international acclaim, and has been remade in English with Daniel Craig. Warning: this movie does have graphic sexual content.
29. Gamer (2009)
This movie is a cult favorite of video gamers: it depicts a dystopic future where the minds of state prisoners are computer-linked to the consoles of rich game players. The action is brutally violent, and the concept is over the top. But the computer graphics and special effects will slake the bloodthirst of action fans. The final 10 minutes is an eerie blend of hacking and megalomania: Michael C. Hall lipsynchs Sammy Davis Jr. while mind controlling his zombie soldiers...that scene alone is worth the price of the rental.
This documentary tells the story about the Linux operating system, and how it forwarded the philosophy of "open source" and free intellectual property. Not an action movie, but definitely interesting for people who want to learn more about why computer culture is the way it is. If you can find a copy of this, definitely rent it.
24. Antitrust (2001)
22. The Score (2001)
Edward Norton and Robert De Niro are fabulous in this heist flick. In a clever plot to rob a Montreal customs house of some royal artifacts, Norton and De Niro must break into the security systems with the help of a socially-awkward hacker who lives in his mother's basement. 10 minutes of hacking, and 100 minutes of phenomenal robbery storytelling!