Not so long ago robots where the main villains in most of the sci-fi, thriller or mystery movie. But nowadays, that role is reserved for hackers. The plot of the movies may differ, but one thing in common for all of them are hackers. If you enjoy the mystery, the suspension and generally speaking this movie genre, here are some best Hollywood hacking movies.
These days, any device can be hacked. One may wonder how to hack Facebook password or any of other social media, bank accounts or even some government organizations. The main plot of movies such as “Algorithm” and “War Games” is hacking military and government services. These movies revolve around people who have found a way to hack high-class classified government data and all the consequences that come with it.
“Takedown” is a movie that is based on a book about famous computer hacker Kevin David Mitnick who operated in the last decades of the 20th century. Today, he is a well-known IT security consultant. “23” is also a movie based upon a true story about a younger hacker from Germany who starts investigating conspiracy theories inspired by a novel “Illuminates” and later gets involved with Russian KGB.
“Snowden” must be on the most popular hacking movies based upon a true story. It’s about the ultimate hackers – the government. Snowden was employed at the CIA and he witnessed how the regular citizens were under the surveillance of their own government, so he decided to do something about it. Today, Edward Snowden is a refugee who lives in Moscow.
If you are interested in movies which follow the story of using viruses as a hacking tool, the ‘90s movie “Hackers” is the right one for you. This is a story about an 11-year old boy who created a dangerous virus and was banned from using a computer for years. This ban was abolished after his 18th birthday and that’s when the plot thickens.
“Live Hard or Die Hard” is a part of the worldwide known franchise and this movie tells the story about a hacker who tried to steal and transfer trillions of dollars to his account.
Besides robberies and stealing the money, the movie “Blackhat” centers around a group of hackers who hacked the Chinese nuclear power plant to start World War III.
Wikileaks is the most famous organization in the world that publishes secret information. We read about them all the time, and know there is also a movie about Julian Assange, the editor of Wikileaks, called “Underground: The Julian Assange Story”
Fans of Oscar winner Rami Malek must have seen “Mr. Robot”, a story about a lonely and depressed individual who possess the skills of hacking and is recruited by a powerful group of hackers.
“Tron” is a movie that tells you the story from a different perspective. The main character, a hacker, is snatched into another, virtual world, and he can only escape with the help of a heroic security program.
On the more positive note, there are many movies about investigators and cyber-criminal specialists who work to save the day such as “Untraceable” – an FBI agent follows a serial killer who posts the videos of his victims online.
As you can see, only a few hacking movies, from the last few decades, were listed here. Some were more successful than others. Since cyber-criminal is growing, there will be many more intriguing movies for us to enjoy.