Starring Kate Winslet, this WWII codebreaking tribute revolves around the bright-minded staff at Bletchley Park who worked to crack the German U-Boats’ encrypted communications after the Nazis changed their Enigma code. A possible spy among the ranks doesn’t make the task any easier. Proof that you don’t need black screens and green code to be a hacker.
Robert Redford is an electronic security specialist with a hidden history of illegal hacking. Approached by the NSA (who know about his illegal roots) he's made to recover a black box which contains an advanced algorithm capable of breaking any encryption code. After falling into the wrong hands, Redford must stop a plot to plummet the world’s economy into chaos while working to clear his name.
Office Space (1999)
While hacking may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about Office Space, it's a key component of the film. In between vehemently despising their jobs, a bunch of employees conspire to plant a virus in the company's accounting system – dubbed the salami attack – to embezzle money when a couple of them get laid off. The best bit? When they get even with the office printer. Come on, we've all wanted to do that.
Enemy of the State (1998)
Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a successful lawyer who finds himself the target of a militant National Security Agent after receiving evidence of a politically motivated murder. Every facet of Dean’s existence is under surveillance from satellites, bugs, and other high-tech snooping devices designed to track his every move.
The only man who can save him (and help him put some clothes on) is Brill (Gene Hackman) – a former government operative turned surveillance expert.
Fun fact – Brill is heavily inspired by Hackman's previous role as Harry Caul in The Conversation.
Die Hard 4.0: Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Bruce Willis squeezes back into John McClane's obligatory white vest to catch a team of mastermind computer hackers and serve up some old-school justice. This infiltration of the US infrastructure threatens to shut down the entire country over Independence Day weekend, so with a little help from his bumbling hacker sidekick (Justin Long) McClane sets about bringing them down.
In true Die Hard style you can also expect over the top violence and an utterly outrageous terrorist plot. "Yippie-kay-ay." Yeah, they cut the swears for the PG-13 rating.