25 best hacking movies ever

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

We've included the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in our list for naming the film (OK, book) after a hacker. Who's also a girl! Righteous. Noomi Rapace plays the fierce, anti-social computer hacker Lisbeth Salander who helps journalist Mikael Blomkvist trace a serial killer in this dark and twisted thriller.

Her skills come in handy as the evidence is buried on a bunch of PCs – plus she makes off with a tidy sum in the process. David Fincher's remake was a bit pointless coming so soon after the original, but Rooney Mara made a creditable stab at playing Salander.

The Social Network (2010)

Our favourite scenes in The Social Network – last year's Facebook film – are the ones with Zuckerberg, Saverin and co sat around hacking into university databases to make hot-or-not style sites.

There's also snappy dialogue, the entertaining Winklevoss twins and a nice backstory about Sean Parker. All that and an impeccable Oscar-winning score from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor – although the version of In the Hall of the Mountain King in the rowing scene was director David Fincher's idea.

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Inception (2010)

Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) specialises in a very specific type of security – subconscious security. Actually we lied – that's what Cobb tells his targets before he and his crack team of architects, con-men and chemists hack into people's dreams to steal information or plant false memories.

Christopher Nolan's bold dream caper strays into James Bond territory towards the end, but the world he creates is intriguing enough to forgive the plot holes – and trust us, Inception improves on repeat viewing.

Source Code (2011)

Hacking into the final minutes of someone else's life may not be plausible, but it made for this decent techno-thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal reliving the same train explosion over and over again as he tries to work out how to get into Michelle Monaghan's pants. Oh, and find the bomb. Part Groundhog Day, part Avatar and part Speed, but Source Code is better than that combination sounds.

Hackers (1995)

Brilliantly overblown (at one point, for instance, it is claimed that a fleet of oil tankers will capsize at the behest of a computer virus), Hackers is a fast-typing feast of illicit binary populated by people with names like Acid Burn and Cereal Killer. But will rival hackers Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie uncover the hidden code in their hearts?

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