25 best hacking movies ever

WarGames (1983)

There are a couple of lessons to learn from WarGames. One: it would be a bad idea for America to hand over its Cold War missile defences to the whims of an "intelligent" computer. Two: if it did, it would be a good idea if the password wasn't a name so common you'd shudder if it crossed your mind to use it for your webmail. It's not hard to see where the suspenseful hacker plot goes from there.

Revolution OS (2001)

Let's face it, if we tell you this is a documentary about Linux, you're probably not straining at the leash to get your eyes on it. But if we told you that during the course of the interviews with the open source elite, you can see a classic David vs Goliath story unfold (let's call David "Firefox" and Goliath "Internet Explorer"), your ears might prick up a bit. Fascinating as it is, it's no The Social Network.

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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Think you're an Apple geek? You're not until you've watched this made-for-TV feature that fictionalises the era between Steve Jobs' return to the Apple fold and the building of a partnership bridge with Microsoft's Bill Gates. As a story of hackers done good, it's an entertaining ride, but if you need further endorsement Noah Wyle's portrayal of Jobs was so impressive Steve invited him to open Macworld 1999 as his double.

GoldenEye (1995)

Pierce Brosnan’s first Bond film pits him against a criminal syndicate who want to hack into and activate the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London in a bid to cause a global financial meltdown. And they're doing it with the help of Alan Cumming. In a Hawaiian shirt. As ever, 007 prevents catastrophe with the aid of bullets, laser watches and a tank, not to mention a beautiful Russian assistant whose password-changing trickery prevents the satellite from firing.

Paranoia 1.0 (2004)

Also known as One Point O, Paranoia 1.0 revolves around an isolated computer programmer who receives mysterious brown packages, plummeting him in to a world of corporate conspiracy, mind control and interactions with his bizarre neighbours. Throw in his addictive and unexplainable craving for Nature Fresh brand milk and you have a flick that demands the full attention of your grey matter to grasp what’s going on.

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