10 Best Hacking Movies to Get Inspired (Old and New)

Best Movies Based on Hacking

Let’s say that you are a hacker or you have dreams of becoming one. Whether you are black hat hacker or an ethical hacker, there are various sources of inspiration. You can be inspired by the books you read or by the movies that you watch. In this article, our focus will be on the movies.

Sit back and let me do the job for you. The task of choosing a movie doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are the best hacking movies to watch

1. BlackHat

BlackHat is a movie that depicts hacking in modern days. The movie is about hackers who penetrate the Chinese nuclear plant with the aim of starting nuclear reactions. At the same time, these hackers try to hack the stock exchange so as to steal millions of money.

The movie won’t disappoint you especially if you are looking for something about modern hacking. Chris Hemsworth forms a joint task force consisting of the Americans and Chinese whose aim is to track down the sophisticated cybercrime network.

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2. The Matrix Trilogy

When it comes to the list of the best hacking movies, Matrix will always appear. It is definitely among the all-time best hacking movies. The movie is starred by Keanu Reeves (Neo) who is a hacker who goes to find another mysterious hacker by the name Morpheus. Apart from hacking theme, The Matrix is basically an action film.

3. WarGames

If you are new into the hacking arena, this is the right movie that you should start with. WarGames is a 1983 movie and it will play a critical role in shaping your views about hackers. Starred by Ally Sheedy, Matthew Broderick, and John Wood, the movie is about a young hacker who manages to hack the military central computer. After that, the events take an unexpected direction.

4.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This is a movie that apart from having an interesting storyline, it tries to get into deep details about hacking. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to the world of Lisbeth Salander. She is a restless investigator and also a hacker. In this movie, she uses her hacking skills to unravel an assumed murder case.

5. Ghost In The Shell (1995)


Although Ghost In The Shell is quite an old movie, it will still leave you thrilled I in 2019. It is an animated science fiction movie. The film introduces us to cyborg policewoman and her partner who is a hacker. The movie is heavily laden with philosophical theme sand is rated among the all-time best hacking movies.

6. Who Am I: No System is Safe?

This is a German hacker film that is worth watching. The movie revolves around a hacker group that stirs a global flame. In the movie, a hacker takes us through his journey. The movie has an unexpected plot twist that makes it even more interesting to watch.

7. Sneakers

Although most people tend to overlook it, Sneakers is a movie worth your attention. It sheds light on the efforts taken by governments to nab hackers and the risks involved. Some of the security agencies that the movie brings into the light include the FBI, NSA, and CIA.

8. Live Free or Die Hard

Apart from the action and the comic aspects, Live Free or Die Hard is a movie that highlights some hacking theme. Here the villains are the hackers and try to use their skills to execute some moves. However, the movie does not get into deep aspects of hacking.

9. Hackers

This is another old hacker movie that you should watch in 2019. Hackers cover the story of ‘Zero Cool,’ a hacker who at the age of 11 wrote a destructive virus. This virus causes the stock exchange to crash. He is banned from using computers until his 18th birthday. After the ban gets lifted, he continues from where he had left.

10. Office Space

This is a classic comedy movie that has a small aspect of hacking. In the movie, company employees plant a virus in the accounting system with the goal of stealing some money. Do they succeed in doing so? Watch and be the judge.

Take your time to watch these hacking movies in 2019 and let’s hear your feedback. Keep in mind that you have the freedom to expand the list. Add some other hacking movies that you think should have made it to the list