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Andreas
Andreas

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Which movies or series about programming would you recommend?

I would like to know which movies/series you would recommend, where the plot and programming scenes are mostly technically correct (no hacking into NASA computers with some HTML scrolling across the screen ๐Ÿ˜…).

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Andreas

I really liked Halt and Catch Fire. Awesome character development during all 4 seasons and very moving personal stories about how it was in the 80's to be an entrepreneur, computer engineer or software developer.

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Paul ODell

Lived through those days. Fun to watch.

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Felix Wittmann • Edited on

I really love this series. Very realistic how they present the technology side of the time.

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Andreas

This. And how failing in this business was that time.

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David Pereira

2 series that are totally awesome: silicon valley and MrRobot ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Joseph Clark

I haven't seen it in years but I always liked Sneakers. A 1992 movie about a group of hackers (might be called "pentesters" in today's lingo). I don't remember if there was much code on screen, but regardless most of the movie was about cracking into a hardened system. Some huge names in the cast: Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix...

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Robert Myers

I don't remember the coding, but the CS is waaaayyyy off base. Encryption and cracking encrypted data doesn't work that way.

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Joseph Clark

I mostly remember the human intelligence gathering, social engineering, etc.

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Robert Myers

The McGuffin that they were using all that for is completely unrealistic.

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Ghost

I think not many relate that movie with "hackers" because is too realistic; not like the mainstream picture of a "h4xor".

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joss

Super moment when mama calling ...

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Aidas Bendoraitis

The IT Crowd - not programming, but very realistic IT support :D

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Tom VanAntwerp

A non-zero number of plot points from IT Crowd have happened to me at work...

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MurrayVarey

Yup! Definitely the most realistic IT advice on TV -- "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

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Nadia Guarracino

Finally a man of culture

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jeikabu

Office Space

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Tom VanAntwerp

Anyone who works in an office must watch Office Space. Any interns or very young staff who haven't seen it, I offer to pay for them to rent it. Required viewing!

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Andreas

Thank you, never heard of this one! What do you like about it?

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Seanmclem

An absolute must watch

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Michel Renaud

It's a cult classic about office work that takes place around the time when lots of work was going on to fix Y2K problems before Jan. 1, 2000. It's hilarious.

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Andreas

Sounds fun, will put it onto my watch list โœ” Thanks again!

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Robert Myers

If you like it, the same director/writer did Idiocracy. Wouldn't quite fit on this list, but a good watch.

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jeikabu

Itโ€™s more real than reality. It could be a documentary for past, present, and future.

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Celine

If you guys want to watch a really crazy documentary I would recommend The Great Hack! Itโ€™s about how Cambridge Analytica used social media to influence the US elections and others around the world. Good to learn that with great power comes great responsibility!

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omar-steam

Is it on Netflix?

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Celine

Yes it is!

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omar-steam

Thanks!!

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Andreas

Thank you for this suggestion!

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KennDim

I'll add "Person Of Interest" to this list

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JONATHAN CROWN

This is absolutely the best

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atomgupta

Silicon valley anyone?

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Ngacho

Can't wait for episode 7

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Praveen Soni

sad how it end

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Santiago M.A.

In no particular order:

  • Mr.Robot
  • Silicon Valley (is also about Startups, but is funny ;P)
  • Halt and catch fire
  • The Social Network

Have a nice day!

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Anurag Sharma

The pirates of Silicon Valley

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Daniel Schulz

'War Games' is pretty much correct and features a multitude if real life 80s pentesting methods.

That and, obviously, 'Hackers' :)

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vinmay

This is one of my all time favorites. The newer one was okay but the one from 1983 is truly amazing !

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Erics

Black mirror and especially Black mirror: Bandersnatch, not to mention the sophistication required in producing the latter one by Netflix production and engineering team!

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David Dal Busco

Furthermore all these great movies and shows suggestions, two documentaries from a couple of years ago I really loved:

  • Indie Game: The Movie
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
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Mikolaj Kubera

None, tbh. Tv series/movies (especially American, albeit hardly only) about programming/tech say as much about reality as movies/tv series say about artists. Documentaries is what I would recommend.

In this fashion, I would take "Citizenfour" over "Snowden" any time of the day :-) (Not to pick on Oliver Stone; he seems like a decent guy.)

My short list:

 
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