Thanks so much for this, Zach. I feel like this is just what I need before holiday vacation. The one movie I'd definitely add is The Imitation Game. Pretty much brilliant from start to finish, and a celebration of one of computer science's most important people.
I agree with this - great post, there's a couple of movies on there that I'm going to check out tonight... but yes, the Imitation Game should definitely be on there.
If I might add one: "BBS - The Documentary". Bulletin Board Systems were popular back in the days when the Internet was too expensive for the common people. Lot's of clever hackers back then, which is no surprise given the limitations of the hardware and connection speed.
If you grew up with Fidonet and still remember the noise of an analogue modem handshake, you're gonna love this.
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A few others that are on my list:
Tron and Tron: Legacy
Hackers (Silly, I know, but I still love it - Even though technically ridiculous, I feel it accurately captured the tech zeitgeist.)
Honorable mention: That CSI episode where they made a GUI interface using visual basic to track the killers IP address.
Tangentially related, books: Neuromancer and Snow Crash.
Hackers got me interested in programming. After watching that movie, I went and bought a C How to program book. That movie changed my life.
My life also bro I created this site after this movie
You forgot "Swordfish" where Hugh Jackman must hack the department of defence in 60 seconds while enduring a blowjob from unknown bad girl, with bad boys pointing guns at his head. At one point he almost blows his load, but holds it together and completes the hack before zipping up and walking off leaving John Travolta very impressed. So bad it's good.
It's right up there with "The Net" with Sandra Bullock on the run from the prying eyes of the internet and magic identity erasure.
I know I am late to the party and Tron Legacy and Hackers have already been mentioned. Some other movies:
I nominate Hidden figures
Also the Soundtracks of some of the mentioned movies are worth listening while coding. My personal favourites are :
Thank you. There are so much to see, I'll recommend a couple of films.
*Zero Days (2016):
"A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target."
*Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016):
"Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world."
"The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press."
And why not?
"In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself."
Good to see Sneakers getting some love, awesome movie.
I did like both Jobs movies and The Social Network because it kind of gave that "if you dedicate yourself to it, you can do anything" feeling, however they also highlighted the possibility of betrayal when it comes to big business.
Mr Robot, tho it's getting well weird now. I liked when he was hacking dog-snatchers in first few episodes, but kinda hooked now to see how they explain it all (bet it's - oh it was just a VR game lulz :D )
If you want something funny, IT Crowd series is very good. There was also the Codemonkeys animation quite few years back.
However if it's inspiration you want, I've been watching Mark Cuban QA sessions last few weeks ;)
Also, apparently Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth is good and realistic, haven't seen it myself yet.
Aaaand now all that has been typed in, time for another morning coffee :)
Hackers is missing, that one will get you coding again to try and hack a Gibson.
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I really enjoyed this post, thanks for the ideas.
I'd like to add "Pirates of Silicon Valley" to the list. If you aren't familiar, it's a film about the birth of personal computing and the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
If you enjoy dystopian films you might also enjoy "Colossus: The Forbin Project", a film about 2 supercomputers put in control of the nuclear arsenal of Russia and the U.S.,. Both computers start cooperating and decide that human beings can't control their own fate because we're a danger to ourselves.
"Demon seed", is a film about an AI controlled smart home run amok that terrorizes it's female inhabitant. Rather gruesome and controversial, the Simpsons even made a Halloween special clip based on it.
Jeez I have to add like 7 movies to my must-see list
Not a movie, but the TV series Halt and Catch Fire deserves an honorary mention.
Shouldn't there be like a TV/cable channel dedicated to tech/programming? Where I am, this is nonexistent. And it's such a shame. Do you know any that exists in your part of the world?
Close to Her is Operator (2016) and I like it more compared to Her ;)
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Sneakers should be in all 10 spots.
What do you think about Transcendence ?
I think we should also watch this TV series, Scorpion. For hardware and software developer
Halt and Catch Fire, i like this Series from AMC
I love the Matrix Trilogy 💯
Hackers & Hackers 2 , The Net .... Side note Hackers 2 was not as bad as you might expect.
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Great list will add a couple to my watch list
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