Top 10 Best Hacking Movies In Hollywood For A Computer Geek

Hanima Anand |Feb 05, 2021

A must-watch list for any fan of Anonymous community, here comes the collection of top 10 best hacker movies in Hollywood. Check it out!

As we are living in an era of technology, the film industry has many IT dramas to tell its audience, among which hacker movies always appeal to millenials. See how young intellectuals desire to affirm themselves through latest tech inventions in these top 10 best hacking movies in Hollywood!

Best Hacking Movies In Hollywood
Guess the names of these Hollywood hacker movies!

Though they are just entertaining products, these top 10 hacking movies in Hollywood provide an insight into some cyber security issues, as well as portray the life of real hackers in history.

1/10 | The Matrix (1999)

Surprisingly leading the list of Hollywood best hacking movies is a rather old film from 1999. The Matrix by The Wachowskis is so intriguing that no one could leave it at the second place.

This American sci-fi action movie has an ensemble cast of Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss. It is categorized as cyberpunk subgenre of sci-fi movies, following the story of a mystery woman Trinity who owns superhuman abilities. Trinity links with a computer programmer named Neo who repeatedly encounters the provocative phrase ‘the Matrix.’ The climax takes place when main characters try to solve that puzzle that is believed to hint the human future.

With a budget of $63 million, The Matrix 1999 movie has collected over $465 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful technology movies of Hollywood and also the best hacker film of America.

2/10 | The Social Network (2010)

Before Facebook becomes an empire of social media, no one could imagine how the young man Mark Zukerberg could stand in top 10 richest billionaires in the world within such a short time. Based on the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, the director David Fincher made The Social Network to depict a life period of the Facebook boss.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg in lead role and other talented Hollywood actors namely Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer and Max Minghella.

The Social Network premiered in September 2010 and has gained 224.9 million in revenue against a mere budget of $40 million. It received critical acclaims for brilliant direction and excellent acting performances. This hacking movie was also voted the best film of the year by famous movie critics.

At the Oscars in 2010, The Social Network also got 8 nominations in which it won 3 of them. In 2016, the Facebook movie was officially in top 100 best films of the 21st century.

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3/10 | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Adapted from the famous novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was another successful movie from books in Hollywood. David Fincher, director of The Social Network, is also the brain behind this psychological crime thriller.

The movie revolves around the investigation by journalist Mikael Blomkvist into a girl from a wealthy family who disappeared 40 years prior. To search for crucial information, Mikael hired a computer hacker named Salander.

Starring the veteran actor Daniel Craig, the film production had encountered a lot of difficulties at first as Craig was prone to schedule conflicts, but it’s hard to find any other that matched the lead role better than him. Even the female character Salander required much time to cast, and Rooney Mara was the final actress to be chosen.

The film premiered in the US, United Kingdom and also Sweden, grossing over $232 million in total.

4/10 | Who Am I (2014)

Who Am I is actually a German film but available in English language. Thanks to its thrilling plot, this film deserves a top slot in best hacking movies in Hollywood list.

Its full name, Who Am I: No System is Safe is a techonolgy thriller by the German director Baran bo Odar. It tells the story of a Berlin-based hacker group who crave for a global recognition.

Two stars responsible for lead roles are Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek. Hannah Herzsprung and Wtan Wilke Mohring play supporting roles in this hacker film.

Who Am I topped all movie charts in Germany in 2014, boosting the name of Baran bo Odar to top popular directors in the country. The film also got nominations for Best Fiction Feature Film and Best Screenplay by German Film Awards in the same year.

5/10 | Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

If you are a fan of Hollywood action hacking films, you must have watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in 2011. This is the 4th installment in the legendary series Mission Impossible starring Tom Cruise.

The live-action movie features agent Ethan Hunt and his team racing against time to access Russian nuclear launch codes. As the President resorts to enact the Ghost Protocol after the bombing of Kremlin, Hunt and the team have to fight with their own resources, unable to call for backup from the organization.

This installment had an expensive budget for the combination of action and technology elements, and it turned out to be the highest-grossing of the entire series with nearly $695 million until 2018. This is also the second-highest grossing movie of Tom Cruise during his career.

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6/10 | Snowden (2016)

The Oliver Stone-directed movie Snowden in 2016 is a biographical thriller, based on two books The Snowden Files and Time of the Octopus. Snowden narrates real stories of the American whistleblower Edward Snowden who leaked highly classified information from 2013.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the titular role while famous Hollywood stars Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo or Zachary Quinto are in supporting roles.

While movie critics mostly praised the performance of lead actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, many disapproved of the direction from Oliver Stone. General audience didn’t find the film live up to their expectations either. Snowden only grossed $37.3 million worldwide, even lower than its budget of $40 million.

For your information, Edward Snowden is referred to by many titles, namely a hero, a traitor, a whistleblower or a patriot. He was accused of causing grave damage to intelligence capabilities by the US officials. However, he defended his action as to inform the public of what USA has done, for the sake of people only.

In 2019, Edward Snowden published his memoir Permanent Record, unveiling many secrets of this former CIA official.

7/10 | Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

The next name in top 10 best hacking movies in Hollywood is the 4th installment of Die Hard series by Len Wiseman. Live Free or Die Hard’s title originates from the state motto of New Hampshire “Live Free or Die.”

The movie centres on John McClane (Bruce Willis), the fictional character of Die Hard film series. John attemps to deter cyber-terrorists from hacking government computers. The movie plt based on an article by John Carlin in 1997, A Farewell to Arms.

Till now, Live Free or Die Hard is still the highest-grossing part of the entire series with around $388 million worldwide. This is thanks to its incredible investment into filming sets. According to reports, the crew had used 8 different sets and 18 microphones to record the sound of engine or damage to the vehicles. It only took them nearly 4 months to complete post-production effects.

Bruce Willis had worked out daily for several months prior to filming but still suffered from serious injuries during fight scenes. His stunt double Larry Rippenkroeger even fell unconcious to the ground for an escape scene. This man broke his ribs and got injured lung on the sets.

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8/10 | The Italian Job (2003)

This Hollywood action hacking movie is a remake of the 1969 British film of the same name. Though the original version was a comedy caper movie, Gary Gray sensibly turned it into a heist action thriller.

The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, who received highly positive feedback for their charming performances. It grossed more than $176 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million.

The movie follows John Bridger, a professional safe cracker, who wants to steal $35 million in Venice. He gathers a team for this mission, including a fixer, a computer expert, an inside man and an explosives expert. Despite succeeding in the planned heist, the team are betrayed by one of their members and the story begins.

9/10 | Hackers (1995)

Though the film was released 25 years ago, Hackers remains one of the best Hollywood hacking movies. It also stars Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller, making it a must-watch masterpiece.

The film revolves around a group of high-school hackers who are involved in a corporate extortion conspiracy. Despite getting mixed reviews from critics at that time, Hackers has proved its attraction among modern generations later.

During the mid-90s when the Internet was an unfamiliar term to many people, Hackers was truly a pioneer in hacking movie genre which introduced novel notions of cyber security to the world. Till now, it’s always ranking among top voted hacker films on IMDB.

10/10 | Blackhat (2015)

The last suggestion for your to-watch list of Hollywood hacking movies is Blackhat in 2015. This action thriller stars the handsome Chris Hemsworth along with Chinese actress Tang Wei.

The film depicts a series of hack into a nuclear plant in Hong Kong and the Chicago marketplace Mercantile Trade Exchange, caused by a remote access tool. Chinese PLA team when tracing the tool finds a former MIT graduate who wrote the remote access code. After freeing him from the prison, the PLA persuade the man to work for them. Lots of conspiracies start to unveil from then.

Blackhat had a budget of $70 million but was a box office disappointment when only grossing $19.7 million. However, the crew put this down to an inappropriate marketing strategy. In fact, Blackhat appeals to a number of young audience who find the film’s settings more relatable than the old hacker movie.

Above are top 10 best hacking movies in Hollywood. We place the films in the order of its ranking on reliable websites, going from number 1 as the best to number 10. You may consider watching them in that suggested order or pick any movie with the star you admire.

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