The Best Hacking Movies as of 2022

My Top 10 Hacking Movies

Here are ten of my all-time favorite hacking movies in no particular order:

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War Games

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Release: 1983

Rating: PG

Duration: 1h 54m

Director: John Badham

Writers: Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes, Walon Green (uncredited)

Walon Green(uncredited)

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood

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This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick.

Release: 2000

Rating: R

Duration: 1h 36m

Director: Joe Chappelle

Writers: Tsutomu Shimomura, John Markoff, David Newman

Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Angela Featherstone

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A security pro finds his past returning to haunt him when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

Release: 1992

Rating: PG-13

Duration: 2h 6m

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Writers: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes

Stars: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier

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A computer programmer’s dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.

Release: 2001

Rating: PG-13

Duration: 1h 48m

Director: Peter Howitt

Writer: Howard Franklin

Stars: Pyan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook

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The Net

A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.

Release: 1995

Rating: PG-13

Duration 1h 54m

Director: Irwin Winkler

Writers: John Brancato, Michael Ferris

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northman, Dennis Miller

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A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Release: 1982

Rating: PG

Duration: 1h 36m

Director: Steven Lisberger

Writers: Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird, Charles S. Haas

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

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Dark Web Cicada

Follows hacker Connor, his best friend Avi and a cunning librarian who find themselves over their heads when forced to compete in a sophisticated dark web secret society’s global recruitment game.

Release: 2021

Rating: R

Duration: 1h 44m

Director: Alan Ritchson

Writers: Alan Ritchson, Joshua Montcalm

Stars: Jack Kesy, Conor Leslie, Ron Funches

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A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Release: 2015

Rating: R

Duration: 2h 13m

Director: Michael Mann

Writer: Morgan Davis Foehl

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei

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A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it’s all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.

Release: 2001

Rating: R

Duration: 1h 39m

Director: Dominic Sena

Writer: Skip Woods

Stars: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

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Hackers are blamed for making a virus that will capsize five oil tankers.

Release: 1995

Rating: PG-13

Duration: 1h 45m

Director: Iain Softley

Writer: Rafael Moreu

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford


These are great movies for anyone looking for films where the main theme is computer hacking. I watch them all a lot, even if it’s just for something to play in the background while I work.

I’d like to give a nod towards the “Mr.Robot” show too but as this isn’t a movie it isn’t on the list, but this is by far the best and most realistic hacking experience on tv to date. If you not seen this show and love hacking, this is a must see.

If you have any hacking movie recommendations that are not on the list? I’d love to hear them, just post your recommendations below.

Happy Hacking Folks!

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Luke Barber

Hello, fellow tech enthusiasts! I'm Luke, a passionate learner and explorer in the vast realms of technology. Welcome to my digital space where I share the insights and adventures gained from my journey into the fascinating worlds of Arduino, Python, Linux, Ethical Hacking, and beyond. Armed with qualifications including CompTIA A+, Sec+, Cisco CCNA, Unix/Linux and Bash Shell Scripting, JavaScript Application Programming, Python Programming and Ethical Hacking, I thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of coding, computers, and networks. As a tech enthusiast, I'm on a mission to simplify the complexities of technology through my blogs, offering a glimpse into the marvels of Arduino, Python, Linux, and Ethical Hacking techniques. Whether you're a fellow coder or a curious mind, I invite you to join me on this journey of continuous learning and discovery.

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