Cyberpunk & Hacking Movies
Gene Michael Stover (firstname.lastname@example.org)
created Saturday, 2015 October 11
updated 2022 May 31
original at https://cybertiggyr.com/xsq13.html
- Not just for movies. TV shows are okay, too.
- If a movie belongs in this document, it goes on exactly one list.
- I'd like to say that if it appears to go on both hacking &
cyberpunk, then it should go on just cyberpunk because I like that
more than I like movies about hacking. However, as of 2016-09-20,
looks like hacking movies are more rare, so maybe it's better to
resolve a tie in favor of hacking.
- It's okay to list a movie even if it's a bad movie. If it's
bad, it's also okay to make a note that it's bad.
Watch these, see if they fit into one of the following lists.
- Cyberstalker (1996)
- Terminal Error (2002)
- Natural City (2003)
- The Fifth Estate (2013)
- Jackrabbit (2015)
- Blackhat (2015)
- The 414s (2015)
Hacking is computers with intrigue or mystery.
- Colossus The Forbin Project (1970)
- only barely qualifies as a hacking movie. (As of 2022 May,
I'm even less certain it's a hacking movie.)
- That's due to the date of release (1970, before
the computer revolution) & because it spends much
more time trying to reason with an AI. The hacking
is limited to one attempt that a couple of characters
make to ask Colossus to solve some unsolvable problems
(actually to run some self-diagnostic tests that consume
a lot of CPU time).
- Wargames (1983)
- It's almost a retelling of Colossus.
- However, it is definitely a hacking movie in that
much of the appeal is about the main character dialing
into a remote computer, researching his target so he
can guess a password.
- Sneakers (1992)
- The X-Files 1.07 Ghost in the Machine (1993)
- Honestly, not much hacking, but there's some.
- It shows a hacker, or a hacking-like character.
- Hackers (1995)
- The Net (1995)
- Antitrust (2001)
- Features lots of movie screen time of computer screen time.
- Has a nice dose of paranoia that individuals (one of whom
controls a corporation) are up to something. That's the real
appeal of the movie. It's half of what I want in a hacking
- Swordfish (2001)
- Wargames The Dead Code (2008)
- Delete (2013)
- Mr. Robot (2015)
The guidelines are...
- It’s about high-tech low-lifes.
- It's a high-tech version of hard-boiled,
mostly from the 1940s & 1950s.
- Corporatism run amok! (But somehow, not the 21st century that
we live in.) Also Reaganomics & Thatcherism.
- If you have virtual reality (& not just for a secret few),
it's probably cyberpunk.
- If you have some high-tech tricks for a well-funded secret few,
especially if they are funded by a government,
then you have a spy thriller, not cyberpunk.
- Merger of man & machine, whether literally or figuratively,
- Metropolis (1927)
- Even though I've liked this movie for ages, it wasn't
until 2016-09-18 that I recognized it as cyberpunk.
- The DVD I have contains an excellent commentary. I recommend
- Blade Runner (1982)
- Runaway (1984)
- Circuitry Man (198?)
- Remember that it's okay to put bad movies on this list.
- The Running Man (1987)
- It takes place in a world that's probably cyberpunk:
Out-of-control corporations & consumerism, everything
- max Headroom TV series (1987)
- Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990)
- Hardware (1990)
- Nemesis (1992)
- the Bubblegum Crisis universe
- original Bubblegum Crisis
- Bubblegum Crash
- Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
- The A.D. Police
- The A.D. Police Files
- Parasite Dolls (2003)
- Freejack (1992)
- Strange Days (1995)
- Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
- Ghost in the Shell (1995)
- Armitage III (1995)
- Roman numerals are stupid.
- Nirvana (1997)
- new Rose Hotel (1998)
- The X-Files 5.11 Kill Switch (1998)
- Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
- eXistenZ (1999)
- Armitage Dual Matrix (2002)
- Texhnolyze (2003)
- Cyber Wars (2004)
- Renaissance (2006?)
- I highly recommend this movie.
- It has one of, like, 2 car chases in all of movie history
that I enjoy. Maybe it's the only car chase I've
- The Gene Generation (2007)
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
Features computers, but not quite a hacking movie &
not quite a cyberpunk movie.
- Tron (1982)
- Automan (198?)
- So stupid. Sooooo stupid!
- Tron Legacy (2010)
- Tron Uprising (2012)
- The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Untraceable (2008)
- Web of Lies (2009)
- As much as I enjoy this TV series, &
even though it involves the Internet, there
isn't enough of that to be a hacking movie. And
it certainly isn't cyberpunk.
Not a big thing for me, so I won't put much effort into
making this complete. Mostly just gives me a place to
record movies that I considered for the other lists but
decided they don't fit on the other lists. I can list
them here to help remember that I considered them.
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Beyond Westworld
- I, Robot
- The Invisible Boy
- Lost in Space TV series
- Lost in Space movie
- the 21st century Westworld TV series
Not on the lists
List of movies that I've excluded from the other lists.
I'm listing them here because if I deleted them,
I wouldn't have a record that I considered them.
- Takedown (2000)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- It's about a hacker, & it shows some hacking,
but very little. It's more of a thriller that happens
to be about a hacker.
- And I didn’t enjoy it much anyway.
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