The real world of cybersecurity and encryption/decryption may not be as action-packed as the Hollywood version, but you may be astonished at the number of resemblances between hacker movies and what goes on in the real world. The characters are a bit stereotyped but are not essentially far off from the personalities of authentic hackers and decryption ingenues. Hacker movies often comprise more action and intrigue. While not all real-life hacking scenarios are nail biters, the scenes and storylines of the movies are inspired by what has chanced or by what’s imaginable.
Let’s decryptinfo it out.
1. Antitrust / 2001/ IMDB Rating (6.1/10)
When Milo (Ryan Phillippe) graduates from college and lands his dream job writing software at a multi-billion dollar computer company, he couldn’t be more thrilled. The company’s magnetic founder (Tim Robbins) that he worshiped as a child is now his personal mentor. As he settles into his new position, Milo uncovers some dark secrets about the firm and soon learns that he can’t trust anyone but himself in the high stakes world of computer technology
Director: Peter Howitt
Writer: Howard Franklin
Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook
2. Hackers /1995 / IMDB Rating (6.3/10)
A teenage hacker finds himself mounted for the robbery of millions of dollars from a major corporation. Master encoder Dade Murphy, aka Zero Cool, aka Crash Override, has been banned from touching a keyboard for seven years after booming over 1,500 Wall Street systems at the age of 11. Now keen to get back in front of a monitor, he finds himself in more trouble than ever.
IMDB Link: Hackers 1995
Director: Iain Softley
Writer: Rafael Moreu
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford
3. Live Free or Die Hard / 2007/ IMDB Rating ( 7.1/10)
As the country prepares to celebrate Independence Day, veteran cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) carries out another monotonous job: bringing in a computer hacker (Justin Long) for decrypting information. Meanwhile, a tech-savvy villain named Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) launches an attack on America’s network infrastructure. As chaos inclines around him, McClane must use old-fashioned methods to fight the high-tech threat.
IMDB Link: Live Free or Die Hard 2007
Writers: Mark Bomback (screenplay), Mark Bomback (story)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant
4. Pirates of Silicon Valley/ 1999 /IMDB Rating (7.3/10)
The accomplishments of visionaries Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) revolutionize the 20th century.
IMDB Link: Pirates of Silicon Valley 1999
Writers:Paul Freiberger (book), Michael Swaine (book)
5. Sneakers / 1992 /IMDB Rating (7.1/10)
Computer hacker Martin (Robert Redford) heads a group of specialists who test the security, encryption, decryptinfo of various San Francisco companies. Martin is approached by two National Security Agency officers who ask to steal a newly invented decoder. Martin and his team discover that the black box can crack any encryption code, posing a massive threat if it lands in the mistaken hands. When Martin realizes the NSA men who approached him are mischief agents, they frame him for the murder of the device’s inventor.
IMDB Link: Sneakers 1992
Director:Phil Alden Robinson
Writers:Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker
Stars:Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier
6. Swordfish / 2001/ IMDB Rating(6.5 /10)
There exists a world inside our world. A world beneath what we call cyberspace. A world protected by firewalls, encryption, decryption, passwords and the most advanced decrypted security systems. In this world, we hide our deepest information, our most incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the world of “Swordfish.” The world’s most dangerous spy is hired by the CIA to decryptinfo, a computer hacker recently released from prison to help steal $6 billion in unused government funds.
IMDB Link: Swordfish 2001
Stars:John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
7. Takedown /2000 / IMDB Rating(6.3/10)
A hacker (Skeet Ulrich) receives an unexpected challenge when he breaks into a security expert’s computer.
IMDB Link: Takedown 2000
Writers:Tsutomu Shimomura (book), John Markoff (book)
8. The Net /1995/ IMDB Rating (5.9/10)
Computer programmer Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) starts a new self-employed gig and, strangely, all her colleagues start dying. Does it have something to do with the mysterious disc she was given? Her doubts are raised when, during a trip to Mexico, she’s seduced by a handsome stranger (Jeremy Northam) intent on locating the same disc. Soon Angela is twisted up in a far-reaching conspiracy that mains to her identity being erased. Can she stop the same thing from happening to her life?
IMDB Link: TheNet 1995
Writers:John Brancato, Michael Ferris
9. Untraceable / 2008 /IMDB Rating( 6.2/10)
Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until mainly sadistic illegal arises in the online world. This tech-savvy murderer posts live feeds of his crimes on his web-portal; the more hits the site gets, the faster the victim dies. Marsh and her team must find the elusive killer before time runs out
IMDB Link: Untraceable 2008
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: Robert Fyvolent (screenplay), Mark Brinker (screenplay) (as Mark R. Brinker)
Stars: Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross
10. Wargames / 1983 / IMDB Rating(7.1/10)
High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unsuspectingly hacks and set Paros proxy into a military decrypted supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to trigger the nation’s nuclear arsenal in response to his replicated threat as the Soviet Union. Once the clueless hacker comes to his senses, Lightman, with help from his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy), must discover a way to attentive the authorities to stop the onset of World War II
IMDB Link: WarGames 1983
Director: John Badham
Writers: Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood
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