Top 15 Movies for Programmers

Top 15 Movies for Programmers

  • Every programmer would love to see their profession from the perspective of movies. We all know Hollywood is well known in showcasing programming and Artificial Intelligence in the right ways. So, without any further ado, here are the 10 best movies that every programmer must watch.  
  1. Sneakers
  2. The Social Network
  3. Office Space
  4. The Internship
  5. Hackers
  6. The Matrix 
  7. Tron
  8. Ex Machina
  9. We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists
  10. Her 
  11. Takedown
  12. Antitrust
  13. Primer
  14. Jobs
  15. The Fifth Estate   

1. Sneakers 

  • Sneakers is one of the most beloved movies by programmers, because it’s a classic action thriller that involves lots of humor. The movie possibly even borders on being a comedy.
  • The premise of Sneakers is simple: A team of hackers have to steal a secretive black box. But, the team of hackers also have to deal with rogue NSA agents, a false murder accusation, and plenty of other dilemmas. And best of all, Sneakers has some of the most realistic hacking sequences shown on big picture film.

2. The Social Network 

  • The Social Network is a compelling movie that tells the story of Harvard student and programming genius Mark Zuckerberg, who would go on to create Facebook, and change the world forever. 
  • But, as you probably know, the story of Facebook’s founding is full of dramatic interpersonal and legal complications. The Social Network is believed to be based on true events for the most part, although Zuckerberg has publicly disputed aspects of the movie in real life.

3. Office Space

  • Office Space is one of the most well-known comedies that depicts the fictional life of corporate programmer Peter Gibbons and his co-workers.
  • Gibbons hates his job at a software company, and resents dealing with excessive managerial oversight and the everyday minutia of a soulless corporate gig.

4. The Internship

  • This is a movie about two adults Billy and Nick who lose their jobs and then apply for Google’s competitive internship program. They both get chosen to join the internship program at Google headquarters in Mountain View California. Here, they have to compete with a young group of people, who are tech geniuses. This would be a great movie for those who think they are too old to learn the tech stuff.

5. Hackers

  • This movie got released back in 1995 when the internet was not very popular. It shows a couple of high school students who used their programming skills for corporate extortion. The movie was way ahead of its time and is a masterpiece for programmers and security enthusiasts.
  • Hackers is a 90’s crime film about teenage hackers who break into a major corporation’s computer network, discover evidence of an embezzlement scheme, and must save themselves before they’re captured by police.

6. The Matrix  

  • The most famous science fiction movie of all time (except maybe Star Wars), The Matrix depicts a dystopian future involving a simulated reality created by sentient machines.
  • Neo, who is a computer programmer by day, and a hacker by night, ultimately discovers the truth about this simulated reality, and decides to wage war against the machines.

7. Tron

  • Tron was released in 1982. The movie portrays how a programmer gets sucked in the world of computers. Also, it shows how the protagonist finds his way back into the normal world using his programming skills.  

8. Ex Machina

  • The movie was released in 2015. It shows a lot about artificial intelligence and its applications on the humankind to help people to live a better life. It depicts the struggles of programmers in developing software and also shows the harmful effects if not used in the right way.  

9. We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists

  • We Are Legion is a documentary film about the beliefs and overall movement of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous.
  • The documentary sheds light on the origination of Anonymous, turning points in Anonymous’ history, and how the group comes together during times when internet freedom or personal privacy is at risk.

10. Her

  • This is a movie about a man named “Theodore” who is going to get separated from his wife and is very lonely. He purchases an operating system with AI that is designed to adapt and evolve like a human being. This would be an amazing movie for programmers who have an interest in Artificial Intelligence and its future.  

11. Takedown

  • This 2000 movie portrays the story of a computer hacker, Kevin Mitnick which took the plot from the book ‘Takedown’ written by John Markoff and Tsutomu Shimomura. As he is the topmost hacker globally, programmers would love to watch Takedown to see how he uses or misuses the programming possibilities to challenge the world. Skeet Ulrich and Russell Wong played key roles in the movie and it was directed by Joe Chappelle.

12. Antitrust

  • This is a 2001 thriller film from the pen of Howard Franklin that tells the story of young idealistic programmers. The plot of Antitrust is a large corporation which is a dream land for any programmer which offers creative opportunities in an informal working environment. The movie showcases how a young programmer found out some hidden truth behind the organization and brought some anti-trust problems to limelight.  

13. Primer  

  • This 2004 American movie portrays the unintentional discovery of time travel. The experts evaluate that the movie Primer is made exclusively for engineers and not for an average audience. That is why it holds a special position in the list of movies for programmers. It runs an experimental plot structure which depicts the story of a strong comeback of two hardware engineers into the pinnacle. The inspiration from the movie is good enough for any apathetic engineer to give it a try with the programming possibilities. 

14. Jobs

  • This is an American biographical drama film which was released in the year 2013 based on the life of Steve Jobs, the man who took Apple company to next level. The movie Jobs portrays important incidents in his life right from his college to the finding of the Apple iPod. He is such an inspiration for the young programmers and this movie can really do a lot in impressing the folks. It was penned by Matt Whiteley and came under the direction of Joshua Michael Stern.

15. The Fifth Estate   

  • This biographical thriller film hit the screens in the year 2013 under the direction of Bill Condon. The Fifth Estate portrays the incidents and controversies that paved the way for WikiLeaks. Programmers would be excited to know about how the internet activists set a platform to misuse the programming possibilities to anonymously leak important data from corporate crimes and government. The movie inspired the plot from some famous books on wikileaks. 














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