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DEF CON Hacking Conference

Media List


Far from exhaustive, this is a short list of films that have some hackish content and function as a fun starting point for exploring hacker cinema. Some of them are fun, some of them are meatier fare - the common link is the highlighting of the hacker mindset. If you have others you want to suggest, let us know. We'll keep the list growing.

Feature Films

Director: Iain Softley, 1995

IMDB Summary: A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.

Director: Phil Alden, 1992

IMDB Summary: Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.

Director: John Badham, 1983

IMDB Summary: 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.

Director: Joe Chappelle, 2000

IMDB Summary: This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick". [quotes are actually in the IMDB summary].

Colossus - The Forbin Project
Director: Joseph Sargent, 1970

IMDB Summary: An artificially intelligent supercomputer is developed and activated, only to reveal that it has a sinister agenda of its own.

Director: Richard Stanley, 1990

IMDB Summary: The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

The Signal
Director: William Eubank, 2014

IMDB Summary: On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Director: Mamoro Oshii, 1995

IMDB Summary: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Three Days of the Condor
Director: Sydney Pollack , 1975

IMDB Summary: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

The Conversation
Director: Francis Fnord Coppola , 1974

IMDB Summary: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Enemy Of The State
Director: Tony Scott, 1998

IMDB Summary: A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

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