The 5: Hacker Movies from the 90’s

This Week on the 5:  Nineties Hacker Movies

In the 80’s War Games was the first film to feature the hacker, and by the time the 90’s rolled around, the PC had become a true household item. Soon after, a few high profile hackers getting busted, and as the internet became more and more popular, hackers became known to everyone. Hollywood even got hip to it, bringing a number of films to shed light on the hacker lifestyle.  Well….maybe not shed light.  These Hollywood screen writers created a completely made up world, then threw in  a few buzzwords to make us feel like we were watching how hackers actually lived and worked.  Here are 5.

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  • Sneakers – 1992.  A hacker film with this outrageous cast: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier and David Strathairn. How could this film not be huge? Well, it wasn’t, you probably havent even heard of it and if you have you don’t know what the hell it was about. Robert Redford’s an old school hacker on the run from the government who works with a team that gets paid to test out the security systems of companies. He ends up in a hunt for some mysterious black box that can decode anything on the planet, thus making the world free of secrets. It’s all very far fetched and they end up somehow getting huge amounts of money donated to various charities, in an effort to create world peace. Great cast, weird movie, and totally worth seeing.  Watch the trailer.
  • The Net – 1995.  Sandra Bullock blew up in Speed. She followed that up with this 1995 hacker movie. For some reason her only interactions in life are through her computer, so in real life, no one can identify her. This is bad news for her since she gets targeted by a cyber terrorist syndicate.  Why? Because a friend of hers sent her sensitive government information. Meanwhile, she’s been using that new fangled device called the internet to order pizzas to her house, live her life, and even get packages delivered to her door! After being targeted she gets her life erased from computer databases and has her social security number associated with a known criminal. In the film she has to deal with an assassin who’s been hired by the scary international cyber terrorist ring. Wonder if Anonymous has hired killers on their non existent payroll?  Watch the trailer. 
  • Hackers – 1995.  This is the big one, the real cult hit that people still love to watch today. It features Angelina Jolie in her first movie role, and it also features her 19 year old side-tit, and for that alone the film is worth a watch. Johnnie Lee Miller’s character moves to New York City after spending years being prohibited from touching computers because he hacked a government agency when he was a little kid. He makes hacker friends fast in his new school.  Lucky for him a bunch of young punks love hacking and all hang out together. The most ridiculous part of this film is the idea that when someone is breaking into another computers system, they see it as a 3d rendered landscape of the inside of a machine. It’s totally insane and nonsensical. Youtube actually has the entire movie on their servers and it hasn’t been taken down yet. Do yourself a favor and watch it now.  Watch the whole movie. 
  • The Matrix – 1999.  If you think about, The Matrix is a hacker movie. At the beginning of the film, Neo’s identified as a hacker. When referring to the lives of Trinity and Morpheus, it turns out that before they took the pill, they were hackers too. Eventually Neo sees the actual code of the Matrix. It shows a bit of its age when Neo is being ripped out of the matrix, and you hear the old school modem sound at one point. That’s something you’ll never hear again. And since when did hackers go to industrial hardcore clubs and eat mescaline? Being a hackers in the Matrix is a lot weirder lifestyle than it is in the real world.  Watch the trailer. 
  • eXistenZ – 1999.  David Cronenberg’s mind fuck of a gaming/hacking movie wasn’t seen by many people, but it should of been. Starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Willem Dafoe, it centers around people playing a virtual reality game called eXistenZ where you have to plug into the world through organic devices. The creepy things people put into their bodies is a mainstay of David Cronenberg’s work where he plays with the human body like it’s silly putty. It’s a great film that keep you wondering what’s reality and what’s the game the entire time.  Watch the trailer.

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  1. RonsCigar

    November 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Death to eXistenZ!

  2. Nice Guy Eddie

    November 14, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Yo man you a amateur

    • John from DE

      November 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      @Nice Guy Eddie  Lord Nikon ruled.

  3. Delcomark

    November 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    This is just another excuse for hicks to bring up “some very young Angelina Jolie titty”

    • AaronInDunedin

      November 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Not as good as Brooke Shields in ‘Pretty Baby’ @Delcomark

  4. K Dubya

    November 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Sneakers is such a good flick!

  5. AaronInDunedin

    November 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    When I saw Hacker, I thought LeatherFace

  6. filler

    November 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I think Swordfish should get an honorable mention, 1 for Don Cheadle, 2 for Travoltas stache, and 3 Haille Berrys floppy tits.

  7. filler

    November 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Damnit I wanna say “Swordfish” but that came out early dubs.

  8. LizSetsFire

    November 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    If I ever get my knuckles tattooed they will say, zero cool.

  9. Aria Taint

    November 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hackers really like in line skates and skate boards. There so EXTREME!!!!!!

  10. RamlerJerry

    November 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Have to go with Sneakers. Driving blind dude was funny.

  11. RamlerJerry

    November 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Sneakers. I had a magical box that unscrambled my cable . Free shit folks.

  12. jerkstoresean

    November 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve never seen any of these. cause I was too busy ACTUALLY HACKING THINGS.

    • Narc Zito

      November 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      @jerkstoresean #btbwts

  13. Dead Skippy

    November 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Gays kill cats

  14. TBVickroy

    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    There’s alwasy the slow status bar when someone is saving or uploading a file and you’re all “Let’s go! someone’s coming!”

  15. TBVickroy

    November 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    PS: How Could “David, My Son David” hack an alien mainframe? 1) He doesn’t Speak Alien 2) 50 Years later and no update to Alien OS? and 3) He just happen to have the right cable to connect to an alien computer? Horseshit!

  16. C H

    November 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I didn’t know there was 5 films about hacking.

  17. Narc Zito

    November 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Can’t we just do this right and name it The One?

  18. Stilltryingregardless

    November 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    what, no johnny mnemonic, max headroom or the lawnmower man…let alone its sequel?!?!?!?

  19. Steven in VA

    November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Office Space should be here. They hacked payroll and put in a virus and made millions.

  20. jerkstoresean

    November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    What about “Pauly Shore is Dead”? That was pretty hack

  21. SkoobaDoo

    November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hicks is such a simple minded boy. He is adorable.

    • BadNewsJeff

      November 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

       You mean you’re not Hicks?  Mind Fuck

  22. Stilltryingregardless

    November 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    wargames, but I guess I’ll choose crash & burn, man…crash & burn 4 life!

  23. DeathProof

    November 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Poor Skippy got hacked 🙁

  24. CamfromToronto

    November 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    right, “The Net”.  The movie with the girl from the bus….

  25. BadNewsJeff

    November 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve got an idea for a Hacker movie about Hicks, where I follow him around and film the shit he coughs up all day.  Any interested investors?

  26. EdFromjersey

    November 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Hello Lawnmower Man!!

  27. EdFromjersey

    November 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    And Real Genius

  28. georgec

    November 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    war games

  29. Yangerssd

    November 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Well….maybe not shed light.  These Hollywood screen writers created a completely made up world, then threw in  a few buzzwords to make us feel like we were watching how hackers actually lived and worked.  Here are 5.

  30. dlawonline

    February 22, 2013 at 2:16 am

    What was the title of the movie in which the hackers were able to access computers via a small pi icon that was on the screen? I can think of the name it came out in the late 80s or early to mid 90s?