With vehement technological advancements of the computer world, there has been a constant change in definition when it comes hacking. Black hat hackers and their legendary hacks have earned them notorious titles.

Hacking has also been used a post modern weapon of activism and anarchy.

On screen we’ve seen films like The Fifth Estate, where Benedict Cumberbatch played the white haired Aussie – Julian Assange. Here is a list of five superb films about hacking.

WarGames (1983)

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Matthew Broderick stars as the young protagonist, who discovers a back door into a military central computer.

He unwittingly hacks into it while searching for computer games. This central computer is confused with game-playing by possibly starting World War III.

Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)


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It is an Australian television film. This film takes a peak at the early career of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

The film tells the true story about the exploits of a group of Australian, American, and British hackers during the 1980s and early 1990s. Assange is one of them, says Hollywood Reporter.

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We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists (2012)

We Are Legion is a documentary film talking the workings and ideologies of the self-described “hacktivist” collective. They call themselves – Anonymous, says Top Documentary Films.

Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the film shows how separated and young individuals found purpose in seeking vigilante justice. Remember: “We are Anonymous. We never forgive, we never forget. Expect us.”

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013)

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It’s a documentary film directed by Academy Award wining film maker Alex Gibney. The film deals with the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website – Wikileaks.

Wikileaks, as of now, has facilitated the largest security breach in US history. The film also tells the knowhow of data mining and hacking, says The Guardian.

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Algorithm (2014)

Algorithm is an independent film dealing with the philosophy of hacking and free information. It talks about a freelance computer hacker, who finds a mysterious government computer network called Shepherd.

While he breaks into the program and all hell breaks loose, says Rotten Tomatoes. The films pivots various institutional ideas regarding freedom of information and governmental transparency