The 1985 movie, War Games, introduced Matthew Broderick. The film also introduced hacking as a thriller weapon. Unlike early robot movies that tended to the B side, Hollywood’s biggest stars have used the computer as a plot device. John Travolta, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Daniel Craig, Keanu Reeves, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Robert Redford, and Marlon Brando have all appeared in hacker movies.
The films all of one thing in common -- they struggle with the formidable task of making a computer screen dramatically compelling. That takes real cinematic imagination. Surprisingly, most of these films do an excellent job with the challenge.
We chose 15 of, what we think are, the best hacker films in recent history. We found more than 60! Let us know which ones you think should have made the list, in the comment section below.
Click on the movie scene from Tron below to start the slideshow.
Tron (1982). A hacker is transported into the digital universe of "The Grid," and must survive combat as a cyber gladiator in order to stop the villainous Master Control. The imagination behind this movie made big ripples in the science fiction world, and today, Tron is a cult classic.