The List –
Tobor the Great – 1954
A boy calls upon his best friend, a lumbering robot, to save him and his inventor grandfather from communist agents.
1984 – 1956
In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
Alphaville – 1965
Alphaville combines the genres of dystopian science fiction and film noir. There are no special props or futuristic sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris, the night-time streets of the capital becoming the streets of Alphaville, while modernist glass and concrete buildings (that in 1965 were new and strange architectural designs) represent the city’s interiors. The film is set in the future but the characters also refer to twentieth-century events; for example, the hero describes himself as a Guadalcanal veteran.
2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968
After uncovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, a spacecraft is sent to Jupiter to find its origins – a spacecraft manned by two men and the supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. Kubrick avoided conventional cinematic and narrative techniques; dialogue is used sparingly, and there are long sequences accompanied only by music.
Hot Millions -1968
This British caper follows Marcus Pendleton (Peter Ustinov), a con man just out of prison. After assuming the identity of a computer whiz, Pendleton lands a corporate job and starts smuggling money into fake companies he has set up throughout Europe. Meanwhile, Pendleton has fallen for the secretary, Patty (Maggie Smith). When he finds out Patty is pregnant, he escapes with her to Rio. Unfortunately, Pendleton’s scheme has been uncovered, and his boss is hot on his trail.
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes – 1969
Dexter Riley, a handsome but bumbling Medfield College student, accidentally becomes The Computer Who Knew Too Much when he is effortlessly transformed from half-wit to genius in an electriyfing computer mishap.
The Italian Job – 1969
Charlie is just out of the prison when he learns about his friends’ failed attempt at carrying out a heist in Italy. Now with the Mafia close on his heels, he intends to carry out the job himself.
Colossus: The Forbin Project – 1970
Tucked away in a secret location in the Rockies, Dr. Charles Forbin (Eric Braeden) has developed a massive computer system, dubbed “Colossus,” that is supposed to ensure the nation’s safety against nuclear attack. But when Colossus connects to a similar Russian computer, “Guardian,” the intelligent machines begin conducting a private dialog. Nervous as to what they might be plotting, Forbin severs the connection, only to have Colossus threaten a nuclear attack if the link isn’t restored.
Paper Man – 1971
A credit-card computer error results in three deaths and a traumatic confrontation between humans and machines.
THX 1138 – 1971
THX 1138, LUH 3417, and SEN 5241 attempt to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the surface of the Earth. The society has outlawed sex, with drugs used to control the people.
Westworld – 1973
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.
The Conversation – 1974
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams). Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan (John Cazale) manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.
Three Days of the Condor – 1975
A bookish CIA researcher is shocked to see that all of his co-workers are suddenly murdered. With an assassin tailing him at every turn, he must now figure out who wants him dead.
Demon Seed – 1977
Julie Christie, the wife of a scientist, finds herself forcibly impregnated by a super-intelligent computer and that it has developed evil ideas of its own.
Tron — 1982
Kevin, a software programmer, is dragged into the virtual world where he is pitted against a malevolent software. He takes the help of Tron, a security programme that helps him defeat the villain.
Brainstorm — 1983
A research scientist, Walken has been experimenting with a revolutionary brain-reading device. This wondrous machine is able to read a person’s thought processes and translate these to videotape.
Superman III — 1983
Entrepreneur Ross Webster teams up with a computer genius in order to realise his own evil intentions. When Superman obstructs his plans, he decides to destroy him.
WarGames — 1983
Computer savvy David uses a microcomputer to hack into secure domains. When he unknowingly connects to an army supercomputer that fires military missiles on its own, he unleashes a lethal possibility.
Cloak and Dagger – 1984
With his mother dead and his father, Hal Osborne (Dabney Coleman), busy working, 11-year-old Davey (Henry Thomas) spends his time immersed in video games, often dreaming up espionage stories featuring imaginary spy Jack Flack (also Coleman). When Davey sees the murder of an FBI agent, the dying man hands him an Atari video game cartridge with military secrets. No one believes his story, and Davey is forced to go on the run, escaping from attempts on his life with Flack’s guidance.
Electric Dreams – 1984
A young man buys a state-of-the-art computer that develops thoughts and emotions, and begins to turn its affections toward the man’s attractive female neighbour.
Hide and Seek — 1984
In this adaptation of the 1977 sci-fi novel, “The Adolescence of P-1,” a high school whiz kid’s computer program accidentally hooks into the mainframe computer of a nuclear power plant.
Brazil — 1985
Just as George Orwell’s 1984 is an alternate vision of the past, present and future, so “Brazil” is a variation of Orwell’s novel. The movie happens in a time and place that seem vaguely like our own, but with different graphics, hardware and politics. Society is controlled by a monolithic organization, and citizens lead a life of paranoia and control. Thought police are likely to come crashing through the ceiling and start bashing dissenters. Life is mean and grim.
Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age — 1985
Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age is a 1985 TV documentary about the hacker community.
Max Headroom — 1985
In the dystopic near future, a crusading TV reporter investigates news stories with the help of a wisecracking computer version of himself.
Prime Risk — 1985
A female engineer, with the assistance of her pilot-wannabe male friend, discovers a way to rip off automated teller machines, but in doing so stumbles upon a plot to destroy the U.S. monetary system.
Real Genius — 1985
The CIA has covertly hired Professor Jerry Hathaway at Pacific Technical University to develop the power source for “Crossbow”: a laser weapon precise enough to commit illegal political assassinations from outer space. Hathaway uses his position to recruit brilliant students to do the work for him but, aside from his graduate student and toady Kent, does not tell them the reason for their research.
Weird Science — 1985
Nerdy social outcasts Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly are humiliated by senior jocks Ian and Max for swooning over their cheerleader girlfriends Deb and Hilly. Rejected and disappointed at their direction in life and wanting more, Gary convinces the uptight Wyatt that they need a boost of popularity in order to get their crushes away from Ian and Max. Alone for the weekend with Wyatt’s parents gone, Gary is inspired by the 1931 classic Frankenstein to create a virtual woman using Wyatt’s computer, infusing her with everything they can conceive to make the perfect dream woman.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — 1986
A high school student (Matthew Broderick) who wants the day off breaks into his school’s computer system and changes grades and attendance records.
Bellman and True — 1987
After losing his job and his wife, alcoholic computer engineer Hiller (Bernard Hill) barely has time to pity himself before he’s roughed up and abducted by thugs looking to collect a debt for crime lord Salto (Richard Hope). Salto has also had Hiller’s teenage stepson (Kieran O’Brien) kidnapped to ensure his complete cooperation. With no job, no money and nowhere to run, Hiller is forced to use his scientific genius to mastermind Salto’s daring heist of the National General Bank.
Terminal Entry — 1987
Commandos (Edward Albert, Yaphet Kotto) locate teenage computer hackers messing with a terrorist’s assassination software.
Defense Play – 1988
Computer-savvy students (David Oliver, Susan Ursitti) help a U.S. colonel (Monte Markham) stop Soviets from sabotaging an SDI test flight.
Circuitry Man – 1990
A bio-android and a post-apocalyptic bodyguard flee across the polluted wasteland with narcotic microchips, pursued by a diabolical criminal.
Demolition Man – 1993
In 1996, psychopathic career criminal Simon Phoenix kidnaps a busload of hostages and takes refuge in an abandoned building. LAPD Sergeant John Spartan, nicknamed “The Demolition Man” for the large amounts of collateral damage he often causes in apprehending suspects, mounts an unauthorized assault to capture Phoenix. When a thermal scan of the area reveals no trace of the hostages, he raids the building and confronts Phoenix, who sets off explosives to destroy it. The hostages’ corpses are later found in the rubble, and Phoenix claims that Spartan knew about them and attacked anyway. Both men are sentenced to lengthy terms in the city’s new “California Cryo-Penitentiary”, a prison in which convicts are cryogenically frozen and exposed to subliminal rehabilitation techniques.
Hardware – 1990
In an America ravaged by atomic warfare, nomads spend their days scavenging for scrap in a blasted landscape. That’s how ex-soldier Moses Baxter (Dylan McDermott) comes into possession of some spare android parts. He buys them as a present for his artist girlfriend, Jill (Stacey Travis), who plans to put them in a sculpture. What they don’t know is that the pieces come from a new kind of android that is capable of reassembling itself — and is programmed to kill.
The KGB, The Computer and Me – 1990
In 1986, Clifford Stoll, an astronomer turned computer scientist, began working on a computer system at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. At the time, two accounting programs were responsible for charging people for machine use. When Stoll discovered a 75-cent discrepancy in the normally flawless programs, he began to investigate and eventually uncovered an undocumented user named “Hunter.” As he dug deeper, he realized that Hunter had hacked into the system and installed new programs. His investigation eventually led him and U.S. intelligence to the realization that Hunter was a computer programmer who worked for the KGB.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day – 1991
A terminator is sent on a mission to kill Sarah’s son, John Connor. However, another cyborg, who was once after Sarah’s life, has now been assigned to protect him.
The Lawnmower Man – 1992
A man with an intellectual disability turns into a genius when a doctor experiments on him. He soon begins to display telepathic abilities and has hallucinations.
Single White Female – 1992
After her breakup, Allison places an ad for a roommate. All the applicants seem weird except for Hedra. However, Hedra has a secret past which haunts her and messes up Allison’s life.
Sneakers – 1992
Martin Bishop heads a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When government agents blackmail him into stealing a top secret black box, his team is embroiled in a dangerous game.
American Cyborg: Steel Warrior – 1993
Post World War III, humans lose the ability to reproduce. When Mary, the only woman who manages to give birth to a foetus, takes the embryo safely to Europe, an Android killer chases her.
Frauds – 1993
An insurance investigator (Phil Collins) toys with a game yuppie couple (Hugo Weaving, Josephine Byrnes) in a weirdly childish way.
Ghost in the Machine – 1993
After Terry (Karen Allen) tells a computer store clerk where she lives, the information falls into the hands of the clerk’s co-worker Karl (Ted Marcoux), the serial murderer known as the “Address Book Killer.” When Karl is injured in a car crash, his doctors place him in an MRI machine. As Karl dies, the computer powering the machine extracts his soul. The murderous computer system then locates Terry and tries to kill her by turning technological devices into deadly weapons.
Jurassic Park – 1993
John Hammond, an entrepreneur, opens a wildlife park containing cloned dinosaurs. However, a breakdown of the island’s security system causes the creatures to escape and bring about chaos.
Knights – 1993
A cyborg (Kris Kristofferson) and a young warrior (Kathy Long) join forces against rebel cyborgs looking for fuel in a barren future.
Disclosure – 1994
A happily married man, Tom Sanders, up for a promotion is accused of sexual harassment by his ex-girlfriend, who is now his boss. He tries everything in his hand to save his career and personal life.
Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II – 1994
An FBI agent (Deborah Shelton) tracks a sadistic bio-android (Vernon Wells) trying to manufacture microchips in the desert.
Ghost in the Shell – 1995
In this Japanese animation, cyborg federal agent Maj. Motoko Kusanagi (Mimi Woods) trails “The Puppet Master” (Abe Lasser), who illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Her pursuit of a man who can modify the identity of strangers leaves Motoko pondering her own makeup and what life might be like if she had more human traits. With her partner (Richard George), she corners the hacker, but her curiosity about her identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction.
GoldenEye – 1995
Agent 007, along with Natalia Simonav, travels to Russia to locate the satellite nuclear weapon stolen by Alec, a former agent, who Bond believed was dead.
Hackers – 1995
Dade, banned from using a computer until 18, grows up to be an even bigger hacker than his childhood pranks. Along with his friends, he discovers the plot of an evil genius to unleash a lethal virus.
Johnny Mnemonic – 1995
Johnny is a data courier who literally carries data packages inside his head for a fee. This time he carries a package that is too large to hold for long and he must race against time to deliver it.
Judge Dredd – 1995
In the year 2139, a judge is wrongly framed for a murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. His mentor informs him that he needs to stop a former judge from creating chaos in the society.
The Net – 1995
When Angela Bennett, a computer programmer, stumbles upon government secrets, she finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy hell-bent on destroying her completely.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory – 1995
Casey Ryback, a retired Navy officer, boards a train as he sets out on a vacation with his niece. He realises that the train is used by a terrorist organisation to hijack a destructive US satellite.
Independence Day – 1996
An alien race destroys major cities of the world with their advanced weaponry. However, a geek, a pilot, the US President and a group of ragtag survivors unite to save mankind from annihilation.
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace – 1996
Jobe (Matt Frewer) exists as a malevolent consciousness in virtual reality and seeks to discover the technology to hack into all the world’s computers. Jobe contacts Peter (Austin O’Brien), who had been a friend during his corporeal existence, to assist him, but the young man realizes Jobe’s evil intent. Peter calls on Benjamin (Patrick Bergin), a brilliant computer engineer, to help thwart Jobe’s scheme for world domination, and a battle rages throughout cyberspace and in the real world.
Omega Doom – 1996
In a world controlled by robots, Omega Doom, a cyborg suffers a blow to his head and loses his evil circuitry. Now, he is convinced to help the planet’s few remaining human beings regain control.
Masterminds – 1997
In this action comedy, a rebellious teen uses his talent for pranks to outwit the security consultant, who has taken the students at a prestigious private school hostage.
23 – 1998
Two computer hackers (August Diehl, Fabian Busch) begin to explore government databases but have trouble dealing with the consequences.
Enemy of the State – 1998
A videotape containing footage of congressman Phil Hammersley’s murder is planted on a lawyer, Robert Dean. Government operatives, who are trying to retrieve the evidence, target him.
Mercury Rising (Code Mercury) – 1998
An outcast FBI agent is assigned to protect a nine-year-old autistic boy, who becomes a target of an assassin, after he cracks a top secret government code.
Pi – 1998
Numbers whiz Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is stunted by psychological delusions of paranoia and debilitating headaches. He lives in a messy Chinatown apartment, where he tinkers with equations and his homemade, super-advanced computer. One day, however, Cohen encounters a mysterious number. Soon after reporting his discovery to his mentor (Mark Margolis) and to a religious friend (Ben Shenkman), he finds himself the target of ill-intentioned Wall Street agents bent on using the number for profit.
Webmaster – 1998
JB is the city’s best hacker, who lives a carefully organized life in and outside the network. After getting caught hacking into the most powerful domain, the Stoiser domain, JB is forced to work as Stoiser’s webmaster in exchange for his life.
Entrapment – 1999
Virginia, an insurance agent, sets out to nab MacDougal, a master thief who steals exquisite pieces of art. To do so, she masquerades as a thief herself and together they steal priceless artefacts.
eXistenZ – 1999
In the near future, people start to magnify game designers for what they create, as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games.
The Matrix – 1999
Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer, is led to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.
Office Space – 1999
Peter, a software engineer, is tired of his boring job and makes a vengeful plan with two of his friends to plant a virus in his company’s system.
NetForce – 1999
The new head (Scott Bakula) of the 21st-century FBI computer-crime unit tries to stop a villain from infiltrating the system.
Pirates of Silicon Valley – 1999
The accomplishments of visionaries Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) revolutionize the 20th century.
The Thirteenth Floor – 1999
Douglas Hall unknowingly gets involved in the murder of Hannon Fuller, a computer genius, who is killed just before the testing of his newly launched virtual reality simulation programme.
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