The top 10 technology films of all timeThese days it’s impossible to imagine life without technology. This has been reflected in film, with a whole host of movies based on the subject. If you like technology and are also a film lover, keep reading for my list of the 10 best technology films of all time. At the end I’ll mention some other films and series which didn’t quite make the list but are nevertheless worth a watch.

1. The Matrix (1999)

Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a respectable programmer in a technology company, becomes Neo outside of work, a hacker who receives a mysterious visit. He then experiences a series of events which totally change his life.

In 1999, it won 4 Oscars: “Best editing”, “Best sound”, “Best visual effects” and “Best sound effects”.

2. The Social Network (2010)

In autumn 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a student and programming genius at Harvard, begins developing a new idea: TheFacebook. This idea soon becomes the social network we know today, turning him into the youngest billionaire in history. It wasn’t all plain sailing however, the project also brought him personal and legal complications. Some students from the same university accused him of having stolen their idea.

In 2010 it was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3: “Best script”, “Best editing” and “Best soundtrack”.

3. WarGames (1983)

David (Matthew Broderick) is a young IT expert for whom even the most sophisticated security systems pose no problem. One day, he unwittingly connects to the central computer of the US Department of Defense. Then, what appears to be a game ends up endangering the world. With the help of his girlfriend and another computer genius, David tries to avoid World War III.

It was nominated for 3 Oscars in 1983: “Best cinematography”, “Best sound” and “Best original screenplay”.

4. Blade Runner (1982)

At the beginning of the 21st century, the powerful Tyrell Corporation creates clones which are stronger and more agile than humans. These Replicants are used to build Off World colonies.

After a bloody rebellion by a group of Replicants named Nexus 6, the Replicants are banished from the Earth. The Blade Runners, a special police squad, are given the task of killing any which do not obey this order.

It was nominated for 2 Oscars in 1983: “Best art direction” and “Best visual effects”.

A sequel to this cult classic is in the works, due to be released in 2017. Ridley Scott, the director of the first film, is the executive producer of the sequel, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve.

5. Tron (1982)

A hacker (Jeff Bridges) is digitally broken down and transported into a computer controlled by an evil program. He must then pass a series of tests in order to get out alive.

It was nominated for 2 Oscars in 1983: “Best wardrobe” and “Best sound”.

In 2010, a sequel, Tron: Legacy, was released.

6. I, Robot (2004)

I, Robot is set in Chicago in the year 2035. The citizens live in harmony with intelligent robots  They even look after their children. Everybody trusts the robots completely because they are protected by the Three Laws of Robotics. One day, a robot inexplicably becomes involved in the murder of a brilliant scientist, who is also the “father” of this technology. Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) is put in charge of the investigation.

It was nominated for the Oscar for “Best visual effects” in 2004.

7. Minority Report (2002)

The film takes place in Washington, D.C. in 2054. The police use “precogs”—beings with psychic powers—to help them make arrests. These precogs, who have never made a wrong prediction, allow the police to predict the future. Suspects are arrested by “Precrime”, an elite unite created to stop crimes before they occur.

It was nominated for the Oscar for “Best sound effects” in 2002.

8. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A scientist (Pierce Brosnan) manages to turn a simple man into a genius, using a chemical formula and virtual reality. But the experiment gets out of hand.

A sequel was released in 1996 but did not achieve the same success.

9. The Net (1995)

An IT programmer (Sandra Bullock) mysteriously receives a disk to de-bug. She discovers that it contains a password giving access to secret government information. Her entire identity is eliminated and she is made to look like a a criminal. She must then embark on a race to discover the culprits and get her identity back.

10. eXistenZ (1999)

In this game, games developers are adored by society, and players can opt to become part of games. Alegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is tasked with developing eXistenZ, a new game which blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Bonus

Here are some films which did not make the list but are nonetheless highly worth watching:

Metropolis (1927)

This film is set in the city of Metropolis in the year 2000. Society is made up of two classes: the rich, who are powerful and live in luxury houses with large gardens, and the workers, who live in appalling conditions underground,  alongside all of the city’s industry. Freder (Gustav Frohlich), the son of the man in charge of the city, falls in love with Maria (Brigitte Helm), and follows her underground, where he discovers the workers’ hard living conditions. Freder tells his father about this situation and warns him that they could rebel. It is then that the evil Fredersen (Alfred Abel) hires an inventor to make a robot to take the place of Maria and propagate a message of violence, with the aim of violently repressing the workers.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Considered the science fiction film par excellence in the history of cinema, it takes on various points in the history of humanity. It is divided into three parts, linked by the constant presence of a monolith. In the first part, before the appearance of human beings, some monkeys discover a monolith which awakens a higher intelligence within them. In the second part, which is set in our time, a monolith appears on the moon and awakens the interest of scientists. Finally, HAL 9000, a computer with artificial intelligence, is tasked with controlling a NASA spaceship on a mission to an unknown planet.

In 1968, it was nominated for 4 Oscars, winning 1: “Best visual effects”.

Gattaca (1997)

This film is set in the far future, in a society where children are conceived in vitro and are genetically selected. Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is one of the last naturally-conceived children. Born with a heart condition, he is only given a few years to live. In this new society he is considered an invalid, meaning he is given the worst jobs. Despite all this, Vincent has always dreamed of travelling into space, but is certain he will never be chosen to. Nevertheless, one day he meets a man who gives him a means to achieve his dream. He takes on the identity of Jerome (Jude Law), an athlete who is in a wheelchair following an accident. This allows Vincent to enter the Gattaca Corporation, an aerospace company which selects him for a mission. Everything goes to plan until the leader of the mission is murdered.

It was nominated for the Oscar for “Best art direction” in 1997.

Hackers (1995)

Dade Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller), a.k.a Zero Cool, is a hacker with a backstory. At just 11 years old, he manages to hack Wall Street and cause a worldwide financial meltdown. The authorities ban him from using a computer until he turns 18. However, when he moves city, he meets a group of hackers and teams up with them.

Halt and Catch Fire (TV series) (2014)

This TV series came out in 2014 and is set in the 80s, at the dawn of the personal computer.  The plot revolves around a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy who decide to develop a new personal computer, directly taking on the corporate giants of the time.

Sources: FilmAffinity and IMDb

I hoped you enjoyed this list. If there are any films or series you think should be on this list, let us know in the comments below!

Tomás V. (known as tvcastro at mibqyyo) is a smartphone MVP, MyBQ editor, beta tester and active member of the BQ forum. Tomás is passionate about Android and everything around him. He enjoys helping other users on the forum and learns something new every day.