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Technology crops up in one form or another in most modern movies, because, quite simply, it’s an essential part of our everyday lives. However, most movies don’t have technology at their core; choosing not to build the whole plot around current gadgets or future innovations. Which, for those of us who live and breathe technology, is a bit of a shame.

Thankfully, there are some movies out there that treat technology with the respect it deserves, though not all are particularly enamored with modern society’s over-reliance on it. Still, even these movies can be entertaining for geeks who will soak up any and all mentions of the technology that shapes our world.

What follows is a list of 8 movies featuring technology which all geeks should watch at least once. Some aren’t exactly critically acclaimed but they still offer an interesting distraction for geeks of all stripes 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More . At least until they return to their spiritual home of the Internet.

Minority Report – 2002

Even those people who can’t stand Tom Cruise — and such people do exist, believe it or not — should be able to appreciate Minority Report. Set in a future in which virtually all crime has been eliminated from society thanks to a trio of gifted humans who can see crimes being committed before they’re actually committed, Minority Report heavily features advanced technology.

Wall-E – 2008

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Wall-E is an animated flick that has appeal for adults and children alike. While the core plot is more about how we’re all treating the planet, technology makes its presence felt by way of a) the robots who prove to be the saviors of humanity, and b) the condemnation of our current obsession with sitting staring at digital displays rather than experiencing the real world.

Eagle Eye – 2008

If you can see past Shia LaBeouf’s shockingly bad acting then you should be able to enjoy Eagle Eye as a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. Technology features heavily in this film dealing with issues of surveillance, networks, and supercomputers. Most of it is completely unrealistic, but it’s still an entertaining watch nonetheless.

Untraceable – 2008

Untraceable isn’t the best film in the world, but it is one that all geeks should watch. The main plot point, that some insane computer wunderkind 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More has set up an untraceable website streaming video of people being tortured, is over the top, but seeing the game of cat and mouse unfold between him and the FBI agent in charge of the case is compelling enough.

Iron Man – 2008

Okay, so you’ve probably all seen the original Iron Man by now. It is, after all, one of the most successful comic book movies of all time. But it definitely still deserves a place on this list. Why? Because Tony Stark is an engineer and inventor with extraordinary abilities. And he builds Iron Man out of some scrap metal. In a cave. What more could you want?

The Social Network – 2010

A film based on a book about a social network. It hardly sounds like the most compelling of ideas, and yet The Social Network works on multiple levels. In case you aren’t aware of the movie, it shows one version of the events which led to the formation of Facebook, now a public company with more than a billion users. And it will appeal to geeks everywhere.

Disconnect – 2012

Disconnect is a drama showing how technology affects the lives of real people, with several different stories happening at once and occasionally converging. Themes explored include cyber-bullying and over-sharing on social networks, identity theft, online pornography What Are Your Honest Views Of Internet Porn? [You Told Us] What Are Your Honest Views Of Internet Porn? [You Told Us] Read More , and our overdependence on smartphones. This shows the darker side of the technology we all love.

The Internship – 2013

The only comedy on our list will leave geeks either rolling around on the floor laughing or spitting obscenities at the screen. For starters, you have to buy into the notion that two 40-somethings are computer illiterate. Then you have to deal with tech speak that’s almost right but is just slightly off to the point of annoyance. Lastly, the whole thing feels like a commercial for Google 7 Awesome Google Chrome Promo Videos 7 Awesome Google Chrome Promo Videos Google Chrome has come from nowhere to be the third most-popular web browser in the world. It's rapidly catching up to Firefox, which is currently sitting in second place behind the omnipresent Internet Explorer from... Read More . Still, love or hate it, this is a film made purely for geeks.

Conclusions

I know what you’re thinking right about now… “But where is this film and that film? I demand their inclusion on any such list!” That’s fair comment, although you may want to tone it down a little if you want to be listened to in the future. There are, of course, many more movies that could have been added to this list, but these are 8 that we feel have technology at their core, and, therefore, should be essential viewing for all true geeks.

For a broader list of movies considered essential for geeks check out Tim’s Stuff to Watch post 8 Movies Every Geek Should Watch (And Love) [Stuff to Watch] 8 Movies Every Geek Should Watch (And Love) [Stuff to Watch] Today’s Stuff to Watch will focus on the geekiest of geeky films. These are films that your average tech lovin’ computer whizz should love - and they’re not all dystopian sci-fi movies either (though there... Read More discussing just that. And then come back here and tell us your thoughts in the comments section below. Do you agree with this list in its entirety or are there some changes you’d make? Which movies would you remove from the list? Which movies that didn’t make the cut would you add to the list? All comments are read and most receive replies.

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  1. Iman Syaefulloh
    January 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Why Die Hard 4 not in the list?
    this is one of my favorite movie.

  2. rnd
    November 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Vanilla Sky

  3. Nguyen H
    November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I've watched most of the films on this list... minus the original Iron Man (I did watch IM3 though...) and I have to say this is such an awesome list. Especially those that expose the darker side of the net like Untraceable and Disconnect... very touching and thought-provoking features!

  4. JTaylor
    November 13, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Yes Andromeda Strain the orginal move was good for its time but I have to agree with another poster that War Games should have been mention and it was what I consider the first geek movie made along with a few others he had listed. I seem just about everyone of these movie and war games was and still is what I consider the first hacker movie.

  5. Forrest
    November 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Sandra Bullock - The Net !
    yes over the top but fits the bill of this article!

  6. Forrest
    November 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Sandra Bullock - The Net !
    yes over the top but fits the bill of this article!

  7. Yvesyves
    November 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I am definitely among the Cruise haters but Minority Report is very very good and not because of the acting.

  8. Dave
    November 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Virtuality,
    gamer,
    surrogates,
    Logans run,
    Firefox,
    D.A.R.Y.L,
    Space cowboys,
    Westworld

    To name but a few that haven't already come up, but each has a focus on technology as less of a medium but more of a core plot.

  9. Snibbo
    November 12, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I've never really been able to get into the IRONMAN movies. I know it's "escapism" and relies on people not taking the technology too seriously, but even in a fantasy world, no engineer would design things the way "Robert Downey" does. There are about 5 million too many parts in his suit, and a failure of any ONE of them would render it useless. Sure, animating all those concentric shells of armor zipping shut from a place where their mass failed to exist prior is very cool, but it's so overboard, it distracts.

  10. Chris Mathews
    November 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Anti-Trust
    Takedown

  11. Monica G
    November 12, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hackers and Johnny Mnemonic are two classics...

  12. owsleyskid
    November 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

    For old-school, check out The Andromeda Strain.

  13. Allie
    November 12, 2013 at 2:19 am

    These are guy movies. I am a geek and a woman and I am not interested in any of these movies.

    • Tom S
      November 12, 2013 at 2:29 am

      Why not? There are no guys in your world? Misogyny is a two way street.

  14. John O.
    November 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I have seen:
    Minority Report,
    Untraceable,
    Wall-E,
    Iron Man ( all of them ).

    Some might want to consider watching / adding:

    PayCheck,
    WarGames,
    I, Robot,
    Robocop,
    The Terminator films,
    Short Circuit,
    Short Circuit 2,
    Flight of the navigator,
    Tron,
    Tron 2 ( Tron: Legacy ),
    Demon Seed

    • Tom S
      November 12, 2013 at 2:27 am

      "I, Robot" ? the movie ? No, no, no. Read the book. Watch the movie only if yo have a thing for Will Smith.

  15. Joel L
    November 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I'm surprised that I've seen most of these movies already! Great list. Disconnect is one I haven't seen yet but the description sounds intriguing enough. Plus, Jason Bateman!

  16. Mark M
    November 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I've watched four (4) so far, Minority Report, Wall-E, Eagle Eye & The Social Network...i've got the first two (2) Iron Man on DVD's but still ain't watched em yet...

  17. Vishal S
    November 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Added to my list of movies to watch. I've only watched IronMan and The Internship out of this list.

  18. TxBlackLabel
    November 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Good lord "Internship"? Nerds bullying nerds while Google pitches itself and how I'm glad I never did phone support. I got more tech entertainment from "Sneakers" and that was 1992.

  19. basit147
    November 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Pirates of Silicon Valley
    ???????????????????????????

  20. Bumboclot
    November 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Eagle Eye had the opposite effect. The technology was so implausible that I was constantly rolling my eyes at it, instead of being amazed by it. I mean, the computer killed a guy with rural power lines? Ridiculous! Any episode of Person of Interest is both infinitely more entertaining than that mess of a movie, but also far more realistic.

  21. Bob
    November 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Disconnect might not be the movie for you if you are jogging on a treadmill.

  22. Jorge B
    November 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    What about "Hackers"? It was a good movie, and an insight into the hacker world

  23. brent
    November 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I think "Enemy of the State" would make an excellent addition to your list.

    • Paul P
      November 12, 2013 at 2:48 am

      I agree, 'Enemy of the State' was one of the best movies where technology used was great

    • Aibek E
      November 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

      I second that. One of the best movies at that time.

  24. BDauterive
    November 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Live Free or Die Hard is also a flick worth mentioning. despite some of the over the top action scenes ....the premise was fascinating. Freelance coders hired to work on a project..then killed off when their job was done; a rogue ex-govt employee (played excellently by Timothy Olyphant) who threatens a "fire-sale" ; the frailty of our lives now dependent on the system/grid ; the vulnerability of the grid and public financial institutions.

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