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With hundreds of films released every year, the number of movies for geeks is rising all the time. It helps that “geek” is an increasingly vague term assigned to anybody and everybody.

This means cult movies, comic book movies, extreme horror movies, and, of course, sci-fi movies, all count as being for geeks. As well as other genres and styles we don’t have the room to list here.

The question is, which is your personal favorite geek movie of all time?

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We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Geek Movie? It’s a simple enough question, and we’re not going to sully it or stifle the conversation by adding any superfluous rules. If you love a movie and think it counts as appealing to geeks in any way, then we want to hear all about it.

You may be unsure whether the movie you want to wax lyrical about in the comments section below this article is geeky enough. In which case, be sure to check out our lists of movies every geek should watch 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 and movies featuring technology as the main subject 8 Movies Featuring Technology All Geeks Should Watch 8 Movies Featuring Technology All Geeks Should Watch What follows is a list of 8 movies featuring technology which all geeks should watch at least once. Read More . Doing so will give you some idea of what we’re looking for. As will the video below looking forward to geek movies being released in 2015.

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Please don’t limit yourself and/or your choices, as the aim here is to compile as long a list as possible. This means you’re also welcome to suggest more than one geek movie… the old adage of “the more the merrier” truly does apply on this occasion.

It doesn’t matter whether you name a blockbuster everybody in the world has surely seen by now (such as Star Wars 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow In October 2012 Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company primarily known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. For a fraction over $4 billion, Disney therefore landed the Star Wars franchise, and promptly announced... Read More or Star Trek The 10 Best Sites To Go On A Star Trek & Become A Trekkie The 10 Best Sites To Go On A Star Trek & Become A Trekkie Let's live the dream within the other universe we know - the World Wide Web and see what it offers the Trekkie and their love for Star Trek. Read More ) or an independent film you suspect no one else reading this has even heard of. The latter being so unknown to the world I can’t even name any examples!

Can you help us find 25 geek movies? 50 geek movies? Even 100 geek movies? We have faith in you all. The (hopefully) long list will be published this time next week as the We Ask You Results, and all those who take part will have the pleasure of knowing they contributed towards it.

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  1. ATH
    November 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Iron Man 1, 2 & 3! No doubt.

  2. kim the waitress
    November 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    i'm surprised that no one has mentioned Sneakers yet.

  3. KT
    November 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Revenge of the nerds movies!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      I haven't actually seen them. And I call myself a geek, pfft.

  4. Gonz
    October 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Hellboy
    Up

  5. WinDork
    October 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I have never heard of that one... time to see if it's on Netflix!

  6. Hildy J
    October 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Oft cited:

    2001 [because: space]
    Tron [because: operating systems]

    Off the wall:

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [because: 42]
    Spaceballs [because: the schwartz]
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show [because: alien transsexuals]

    • Hildy J
      October 31, 2014 at 2:48 am

      How could I forget:

      The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension [because: everything]

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      I love your succinct reasons for recommending these. I have never heard of Buckaroo Banzai, so I'll be sure to check that one out.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

      @Dave P,

      Buckaroo Banzai might come off a bit dated, but it was a meme-factory for people in its cult. Interested parties might be delighted to know that its writer did ultimately continue the story in comic book form early this decade.

      And if you like it you could also try Six String Samurai.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 4, 2014 at 1:35 am

      A few more:

      Donnie Darko: A time travel movie that holds up under careful scrutiny. Film geeks love it for some very good reasons.

      Clerks. The first one. Filmed in black and white because Kevin Smith couldn't afford color, after hours at his own dead-end job. Say what you will about his growth as filmmaker since, Smith captured a tiny slice of nerd life, including the parts that aren't particularly nerdy.

      Zombieland. Originally meant to be a TV show, it was demonstrably constructed for the internet age, building in its own memes and video segments that were meant to be viral. It's a horror-comedy that presages the arrival of Buzzfeed, which is if nothing else a testament to someone knowing their audience.

      The Right Stuff and Apollo 13, because they're real stories about the greatest of geeks. Astronauts and the men entrusted with their safety are quite literally some of the best men and women that humanity has to offer. They're the Ace-pilot Engineers, PhDs and athletes we all only wish we could be. For some, seeing the real-world space program for the heroic endeavor that it was is only possible through the magic of cinema.

      Toy Story. Pixar is a magic factory, almost incapable of making a bad movie. Toy Story was also proof that humanity could be infused into something purely CG.

  7. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    October 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Only one to rule them all for me.. Primer (2004)

    Reason: I've probably watched it more than a dozen times and still cannot put many of the timelines in order.

    • John J
      October 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      This was going to be my choice as well! Glad to see someone else beat me to it. Time Travel, multiple time-lines with multiple versions of characters. Hard not to beat. If you haven't seen this XKCD comic regarding movie-timelines, it is rich with respect to primer.
      https://xkcd.com/657/

    • Swaminathan Venkatesh
      November 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      To add on, below were the other contenders for me,

      12 Monkeys
      Being John Malkovich
      Cypher
      Fight Club
      Identity
      Memento
      Number 23
      Mulholland Drive
      Total Recall

      Honorary Mention: Lost Highway (simply for the door buzzer scene - if you haven't yet, go watch it)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I like Primer, but I feel one watch was enough. I guess I'm not quite as geeky as you when it comes to figuring out timelines etc.

  8. Xoandre
    October 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Addendum:

    Source Code - is essentially a spin-off of Quantum Leap, taking the premise (and Scott Bakula on the phone as the voice of his father) to a different level. Certainly, it is constrained to whatever they can nicely fit into a 90-minute plot, but it's very well done.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I liked Source Code. That's one film that deserves multiple viewings.

  9. Xoandre
    October 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Here are the film moments I best recall - I geek out every time I see them...

    For the great moments of truth within, ID4 - INDEPENDENCE DAY
    Say what?
    Yeah.
    Specific moment: when Will Smith flips the control note around so that up is down and down is up, and they shoot into the sky, it's that moment every Gen-X'er with dreams of space flight have when he says "This is the moment I've been waiting for all my life." - the heart of that sentiment of truth still hits me every time I see the film. Toss away every other scene and moment in the film and just give me that warm sensation of someone expressing the promise never fulfilled to our generation. A promise of going into the final frontier.

    Amazing ending - THE MATRIX
    Oh yeah, here we go...
    The Matrix ended with a shock surprise we did not see coming, but it fit perfectly logical with promise of something great to come. Neo phoning the Machines and telling them he was taking control and "I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world … without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you."
    Then he steps calmly from the phone booth, looks up to the sky and FLIES! WOW!
    The Wachowskis spent decades perfecting that moment, but rushed into the sequels with a reset of everything, knocking aside the power Neo wielded at the end there and making two mediocre flicks about saving the human race from dance music. Which - considering today's radio selections needs done anyway.

    Awesomely predictable, but fulfilling all the same - INCEPTION
    Predictable?
    Yes.
    I have the mentality of creative thought where I sat down and five minutes into the film, I knew we were in a dream. I saw it all play out before me in my mind, but thought I would let it roll and see if it all went as I thought it would. YUP. I was laughing and smiling the entire film as it outdid itself to overcome my wild imagination, and it did in spades.
    Of course, having grown up watching Dennis Quaid in Dreamscape - a very similar story, I had the awareness and predisposition to accept everything that this plot throws at you.

    Prefection of Character - THE DARK KNIGHT
    Ha ha hee hee hoo hoo huh...
    When Heath ledger walked in on the bosses as the Joker, he set a new standard for how the pages on pages of "ha ha ha" in comic print are interpreted vocally and emotionally. His sarcastic take on the signature laugh was eye-opening and genius.
    I also loved his "penguin walk" in the nurse outfit and how he could not believe that his bombs were not going off. Ledger was a master character actor and the world is less without his brilliance.

    Subliminal social commentary - CONTACT
    Ellie's Atheism gets in the way... or does it?
    In the discussion of "who gets to go?" it is brought up that (paraphrasing) "90 billion people live on this planet. Of those 90 billion, 85% believe in some form of higher power, a god, a deity. Are you trying to tell me that all those people are suffering some form of mass delusion?"
    To which I shouted in the cinema at the first showing: "YES!"
    The film overall is awesome, character-driven, and a great story. I just love that one moment.

    Retro-geek: WAR GAMES/FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
    Two in one? how... Oh... Broderick!
    Would you like to play... a... game?
    Matthew Broderick starred in two great films. For the most part, War Games could be seen as Ferris Bueller if he did not have his support structure and was more of a loner than a rebel.
    In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, we see how his character has developed all these tools to make it seem like he is home, he is sick, he is sleeping... It's just total geek wish fulfillment.
    In War Games, he plays a kid who hangs the receiver of a land line phone on a console with speaker and microphone under it. That is apparently a dial-up modem! WOW! OLD. SCHOOL.
    The overall concept of War Games is that technology is taking over control of war. The programmers apparently don't even know if the AI they designed will find the human race worth saving or if it's just a dumb computer playing games and running endless scenarios to determine the point of war.

    Nice segue into the loop of terminator/Matrix - machines controlling war.

    Sequel better than the original - TERMINATOR II: JUDGEMENT DAY
    Sure, the first film was okay, but it does not age well. We were made to care for the strange stalker Reese and torn apart when he lost. But it set a new standard (alongside Alien) for female heroes on film.
    T2 was the first major film to use Computer Graphics to their fullest potential at that stage in CGI Technology. Despite the flaws, the whining child (inspiration for Anakin in SW Ep2?), and the bad stunt double being obviously a stunt double, it was an awesome upgrade overall.
    Specifically, when they are trapped inside the tower (a-la Die Hard) and the Terminator is not supposed to KILL the cops outside, the entire sequence of endless mayhem and destruction is a geek paradise. Of course, it does bring up questions as to why we were so upset when Superman destroyed Metropolis in Man of Steel... But that's another story.

    There are countless other instances on film where we all geek out, but too numerous to mention at this point. And I am running long here anyway.

    Short list:
    Back to the Future - amazing TIME TRAVEL!
    The Butterfly Effect - WICKED Quantum leaping!
    Ghostbusters - He slimed me!
    Men In Black - I make this look good! - Ford P.O.S!
    Army of Darkness - klaatu... barada... um... um... nik-Choo!
    12 Monkeys - wow.
    ... and I know I am missing a lot, but there's my take.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Wow, that is an awesome list. You'll find most of your choices made the final list. I personally like every film you mention, except for Army Of Darkness... which I have never actually seen!

  10. Katie F
    October 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    The Internship! It's about Google and it is funny! :)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      I thought it was funny, but could have been funnier. And what a nice piece of advertising for Google!

  11. callum
    October 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    War Games is a fantastic movie.
    I kinda liked Hackers, but the GUI's on everything - including the stupid thing on the server - really pissed me off. Oh, and the excessively 70's/80's clothing was kinda irritating as well.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      I've never actually seen Hackers. I keep being put off by negative comments!

    • callum
      November 4, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Yeah, you're probably wise to do that. It's a shame, because that should be a great movie.

  12. A41202813GMAIL
    October 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I, ROBOT.

    Doctor SUSAN CALVIN Was The Ultimate Geek.

    Cheers.

  13. peter
    October 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Going on a bit of a tangent with my options but I love FAIL SAFE (1964).

    it's one of those few films that really hits you the first time you see it.

    If you have not seen it, don't spoil it by reading the plot.

    Just sit back and let the film play out.

    it's one of the best suspense films I can think of that doesn't rely on special effects or loud noises to keep the viewer thrilled throughout.

    the mixture of threat and peril with huge gaps of silence as the severity of what is happening sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.

    A very intelligent film born from an era of real life fear. It must have been pants wetting scary to watch it during the time of the cold war.

    oh yes - I'll add back to the future trilogy, spaceballs, the day the Earth caught fire and all the marvel films from 2008 onwards to my list as well.

    But Fail Safe is a cracking (non sci fi) movie.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      You've persuaded me to seek that out to watch. I must admit I had never previously heard of it!

  14. milan
    October 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    jobs ,social network and robocop

  15. LeonKnife
    October 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    My favorite Geek movies are:
    The Matrix
    Divergent
    The Giver
    The illusionist
    Now You see Me
    Push

  16. Bogdan
    October 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Dune

  17. Larry Wong
    October 30, 2014 at 6:10 am

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Tron
    The Matrix
    Time Machine
    Minority Reports
    Clear and Present Danger

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Great picks!

  18. Deborah
    October 30, 2014 at 4:06 am

    War Games has always been my favorite. My favorite TV series was Chuck.

  19. likefunbutnot
    October 30, 2014 at 2:31 am

    My personal choice would be Tron.

    When I was young, my father, a computer engineer, made a special effort to take me to see Tron at the first available showing . Just he and I went, an occurrence never repeated during my childhood. that As we sat in the theater, waiting for it to begin, he told me that this would be the future of making movies. The important parts, I was told, weren't the human actors but the light cycles and recognizers.
    To my young eyes it was a movie about neon colors and video games and what happens on the inside of a computer, but it made a lasting impression; I went home and started typing in code I found in textbooks and magazines on whatever computer might've been around for me to use. By the time I was in high school, I had a pretty good idea of what I was doing not just as a programmer, but also on UNIX, DOS and OS/2.

    Runners up?
    Blade Runner. Because it's Blade Runner. Greatest science fiction movie of all time? Awesome Vangelis score? Need I say more?

    2001: A Space Odyssey. The other contender for greatest science fiction movie of all time.

    Real Genius and Weird Science. They're both entirely products of their era, but they're both timeless in their presentation of a nerd archetype. They're both still wickedly funny, too.

    A few other suggestions:
    The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Star Wars, Iron Man (which was, by the way, a FAR better super-hero movie than whichever of the Nolan films came out that year), Pi, The Fountain, Revenge of the Nerds, Superbad (carrying on the tradition set forth by Weird Science, I think), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Contact, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Wargames, Brazil, and the various Peter Jackson Tolkien movies, which I nominate collectively.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Woah, that's a great selection of films. I haven't seen Pi, so I'll be sure to check that one out myself.

      I loved Tron back in the day, and it still stands up to scrutiny today. Did you like the sequel?

    • likefunbutnot
      November 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

      @Dave P,

      Tron: Legacy is more of a feast for the senses than rich storytelling. It has an absolutely amazing score. I went in knowing very little about the composers and hoping for something like the original's sountrack by Wendy Carlos and prepared for disappointment, but Daft Punk did something perfectly epic. Likewise, the story serves the visuals and set-pieces. I wouldn't call it a great movie, but it hasn't worn out its welcome.

      Another movie in that category is the George Clooney version of Solaris, which has an amazing score by Cliff Martinez and visuals so stunning that putting the blu-ray on pause at any point will give you a wallpaper-worthy screenshot.

      Getting back to geek movies.... did anyone mention Moon?

  20. Earl
    October 30, 2014 at 2:08 am

    My Top 5 are easy to rattle off...
    Top of my GEEK billing is always :
    Logan's Run

    Closely followed by:
    Captain America
    Cabin In The Woods
    Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3
    and finally...
    AKIRA

    • Earl
      October 31, 2014 at 3:41 am

      My wife made me aware I had missed a glarringly obvious favourite...

      TANK GIRL

      Pop culture references, song and dance, tongue in cheek humour and one of the best geeky soundtracks of all time.
      Think Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Demolition Man on Acid!

      How could I have forgotten it?

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Logan's Run is a gem of a movie. It ages well. Thank you for choosing Akira... I would have been gutted if it hadn't made the list :)

  21. firstclass
    October 30, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Back to the Future
    Ghostbusters
    Indiana Jones
    The Matrix
    Office Space
    Men In Black
    Terminator
    Wall-E

    • John
      October 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      You have very good taste my friend.

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