Far from exhaustive, this is a short list of films that have some hackish content and function as a fun starting point for exploring hacker cinema. Some of them are fun, some of them are meatier fare - the common link is the highlighting of the hacker mindset. If you have others you want to suggest, let us know. We'll keep the list growing.
Director: Iain Softley, 1995
IMDB Summary: A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.
Director: Phil Alden, 1992
IMDB Summary: Complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.
Director: John Badham, 1983
IMDB Summary: A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
Director: Joe Chappelle, 2000
IMDB Summary: This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick". [quotes are actually in the IMDB summary].
Colossus - The Forbin Project
Director: Joseph Sargent, 1970
IMDB Summary: An artificially intelligent supercomputer is developed and activated, only to reveal that it has a sinister agenda of its own.
Director: Richard Stanley, 1990
IMDB Summary: The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.
Director: William Eubank, 2014
IMDB Summary: On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Director: Mamoro Oshii, 1995
IMDB Summary: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Three Days of the Condor
Director: Sydney Pollack , 1975
IMDB Summary: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Director: Francis Fnord Coppola , 1974
IMDB Summary: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.
Enemy Of The State
Director: Tony Scott, 1998
IMDB Summary: A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.