40 Movies That Every Geek Must Watch


If you are reading this blog, odds are that you a tech geek. If you also happen to be a cinephile, you may have seen all of the movies below. But for those of you that are looking to kick back and relax while watching a geek flick: break out the popcorn and check out the list of 40 movies that every geek must watch below:

2001: A Space Odyssey

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
2001: A Space Odyssey is a film created in 1968 that deals with encounters between humans and black monoliths that affects the destiny of humans. The humans on the spacecraft found an artifact buried on the moon with their intelligent computer HAL. The computer HAL and the humans set off on a quest, but run into some major hassles along the way.

Antitrust

IMDb rating: 6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 24%
Antitrust is a thriller film from 2001 that portrays young and idealistic programmers and a large corporation that offers a significant amount of money and creative opportunities for talented programmers. However NURV’s operations has a catch.

Back To The Future

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Back To The Future is a science-fiction adventure film from 1985 where Doc Brown invented Time Travel and Marty McFly accidentally prevented his parents from meeting, which puts his own life at stake.

Blade Runner

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Bladerunner is a film from 1982 about how Deckard, a blade runner that has to track and terminate 4 replicants that hijacked a ship in space and returned to earth seeking their maker.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

IMDb rating: 5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a Disney film from 1969 where some college students managed to persuade a big businessman to donate a computer to their college. When the problem student tries to fix the computer, he gets an electronic shock and it turns his brain into a computer.

D.A.R.Y.L.

IMDb rating: 5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
D.A.R.Y.L. is a film where a young boy is found wandering without any memory of who he is. After a family takes him in, he begins to look for clues to help him find his way home.

Electric Dreams

IMDb rating: 6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Electric Dreams is an artificially intelligent PC and its human owner finds themselves in a rivalry for the same woman.

Explorers

IMDb rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Explorers is a film from 1985 where Ben Crandall, an alien-obsessed kid, dreams one night of a circuit board. When drawing out the circuit, he and his friends set it up, and discover they have been given the basis for a starship.

Fanboys

IMDb rating: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fanboys is a film about how Star Wars fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

The Fifth Element

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
The Fifth Element is the story of a cab drive from the future unwittingly becomes a central figure in search for a cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Ghost Busters

IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Ghost Busters is a film about three unemployed parapsychology professors that set up shop as a ghost removal service.

The Goonies

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
The Goonies is a movie about where a group of kids embark on an adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

Hackers

IMDb rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Hackers is a movie about a young boy who is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday.

Johnny Mnemonic

IMDb rating: 5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Johnny Mnemonic is a movie about a data courier that carries a data package inside his head that is too large to hold for too long and must deliver it before he dies from it.

Jumper

IMDb rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 16%
Jumper is a movie about when a group of people with genetic anomalies allows them to transport anywhere. Unfortunately there is a group of villains out there to destroy them.

Jurassic Park

IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Jurassic Park is a movie from 1993 where a theme park suffers from a major power breakdown that allows closed dinosaur exhibits to go in chaos.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

IMDb rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie from 2001 where a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient ring and he must embark on a quest in order to destroy it.

Macheads

IMDb rating: 5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Macheads is a movie about the exploration that surrounds the Apple brand which features interviews with Mac evangelists and members of the Mac community.

The Matrix

IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
The Matrix is a film from 1999 where a computer hacker learns from rebels about the nature of his reality and his role in a war against an evil force.

Metropolis

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Metropolis is a film from 1927 where a futuristic city is sharply divided between the working class and city planners. The son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a prophet of the working class that predicts the coming of a savior to help them mediate their differences.

Moon

IMDb rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Moon is a film about astronaut Sam Bell that has a personal encounter towards the end of his three-year strint on the moon where he and his computer GERTY sends parcels back to Earth.

The Net

IMDb rating: 5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
The Net is a film about how Angela Bennett, a software engineer type that works from home and has a few friends outside of cyberspace. When taking her first vacation, she becomes involved in computer espionage.

Office Space

IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Office Space is a comedy movie from 1999 where workers at a company called Initech hate their jobs and their boss, which causes them to rebel.

Pi

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Pi is a film from 1998 where a paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that unlocks universal patterns found in nature.

Pirates Of Silicon Valley

IMDb rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Pirates Of Silicon Valley is a movie from 1999 that retells the history of Apple and Microsoft in the world of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Planet of the Apes

IMDb rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Planet of the Apes is a film from 1968 where an astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future. Intelligent apes are the dominant species on the planet and humans are enslaved and oppressed.

Primer

IMDb rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Primer is a film from 2004 where four friends and entrepreneurs know that there is something bigger than the error-checking devices that they have built. The four conflict with each other over their new invention.

Revenge of the Nerds

IMDb rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Revenge of the Nerds is a film from 1984 where a group of outcasts fight back for their self respect in college.

Serenity

IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Serenity is a film from 2005 where the crew of a ship called Serenity attempts to evade an assassin that was sent to recapture one of their members that is telepathic.

Short Circuit

IMDb rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Short Circuit is a film from 1986 where a robot known as Number 5 was struck by lightning and escapes an experimental electronics firm. Before the military goes through its plan to destroy the robot, Ben Jabituya and Newton Crosby find the robot.

Sneakers

IMDb rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Sneakers is a film from 1992 where five renegade computer hackers led by Martin Bishop is hired by the government to steal a black box.

Spaceballs

IMDb rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Spaceballs is a film from 1987 where President Skroob of Planet Spaceball sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal the abundant supply of air on Planet Druidia to replenish their own. The only thing standing in their way is Lone Starr.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
The Wrath of Khan is a film from 1982 where Admiral Kirk has a midlife crisis and is interrupted by the return of an old enemy that is looking for revenge and a destructive device.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

IMDb rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Star Wars is a film from 1977 where Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet to team up with rebels to save Princess Leia from Darth Vader.

Total Recall

IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Total Recall is a film from 1990 where a construction worker discovers his entire memory of the past is in a memory chip planted in his brain.

TRON

IMDb rating: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
TRON is a movie from 1982 where a hacker is abducted into the world of a computer and his forced to participate in various games.

WALL-E

IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
WALL-E is a movie where a small robot that collects waste embarks upon a space journey that will end up deciding the fate of mankind.

WarGames

IMDb rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
WarGames is a film from 1983 where a young man finds a back door to a Pentagon computer where reality is confused with game-playing. This event almost leads to a new world war.

Weird Science

IMDb rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Weird Science is a movie about two nerdy boys that attempt to create the perfect woman on their computer.

You’ve Got Mail

IMDb rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
You’ve Got Mail is a film from 1998 where two business rivals hate each other in the office, but end up falling in love through the Internet.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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