Top 10 films and TV series on IT topics
If you have not yet decided which movie to watch tonight, we offer you a selection of 10 TV series and films about IT and computers. All of them were filmed at different times, but each of them is fascinating in its own way and can tell a lot of interesting things. And most importantly, each of them is devoted to IT topics, which are probably familiar to our readers. Enjoy watching!
1. The Internship (2013)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
IMDB rating: 6.3
Salespeople Billy and Nick are fired from their jobs as the world has become computerized, and the main characters do not understand this. In search of a new job, a couple of friends find a vacancy in the largest US Corporation Google, where they are surprisingly accepted for internship. But not only they are training there – also the best students and young computer geniuses are also trying to get a job here. Will Billy and Nick overcome all obstacles and get the job of their dreams?
2. The Social Network (2010)
Genre: drama, biography
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
IMDB rating: 7.8
The film is dedicated to the history of creating a popular social network Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg – a Harvard University student who became the youngest billionaire in the world. The incredible success of this social network irrevocably changed the life of fellow students. The film “Social Network” is about friendship, betrayal and the pursuit of a dream.
3. JOBS (2013)
Country: USA, Switzerland
Genre: drama, biography
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad
IMDB rating: 5.9
The film tells about the life and achievements of a successful and talented businessman and co-founder of Apple Corporation Steve Jobs. The incredible ideas and innovative developments that people around the world now use were originally born in a simple garage of adoptive parents, which served as an office and workshop for Steve and his associates.
4. Silicon Valley (TV series, 2014 – till present)
Starring: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener
IMDB Rating: 8.4
The series tells about the life of young programmer friends who are trying to start their own business and are preparing to launch their startups in the high-tech center of Silicon Valley (San Francisco). All heroes live in the familiar millionaire’s house for free, provided that they give him 10 percent of the profits from their upcoming projects.
5. The Fifth Estate (2013)
Country: United Kingdom, Belgium
Genre: thriller, drama, biography
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis
IMDB Rating: 6.1
The film is based on real events. The plot tells us about how the site “WikiLeaks” appeared – a platform where anyone could put secret information on public display, without fear of exposure, about trying to expose government corruption and the lies of the authorities, as well as about the difficult relationship of the founder of the site Julian Assange with his ally and the programmer Daniel Berg.
6. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Genre: drama, biography
Starring: Noah Wiley, Anthony Michael Hall, Joey Zlotnik
IMDB rating: 7.2
The film shows the history of the origin and development of the personal computer as such and the conquest of the world by computer geniuses – Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Walking each in their own way, these students may not even have guessed that their inventions would gain fame and recognition all over the world, and they themselves would become billionaires and owners of their own computer empires.
7. The IT Crowd (TV series, 2006 – 2013)
Country: United Kingdom
Starring: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
IMDB rating: 8.6
The plot of this series develops around the antics of the support team of the London Corporation Reynholm Industries. The team consists of three people – IT specialists Moss and Roy, as well as Jen, head of the IT-department, which at the same time is a completely not friend with computers. All three work in a dirty and neglected basement that contrasts very much with modern architecture, the comfort of offices and the magnificent views from the windows that are accessible to the rest of the company’s employees.
8. Halt and Catch Fire (TV series, 2014 – till present)
Starring: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
IMDB rating: 8.2
The action takes place in the 80s of XX century. IBM (International Business Machines) launches its first personal computer. The main character, Joseph Macmillan, who previously worked there, gets a job in another company and, wanting more, tries to make a revolution in computer technology. He gathers his team of several people and fights a battle with IBM. The name of the series Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) expresses its theme – this is an instruction of the program code that runs all the programs on the computer, trying to occupy the maximum amount of resources, thereby causing the system to hang.
9. Hackers (1995)
Genre: action, thriller, drama, crime
Starring: Johnny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Eleven-year-old Dade, creating a virus that infected 1507 computers, was sentenced to 7 years’ probation and suspended from computers and telephones. Having reached the age of 18, Dade goes to college, where he quickly finds a common language with the company of hackers. One of them randomly enters the network of an oil producing corporation and copies a part of the file exposing the head of computer security and a kind of “hacker in law” who launched “worm” into the system and stole millions of dollars. Upon learning of this, the villain decides to shift the blame on young hackers and creates a virus that is threatening an environmental catastrophe.
10. Antitrust (2001)
Genre: thriller, drama, crime
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Rachel Leigh Cook, Claire Forlani
IMDB Rating: 6.1
A young and successful programmer Milo Hoffman gets a prestigious place in the largest multimedia corporation of a magnate Gary Winston. New perspectives open up for Hoffman and the main character is already anticipating a brilliant career. However, quite unexpectedly, the second side of the medal opens to Hoffman and now a thriving company looks completely different to him, in the form of a monster eliminating any competitors and full of dangerous secrets. The understanding that Milo is only a pawn in the terrible game of a billionaire came to him too late. Will the pawn risk to challenge the Player for whom it costs nothing to remove it from the board?