As to accuracy not many movies on this list do a lot of it. It would not be a very exciting movie if programming was shown to the full extent. However, some of these movies in this list struggle with the big philosophical questions concerning AI and ethical programming. I’ve included the IMDB rating for each movie so you can make a judgement call as to what you want to see.
A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his own consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
The Internship (2013)
Less about programming and more about the soft-skills a computer science student will need should he want to advance in a career in Big Tech. However, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are funny and it’s an enjoyable watch.
Another great movie by Robert Redford and many other recognizable actors from 30 years ago. It’s funny in a 1990s sorta way.
The Matrix (1999)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Alan Turing is a legend in the computer science world. Responsible for deciphering the german Enigma machine.
Ex Machina (2014)
Caleb (Domhall Gleeson) gets chosen to participate in a Turing test. Enough said. One of my favorite movies.
A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it’s all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson (Hugh Jackman) to help him.
Featuring the gorgeous Ally Sheedy and in his prime Matthew Broderick. Maybe not the most informative from a programming perspective it does give us a glimpse of the threat hackers pose to cybersecurity.
A bit cheesy. Okey, really cheesy. Horribly cheesy but might be just the thing to watch if you like watching bad movies and making fun of them with your buddies.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
It’s about the early days of Silicon Valley. It primarily follows the origins of Microsoft and Apple. The actors are great and a great fit for their roles. I’ve seen it more than once actually and it holds up. It’s great. Highly recommended.
The Net (1995)
Oh Sandra, 1995, was a different time. The narrator is corny as hell today.
Source Code (2011)
Truth be told it’s less about programming then it is about time travel. But it’s fun and you can enjoy it multiple times.
Office Space (1999)
Another cult classic. It has spawned numerous memes and continuous to be quoted and referenced in popular media.
The Fifth Estate (2013)
Fun fact: Julian Assange asked Benedict Cumberbatch not to do this movie.
Sorta like a classical story of a protagonist with exceptional ability.
Steve Jobs (2015)
It’s not as bad as the rating makes it seem but throughout the years I’ve felt no desire to watch it again. You don’t remember much of the movie, once you’ve seen it. It’s not inspiring. Perhaps out of all the 3 movies I’ve seen it shows best how rude Steve Jobs was.
My favorite Steve Jobs movie and I’ve seen at least 3 of them. Michael Fassbender kills it as Steve Jobs.
A cult classic. About a programmer (Jeff Bridges) who is transported into a software world of a mainframe computer and how he tries to escape.
Tron: Legacy (2010)
The sequel to the 1982 movie “Tron”. Featuring Olivia Wilde, returning Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen and Garret Hedlund.
The Social Network (2010)
Fun fact: Zuckerberg was a psychology major but primarily took computer science classes.
Based on the true story of Kevin Mitnick, who started his “hacker” career at the impressive age of 12.
Wrapping it up
Although not movies per say, I’d give a special mention to the tv series Silicon Valley(8.5/10), Mr. Robot (8.6/10) and Westworld (8.7/10). Occasionally they have very accurate descriptions of real life scenarios and they cover many real life aspects that a programmer might be familiar with.