Listed below are the ten finest motion pictures and collection about builders

This article was initially printed on .cult by Eli McGarvie. .cult is a Berlin-based group platform for builders. We write about all issues career-related, make unique documentaries, and share heaps of different untold developer tales from all over the world.

Final yr we put collectively a listing of the best hacking movies, and clearly, the subsequent logical step from there was to catalog the best motion pictures and collection about builders. So, after placing in hours and hours of screentime watching all of those so-called ‘developer movies’ from the final twenty years, I’m fairly assured I’ve acquired a stable listing of flicks that can meet most of your expectations (I hope).

The standards to satisfy this listing was fairly simple, the film (or collection) needed to function a programmer because the protagonist (or antagonist), not a supporting character like these used to hack the mainframe (taking a look at you Mission Inconceivable).

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With out taking any extra of your time, listed here are my high 10 picks for the perfect developer motion pictures and collection that I’ve seen.

1. The Social Community (2010)


The Social Network, extra just like the un-social community in the event you ask me… I can’t wait to reside in a pod and eat bugs within the Metaverse. However that has nothing to do with this movie, which, is definitely actually, actually good. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin (who’s a legend), it tells the story of Fb from the attitude of its founders, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and Sean Parker.

No matter your emotions are in direction of the tech large and its nice observe report of person privateness, I believe you’ll recognize this movie because it’s not a glorification of Zuckerberg however actually a narrative about friendship and betrayal. And the story is made even higher with an amazing ensemble of actors together with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer — Hammer performs the Vanwinkle twins and, enjoyable reality likes to eat people.

The dialogue is nice, the soundtrack is thrilling, and the best factor is that every one these guys are nonetheless round as we speak. The Winklevoss twins are into crypto, Zuck is testifying earlier than congress, and Sean Parker serves on the board of Spotify.

2. Matrix 4 (2021)

Yeah, simply kidding that is movie trash.

1 star review of Matrix 4

3. Tron: Legacy (2010)

I solely not too long ago (yesterday) discovered that Tron: Legacy is a sequel. How did I not know that? I at all times assumed it was the Disney spin-off of the Tron arcade sport I used to play in highschool each time the trainer gave us entry to the computer systems.

This one is pure nostalgia, shiny lights, and animation — however I believe it’s nonetheless a enjoyable film. It’s about Sam Flynn (performed by Garrett Hedlund), the son of the tech genius and software program engineer from the primary film, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). Sam is pulled into his father’s video-game-like world seeking his long-lost father and is instantly thrown into digital fight eventualities and motocross racing as he discovers the hidden secrets and techniques of his father’s previous.

4. The Fifth Property (2013)

The evaluations on this one are combined, however I loved the movie largely as a result of it’s nonetheless related and Julian Assange remains to be making headlines and pissing off politicians even from his jail cell. The Fifth Estate takes you again to the founding of Wikileaks, the now-infamous web site that publishes information leaks and categorised media offered by nameless sources. As you’ll see within the film, it started with two programmers on laptops in Berlin and ends with the following arrest of Assange, which I assume remains to be an ongoing factor.

This isn’t a spoiler however in the event you pay shut consideration you’ll see the characters continually ingesting Club Mate (a horrible drink however typical Berlin), which I believed was a extremely humorous easter egg.

The movie is partly based mostly on a e-book written by the co-founder of Wikileaks who appears to have had a falling out with Assange, so preserve that in thoughts as you watch it. Both means, this entire film revolves across the ethical gray zone of privateness and political ethics, similar to what we noticed with Edward Snowden and the NSA recordsdata.

Assange was a programmer, and his companion in crime Daniel Domscheit-Berg was additionally a programmer. So in fact, you’ll see a variety of programming and get some insights into the expertise underpinning Wikileaks and its nameless actions. No matter your opinions on the entire Wikileaks scenario, I believe we are able to all agree there’s one thing fairly cool a couple of small group of programmers and hackers exposing governments for what they are surely.

5. Ex Machina (2014)

Ex Machina is concentrated on AI and the sorts of issues Elon Musk has been warning us about for years. The film’s not particularly about programming however it’s a couple of program (AI) and a programmer, and their interactions.

A programmer from an enormous tech firm wins a contest and will get to spend per week with the CEO of the tech firm. He’s taken out to this retreat in Alaska (mainly in the midst of nowhere) to satisfy his reclusive boss, solely to seek out out that he’s not there to relax however take part in a wierd experiment with the world’s first AI (much like what Google’s doing with DeepMind…). This AI takes the type of a stupendous robotic woman (Google, take notes) and I’m certain you’ll be able to think about what occurs subsequent…

6. Workplace Area (1999)

Office Space is superior and, regardless that it’s twenty years outdated, the underlying message remains to be related to lots of people as we speak. And it’s been meme’d to hell, so in the event you haven’t seen the film you’ve most likely seen a kind of, ‘in the event you may simply go forward and do this, that’d be grrrrreat,’ memes.

This one’s a couple of programmer who hates his boring workplace job and at some point simply decides to not work anymore. Not stop or something simply not present up for work or give a f**okay. It’s a extremely humorous film and in the event you’ve ever labored in a company setting, you’ll recognize the humour and characters much more. Ineffective managers, annoying watercooler jargon, cringe division birthday gatherings — it covers the whole lot that’s incorrect with that soul-sucking go well with and tie setting.

7. Silicon Valley (2014-2019)

Silicon Valley is an HBO unique comedy collection, a couple of group of programmers in Silicon Valley beginning a tech firm based mostly round a brand new compression expertise. It’s just like the Huge Bang Concept if it was created for adults that perceive nuance and don’t want amusing observe to cue them in on jokes written for an viewers with the collective IQ of a chimpanzee.

It’s additionally HBO and created by Mike Choose (Workplace Area and King of The Hill), to allow them to get away with darkish humour, sexual innuendo, and the f-word (if that’s nonetheless a taboo lately) — which makes the present way more entertaining in my view. However it’s clearly not everybody’s cup of tea…

Anyway, there are six seasons to binge so if in case you have a while in your palms and need to sit again and snort at characters with big personalities speaking about programming and startups, plus expertise the exaggerated tech cliques of Silicon Valley corporations like Google and Fb, then that is the present for you! ALWAYS BLUE.

8. Mr. Robotic (2015-2019)

Anarchist hackers. Want I say extra? Mr. Robot was form of an underground collection when it first launched, I didn’t know many individuals who knew about it because it didn’t have massive stars in it (Rami Malek was hardly identified again then). Since then it’s clearly gained notoriety and gained a bunch of awards. Although it doesn’t share the identical finances as different collection it’s very well written and fairly unique and thought-provoking.

I discovered it had a Matrix vibe within the first season. You’ve acquired a cyber safety engineer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who’s pulled from his company world into the shadowy underground of exposing company corruption with a workforce of anarchist hackers all of the whereas coping with delusions and paranoia which overlap to create a combined actuality. I believe you’ll additionally love how the VP of Engineering is portrayed, much like a variety of managers I do know. 😂

9. Snowden (2016)

I’m not a giant bio-pic man, so Snowden was by no means on my radar, however I compelled myself to sit down by way of it this week simply because it stored popping up and had some fairly excessive evaluations. Surprisingly, I truly loved it. The lead-up story (his skilled and private life) was simply as fascinating as what we all know now in regards to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden was directed by Oliver Stone, who additionally did Platoon and Wall Avenue, and it encompasses a little bit of Nicolas Cage’s bombastic performing which we’ve all grown to like. You’ll discover similarities between this film and The Fifth Property as a result of they cope with related subjects like digital privateness and authorities overreach. However as a result of Snowden comes from a really totally different background in comparison with Assange, it’s extra centered on a private ethical dilemma versus ethics and journalistic integrity.

I additionally didn’t know that Edward Snowden was 29 when he blew the lid on the US authorities. I can barely expose my ex-wife for dishonest on me not to mention the whole industrial-military advanced.

10. The IT Crowd (2006-2013)

The IT Crowd is a traditional which you’ve most likely seen, however I’m nonetheless including it to this listing for anybody which may have missed this British sitcom. Clearly, the IT helpdesk isn’t the identical as programming, don’t fear I’m effectively conscious you haters! I’ve added it for 2 causes, firstly, it provides some comedic aid to this in any other case severe catalog of flicks, and secondly, it rounds out this listing to a pleasant even ten.

The IT Crowd is a British sitcom about two tech geeks working for Reynholm Industries. They get a brand new supervisor who doesn’t come from a tech background and collectively they get right into a bunch of hilarious conditions. Perhaps you’ve seen The Mighty Boosh or Toast of London, it’s acquired a variety of acquainted faces and related situational humour, which is a breath of recent air in comparison with comedies these days.

These developer motion pictures and collection aren’t listed in any specific order, they’re simply in my high ten. I’ll allow you to resolve which one’s the best of all time (if that even exists). And if I missed a extremely good one otherwise you simply utterly disagree with my opinion, you’ll be able to name me out, I’m certain there’s loads of room to increase this listing.

What’s that? You’re in search of some smart, significant developer leisure that’s based mostly on this universe? Nicely, you’ll be able to take a look at a few of Honeypot’s developer documentaries or this list of documentaries we put collectively. Or perhaps you need to re-live the joys of the primary Matrix? Not this chilly soup we’ve not too long ago been delivered (Matrix 4), however one thing is a bit more hackerish? Then take a look at the Best Hacker Movies to watch.

Hope you benefit from the flix ✌️

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