- 01. Film on Software: The Social Network
- 02. Tron: Legacy
- 03. Ex Machina
- 04. The Matrix
- 05. The Net
- 06. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
- 07. The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story
- 08. Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard
- 09. Jobs
- 10. Snowden, the biopic
- 11. Bonus: The Imitation Game
Many people are passionate about computer programming. The discipline has many developmental benefits, even for children. Programming helps children, and young adults, to develop the ability to solve problems, understand abstract theories better and more!
Learning a computer language allows you to get into the habit of thinking, and finding a solution. So to immerse yourself in the world of programming, here are the best films on the subject.
Film on Software: The Social Network
How was Facebook created? Get your computer literacy up by watching the film about Marck Zuckerberg!
- Release date: 13 October 2010From
- Directed By: David Fincher
- With: Aaron Sorkin, Ben Mezrich Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield
Classified as a drama, the film The Social Network takes us into the great story of the creation of Facebook. Now used by millions of people around the world, this social network has conquered the digital world.
The film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg's creation of the famous social network and takes us into the heart of the student's stories at Harvard University. The film is based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich" published in 2009.
The book's story was sold to Columbia Pictures to be made into a film, although Ben Mezrich actually declined to take part in any consulting for the film.
To better understand how the young student embarked on the Facebook adventure, I suggest you watch this two-hour film that won three Oscars. Discover the crazy history of Facebook!
- Release date: 9 February 2011
- Directed By: Joseph Kosinski
- With: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
This film is between the genres of science fiction, action and adventure. We follow Sam Flynn, 27 years old, a young technology expert. He is trying to understand the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn. Plunged into the world of programming, will the son be able to solve the mystery or will he get lost in the cyber universe?
The film Tron was originally made in 1982, written and directed by Steven Lisberger. Tron: Legacy is actually the sequel to this original story.
- Release date: June 3, 2015
- Directed By: Alex Garland
- With: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
Part science fiction, part thriller, Ex Machina tells the story of Caleb, 26, a brilliant coder working for BlueBook, one of the world's most famous Internet search engines. The young man sets off to join the residence of BlueBook's big boss, without suspecting what awaits him: an experiment with artificial intelligence called Ava.
In the film, Caleb must administer the Turing test, or the imitation game as Alan Turing originally called it in 1950, The Turing test is a test that measures a machine's ability to express intelligent behaviour that is either equivalent to or indistinguishable from a human.
The Matrix is one of the biggest hits in the history of cinema. Don't hesitate to watch it or rewatch it!
- Release date: 24 May 1999
- From: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
- Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
A true science fiction phenomenon, Matrix is one of the best-known films dealing with virtual worlds and computers. Sometimes seen as a critique of today's world, Matrix is above all one of the most beloved stories in the film world.
The story? Neo, a computer programmer, discovers that the world perceived by humans is in fact a virtual world managed by artificial intelligence. This world, called the Matrix, is used to enslave humans in order to create energy. Neo rebels against this surreal programme and finds himself in the centre of a revolution.
- Release date: 18 October 1995
- Directed By: Irwin Winkler
- With: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Daniel Schorr
Part thriller, part crime film, part drama, The Net is one of those films that is getting a bit old. However, a sequel was released in 2006, refreshing the story and the film by a few years.
The film follows the story of Angela Bennett, a computer analyst working for Cathedral Systems. She specialises in computer security and fighting all kinds of viruses.
While she spends her days and nights in front of her computer screen, corresponding with her boss only by phone, she decides to take a holiday after receiving a strange disk from one of her clients: a disk that gives access to confidential information.
When the same client mysteriously dies in a plane crash, the computer scientist decides to take a few days' holidays in Mexico. There she meets a man who soon seems more interested in the disk than in her.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
- Release date: 2014
- Directed By: Brian Knappenberger
- With: Tim Berners-Lee, Cory Doctorow, Peter Eckersley
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a documentary film about the life of American developer and cyber activist Aaron Swartz.
For almost two hours, those close to the developer talk about his life. We discover Aaron Swartz's fight for the democratisation of information on the web. In particular, he developed the RSS feed format and Creative Commons licences.
He committed suicide at the age of 26, a few months before the start of a trial that could see him face 35 years in prison. However, his legacy lives on.
The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story
- Release date: 14 November 2018
- Directed By: Steven Knight, Fede Alvarez
- With: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvia Hoeks
The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is one of the most successful recent films. The film follows Frans Balder, a Swedish artificial intelligence researcher, who asks Lisbeth Salander for help in retrieving a potentially dangerous piece of software that he himself has created. The software can be used to control nuclear weapons and is also wanted by the NSA and a group of terrorists.
Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard
A mix of action film and computer programming, what better way to spend a Saturday night?
- Release date: 4 July 200
- Directed By: Mark Bomback, Doug Richardson
- With: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant
The famous Die Hard film sequel features detective John McClane for the fourth time in a new terrorist plot. The United States' transportation and energy management and communications computer system is being controlled by a rogue network. McClane enlists the help of a friend of his daughter's who is skilled in computer programming to find a solution and save the United States once again.
- Release date: 3 February 2016
- Directed By: Aaron Sorkin, Walter Isaacson
- With: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
As the name suggests, this biopic follows the life of the famous Apple founder who died of cancer in 2011. The story is based on three important events, including commercial launches between 1984 and 1998. The relationship between Steve Jobs and his daughter Lisa is also given a lot of space.
Snowden, the biopic
- Release date: 1 January 2016
- Directed By: Oliver Stone
- With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
Like Steve Jobs, Edward Snowden is also entitled to his own biopic, although he is still with us today. The film traces the incredible destiny of the young American who joined the CIA and then the NSA before revealing one of the biggest American scandals.
Edward Snowden discovers the workings of the country's cyber-surveillance system, which violates the American Constitution, within the intelligence services. Edward Snowden decides to become a whistleblower and to reveal a lot of evidence against the American government accused of spying on the world via computer networks.
The American will then have to flee, hide, in order to reveal the truth with the help of journalists who come to meet him in his hideout in Hong Kong. This biopic traces the revelation of the biggest spying scandal in the United States.
Fiction or non-fiction, films on programming help to develop general and computer literacy.
Bonus: The Imitation Game
- Directed By: Morten Tyldum
- With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
The Imitation Game is a historical film based on the biography Alan Turing or the Enigma of Intelligence by Andrew Hodges. It follows the life of Alan Turing, a great mathematician and cryptanalyst known for having succeeded in decrypting a German machine during the Second World War.
The title refers to the Turing machine, an experiment he carried out before the Second World War. In reality, the film is primarily focused on the decoding of the Enigma machine, as well as the struggles the central character faces in society because of his sexual orientation.
Which of these films will you watch first?
The platform that connects tutors and students