Top Picks: Our 15 Favorite Privacy-Themed Films

Why so serious? Fighting against government surveillance and data breaches every day can leave you feeling overloaded and hopeless. Sometimes you just need to make some popcorn, sit back, and watch a movie.

Antitrust (2001)

A talented young open source programmer is recruited to a massive technology company, and discovers his employer is building an extensive surveillance system to observe and steal code, infiltrate the Justice Department, and most of the mainstream media.

Being John Malkovich (1999)

A young couple discover a physical portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich, which allows those who enter to experience life through his eyes. As their relationship unravels, they find a group of elderly friends who plan to live permanently in Malkovich, extending their lives.

Blade Runner (1982)

In a dystopian future, synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered for off-planet labor. Some are programmed to believe they are human. When three of the latest models escape to Earth, a "blade runner" is assigned to hunt them down and kill them.

Captive State (2019)

During an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, residents of a Chicago neighborhood meet in secret and plot to rebel against the invaders who have imposed martial law on the planet. Their efforts are slowed by a ban on all communications technology.

Citizenfour (2014)

A documentary film in which Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill interview Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel shortly after he revealed the NSA's domestic surveillance programs and fled the US. Audiences have described the film as a real-life thriller.

Eye in the Sky (2015)

A British Army Colonel tasked with surveilling and capturing terrorist leaders discovers a suicide bomb plot, and is authorized to launch a preemptive missile strike. Throughout the operation, the Colonel and members of her unit struggle with the ethical challenges of drone warfare.

Gattaca (1997)

In a future era driven by eugenics, genetically engineered individuals lead society while those who were naturally conceived are relegated to menial labor. A naturally conceived man uses the DNA of a friend to keep his secret and pursue his dream of traveling to space.

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

This historical drama explores anti-communist fervor under U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Under intense scrutiny, television journalist Edward R. Murrow and his staff attempt to inform and educate the public by broadcasting their criticism of McCarthy's policies and tactics.

Hackers (1995)

A young group of hackers accidentally discover a plot within a large corporation to commit fraud using a computer virus and deceive the U.S. Secret Service. Pursued by authorities, the hackers attempt to expose the plot to the world and stop the attack from taking place.

Mark Felt (2017)

This biographical political thriller explores the life and career of FBI agent Mark Felt who became the anonymous source known as "Deep Throat" to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during their investigation of the Watergate scandal.

Sneakers (1992)

A team of criminals turned security specialists are recruited by the NSA to recover a "black box" said to be developed for the Russian government. The team discover the technology inside the box is both powerful and dangerous, and attempt to keep it from those who would use it as a weapon.

Spectre (2015)

In the the twenty-fourth 007 film, MI6 agent James Bond uncovers a plot by a global organization of criminals and assassins to establish and control the "Nine Eyes" domestic surveillance program, using acts of terrorism to convince governments to combine their intelligence data.

The Animatrix (2003)

This animated science fiction film is an anthology of short stories based on the 1999 film The Matrix, exploring themes of surveillance, identity, and morality. "The Second Renaissance" tells the story of the original war between humans and machines that led to the creation of the Matrix.

The Matrix (1999)

In a cyberpunk dystopian future, humans are trapped in a simulated reality while their bodies are harvested as sources of energy for machines with artificial intelligence. A hacker seeking the truth eventually leads a resistance against the machines from inside the Matrix and in the real world.

The Truman Show (1998)

From birth, every hour of a man's personal life is staged and televised for the entertainment of the world. His curiosity leads him to attempt escape as his fans cheer him on, while the show's producers struggle to rationalize their actions and morality.

Published January 01, 1970 by Ethan F Grant