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The 10 Best Movies For Engineers -Part 1

Need a break from work or want to spend a rainy day on the couch? Here are some great movies to watch for every one who loves high-tech and inventions!

10. Jobs

No matter if you’re team Apple or team Android you have to like Steve Jobs. His passion for technology, innovation, design and usability as well as his brilliance are one of a kind. In this movie the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century is told. The movie might lack some facts and explanations but it still is a great one to watch.

9. Tron

No, not the Disney crap! The old movie which was a complete box office flop. Maybe it was ahead of its time, as this flick is one of the first relying heavily on computer generated graphics. Even though the music is terrible this movie is a must see for engineers. Tron tells the story of Kevin Flynn, fired as an ENCOM Computer programmer after Sr. VP Ed Dillinger steals his work. It’s up to Flynn and his friends to prove his worth to the company. The only problem is, they must do it from inside the computer, literally.

8. Star Wars Ep. IV

Star Wars – do we have to say more? The legendary story and effects as well as the epic lightsaber fights are the things you need for a perfect movie. Imagine how limited the equipment has been 1977 when episode IV was produced. The first movie starts with Luke Skywalker, who joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

7. Back to the Future

You think smart glasses, voice-controlled devices, self-lacing sneakers and wearables are inventions of the 21st century? Wrong, they have all been already envisioned in 1985 in “Back-to-Future”. Watching  Marty McFly being accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, who must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence is something every engineer can enjoy.

6. Hackers

Hackers is a typical 90s movie – exaggerating, funny but also very exciting. 1995 hackers have been a rising threat to banks, governments and companies, nowadays hackers are a hot topic again as the internet of things (IoT) makes more and more aspects of our daily lives accessible. In the movie, a group of young computer professionals discover a plot to unleash a dangerous virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.

5. Matrix

Have you ever wondered, if your life is real – or if it is just fiction? The Matrix story gives a clear answer: you’re just a battery! The movie narrates a fictional future in which machines with artificial intelligence took over the world and use humans as an energy resource. In order to control their living batteries the mean robots simulate their live in their dreams. However there are a few people who know the truth and fight against the machines in order to find the “chosen one” who will finally rescue human kind…

4. Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting is just a janitor…. or is he? After anonymously solving a series of difficult mathematical problems, janitor Will Hunting catches the eye of Prof. Gerald Lambeau. The young man is facing trouble with the law but Lambeau makes a deal to keep Hunting out of jail if he studies under the Professor and attends behavioral health treatment. After a series of failed therapists Hunting meets Dr. Maguire, who finally cracks Hunting’s shell and brings the genius closer to stability.

3. 21

Kevin Spacey as professor training six young MIT students to become experts in card counting and subsequently taking Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Laurence Fishburne as the evil security guy chasing them with high-tech surveillance equipment and cameras. Enough said – add it to your favourites!

2. The Net

When “the Net”, a movie telling the story of computer programmer Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) who stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger, was released in 1995 cyber-security and identity theft were fictional topics for films and books. With more and more things and personal accounts connected to the internet the fictional story about a female programmer losing her identity to hackers becomes symbolic for the hidden risks in our modern inter-connected lives.

1. Apollo 13

This movie is everything we dream of. When a NASA mission to the moon goes wrong and an oxygen tank explodes a group of astronauts finds themselves in huge trouble. The crew is able to make it to the lunar module of the spacecraft. But soon the carbon dioxide levels rise and get dangerously high while the energy supplies drop continuously forcing the crew and an engineering team on the ground to invent a way to get the astronauts home safely.
The story is based on true facts and all inventions are explained and shown pretty realistically – what more could we want!

cover image credit: IMP Awards

  1. Without ‘Office Space’ and ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ this top 10 makes no sense to me 😉

  2. Whaaaatttt??? No Flash of Genius (2008)
    Iron Man (2008)
    Pi (1998)
    The Illusionist (2006)
    Fracture (2007)
    The Prestige (2006) with an amazing appearance of David Bowie as Tesla!!!
    I thought this was an Engineer’s movie list; even Weird Science (1985) would be better than Jobs(2013) (this one was made for Hollywood audiences, not for Engineers!!!); let’s ask real Engineers; you’d be surprised the list of movies that you’re missing. Regards.

    • Hi Manuel,

      you’re a re right there are definitely some pieces missing!!! We’ll fix that in a second list as promised as soon as possible… if you have more suggestions keep them coming it’s well appreciated!

      Thanks, Kai

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