Best Hollywood Movies For Software Developers and Coders: Talking about sci-fi, special effects, and technological advancement, what’s better than Hollywood?

Indeed, Hollywood is far better in its very own way of storytelling, maybe it’s a sci-fi action like a typical ‘Matrix Trilogy movie or a simple drama with lots of logic like ‘The Imitation Game’.

To feel more of Hollywood, here is a list of the best Hollywood movies for software programmers.

List of Hollywood Movies for Software Programmers

The Social Network (2010)


The Social Network is an American drama film directed by David Fincher starring, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake.

The story of the film showcases the founding of the social networking site Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. The film is a story of friendship, loyalty, greed, and betrayal where the grand satire of a socially hopeless Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg, ended up creating one of the largest social phenomena of the twenty-first century.

The Social Network is one of the Best Motivational Hollywood Movies Ever. The film also won three awards in diverse categories at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Pirates Of Silicon Valley (1999)Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates Of Silicon Valley is directed by Martyn Burke, starring Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall in lead roles.

The story of the film is based on the two great start-ups of the world in the field of personal computers as Apple and Microsoft.

The film deals with the leaders in the field of personal computers and how the interplay among them takes place; Steve Jobs, who ripped off Xerox’s research team by introducing those technologies in the new Macintosh, and Bill Gates, who ripped off Jobs by incorporating those technologies in the newer Windows product.

Matrix Trilogy (1999, 2003)

Matrix trilogy movies for Programmers and Gamers

The Matrix Trilogy is an American sci-fi action film series directed by The Wachowski Brothers. The series is a collection of The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, starring Keanu Reaves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Gloria Foster.

The film trilogy is based on the human-machine war, where the human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines. The film is also seen as a benchmark for all future sci-fi films.

The Matrix is several cuts above the rest of the films and is one of the best films ever! The mortal combat shots of kung-fu style are deftly shot, giving the next level of action from a Bruce Lee film.

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The Fifth State

The Fifth Estate is a Hollywood thriller film directed by Bill Condon.

The star cast of the film includes Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl in lead roles, coupled with Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.

The story of the film is based on the news-leaking website WikiLeaks, the most fiercely debated organization of the 21st century.

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

The Thirteenth Floor movies for Gamers and Developers

The Thirteenth Floor is a Hollywood sci-fi thriller film directed by Josef Rusnak. The film stars Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent D’Onofrio, Armin Mueller and Dennis Haysbert.

The film showcases a whole lot of diverse genres as it moves forward – intelligent sci-fi, murder mystery, film noir, thriller, and love story.

The Thirteenth Floor can be defined as The Matrix with less action fluff, actual human relationships, and a plot entwine reminiscent of the Sixth Sense.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Tron Legacy Movies for Gamers and Software Developers

Tron: Legacy is an American sci-fi film and also a sequel to the 1982 film Tron, directed by Joseph Kosinski. The star cast of the film includes Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen and James Frain.

The film is a cyber-epic with an amazing depiction of the digital world where Sam Flynn gets a message from his father Kevin Flynn who disappeared many years back. Sam enters the world of Tron to find his father and on the way meets some cool machines.

The 3D effects in the film which displays all the things in the world of Tron are awesome.

Also Read: Best Hollywood Movies based on Games

Jobs (2013)

Jobs the Movie Star Cast Trailer review

Jobs is an American biographical film based on the life of Steve Jobs, the ‘master of innovation’ portraying his student life at Reed College in 1974 to the launch of the iPod in 2001.

The film is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Apple Computer’s co-founder Steve Wozniak. The story of the film retells Apple’s founder’s ups and downs in his early professional years.

The Right Stuff (1983)

The Right Stuff Movies for Developers

The Right Stuff is an American action drama film directed by Philip Kaufman. The story of the film is based on the seven military pilots, selected as the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first effort at manned spaceflight by the United States.

The film stars, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, and Barbara Hershey. The film is an epic one having something for everyone: terrific, exciting, complex, funny, packed with memorable scenes, remarkable lines, and brilliant actors.

Her (2013)

Her Hollywood movies for Software Developers

Her is an American romantic sci-fi comedy film directed by Spike Jonze, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. The story of the film is based on a lonesome writer who develops a dubious relationship with his newly purchased operating system, designed to meet his every need.

The film is a beautifully crafted masterpiece with a much deeper meaning that lies beneath the surface and states that our technology is exceeding our humanity.

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation game movies for Developers

The Imitation Game is an American epic drama thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum. The film is loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, playing as British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who along with his team cracked the German Enigma codes for the British government during World War II.

Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance and Mark Strong also played various roles in the film.

The film also portrays the darker side of the society, as when authorities reveal the genius Turing is gay, they send him to prison. The film is one of the best spy thrillers and keeps the audience compelling and enthralling from start to end.

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