15 Best Documentaries About Hacking And Hackers You Should Watch (Updated 2023)

To become an ethical hacker, one must need some inspiration along with coding knowledge.

Nowadays, most geeks get inspired by the revolutionary works of some hacking groups like Anonymous and step forwards to learn to hack.

If you still didn’t get any inspiration — then these documentaries about hacking and hackers will encourage you to become a hacker. After that, power up your system and ditch your Windows OS and install one powerful hacking operating system to start the journey to the hacking world. Also, a good hacker always knows a couple of programming languages too.

I am sure these documentaries about hacking and the hacker’s world are going to be informative and entertaining.

Documentaries About Hacking And Hackers:

1. We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists

Check out the complex culture and history of the Anonymous hacker group.

2. How Anonymous Hackers Changed the World

This documentary is about hacking group Anonymous different hacks that changed the world.

3. The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.

On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. He committed suicide while under federal indictment for his alleged computer crimes. This documentary tells about his life.

4. Hackers Wanted

This film both follows the hacking adventures of famous hacker Adrian Lamo and uses them as a microcosm for the macrocosm of struggles faced by emerging trends of thought – from the criminal to the philosophical.

5. Secret History of Hacking

A documentary focuses on the history of hacking focusing on Captain Crunch, Steve Wozniak, and Kevin Mitnick.

6. Hackers Are People Too

Hackers do laundry. Hackers like movies. Hackers are people and could be your neighbours, your brother, your friends. Presenting a portrait of the hacking community, created by the community themselves, this film breaks down negative stereotypes by letting hackers show you that they are really no different from anyone else.

7. Def Con: The documentary

A film about the world’s largest hacking convention and its 20th year running. Filmed over the summer of 2012 and containing hundreds of hours of interviews, parties, presentations, and spectacle.

8. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard

The documentary is about the founders of the Pirate Bay.

9. In the Realm of the Hackers

The hacking documentary is about two Melbourne teenage hackers are known as Electron and Phoenix who stole a restricted computer security list and used it to break into some of the world’s most classified and supposedly secure computer systems.

10. Hackers World: Anonymous investigation

A rare sit-down interview with a member of the infamous collective “Anonymous”.

11. 21st Century Hackers

Tells the hackers of the 21st century and how safe is our online data and privacy.

12. The Hacker Wars

The Hacker Wars gives you a clear view of the front lines of the high-stakes battle over the fate of the Internet, freedom, and privacy.

13. Web Warriors

Web Warriors is a documentary that defines the conflict, establishes the stakes, and reveals the combatants in the escalating global battle taking place in cyberspace.

14. Dark Web Fighting Cybercrime

IBM Security teamed up with Atomic Entertainment and Science Channel to help educate people about cybersecurity and take them behind the scenes of the fight against cybercrime.

15. Chasing Edward Snowden

This hacking documentary briefly covers NSA analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden and his escape from American authorities to Hong Kong and later to Russia, after leaking classified information about global surveillance programs used by the American government to spy on people around the world and other nations activities.

Hope you will get some encouragement from these documentaries about hacking and hackers. Soon we will update the list with more of them.

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  1. I cannot believe you didn’t list “Zero Days”. It’s about state-sponsored hackers, true, but the significance of what they developed, Stuxnet, is absolutely epic besides the documentary itself being so well done.

  2. OK, these are good, but you have to include this in the top ten: The KGB, the Computer, and Me. This goes back to the beginning and is part of our history. Groundbreaking at the time!

    In 1986, astronomer turned computer scientist Clifford Stoll had just started working on a computer system at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory when he noticed a 75-cent discrepancy between the charges printed by two accounting programs responsible for charging people for machine use. Intrigued, he deduced that the system was being hacked, and he determined to find the culprit. This is the re-enactment of how he tracked down KGB cracker Markus Hess through the Ethernet to Hannover, Germany, as is told in his best-selling book _ The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage_ (1989). Stoll has become a celebrity for being, as he terms himself, “a computer contrarian.”


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