IT Movies and Shows

by jdl617 | created - 23 Jun 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

My many influences before going into IT and through today. See also on YouTube "Strong Bad" and "Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie"

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

The Monoliths push humanity to reach for the stars; after their discovery in Africa generations ago, the mysterious objects lead mankind on an awesome journey to Jupiter, with the help of H.A.L. 9000: the world's greatest supercomputer.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 652,183 | Gross: $56.95M

Even in space, you need IT to manage the computers. I.B.M. ... H.A.L. a thin guise.

2. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 261,236 | Gross: $10.82M

"if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire"

3. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 171,642 | Gross: $1.24M

This silent film 90 years ago showed us service the machines

4. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic misadventures of Roy, Moss and their grifting supervisor Jen, a rag-tag team of IT support workers at a large corporation headed by a hotheaded yuppie.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 147,835

It's funny 'cause its true

5. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 749,554 | Gross: $32.87M

People hunting down robots ... Sounds like another day in the office

6. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 700,082 | Gross: $85.16M

Sometimes there are monsters so nasty that the only thing to do is to "nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure".

7. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 198,691 | Gross: $9.93M

A clerical error can lead to an innocent death and paperwork is the ultimate obstacle to making things right

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,800,265 | Gross: $315.54M

Think of the IT department as Barad Dur, and Cybersecurity as the eye of Sauron. You have to lay low because once the eye has you in its terrible gaze, you cannot escape.

9. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

Ultimate L.A. slacker Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for a rug ruined by debt collectors, enlisting his bowling buddies for help while trying to find the millionaire's missing wife.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 791,121 | Gross: $17.50M

"Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you."

10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, War

97 Metascore

An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 480,638 | Gross: $0.28M

A classic spearing of cold-war mentality. Dr. Stranglove advises military leaders to feed personal data into a computer to analyze who should survive the nuclear apocalypse while the various branches of the military try to find the transmit codes to avert total annihilation.

11. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 651,575 | Gross: $83.47M

Working in IT is like sailing up a river through the jungle and into the Heart of Darkness

12. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 139,147 | Gross: $1.07M

Possibly the most disturbingly accurate training video on IT - going down rabbit holes, the red queen race, can you place all the characters?

13. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 98,671 | Gross: $79.57M

Maybe we won't have nuclear war from AI gone wrong (because lord knows, none of the real-world systems have been upgraded since 1983), but drones, IoT, self-driving cars, so much potential for so much to go wrong.

14. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström

Votes: 374,363

So many good hacks. And for a bonus they're watching Hackers which they critique for its hacks.

15. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 219,915 | Gross: $3.15M

Sometimes, it's just a job. As Dante says "I'm not even supposed to be here today!"

16. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,860,240 | Gross: $171.48M

"...there's way too much information to decode the Matrix. You get used to it, though. Your brain does the translating. I don't even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, redhead." ... But so many other quotables from "Woah!" on up

17. Hackers (1995)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

Hackers are blamed for making a virus that will capsize five oil tankers.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 69,243 | Gross: $7.56M

Much creative license in the hacks which some don't care for I say still an important IT movie

18. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 204,066 | Gross: $8.75M

Whole series from original, Road Warrior, Beyond Thuderdome, and Fury Road

19. Trailer Park Boys (2001–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park.

Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Votes: 42,022

If this doesn't sound familiar yet, you haven't been in IT for long enough: "For f*** sakes, Ricky! What the f*** are you doing with the satellites? I paid ten f***in' dollars! I want my f***ing satellite signal! Jesus Christ!"

20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 277,075 | Gross: $10.68M

Because IT can be a very strange trip

21. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 724,800 | Gross: $46.36M

22. Rollerball (1975)

Approved | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

56 Metascore

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 24,727 | Gross: $30.00M

In help desk you should use karate and hapkido techniques "with special attention to deathblows"

23. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 224,401 | Gross: $37.77M

Integrating systems like asking the Martians "why can't we all just get along?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPMmC0UAnj0#t=1m40s

24. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 298,834 | Gross: $12.34M

25. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

85 Metascore

Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 664,348 | Gross: $24.61M

If you think IT is a rough job... Well it could be worse.

26. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 670,330 | Gross: $100.55M

Help Desk vs Callers... Aliens vs Humans... If only we all had a bit of Amy Adams and could learn to speak each other's language.



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