I wondered aloud on Twitter earlier today, "Best tech movie of all time? (Feel free to construe tech broadly)" -- and the Internet exploded with responses. I collected them on Twitter, but realized that this post would be more useful for those playing along at home.
Here are the suggestions you all gave me. I floated up movies with commentary to the top, just for fun. Will add new ones as they come in (and link to all these movies on IMDB).
(@erinbiba, @shoebox, @michellelegro, @waterslicer)
Comments: "I read passages of the novelization of Hackers before my last talk at DEF CON. It's silly, but I can't not vote for it." -- @shoebox
"But that's not good b/c of the tech so much as the use of Angelina Jolie and Massive Attack." -- @waterslicer
(@vtri, @jenniferkutz, @erikmal)
Comments: "Prescient, awe-inspiring, and forward-thinking, yet tongue-in-cheek and damn funny (at times)." -- @erikmal
"Please. It's obviously 2001. From apes to space, with malfunctioning, hyper-intelligent, craft-controlling AI."
"Give me the box, Marty."
"Who did Spielberg ask about next tech?"
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
"(Gene Wilder edition). Hands down. That or Ghost." -- @joemfbrown
"Older tech but (AFAIK) accurate hacking techniques, including a password hack" -- @craigmatsumoto
"All that sweet space age training equipment Drago uses = forefront of 80s fitness tech."
"Can't say this enough. Techno-pessimism at it's finest. Also, Jeff Goldblum."
Back to the Future
"Every plot pt driven by tech, tech breakdowns/unintended consequences, actually."
Master & Commander
"For how it shows the interplay between humans, culture & tech"
The Man in the White Suit
"1950 movie that perfectly captures the disruptive geek sensibility"
"Strict definitions be damned."
"The scenes with 19th century early adopters of the telephone and fountain pen are priceless."
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Ghost in the Shell
The Lawnmower Man
The God's Must Be Crazy
Man With a Movie Camera
Quest for Fire
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead