Top 20 Geek Movies of All Time

We love our lists here, so I figured it was my sworn duty to cover this one. The list of the Top 20 Geek Movies of all time! I hold true to my geek status around here trumping even Doug and his Magic the Gathering playing and John’s occasional RPG playing.

Hop over to ListVerse to see their full explanation for this list:

20. Pirates of Silicon Valley 1999, Martyn Burke
19. Short Circuit 1986, John Badham
18. Hackers 1995, Iain Softley
17. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982, Nicholas Meyer
16. WarGames 1983, John Badham
15. Repo Man 1984, Alex Cox
14. Planet of the Apes 1968, Franklin J. Schaffner
13. Alien Quadrilogy 1979, Ridley Scott
12. Akira 1988, Katsuhiro Ôtomo
11. Pi 1998, Darren Aronofsky
10. Office Space 1999, Mike Judge
9. The Original Star Wars 1977, George Lucas
8. The Matrix 1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski
7. Metropolis 1927, Fritz Lang
6. Brazil 1985, Terry Gilliam
5. Serenity 2005, Joss Whedon
4. Lord of the Rings 2001, Peter Jackson
3. Spaceballs 1987, Mel Brooks
2. Bladerunner 1982, Ridley Scott
And lastly..1. 2001 1968, Stanley Kubric

Now the gauge of a geeky movie has to be by its quotability among geeks. So to express my favourites on the list, I will simply pay tribute to those I felt deserve this title.

No Disassemble! Khan!!!!! Would you like to play a game? Damn dirty apes. You Bitch! Akira! Its my stapler. That’s no moon. There is no spoon. In their proper place, the depths. I aim to misbehave. One Ring to rule them all. I see your Schwartz is just as big as mine. Routine retirement of a replicant. Hello Dave.

And in my bonifide geek status I revel in this list. An honourable mention was given to Tron which I felt could have squeaked in there instead of Repoman. But it ranks up there as well.

What movies do you think mark a geek? … or is it the geek that marks the movie?

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38 thoughts on “Top 20 Geek Movies of All Time

  1. Sneakers is a notable omission. I agree with the others who said Monty Python.

    And who says Hackers is not quotable? Every heard anyone say “hack the planet?” Not that it’s a great movie, I can see it being bumped from the list by some of these other films being mentioned.

  2. I don’t think liking a film makes you a geek. The degree that you go to in order to incorporate the film into your life is what makes you a geek. I like Star Wars, but not enough to wait in line for months. I like LOTR, but I don’t run around with the One Ring around my neck. I have no problem with people being passionate about film. God knows I love film, but some folks take it a little too far.

  3. You’re missing Star Trek: First Contact and as No. 33 said, the Verhoeven sci-fis definitely deserve acknowledgement. I suppose Tron does, but I don’t actually like it, so I don’t give a toss about that.

    Good to see the arty sci-fis – 2001 and BR – taking the top spots. They can take on Star Wars any day.

    No. 29 has a point about The Fifth Element. Luc Besson FTW.

  4. check your ‘quotes’

    they’re meant to be what a character said. not what you think they said.

    turn in your magic decoder ring. your geek status has been revoked.

  5. I agree that Tron would have to be on the list. I have no idea why Hackers is. I notice there isn’t ONE John Carpenter film (not even “They Live”!) but y’know something, Rodney? There is one film on this list that caught my eye.

    Pirates Of Silicon Valley

    Not only was it a well acted and well written film, not only did it star Anthony Michael Hall as a young Bill Gates, not only did it have the re-enactment of the Ridley Scott “1984”-ish classic superbowl commercial, but…you, and I, damn wel know ListVerse must be the ultimate in Geekdom for listing this TV movie which first aired on cable (TNT).

  6. NICE! solid list of movies… but i wanted to add one more. If you havent seen it yet.. check out
    the bbs documentary
    http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/
    if you want to see what geek life was like in the oldschool and in the real. This has to be the geekiest movie ever made.
    Anyway, thought some of you would get a kick out of it.

  7. Metropolis is may favorite film of all time, but I don’t know if I would include it on a GEEK list. Great to see Brazil there!!

    BUT!!!!!

    #1 Geek film of all time with the entire script recited at every SCA event has got to be Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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  9. Holy shit, I have seen all movies from 1 to 13! My personal favorite, #6: Brazil. “Don’t suspect a friend-Report him.” Ah, my favorite dystopian movie. Best one to use the reality/dream theme better than the Matrix sequels.

  10. No “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”? You can’t be accepted into geek culture unless you can quote that movie from beginning to end.

  11. Being a 36 year old geek. I haven’t seen a few of the movies listed. Hackers? When I worked at a video store. People asked for that movie by saying,’you know the new computer movie with the girl with big lips.’ No one ever quoted it. I have never heard anyone quote half these movies. No Kevin Smith? No Python? No Superman 2?

    Kneel Before Zod!

  12. I’m missing 20, 15, 11, 7, and 6. I agree that Tron and Monty Python and the Holy Grail need to be one that list. Particularly the Holy Grail, because that is way more quotable amongst geeks than half the movie you have on that list.

  13. guess it depends what type of geek you are…I personally have an affinity for Ghost World and American Splendor.

    Though I’ve not seen these movies, would Napoleon Dynamite and Revenge of the Nerds qualify for this list?

  14. @ Jamie
    star wars is on the list, listed as “the original star wars”.

    I agree with Steven though, even though i’m sure a lot of geeks have the sound bit “Hello Dave” at the startup of their pc’s.

  15. i personally never hear geeks around my way quote 2001: a space odyssey, sure people have seen it, but to be number one? give it to the movie that deserves to be number one :star wars

  16. FUUCK! ok turns out im a geek… ive seen every single one of those movies at least twice

    but how the fuck is star wars NOT in this list???? the first thing you think when you say “star wars” is NERD GEEK MATH CLUB
    how is it not there?
    and i hated blade runner omg what a shitty movie that is!!

    but good list tho

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