In the history of film, there have been several blockbuster video surveillance movies that feature high tech surveillance equipment. These include action, drama, and even comedy movies. Below is a list of the top 10 movies that feature this type of surveillance equipment. Do you know any other similar movies? Please add them in the comment section below.
This was the first movie that came to my mind when I started writing. The main character is spied on by one of her fellow apartment tenants. I will say this is not a very good movie, but it does feature some pretty cool surveillance equipment. William Baldwin plays the owner of an apartment building who uses an elaborate surveillance system to spy on the tenants.
9. The Dark Knight(2008)
This is one that people might not think of immediately when thinking about surveillance equipment, but the vigilante superhero Batman hacks every cell phone in Gotham City to set up a sonar system to find the criminal the Joker towards the end of the film. It was a minor part of the movie but I thought it was a great one as it showed how far Batman was willing to go to catch the Joker, even if that meant invading the privacy of the citizens of Gotham City.
8. Enemy of the State(1998)
Another one on the list that I wouldn’t consider to be a great movie but features some downright scary surveillance equipment. Will Smith plays a regular Joe type who gets caught up in a big government conspiracy. With the government involved you know you’re going to get some unreal technology. It gets to the point where the folks using this equipment can track his every move.
7. The Conversation(1974)
What do you know, two movies in a row with Gene Hackman and surveillance. Hackman is the star of this one though and he’s a man who runs a surveillance company who gets wrapped up in a murder plot. What’s great about this film is that Hackman’s character was very private, even using pay phones instead of a home phone. A very interesting twist on a character who’s job is invading people’s privacy. The bad-ass surveillance expert is hired to combine wiretapped recordings of a couple and tries to interpret their conversations.
This is the first entry on the list that features future technology. The film takes place in a dystopian future where the government runs everything and drugs the public to help avoid any civil unrest. The government uses some very elaborate and sophisticated surveillance equipment to monitor the people. It’s a futuristic city where emotions are suppressed through surveillance and control, a law enforcement officer begins experiencing emotions himself.
Its funny now watching movies from the 80’s and 90’s now to see what they envisioned the future to be. Sneakers is a movie that features a star studded cast and some tech savvy surveillance equipment. The movie revolves around a team of computer hackers contracted by the government to steal a code-breaking machine… and I really have to say no more. As we know, hackers can see everything…
This is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window. I chose Disturbia over the original because it is fairly recent and features a lot more high tech surveillance equipment(where the original pretty much involved binoculars). The film revolves around a teen who believes his neighbor is a murderer. Using all the equipment at his disposal he goes about to prove that his neighbor is a killer.
3. Revenge of the Nerds
I know what you’re thinking, Revenge of the Nerds? Well, for the time, I thought it was very clever. The aforementioned Nerds use their skills to set up a pretty elaborate surveillance system to spy on a sorority house. Inappropriate? Well yes, but its all in good fun.
2. Spy Game
Surprise, surprise, another movie about government surveillance. This film stars Robert Redford and Brad Pitt playing spies. Of course, when spies are involved you’re going to see some pretty cool surveillance equipment.
1. Minority Report(2002)
Easily the top film I could think of when creating this list. This movie features the ultimate in high tech surveillance equipment, being able to see into the future to avoid crimes before they are committed. Far fetched, indeed, but its a movie and its supposed to be that way. Its scary to think of the possibilities if technology(and also in this case people) ever came to be. For now, it makes for a highly enjoyable film.