Geek culture is a huge underground market, and it needs to be addressed! In this article, we'll talk about all the catchiest, coolest, most innovative Geek and Nerd films in History!
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There is no better set of films to kick off this list than a trilogy that was so geeky, not even the geeks understood all of it. From the brilliant minds of the Wachowski Brothers, this trilogy starring Keanu Reeves had everything that a geek could dream of squeezed into three, two-hour films. With tons of action, beautiful women, and deadly machines that could potentially take over the universe, there was a lot for any nerd to love.
Oh yes, and did I mention that all of this stuff happened inside a massive virtual world? Crafted around the story of a software developer commonly known as Neo, the major plot involves this man tapping into a massive computer network in an effort to save the world, while getting a better grip on reality. Neo beat up so many bad guys that he made every geek feel like a hero.
You don't have to love computers to be a geek. Really, you just have to be someone that is under-appreciated among your peers. That is the case with this next film about two friends, Seth and Evan, on their quest to end their high school career with a bang. In this seemingly never-ending search for booze and women, it becomes incredibly clear that these two friends are simply social outcasts who have never caught a break. Alongside their truly nerdy friend Fogell, (a.k.a. McLovin') this film tells the ridiculous story of a bunch of geeks doing their best to fit in with the cool crowd.
This movie is a great example of geeks doing what they do best: hacking. Released in 1995, this film focuses on Dade Murphy and Kate Libby, two experienced computer hackers. While hanging out at a local computer club, one of their friends stumbles across a plan to release a dangerous computer virus known as the DiVinci. As the plot progresses, the two young hackers realize that they have gotten themselves into quite a big problem. The technology in this movie is pretty outdated now, but this film is an awesome geeky action/thriller.
The Social Network (2010)
This film written by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin shares the sordid creation story of a social networking site that has become ingrained in the fabric of our lives -- Facebook. The major plot of this movie revolves around Facebook's socially awkward creator Mark Zuckerberg as he works through the challenges of creating something that would become a global phenomenon. He quickly learns that such notoriety is not without its fair share of conflict, as he engages in two simultaneous lawsuits centered around his product. Fans of Sorkin are sure to love Zickerberg's witty dialogue and nerdy persona. This Oscar-winning film is not to be missed.
The 80s were a time of technological experimentation; and as the movies tend to show, sometimes that thirst for knowledge got the better of us. In this film, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, Broderick plays a young computer nerd named David Lightman who was a regular kid who loved messing with computers.
One day while trying to dial in a list of upcoming computer games, Lightman accidentally connects to a military supercomputer that has control of the nation's nuclear weapons. Alongside his friend Jennifer, David must find a way to stop the computer from releasing the nukes before he begins a hypothetical third world war. This film is chalk full of tons of 80s tech and Cold War references, but it certainly shows the power of the geek.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
How can you forget this 1984 comedy, starring Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards? Following the lives of a group of self-proclaimed nerds at Adams College, the opening scenes of this film show us exactly what we would expect from a movie in this era. There are tons of stereotypical frat jocks getting the best of the nerds, until the day they finally retaliate -- the day the nerds struck back. Through some pretty severe pranks, the geeks gain enough respect to become their own chapter of the Lambda Lambda Lambda frat. This movie is all about the bullies finally getting their due punishment.
Weird Science (1985)
If you were to mix a bit of 'Frankenstein' with a bit of 'Revenge of the Nerds,' you would get 'Weird Science.' Released in 1985, this film features two friends named Gary and Wyatt who are desperate for their chance at some female attention. One evening when their parents aren't home, the two boys rig up a complex computer system including a Barbie doll that would, in theory, create their perfect woman.
With the help of a little lightning, the experiment creates a beautiful model who will do anything they desire. While it takes the boys some time to adjust, the woman teaches them some basic flirting skills and offers some general life aid. Sometimes, geeks do get what they wish for.
While the tale of Peter Parker certainly didn't begin as a film, there is no denying that this superhero's cinematic story is all about the geeky kid finally getting the respect he deserves. Especially through the three Toby Maguire films, we see a picture of Parker that is anything but cool. He is basically the quiet nerd pining over the pretty girl until a single bite from a genetically enhanced spider changes his life forever.
Once he is able to come to grips with his newly generated powers, there is no man in New York City that brings greater justice to bad guys than this nerd. As he takes on challenging foes, he wins the heart of his high school crush, proving you don't always have to be a jock to be cool. Toby's Spiderman makes geeks look super-powerful.