Friday Top Five: When the Internet shows up in film
January 20th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Friday Top Five: When the Internet shows up in film

Thanks to Wednesday's Internet blackout of some websites, in protest of proposed anti-piracy legislation, we were all reminded of how connected we are to the Web.

(Apparently, for some high school students, the only thing standing between them and a poor grade is a temporarily blocked Wikipedia.)

In that spirit, this week's Friday Top Five recounts the top films that explore our evolving use, understanding of and attachment to the Internet.

This list clearly isn't definitive. A variety of movies have explored computer technology and, eventually, the Web's expanding presence, ranging from '80s favorites like "Tron" and "WarGames" to more recent fear- and anxiety-based flicks, such as 1995's "The Net," 2002's "Feardotcom" and 2008's "Untraceable."

If we missed a film you'd have in your top five round-up, tell us in the comments.

1. "The Social Network" (2010) - "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

2. "The Matrix" (1999) - This Keanu Reeves favorite captures questions about what's real and what's just a substitute for reality in a digital age.

3. "Startup.com" (2001) - Critics have raved about this documentary that follows two friends who find rapid success with the launch of a dotcom company, only to watch it fall apart within a year.

4. "Catfish" (2010) - The movie's marketing campaign was purposefully vague, although a question on the film's website says it all: "How well do you know your Facebook friends?"

5. "You've Got Mail" (1998) - Cheesy, yes, with plenty of detractors, this romcom is nonetheless a prime example of the era of dial-up and the early days of online romance.


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  1. Jim

    What ever happen to the first internet movie, "War Games"?

    January 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    I liked "Catfish". I just thought that the trailer for it was very misleading. I honestly thought it was supposed to be some kind of horror movie. While I wasn't disappointed with the movie itself, I did feel mislead because it was something totally different.

    January 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sokman

    Wierd Science was great. Bill Paxton was hilarious.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard Fore

    yep, i'm hung like a bull frog sitting on a log.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • -disgusted-

      Please do everyone a favor and get off this site onto xxnx.com where you belong

      no one cares about how hung you are

      January 30, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    ?: Why are you postng here?

    Michaelfury: Because I'm a spambot.

    Getout@getout.com

    January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michaelfury

    Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?

    Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/ghosts-in-the-machine/

    January 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Fore

    but, what do i know. i like to watch g ay por n. it gets my little winky a wiggling.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KPerito

    I have to agree...Hackers should've been in the top 5 for this list

    January 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ?

    Hackers. Probably my favorite internet related movie of all time. Soundtrack was an awesome set of 90s techno. Hack the planet!

    January 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      A. Jolie before she had breasts and when people thought you could stop traffic lights with a laptop from a payphone
      Watching movies with computers before people really understood what computers did was funny
      What about Weird Science for the 80s?

      January 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Technical accuracy definitely was not its strong point, lol. Im wondering if you could actually hack traffic lights now. Things are so connected and a bunch of things run off unencrypted Bluetooth connects. There was a scientist recently who was talking about how he could hack keyless locks on cars recently.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tracie

    I like to watch two girls and a cup on the internet. Then my husband sits on my face and farrtss!

    January 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ?

    Matrix-i need a exit cuz I'm firsty !

    January 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |

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