January 20th, 2012
12:01 PM ET
(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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