It’s Easter and we programmers use to have long weekends like this less often. Therefore, we have compiled some of the most thrilling, mysterious, motivational and mind-boggling movies of all times, just for you. These movies are compiled on the basis of thrill, mystery, logic and mind blowing experiences. So, grab your Easter biscuits and enjoy these movies over the holidays.
1. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Based on: Life of a god-gifted intelligent mathematician
A young adult by the name of Will Hunting has always been living in the slums. He spends his nights at bars and batting cages with his best friends. However, he has an amazing talent in Mathematics. When Will is almost sent to jail, a professor at MIT decides to bail him out under the condition that he works with him for math every week and that he visits a therapist. Little does he know that the therapist, Sean, will change his life in so many ways. It’s a good drama movie with many life lessons.
2. Inception (2010)
Starring: Leonardo De’caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levit, Tom Hardy, Allen Page
Based on: Artificial consciousness, dream science
Directed by legendary award-winning director, Christopher Nolan, Inception features Mr Cobb, a unique con artist, who can enter anyone’s dream and extract the most valuable ideas and secrets of people with the help of Inception (a Dream Sharing Technology) when the state of mind is at its vulnerable best. Cobb’s ability has made him the face of corporate spy hence a wanted man too. Seeing his abilities he is approached by Saito to carry out an almost impossible mission not to steal but to plant the idea into the mind of the legal heir of a Billion Dollar Entrepreneur. Mr Cobb with some specialists must do the impossible in order to get back his life in a completely different “world of Dreams” facing his own demons.
3. The Imitation Game (2014)
Starring: Bennedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Based on: Computation, mathematics, logical reasoning, cryptography
The true story of World War II-hero, father of computation as we all know him, Alan Turing who with the help of some fellow crypt-analysts broke the hither to most problematical Enigma-code by making his unprecedented machine; facing alongside an inner conflict that plays the most decisive role in his life. The performance of Bennedict is phenomenal in this movie and he won and claimed many award nominations.
4. Ex-Machina (2014)
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Based on: Artificial intelligence, machine consciousness
Caleb, a 26 year old programmer at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.
5. Interstellar (2014)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Based on: Time travel, worm hole theory, interstellar travel
Earth’s future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life. From the futuristic director of the movie Inception, Christopher Nolan, this movie makes you stunned by unraveling the thrill and mystery of interstellar travel.
6. Source Code (2011)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Based on: Transfer of consciousness
A soldier wakes up in someone else’s body and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory.
7. Pixels (2015)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan
Based on: Video games, gaming
Three world record video gamers – Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) the “Pac-Man” champ, Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) the “Centipede” champ, and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) the “Donkey Kong” champ – combine forces to stop an extraterrestrial life force who took a video message the wrong way when we broadcasted video game tournaments which extended to the far reaches of outer space. It’s a comedy/sci-fi movie co-produced by Adam Sandler and if you are a gamer or a game programmer, you will definitely like this movie.
8. Primer (2004)
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden
Based on: Time travel, time loop
At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. And so, through trial and error they are building the device that is missing most. However, two of these men find the device and immediately realize that it is too valuable to market. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question, If you always want what you can’t have, what do you want when you can have anything?
9. 21 (2008)
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
Based on: Mathematics
In order to be accepted into Harvard School of Medicine, Ben Campbell will have to save $300,000 for the course. Only problem about this is the Ben can’t get this amount of money. After being impressed by his skills in his Math’s lesson, Prof. Micky Rosa invites Ben to become a member of a small group; a group who are planning to walk out of Vegas with millions, thanks to Ben’s card counting.
10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Based on: Mathematics, cryptography
From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally – late in life – received the Nobel Prize.