June 11 is the 25th anniversary of the iconic '80s masterpiece 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' Every bit as enjoyable to watch today as in 1986, the John Hughes and Matthew Broderick collaboration deserves proper tribute. Since the film is such an original, Moviefone decided to come up with a unique list to honor it: how the best teen computer hackers in movies came about.
There are plenty of great hackers in movies. Everyone from Seth Green as Lyle in 'The Italian Job' to Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in 'The Matrix' and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' are great characters, but they're all adults. The teen hacker is an odd thing, and when done correctly they're incredibly fun to watch.
Dade Murphy in 'Hackers' (1995)
Jonny Lee Miller is "Zero Cool" in 'Hackers.' At 11 years old, ZC crashed 1,507 systems in one day causing a 7-point drop in the New York Stock Exchange. After that, the law banned him from owning or operating computers or touch-tone telephones until his 18th birthday. Well, you can guess what he does upon turning 18 -- he hacks into a TV station, "meets" Acid Burn and gives himself a new handle "Crash Override." It turns out Acid Burn is a sexy girl at his new high school in Seattle and is apart of a loose collective of teen hackers, which Murphy cannot help but join.
Gary Wallace in 'Weird Science' (1985)
There is a reason Moviefone put Anthony Michael Hall at the top of our best Geeks in Movies list. From 1982 to 1985, Hall had a near-perfect run of playing high school nerds. In 'Weird Science,' his character Gary and buddy Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) decide to "Frankenstein" their own perfect woman by hooking a computer to a Barbie doll and hacking into a government server. It's completely absurd, but this was the '80s, when the majority of the population still believed computers ran on black magic.
Kate Libby in 'Hackers' (1995)
Before Angelina Jolie was Lara Croft, an Oscar winner, (unofficially) Mrs. Brad Pitt or Mrs. Billy Bob Thornton, she played a badass, motorcycle-riding, short-haired hacker nicknamed Acid Burn in 'Hackers.' She's the only woman to make our list, and that's not only because she's quite possibly the only teen female computer hacker on film. Jolie plays the role with a sexy cool that would go on to define her later career and just about steals the entire movie from her then-real-life-boyfriend and first hubby Johnny Lee Miller.
Ferris Bueller in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986)
Hacking is only a small part of Buehler's twelve hours in 'Ferris Buehler's Day Off.' Still the ease in which he hacks into the school's computer to change his absences and his ability to fool his parents with electronics made every child of the '80s attempt in vein to do similar feats with their Commodore 64s and cheap tape recorders. While we never see the extent of Buehler's computer abilities, he's the most likeable character on the list and that counts for something.
Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network' (2010)
People say the real billionaire founder of Facebook is nowhere near as deviously eloquent as Aaron Sorkin's script or awkwardly personable as Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal in 'The Social Network.' We'll stick with the movie version. There's a reason we write for Moviefone and not current events. Zuckerberg's hacking into Harvard's computer system and then building a social network empire will be studied for decades, in cinema and history classes.
David Lightman in 'WarGames' (1983)
It seems cheap to have Matthew Broderick listed twice in the top three, but what can we say? He has all the confidence and charisma of the high school quarterback in the body of the chess team champion. Lightman combines personality with killer computer skills in 'WarGames.' After impressing Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) by hacking into the high school computer and changing their grades, he hacks into the government's NORAD system thinking it's a video game. No big thing. His afternoon game almost starts nuclear genocide, but he's able to save the day in the end.