80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

We at Found Item Clothing love technology but sometimes it’s good to consider how far we’ve come. In the 80s, computer technology had limitless potential and it clearly shows onscreen. Above is a supercut of the most iconic, most silly and most impressive feats of computer hacking in 80s movies. Roll The Clip!

What movies did we miss? What movies shouldn’t have made the cut? Which hacking is the most patently ridiculous. Let us know in the comments.


List of Movies:
Real Genius
War Games
Superman 3
Revenge of the Nerds
Weird Science
Blade Runner
Never Say Never Again
Jumping Jack Flash
Electric Dreams
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Prince of Darkness
Spies Like Us
Cloak & Dagger

And if you have a deep love of all things 80’s, let us recommend a visit to our 80’s costumes guide. With Halloween around the corner, we’ put together a comprehensive guide to 80’s movie costumes, with over 40 tutorials on how to dress like everyone from Chris Knight in Real Genius to Bluto in Animal House, and most everything in-between.

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24 Responses to 80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

  1. Thomas says:

    Was Hackers to obvious?

  2. Found Item Clothing says:

    Hackers came out in 1995, so we couldn’t include it. As much as I love that movie… Did you enjoy the supercut?

  3. Jason says:

    Awesome montage!!

  4. Conch says:

    This video is great, love it!
    As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen any of these movies, except Wargames.
    Never seen Tron, but I may do one day :)

    I look at these kind of movies as a positive, yeah they’re silly.
    But movies these days use tons of CGI effects and crap like that, and nothing beats old school hacking.

    Thanks for the video Found Item Clothing.
    Real Genius & Weird Science look the best ones — I’ll have to get them on DVD and see what I think. (I don’t promote piracy :) )

  5. Brad says:

    This was awesome. Thanks!

    What was the song at the end of the clip?

  6. ladyjaye75 says:

    Heh, I own a copy of 9 of these movies. :) One cut I would have added even though it comes from a less obvious choice, is from Pretty in Pink, in the scene where Andrew McCarthy connects to Molly Ringwald’s computer at the library and chats anonymously with her. We then see a too-good-to-be-true (for the era) computer images of her and of himself appear on-screen.

  7. Found Item Clothing says:

    Thanks Brad. Glad you enjoyed it.

    The song was Sundriped by Com Truise.


    That guy has the best 80s synth sound.

  8. Craig Landrum says:

    While the cuts were great, its all the other crap in movies designed to make it clear that Important Computer Stuff Is Happening that I find most amusing. All through the 80s and even into the late 90s, all computer output displayed on the screen was done at an absurdly low baud rate and had to be accompanied by modem noises or other “beep-beep” or teletype sounds. The beginning of a number of movies had computer text appearing on screen with sound accompanying each character that appeared – agonizingly slooooowly. And if you ever got to actually see one of those computers, they all had vast amounts of blinkenlights on the front and closeups of tape drives whirling to show that they were actually computing stuff. Hilarious stuff.

  9. StCredZero says:

    Though it was obviously written for comedic pacing, the letters changing on the screen in Ferris Bueller’s aren’t really that far off. Mainframe terminal stuff like CICS had transactions, so it’s possible that a terminal app could behave like this. Likelihood that a school district would’ve gone for the extra expense and effort to do that? Zilch. But still, it’s nice to think that it could have been like that.

  10. Fowler says:

    Why is Prince of Darkness in here? There wasn’t any hacking in that movie…

  11. Scott says:

    Love the montage! I grew up watching most of these movies. Electric Dreams is the only one i am not familiar with..

    Real Genius is one of my all time favorites!

  12. brian says:

    I think No Way Out had a bunch of goofy hacking in it. And I know it was 90s, but this part of Jurassic Park had the 80s spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfiQYRn7fBg.

  13. tim says:

    nice, but you put in the wrong scenes from tron movie, show kevin flynn hacking instead of tank scenes…

  14. Maxime says:

    You’ll need to make a 90s computer hacking, with Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix, Hackers, …

  15. Margin says:

    Scanners could have been included. Cameron hacks into the a computer over the phone using his Scanner powers. Since it’s supernatural it might not quite fit.

  16. Mike White says:

    No Pretty in Pink?

  17. Mike White says:

    I’m guessing that Sneakers was too new.

  18. PacBilly says:

    You left out the Apple IIe from The Explorers.

  19. PacBilly says:

    Actually it’s an Apple IIc.

  20. Charlie says:

    I was sitting there saying,, oh come on,, electric dreams has gotta be there,, and there it was.. The part when the TV blew up, was that spies like us?

  21. ShezCrafti says:

    This is amazing. Makes me want to fire up my parents’ old Tandy with its astonishing SIXTEEN possible programs!

  22. Found Item Clothing says:

    That was indeed spies like us.

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