List of films featuring surveillance

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There is a body of films that feature surveillance as a theme or as a plot arc.

List of films[edit]

Film Year Description
1971 2014 The documentary film features the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI and how it broke into a satellite FBI office. The group discovered and released documents about COINTELPRO, a secret domestic surveillance program that targeted "dissident groups, civil rights leaders and anti-Vietnam War activists".[1]
1984 1956 The film is set in a totalitarian society in the future where the population may be monitored at any time.[2]
23 1998 Hackers sell their research to Russians, but because the Russians want military data instead, the hackers have to elude them.[2]
Aelita: Queen of Mars 1924 Surveillance is used by the upper class to oversee the working class.[3]
American Pie 1999 In the comedy film, a key scene has the teenage protagonist setting up his webcam so his friends can see him having sex with a girl. The webcast is shared publicly to his peers.[4]
Anderson Tapes, TheThe Anderson Tapes 1971 Burglars use a luxury apartment's surveillance technology to break in but are unaware of being under surveillance themselves.[3]
Antitrust 2001 The protagonist learns that his company has an extensive surveillance system to observe and steal code.[5]
Blow Out 1981 A sound technician inadvertently records a murder and learns that it is part of ongoing political corruption.[6]
Blowup 1966 A fashion photographer unwittingly takes photographs of a murder and investigates the circumstances.[6]
Blue Thunder 1983 The film features a military helicopter with high-tech surveillance equipment.[3]
Body Double 1984 The protagonist, staying at a friend's apartment, is able to spy on the neighbor but winds up witnessing her murder.[7]
Bourne Identity, TheThe Bourne Identity 2002 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[7]
Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne Supremacy 2004 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[7]
Bourne Ultimatum, TheThe Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.[8]
Brazil 1985 The science fiction fantasy film follows a government clerk who works for a totalitarian and bureaucratic government of Orwellian proportions.[9]
Caché 2005 A couple finds on their front porch videotapes of them in their home and tries to find out who is recording them.[9]
Cape Fear 1962 A released criminal follows the family of the man who testified against him.[9]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 The superhero Captain America, resurrected in the 21st century, combats a conspiracy in the surveillance state of his country.[10]
Closed Circuit 2013 A pair of lawyers in Great Britain discover "an unsavory alliance" between its secret service and the criminal justice system and have to evade the surveillance state.[11]
Code 46 2003 In the near future, personal travel between countries is limited and controlled by technological means, but counterfeiting allows circumvention of these controls.[12]
Cold Eyes 2013 A South Korean surveillance unit attempts to track down a criminal leader in Seoul.[13]
Conversation, TheThe Conversation 1974 A surveillance expert is hired to combine wiretapped recordings of a couple and tries to interpret their conversations.[6]
Dark Knight, TheThe Dark Knight 2008 The vigilante superhero Batman hacks every cell phone in Gotham City to set up a sonar system to find the criminal the Joker.[8]
Death Watch 1980 In the future, the protagonist has a camera implanted in his brain and is enlisted to probe a dying woman's subconscious.[14]
Demolition Man 1993 The science fiction film depicts a 2032 "San Angeles" where everyone's behavior is under surveillance.[15]
Disturbia 2007 A teenager under house arrest spies on his neighbor and suspects him of being a killer.[9]
Eagle Eye 2008 Two strangers meet via a strange phone call and are then tracked by someone using everyday technology.[4]
Echelon Conspiracy 2009 An American engineer gets a cell phone that gives him unlimited wealth, but he is then pursued by security agents.[16]
EDtv 1999 Ed is a video store clerk whose daily life is broadcast by a company trying to save its cable channel.[16]
End of Violence, TheThe End of Violence 1997 A film producer is targeted to keep secret a satellite surveillance program to combat crime.[17]
Enemy of the State 1998 The main character is pursued by the National Security Agency, which uses an array of surveillance technologies.[4]
Equilibrium 2002 In a futuristic city where emotions are suppressed through surveillance and control, a law enforcement officer begins experiencing emotions himself.[18]
Experiment, DasDas Experiment 2001 A journalist joins a curious psychological experiment and records the experiment in secret.[18]
Eye in the Sky 2007 In Hong Kong, a police surveillance unit monitors a master criminal without realizing the criminal is watching them as well.[19]
Eyeborgs 2009 In the United States, the "Freedom of Observation Act" is passed allowing for the creation of ODIN (Optical Defense Intelligence Network). This leads to "eyeborgs" being created, a mobile camera drone administered by the Department for Homeland Security.[20]
Final Cut, TheThe Final Cut 2004 An editor cuts together footage from a device implanted in one's body that can record an entire life, and he finds footage that has a connection with his own past.[21]
Firewall 2006 A technology executive is coerced to rob a bank by criminals holding his family hostage.[21]
Fortress 1993 The science fiction film follows a couple with an illegal second child through a panopticonal society.[22]
Freeze Frame 2004 The protagonist is acquitted from the wrongful accusation of killing his wife and children, but due to the media's portrayal, he maintains video surveillance of his own life to ensure having an alibi.[23]
Gattaca 1997 In the near future, an aspiring astronaut uses a cover identity in training and has to evade genetic screenings used as a surveillance mechanism.[24]
Giant 2009 A security guard at a supermarket watches a cleaning woman through video surveillance and begins stalking her outside work.[25]
Hackers 1995 A group of hackers break into a company's supercomputer and have to evade the U.S. Secret Service.[25]
Halloween: Resurrection 2002 A group of college students are trapped inside a home with a serial killer, and the killer broadcasts the subsequent events online through multiple cameras.[25]
Headhunters 2011 High-tech surveillance is used in a showdown between a headhunter who moonlights as an art thief and a potential recruit with a military background.[26]
Hi, Mom! 1970 A Vietnam War veteran attempts to make "peep art" by filming people who live across from his apartment building.[27]
Infernal Affairs 2002 A cop works undercover in a triad, and a triad member works undercover in the police department. Each is ordered to track down the mole in the very organization he infiltrated.[28]
Listening, TheThe Listening 2006 An art gallery employee discovers a briefcase of classified documents about surveillance technology made by one of the NSA's suppliers, and the supplier goes after her to protect its secrets. A NSA operative blows his cover to protect the woman.[29]
Lives of Others, TheThe Lives of Others 2006 In East Germany in the 1980s, a Stasi officer spies on a playwright.[9]
Lost Highway 1997 In part of the film, a couple receives videotapes recording the outside then the inside of their home.[17]
Look 2007 The film shows surveillance camera footage of events surrounding San Fernando Valley denizens.[30]
M 1931 A city in pursuit of a child murderer has both cops and criminals engaging in surveillance and snooping on one another.[8]
Menace II Society 1993 A shopkeeper keeps close surveillance on two young black men.[3]
Metropolis 1927 The master of the city, Fredersen, keeps close surveillance on the city's workers.[3]
Minority Report 2002 The science fiction film depicts a futuristic society under total surveillance.[4]
Modern Times 1936 A factory worker is demented by the sped-up assembly line and the constant video surveillance.[3]
My Little Eye 2002 In the horror film, five twentysomethings live together to win a prize but are subsequently targeted by a serial killer.[31]
Net, TheThe Net 1995 A computer programmer in unknowing possession of secret software is tracked by assailants.[3]
Net 2.0, TheThe Net 2.0 2006 A computer technician who takes a job in Istanbul finds herself in pursuit by criminals who try to erase her identity from the Internet.[32]
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 The film is set in a totalitarian state where citizens are under complete surveillance.[3]
One Hour Photo 2002 An employee at a photo processing department processes a family's photos and imagines himself to be their uncle.[32]
Osterman Weekend, TheThe Osterman Weekend 1983 A television host allows the Central Intelligence Agency to wire his home for video surveillance since his visiting friends are suspected to be spies.[17]
Panic Room 2002 A woman and her daughter use closed-circuit television to follow the movements of criminals invading their home.[33]
Paranoia 2013 A technology expert infiltrates a company to spy on it, but the company begins to spy on him.[34]
Parallax View, TheThe Parallax View 1974 A journalist investigates the assassination of a United States Senator and infiltrates the responsible corporation.[35]
Peeping Tom 1960 A photographer hunts down women and records their reactions as he kills them.[17]
Pi 1998 A mathematician finds out that pi is the key to the stock market and religion and is targeted by several organizations.[9]
President's Analyst, TheThe President's Analyst 1967 In the satire film, an analyst for the President of the United States becomes expendable and teams up with two allies. Meanwhile, a telephone company seeks to implant electronic devices in people's brains.[36]
Rear Window 1954 The wheelchair-bound main character spies on people in his apartment complex and thinks one of them is a murderer.[9]
Red Road 2006 In Scotland, a woman who is paid to watch a dangerous corner of North Glasgow tracks a former criminal and begins stalking him.[8]
Samouraï, LeLe Samouraï 1967 The film's hit man resides in a flat that is bugged by the police who suspects him of being responsible for a contract killing.[8]
Scanner Darkly, AA Scanner Darkly 2006 An undercover cop is ordered to spy on his associates as a paranoid government monitors its citizens.[4]
Secret Cinema, TheThe Secret Cinema 1967 A woman is manipulated by people around her so a director can film her to screen the results in a theater.[37]
Sliver 1993 The main character is spied on by one of her fellow apartment tenants.[3]
Snake Eyes 1998 A homicide detective investigates an assassination attempt at a boxing match.[17]
Sneakers 1992 A team of computer hackers is contracted by the government to steal a code-breaking machine.[6]
Surveillance 2008 Two FBI agents hunting a serial killer come across a mass shooting in a small town, and they use video surveillance to uncover the truth of the shooting.[38]
Surveillance 24/7 2007 Filmed through surveillance cameras, a teacher takes home a lover and wakes up to find him murdered.[38]
Thelma & Louise 1991 Surveillance cameras record Thelma and Louise as they commit crimes.[3]
Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, TheThe Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1960 German police investigate unsolved murders at a hotel, which is rigged with a sophisticated TV system.[38]
Thegidi 2014 The Tamil film features a rookie detective sent to collect daily activities of a set of people, soon realizes that people are being killed using details of the surveillance report he submitted. He tries to save the next targets and eventually tries to trace the killer.[39]
THX 1138 1971 The film is set in a dystopian society where citizens are drugged and under surveillance.[3]
Timecode 2000 The experimental film displays a split screen of four cameras following different people in a film production office.[40]
Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show 1998 The main character is unaware that his small-town life is constructed and is recorded 24 hours a day and aired to TV viewers.[8]
V for Vendetta 2006 The film is set in a future England ruled by a totalitarian regime that uses surveillance to monitor the citizens.[41]
Vacancy 2007 A couple staying at a motel begin watching low-budget horror movies available on tape and realize the movies were filmed in their own motel room.[42]
World Without a Mask 1934 An engineer invents technology that can see through walls. The technology is pursued by criminals from the underworld.[3]
Zona, LaLa Zona 2007 A group of disadvantaged teenagers break into a gated community that is heavily under surveillance.[27]

References[edit]

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