Planning your next movie marathon with your buddies? Here are 17 AI movies that you just have to watch
17 best AI movies of all time
The matrix series is one of the best-known AI-themed movie franchises. If you haven’t watched it yet, here’s what you need to do - take a day off, cancel all your appointments, and kick off a Matrix Marathon right away!
The movies are set in a dystopian future in which machines have created a simulated reality in which humans live virtually (think of it as an involuntary metaverse). Computer programmer, Thomas Anderson, better known as Neo, is broken out of the matrix by Morpheus who reveals the truth to him - that the matrix is a simulation and the machines had enslaved mankind to use the humans as an energy source.
You simply can’t talk about AI-themed movies without bringing up The Terminator. The movie follows two time travelers who have landed in 1984 Los Angeles from the year 2029. One of them is a cybernetic assassin who is bent on killing a woman named Sarah Connor to prevent the birth of her son who would go on to lead the human resistance to victory against the army of robots who had taken over the world. The other time traveler is a human soldier named Kyle Reese whose mission is to stop the Terminator from killing Sarah.
Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller, Guy, who finds out that he is a Non Player Character (NPC) in the background of an open-world video game that seems like a mash-up of GTA and Fortnite. Now Guy works to save his world in his own way, while falling in love with the coder who created him.
After a robot rescued homicide detective Del Spooner (played by Will Smith) from a car crash instead of saving a 12-year old girl from drowning on the basis of a decision made through cold logic and survival odds, the detective develops a distrust in robots. He then has to investigate a crime that may have been committed by a robot and identifies a larger threat to humanity.
Instead of dealing with dystopian futures in which artificially intelligent bots take over the world, this movie looks at how AI is being used today and how the use of AI impact people in the real world. It explores the algorithmic biases that these systems have, particularly the bias that facial recognition algorithms have against dark-skinned faces.
This movie is based on Isaac Asimov’s and Robert Silverberg’s novel The Positronic Man, which itself was based on Isaac Asimov’s novelette, The Bicentennial Man. It follows a robot butler played by Robin Williams as he accidentally becomes sentient, develops emotion, and endeavors to become a human over the course of his 200-year life.
A drone pilot makes a tough decision against the orders he received, saving three dozen soldiers at the cost of two others. He finds himself sent off to a war zone to work with Captain Leo to stop a nuclear attack. The only catch - Captain Leo is actually a top-secret android… one who might believe in a better way to establish peace.
14-year-old robotics genius, Hiro Hamada works with an inflatable healthcare robot to track down a masked man who might have stolen his creation and caused the death of his brother. Hiro’s friends join him to form a high-tech superhero team called Big Hero 6.
In a future in which humans evacuated the earth after environmentally compromising it, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth-class), an Earth-based janitor bot develops sentience and falls in love with lady robot EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) when she arrives to investigate the first plant to grow on Earth in centuries, proceeding to follow her to outer space. It’s essentially an AI love story about a robot couple.
In contrast to the other movies that focus on AI in the future, this one is actually a historical drama. It revolves around Alan Turing (who proposed the Turing Test for intelligence) as he works with the best British crossword solvers to decipher the German encoding machine Enigma. It follows Alan Turing building the first computer so as to have a universal way of breaking the Enigma code and demonstrates the first-ever application of machine learning while showing you the biographical history of Alan Turing.
In the second Avengers movie, Tony Stark seeks to create a suit of armor around the world to protect the Earth from further threats. Along with Bruce Banner, he creates the artificially intelligent Ultron, who decided that the best way to establish peace would be to wipe out the human race. His plans to create a vibranium-based synthezoid were foiled, and Tony’s other AI system, Jarvis was uploaded to the body, creating the hero Vision, who chose to help defeat Ultron.
This movie sees Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer played by Joaquin Phoenix, fall in love with his new operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), who reciprocates his feelings. Romance grows between the two… but Theodore finds out that Samantha is dating other people… thousands of other people.
In the sequel to the Michael Jordan starring Space Jam, LeBron James goes to Warner Bros. Studios to discuss a film deal, an idea generated by the studio’s AI, Al-G Rhythm. When LeBron rejects the idea, Al-G Rhythm traps LeBron and his son in the Warner Bros. Seververse.
To win their freedom, LeBron must assemble a basketball and beat the Goon Squad who possess the skills of Nneka Ogwumike, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Klay Thompson, along with other special powers. The Goon Squad also features a player called Chronos with the skills of Damian Lillard and the ability to control time.
An android boy is programmed uniquely with the ability to love. The project was passed on from Stanley Kubrick who was not satisfied with the state of CGI in the 90s to Steven Speilberg, but work on the film only gained momentum after Kubrick passed away in 1999. In a picaresque robot version of Pinnochio (which is what Kubrick called the movie), the android boy, David, seeks to become a human child so that he can regain the love of his foster mother who abandoned him.
The Blade Runner franchise features genetically bioengineered replicants who have a four-year lifespan in a dystopian version of Los Angeles. Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is tasked to hunt down these replicants who are implanted with memories to make them believe that they are human, but the question is… is Rick a replicant too?
Detroit cop, Peter Weller, was murdered by a gang, but revived by a corporation, Omni Consumer Products, as a superhuman cyborg police officer. While cleaning up the streets of dystopian Detroit, Robocop is haunted by the memories of his life as a human.
This 1927 movie was the first depiction of a robot in a movie, and it inspired the look of C-3PO in Star Wars. The bot is given the likeness of an influential woman to discredit her among the workers of the city and ends up causing chaos in the city before being burned at the stake as a witch. The movie has provided inspiration for many other movies like Blade Runner, and clips from the movie have even been featured in the music video for Queen’s 1984 song, Radio Gaga.