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

List of films

Film Year Description
1984 1956 The film is set in a totalitarian society in the future where the population may be monitored at any time.<ref name="kammerer1" />
23 1998 Hackers sell their research to Russians, but because the Russians want military data instead, the hackers have to elude them.<ref name="kammerer1" />
Aelita: Queen of Mars 1924 Surveillance is used by the upper class to oversee the working class.<ref name="ball102" />
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.<ref name="susman" />
Template:Sortname 1971 Burglars use a luxury apartment's surveillance technology to break in but are unaware of being under surveillance themselves.<ref name="ball102" />
Antitrust 2001 The protagonist learns that his company has an extensive surveillance system to observe and steal code.<ref name="kammerer2" />
Blow Out 1981 A sound technician inadvertently records a murder and learns that it is part of ongoing political corruption.<ref name="turner96" />
Blowup 1966 A fashion photographer unwittingly takes photographs of a murder and investigates the circumstances.<ref name="turner96" />
Blue Thunder 1983 The film features a military helicopter with high-tech surveillance equipment.<ref name="ball102" />
Body Double 1984 The protagonist, staying at a friend's apartment, is able to spy on the neighbor but winds up witnessing her murder.<ref name="kammerer3" />
Template:Sortname 2002 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.<ref name="kammerer3" />
Template:Sortname 2004 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.<ref name="kammerer3" />
Template:Sortname 2007 Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne eludes people from his program trying to track him down.<ref name="ebiri" />
Brazil 1985 The science fiction fantasy film follows a government clerk who works for a totalitarian and bureaucratic government of Orwellian proportions.<ref name="gray" />
Caché 2005 A couple finds on their front porch videotapes of them in their home and tries to find out who is recording them.<ref name="gray" />
Cape Fear 1962 A released criminal follows the family of the man who testified against him.<ref name="gray" />
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.<ref name="kammerer4" />
The Conversation 1974 A surveillance expert is hired to combine wiretapped recordings of a couple and tries to interpret their conversations.<ref name="turner96" />
Template:Sortname 2008 The vigilante superhero Batman hacks every cell phone in Gotham City to set up a sonar system to find the criminal the Joker.<ref name="ebiri" />
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.<ref name="kammerer5" />
Demolition Man 1993 The science fiction film depicts a 2032 "San Angeles" where everyone's behavior is under surveillance.<ref name="turner114" />
Disturbia 2007 A teenager under house arrest spies on his neighbor and suspects him of being a killer.<ref name="gray" />
Eagle Eye 2008 Two strangers meet via a strange phone call and are then tracked by someone using everyday technology.<ref name="susman" />
Echelon Conspiracy 2002 An American engineer gets a cell phone that gives him unlimited wealth, but he is then pursued by security agents.<ref name="kammerer6" />
EDtv 1999 Ed is a video store clerk whose daily life is broadcast by a company trying to save its cable channel.<ref name="kammerer6" />
Template:Sortname 1997 A film producer is targeted to keep secret a satellite surveillance program to combat crime.<ref name="kammerer468" />
Enemy of the State 1998 The main character is pursued by the National Security Agency, which uses an array of surveillance technologies.<ref name="susman" />
Equilibrium 2002 In a futuristic city where emotions are suppressed through surveillance and control, a law enforcement officer begins experiencing emotions himself.<ref name="kammerer7" />
Template:Sortname 2001 A journalist joins a curious psychological experiment and records the experiment in secret.<ref name="kammerer7" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="kammerer8" />
Firewall 2006 A technology executive is coerced to rob a bank by criminals holding his family hostage.<ref name="kammerer8" />
Fortress 1993 The science fiction film follows a couple with an illegal second child through a panopticonal society.<ref name="turner111" />
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.<ref name="kammerer9" />
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.<ref name="turner113" />
Giant 2009 A security guard at a supermarket watches a cleaning woman through video surveillance and begins stalking her outside work.<ref name="kammerer10" />
Hackers 1995 A group of hackers break into a company's supercomputer and have to evade the U.S. Secret Service.<ref name="kammerer10" />
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.<ref name="kammerer10" />
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.<ref name="rapold" />
Hi, Mom! 1970 A Vietnam War veteran attempts to make "peep art" by filming people who live across from his apartment building.<ref name="kammerer11" />
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.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref>
Template:Sortname 2006 In East Germany in the 1980s, a Stasi officer spies on a playwright.<ref name="gray" />
Lost Highway 1997 In part of the film, a couple receives videotapes recording the outside then the inside of their home.<ref name="kammerer468" />
Look 2007 The film shows surveillance camera footage of events surrounding San Fernando Valley denizens.<ref name="kammerer12" />
M 1931 A city in pursuit of a child murderer has both cops and criminals engaging in surveillance and snooping on one another.<ref name="ebiri" />
Menace II Society 1993 A shopkeeper keeps close surveillance on two young black men.<ref name="ball102" />
Metropolis 1927 The master of the city, Fredersen, keeps close surveillance on the city's workers.<ref name="ball102" />
Minority Report 2002 The science fiction film depicts a futuristic society under total surveillance.<ref name="susman" />
Modern Times 1936 A factory worker is demented by the sped-up assembly line and the constant video surveillance.<ref name="ball102" />
My Little Eye 2002 In the horror film, five twentysomethings live together to win a prize but are subsequently targeted by a serial killer.<ref name="kammerer13" />
Template:Sortname 1995 A computer programmer in unknowing possession of secret software is tracked by assailants.<ref name="ball102" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="kammerer14" />
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 The film is set in a totalitarian state where citizens are under complete surveillance.<ref name="ball102" />
One Hour Photo 2002 An employee at a photo processing department processes a family's photos and imagines himself to be their uncle.<ref name="kammerer14" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="kammerer468" />
Panic Room 2002 A woman and her daughter use closed-circuit television to follow the movements of criminals invading their home.<ref name="kammerer469" />
Template:Sortname 1974 A journalist investigates the assassination of a United States Senator and infiltrates the responsible corporation.<ref name="kammerer15" />
Peeping Tom 1960 A photographer hunts down women and records their reactions as he kills them.<ref name="kammerer468" />
Pi 1998 A mathematician finds out that pi is the key to the stock market and religion and is targeted by several organizations.<ref name="gray" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="kammerer16" />
Rear Window 1954 The wheelchair-bound main character spies on people in his apartment complex and thinks one of them is a murderer.<ref name="gray" />
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.<ref name="ebiri" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="ebiri" />
Template:Sortname 2006 An undercover cop is ordered to spy on his associates as a paranoid government monitors its citizens.<ref name="susman" />
Template:Sortname 1967 A woman is manipulated by people around her so a director can film her to screen the results in a theater.<ref name="kammerer17" />
Sliver 1993 The main character is spied on by one of her fellow apartment tenants.<ref name="ball102" />
Snake Eyes 1998 A homicide detective investigates an assassination attempt at a boxing match.<ref name="kammerer468" />
Sneakers 1992 A team of computer hackers is contracted by the government to steal a code-breaking machine.<ref name="turner96" />
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.<ref name="kammerer19" />
Surveillance 24/7 2007 Filmed through surveillance cameras, a teacher takes home a lover and wakes up to find him murdered.<ref name="kammerer19" />
Thelma & Louise 1991 Surveillance cameras record Thelma and Louise as they commit crimes.<ref name="ball102" />
Template:Sortname 1960 German police investigate unsolved murders at a hotel, which is rigged with a sophisticated TV system.<ref name="kammerer19" />
THX 1138 1971 The film is set in a dystopian society where citizens are drugged and under surveillance.<ref name="ball102" />
Timecode 2000 The experimental film displays a split screen of four cameras following different people in a film production office.<ref name="kammerer466" />
Template:Sortname 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.<ref name="ebiri" />
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.<ref name="kammerer21" />
World Without a Mask 1934 An engineer invents technology that can see through walls. The technology is pursued by criminals from the underworld.<ref name="ball102" />
Template:Sortname 2007 A group of disadvantaged teenagers break into a gated community that is heavily under surveillance.<ref name="kammerer11" />
The Purge 2013 In the near future, all crime becomes legal for 12 hours and a family strives to survive the night.<ref name="kammerer11" />




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