8 Artificial Intelligence Films & TV Shows To Watch List

Ex Machina Films Artificial Intelligence Films


ArtFilmIssue I | December 2019

Artificial intelligence has long been a popular movie & tv theme. From films about artificial intelligence simply aiding mankind to films challenging the ethical lines between humans and robots. We’ve curated our top artificial intelligence films & tv-shows list to watch.

Blade Runner 2049 Artificial Intelligence FIlms

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve — starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford

Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to the 1982 film classic Blade Runner. Set in a retro-styled and futuristic-fitted landscape of 2049, thirty years after the first Blade Runner film, the film follows K, a “blade runner”, an officer tasked to hunt down and “retire” old bio-engineerd humans (known as replicants) gone rogue. But in doing so, K unearths a secret that may threaten to destabilize society.

Film critics may favour the original but the sequel very much holds its own as a new classic on artificial intelligence films.

Interstellar Artificial Intelligence

Interstellar (2014)

Directed by Christopher Nolan — starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine

The film is set in a distant and dystopian future, where crop blights and dust storms threaten the survivial of human society on Earth. An astronaut is then sent to outerspace with fellow astronauts to travel through a wormhole in search for a new habitale world for humankind.

The film is a mind-bending piece. Also featured is a sarcastic TARS — a robot we would all love to have one day.

Moon Artificial Intelligence FIlms

Moon (2009)

Directed by Duncan Jones — starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey

The film follows Sam Bell, a man working and living on a facility on the Moon with his robot companion GERTY. Sam Bell is tasked with mining helium-3 as an alternative fuel. As he nears the end of his three-year contract, he faces a personal crisis that jeopardises his coming back home to Earth.

A horrific science-fiction piece with a hell of a performance by Sam Rockwell. And one of the most underrated artificial intelligence films.

Her Artificial Intelligence

Her (2013)

Directed by Spike Jonze — starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson

Set in a near future, the film follows Theodore Twombly, a lonely and introverted man. Theodore purchases a new artificially intelligent virtual assistant, who he bonds with and who helps him cope with his divorce from wife and childhood love Catherine.

Her is one of those films that raises ethical questions about the relationships between humans and technology.  

Black Mirror Artificial Intelligence

Black Mirror (2011-)

Created by Charlie Brooker

The TV-show examines modern society through a series of standalone episodes. The focus is particularly on the unanticipated consequences of technology, often told with a dark and satirical tone. A notable episode about artificial intelligence is Be right back, starring Domhnall Gleeson. The episode shows a world where advanced technology allows for an artificial intelligent robot to take the place of a deceased person.

A technology we hope will never become a reality.

Westworld Artificial Intelligence TV

Westworld (2016 -)

Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy — starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright.

The series is based on the 1973 film of the same name. The show takes place in Westworld, a Wild-West-themed amusement park that is populated by androids (known as “hosts”). The technologically advanced park caters to guests who pay to indulge in their wildest fantasies. 

Arguably one of the most interesting shows of late, the fictional world shows us a glimpse of a future where AI is blended into human society.

Maniac Artificial Intelligence

Maniac (2017)

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga — starring Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux

The series follows two strangers, Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim. Both suffer from anxieties and sign up for a pharmaceutical trial for a new drug that is said to cure all disorders. In doing so, the two connect their minds through an artificial intelligence system in a series of tests.

Depressed artificial intelligence systems are a thing we haven’t seen before. Maniac is a surprisingly binge-worthy dark comedy.

Ex Machina Films Artificial Intelligence FIlms

Ex Machina (2014)

Directed by Alex Garland — starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson

The film follows Caleb Smith, a programmer working for a tech company Blue Book. When he wins an office contest, he is invited to visit the home of CEO Nathan Bateman. Nathan reveals a female humanoid robot with artificial intelligence to Caleb and Caleb is tasked to administer the Turing test on the robot.

Ex Machina is a dazzling science-fiction thriller that challenges the morality and ethics of artificial intelligence. A favourite among artificial intelligence films.