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The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras

Updated March 14, 2019 268 votes 46 voters 4.7k views22 items

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not watching you. The best movies about surveillance and hidden cameras feature characters who see something before anyone else does, and try to warn others about a devious plot. This is a list of the top secret camera movies including everything from Demolition Man to Rear Window to The Lives of Others.

What films will you find on this list of the best security footage movies? Surveillance is taken to new heights in the 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report. The film stars Tom Cruise as a rogue police officer running from the law in a world where cameras are everywhere. The Conversation is another good movie about using surveillance techniques to investigate a murder. Snowden examines the United States government's role in surveying the world through digital data. Other good surveillance movies include Disturbia, The Forgotten, and Vacancy.

Which of these hidden camera movies is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Snowden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Snowden

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley

    Released2016

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Disturbia

    Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis

    Released2007

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

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    Eagle Eye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Eagle Eye

    Julianne Moore, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2008

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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    One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Romanek

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    A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    A Scanner Darkly

    Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    The Forgotten

    Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise

    Released2004

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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    The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    The Lives of Others

    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe

    Released2006

    Directed byFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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    Silver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Silver

    Kenji Haga, Atsuko Sakuraba

    Released1999

    Directed byTakashi Miike

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    The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    The Final Cut

    Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byOmar Naim

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    Eye in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Eye in the Sky

    Tony Leung Ka-fai, Simon Yam

    Released2007

    Directed byYau Nai-hoi

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    Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Lucky Number Slevin

    Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul McGuigan

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    John Hurt, Annie Lennox

    Released1984

    Directed byMichael Radford

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    Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Demolition Man

    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1993

    Directed byMarco Brambilla

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    Time Lapse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Time Lapse

    Henry Rollins, Dina Meyer

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Worth

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    Cache is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Cache

    Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche
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    Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
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    Vacancy

    Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson

    Released2007

    Directed byNimród Antal

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    Surveillance

    Simon Callow, Dawn Steele

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Oremland

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