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The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras 

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Updated March 14, 2019 137 votes 43 voters 4.5k views 22 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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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Scott

Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mark Romanek

One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Snowden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Snowden Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo

Released: 2016

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Snowden is a 2016 biographical spy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone, based on books by Luke Harding and Anatoly Kucherena. The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the ...more
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Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 2007

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

Disturbia is a 2007 American thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso. The film follows a teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who is placed on house arrest and begins to spy on his neighbors, thinking one of ...more

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Eagle Eye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Julianne Moore, Shia LaBeouf, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2008

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

Eagle Eye is a 2008 American science fictional technology action thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton. LaBeouf and Monaghan ...more
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The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck

Released: 2006

Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Robert De Niro

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Ethan Embry

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nimród Antal

Vacancy is a 2007 American horror film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. It was distributed by Screen Gems and was released on April 20, 2007. Early ...more

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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

The Forgotten is a 2004 American science fiction psychological thriller drama film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore and Dominic West. The film's plot revolves around a woman ...more

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The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino

Released: 2004

Directed by: Omar Naim

The Final Cut is a 2004 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Omar Naim. It stars Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Mimi Kuzyk, Stephanie Romanov, Genevieve Buechner ...more

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Silver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Kenji Haga, Atsuko Sakuraba

Released: 1999

Directed by: Takashi Miike

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Eye in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Tony Leung Ka-fai, Simon Yam, Maggie Shiu

Released: 2007

Directed by: Yau Nai-hoi

Eye in the Sky is a 2007 Hong Kong crime film starring Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Miss Hong Kong pageant winner Kate Tsui in her film debut. Yam and Tsui play surveillance operatives on ...more
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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley ...more

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Michael Radford

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Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

Released: 1993

Directed by: Marco Brambilla

Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more

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Time Lapse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Henry Rollins, Dina Meyer, Roy Scheider

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Worth

Time Lapse is a 2001 thriller film written by Karen Kelly, David Keith Miller and directed by David Worth.
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Cache is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Cache Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou
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Surveillance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Surveillance and Hidden Cameras
Simon Callow, Dawn Steele, Nicholas Jones

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Oremland

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