If movies have taught me anything, it is that with enough practice, I can learn to hack into anything. It doesn't even need to be computer-related. Something lame on television? Hack the channel. Cat stuck in a tree? Hack the roots to influence the branches to bend and gently place the cat on the ground. It's so easy!

I was lead to this belief by the popular films that feature hackers doing what seems to be the impossible. Here are some films that show us that government agencies, corporations and even alien space ships are surprisingly easy to hack.

The Italian Job - Los Angeles Traffic Grid

Getting places in Los Angeles can be a bitch. But as The Italian Job shows, things are much worse when a hacker takes over and controls all of the traffic lights. Plus, he was able to do it over a T-Mobile Hotspot at LAX.

Hackers - Oil Tankers

The gang in this movie is on the run because they possess a code that can capsize oil tankers. Why would that code exist? It's not like oil tankers have big, red 'CAPSIZE' buttons on them. I hope.

Ocean's 11 - Casino Security

With millions of dollars passing through them everyday, casinos need top of the line security. With out it, they could find themselves easily duped by a hacker who redirects their video feed, which could allow for the dreaded "tiny Asian man in a box" scam.

Antitrust - Evil Corporation

Any successful media company has its fair share of security. And successful EVIL media companies have even more to hide. It's true, they were hacked from within. But isn't that also where all the bad guys hang out? Don't all get up at once!

Live Free Or Die Hard - A Building Is Hacked Until It Explodes

Timothy Olyphant is badass in the virtual world as well. His character hacks into the power grid, Wall Street, a television channel and even redirects the flow of natural gas lines into a building which causes it to explode. The moral: don't piss off Timothy Olyphant.

The Matrix - The Matrix

The guardians of a simulated virtual reality created by sentient machines to subdue the human race while using them as a food supply should definitely have a strong encryption. Otherwise, they'll the embarrassment of the sentient machine community.

Sneakers - Richard Nixon's Personal Assets

Not only can the team in Sneakers hack into the FAA, Nixon's assets, and the national power grid, they also hacked into a blind guy's memory. Then again, they had an algorithm to help.

Wargames - Supercomputer That Controls War

It's comforting to know that a teenager can gain access to a military supercomputer and nearly cause a WWIII missile crisis. It's even more refreshing that he successfully hacked into it by accident.

Independence Day - Alien Mothership

You would think that an advanced race of alien invaders resistant to nuclear attack and capable of wiping out every major city around the globe would have some Firewall or, at the very least, some Anti-Virus software capabilities. But no. Their mothership is apparently susceptible to a Windows '95 virus and, in the end, that's what brings them down.

The Core - Every Computer Everywhere

When the Earth's core stops its rotation, the last thing you want is everyone freaking out about it and trying to move to the moon. That's why you need to control the information released to the public. And the only real way to do that is to hire one single hacker who can monitor and control all of the Internet to make sure the story doesn't get out. Meanwhile, you simply build a multi-compartmental laser drill out of unobtainium that will allow you to bore through to the Earth's center and plant nuclear bombs. Sounds hard but apparently it's easy and can all be done from an Internet cafe.