Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain are now part of the public conscious. Because of the wild price swings, massive speculation, and crushing lows, Bitcoin carries a great deal of intrigue. So much so that cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech are now featuring in films, shows, documentaries, and more. Some are educational, while others use Bitcoin and blockchain as part of the plot.
Here are seven films and shows all about Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrency.
1. Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It (2014)
Documentary | 60 mins
Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It is one of the most well-known documentaries regarding Bitcoin. Torsten Hoffmann’s documentary takes a good look at how Bitcoin will disrupt the current monetary system. It features some interesting interviews with several Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrency experts. Most notably, Hoffman talks with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, and Bitcoin Cash evangelist, Roger Ver. You can learn more about Bitcoin Cash by reading the Blocks Decoded Bitcoin Cash Coin Study.
A lot has changed since the documentary was produced, but it is still well worth a watch.
2. Life on Bitcoin (2014)
Documentary | 96 mins
Back in 2014, the idea of living exclusively using Bitcoin wasn’t just novel. It was downright crazy. Yet, that is exactly what newlyweds, Austin and Beccy Craig, decided to take on. That meant using Bitcoin to pay their rent, buy their shopping, order new furniture, and everything else that you do in normal daily life.
Life on Bitcoin covers 90-days of a cryptocurrency dominated life. Like Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It, the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain is very different now as to 2014. But it is a great watch, nonetheless.
3. Deep Web (2015)
Documentary | 90 mins
Alex Winter’s Deep Web is an interesting watch focused on the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the infamous leader of the original Silk Road darknet market. The documentary explores the role of Tor, the Silk Road, and the relationship with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Deep Web has some interesting interviews, too, such as with Wired’s Andy Greenberg, and hacktivist Amir Taaki. Also, Keanu Reeves narrates the entire film, which is another plus point!
4. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014)
Documentary | 96 mins
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin takes a good look at some of the early Bitcoin adopters and their relationship with the early cryptocurrency world. One of the most well-known interviewees is Gavin Andresen. Andresen was one of the lead Bitcoin developers, working closely on the project known as Bitcoin Core, as well as the Bitcoin Foundation. That status changed after Andresen announced his belief that Craig Wright is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. (Is it Craig Wright, or is it someone else?)
5. Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018)
Documentary | 84 mins
Alex Winter’s second feature on this list focuses on blockchain, exploring the evolution and progressive development of cryptocurrency and more. Trust Machine doesn’t beat about the bush, acknowledging that over time, many of the cryptocurrencies currently attempting to forge a path and solve a real-world problem won’t exist, even in the near future. It also looks at why some industries are embracing blockchain technology while others are not as thrilled.
6. Magic Money: The Bitcoin Revolution (2017)
Documentary | 55 mins
Looking for a good Bitcoin documentary you can use as an educational tool for family and friends? Magic Money: The Bitcoin Revolution is a great starting place. Featuring interviews and explanations from Tone Vays, Roger Ver, Trace Mayer, and Jeff Berwick, Magic Money attempts to open the world of cryptocurrency up to anyone a little unsure about what it is all about.
7. Banking on Bitcoin (2016)
Documentary | 83 mins
Banking on Bitcoin strongly focuses on how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will disrupt the established financial system and begin returning power to regular people. It does that by illustrating just how the established banking system becomes corrupt over time, gradually becoming less effective before eventually forcing the lack of trust felt by many. Banking on Bitcoin has some interesting interviews with Gavin Andresen, Erik Voorhees, and Charlie Shrem.
One to Look Out For: Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Future of the Internet
Torsten Hoffmann’s second entry on this list hasn’t quite hit the market. However, Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Future of the Internet looks set to interview an extensive range of cryptocurrency and blockchain developers and thought leaders, with a fresh look at how cryptocurrency is changing the world.
One to keep an eye out for!
And One That Isn’t Really About Cryptocurrency: Crypto (2019)
Drama/Thriller | 105 mins
A film all about cryptocurrencies, right? Not quite. Despite the title of the film—Crypto—you never get a sense that cryptocurrency is all that important to the plot. Sure, it is there. But could any other number of money laundering schemes also have done the job? Throw in the prodigious use of cryptocurrency references, and you’ll see why it had crypto, Bitcoin, and blockchain users wincing.
To be honest, it isn’t a terrible film. But it has thrown cryptocurrency in the mix because it might get some extra attention. Similar to those companies who added “blockchain” or otherwise to their name during the 2017 bull-run and watched their company value quadruple overnight.
Do Any Shows Use Cryptocurrencies or Blockchain?
There are a few shows that have added in cryptocurrencies to explore their narrative.
One that immediately comes to mind is StartUp, a show that focuses on decentralized anonymous marketplaces and anonymous digital currencies. I’m hoping StartUp gets renewed for Season 4!
And of course, cryptocurrencies feature on numerous occasions in Mr. Robot, with Bitcoin and eCoin competing for the largest share of the global digital currency market. But I won’t say more than that.
So, now you know about the best documentaries and films featuring Bitcoin and the blockchain. It isn’t just in the films, though. Here’s how the major tech companies are influencing blockchain development!