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Updated September 23, 2019 1.4k votes 577 voters 35.4k views 21 items

A list of the best mathematics movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This mathematics movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about mathematics are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about mathematics you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous mathematics movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these mathematics movie titles for more information about the films.

This list has everything from The Oxford Murders to A Beautiful Mind.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best mathematics movies?" and "What is the greatest mathematics movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular mathematics movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these mathematics movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good mathematics movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mathematics Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ron Howard

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mathematics Movies
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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The Man Who Knew Infinit... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mathematics Movies
YugandharR added The Man Who Knew Infinity Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Stephen Fry

Released: 2016

Directed by: Matt Brown

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Kate Kavanagh added Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

Released: 2014

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more

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Lee Kirby added Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Luketic

21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is inspired ...more

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Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ramón Menéndez

Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination ...more

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A Brilliant Young Mind ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mathematics Movies
jacobdnelson added Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

Directed by: Morgan Matthews

X+Y, released in the US as A Brilliant Young Mind, is a 2014 British drama film directed by Morgan Matthews, The film, inspired by the documentary Beautiful Young Minds, focuses on a teenage ...more
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Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more

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Kate Kavanagh added Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 ...more

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Alejo Sauras, Federico Luppi, Lluís Homar

Released: 2007

Directed by: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña

Fermat's Room is a 2007 Spanish thriller film directed by Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña. Three mathematicians and one inventor are invited to a house under the premise of solving a ...more
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Lee Kirby added Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

Released: 1994

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

I.Q. is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The film ...more

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Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Shane Carruth

Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mathematics Movies
Lee Kirby added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Lee Kirby added Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, ...more

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Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

Released: 1997

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali

Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature

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Lee Kirby added Matthew Broderick, Patricia Arquette, Željko Ivanek

Released: 1996

Directed by: Matthew Broderick

Infinity is a 1996 American biographical drama film about the early life of physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman was played by Matthew Broderick, who also directed and produced the film. ...more
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Lee Kirby added The Mirror Has Two Faces Barbra Streisand, Pierce Brosnan, Elle Macpherson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

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Lee Kirby added The Oxford Murders John Hurt, Elijah Wood, Anna Massey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Álex de la Iglesia

The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This British thriller film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Argentine mathematician and writer ...more
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Lee Kirby added Dustin Hoffman, David Warner, Peter Vaughan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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Lee Kirby added Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

21 Grams is a 2003 American drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu from a screenplay written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars Sean Penn, Naomi ...more

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Lee Kirby added David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Greg Stone

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Connolly

The Bank is an 2001 Australian thriller/drama film starring David Wenham and Anthony LaPaglia.