What makes a genius? The theory of relativity, the musical madness of Mozart, the struggles of a person with autism and the miracle of how amazing their minds work, the possibility of time travel, the stroke of genius in an artist able to capture a never before seen image. Numerous films have been made about the work and minds of geniuses from all sorts of backgrounds and different fields.
The movies on this list all detail the life of a genius in one way or another – whether it’s taking more of a historical approach to the life of Albert Einstein in Young Einstein or a biographical approach to the struggles of a man who was a genius, but also had a mental illness like in A Beautiful Mind.
This list discusses the best movies about the life of a genius including: Good Will Hunting, Rain Man, The Time Machine, October Sky, August Rush, Finding Forrester, Phenomenon, Enigma, Bobby Fisher Against the World, and Little Man Tate.Vote up the film you think is the most genius of all, vote down those you thought were just plain dumb, or add one you love that isn't on the list.
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This is also considered one of the best math movies ever made.
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The Man Who Knew InfinityJeremy Irons, Dev Patel
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Directed by: Robert Luketic21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jon TurteltaubPhenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written... more on Wikipedia
Little Man TateJodie Foster, Harry Connick
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Directed by: Victor SalvaPowder is a 1995 American fantasy drama film written and directed by Victor Salva and starring... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gus Van SantFinding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van... more on Wikipedia
Pawn SacrificeLiev Schreiber, Tobey Maguire
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