Inventors The Best Movies About Inventors  

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List Rules Films about real or fictional inventors only

Some of the most entertaining or informative films have been about great actual or fictional inventors.  Which films about those innovative inventors are the most enjoyable to watch over and over?  Please add any that have been missed.

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The Social Network David Fincher The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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Flash of Genius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Inventors
Flash of Genius Marc Abraham Flash of Genius is a 2008 American biographical film directed by Marc Abraham. The screenplay by Philip Railsback, based on a 1993 New Yorker article by John Seabrook, focuses on Robert Kearns ...more

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Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Temple Grandin Mick Jackson Temple Grandin is a 2010 biopic directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on ...more

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Iron Man Jon Favreau filmography Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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The Hudsucker Proxy Ethan Coen, Joel Coen The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 screwball comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as second unit director. The film stars ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Inventors
The Goonies Richard Donner The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Short Circuit John Badham Short Circuit is a 1986 American comic science fiction film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film's plot centers upon an experimental military robot ...more

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars ...more

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ipratik46 added Pirates of Silicon Valley Martyn Burke Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 original TNT film directed by Martyn Burke. It stars Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. Spanning the years 1971–1997, the film is ...more

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Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau filmography Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Inventors
Iron Man 3 Shane Black Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Envy Barry Levinson Envy is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black.

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Metropolis Fritz Lang Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Inventors
The Fly David Cronenberg The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Joe Johnston Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more

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Hysteria Tanya Wexler Hysteria is a 2011 film directed by Tanya Wexler.