Weirdly Interesting The Best Scientist Biopics  

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This list of the best scientist biopics contains numerous highly-lauded films. Winner of four academy awards, A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe as brilliant but troubled economist John Nash. A Nobel laureate, Nash suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and his condition impacts his work, as well as his personal relationships.


So what are the top scientist biopics? Hollywood seems to have a love affair with Stephen Hawking, the subject of several biopics on this list. Most recently, Hawking was portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in
The Theory of Everything, a role that garnered him his first Academy Award.


Other notable scientists found on this list of the greatest scientist biopics include Marie Curie, Galileo, and Louis Pasteur. Vote up the best scientist biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, 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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The Theory of Everything is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
The Theory of Everything Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life ...more

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The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
The Imitation Game Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong 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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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Sean Carey added Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon 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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Hawking is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Hawking Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, John Sessions Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Hawking is a BBC television film about Stephen Hawking's early years as a PhD student at Cambridge University, following his search for the beginning of time, and his struggle against motor ...more

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Creation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Creation Jennifer Connelly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany Creation is a 2009 British biographical drama film. Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the film was directed by Jon Amiel, and stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles and Emma Darwin. The ...more

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Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Temple Grandin Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O'Hara Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Gorillas in the Mist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown Gorillas in the Mist is a 1988 American drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring Sigourney Weaver as naturalist Dian Fossey. It tells the true story of her work in Rwanda with Mountain ...more

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Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Kinsey Liam Neeson, Tim Curry, John Lithgow Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, ...more

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Sean Carey added Ex Machina Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more

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Madame Curie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Madame Curie Greer Garson, Margaret O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film made by MGM. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sidney Franklin from a screenplay by Paul Osborn, Paul H. Rameau, and Aldous Huxley, ...more

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Infinity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
piyush added Infinity Matthew Broderick, Patricia Arquette, Ċ½eljko Ivanek 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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The Story of Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
The Story of Louis Pasteur Paul Muni, Anita Louise, Donald Woods The Story of Louis Pasteur is a 1936 American biographical film. It starred Paul Muni as the renowned scientist who developed major advances in microbiology which revolutionized agriculture and ...more

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Galileo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Galileo Cyril Cusack, Piero Vida, Georgi Kaloyanchev Galileo is a 1968 Italian-Bulgarian biographical drama film directed by Liliana Cavani. It depicts the life of Galileo Galilei and particularly his clash with the Catholic Church.

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Agora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Agora Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella Agora is a 2009 Spanish English-language historical drama film directed by Alejandro Amenábar and written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil. The biopic stars Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a ...more

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The Road to Wellville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Ferry73 added The Road to Wellville Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack The Road to Wellville is a 1994 American comedy-drama film adaptation of T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel of the same name, which tells the story of the doctor and clean-living advocate John Harvey ...more

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Copenhagen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Copenhagen Daniel Craig, Stephen Rea, Francesca Annis Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Copenhagen is a 2002 British television drama film written and directed by Howard Davies and starring Daniel Craig and Stephen Rea. It is based in Michael Frayn's 1998 Tony Award-winning play of ...more

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Conceiving Ada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Conceiving Ada Tilda Swinton, Karen Black, Timothy Leary Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea of a ...more

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Fat Man and Little Boy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scientist Biopics
Fat Man and Little Boy Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern Fat Man and Little Boy is a 1989 film that reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret Allied endeavor to develop the first nuclear weapons during World War II. The film is named after the ...more