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The Best Movies About Real Scientists

Updated August 28, 2020 1.7k votes 459 voters 18.1k views22 items

List RulesVote up the best biographical movies about all kinds of scientists and researchers

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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    The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Imitation Game

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2014

    Directed byMorten Tyldum

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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

    A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a... more on Wikipedia

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    The Theory of Everything is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Marsh

    The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man Who Knew Infinity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Man Who Knew Infinity

    Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel

    Released2016

    Directed byMatt Brown

    The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biopic of  S Ramanujan, the great mathematician, who had no formal training in mathematics still he made great contribution in mathematics like number theory, infinite series, continued fraction etc. He was also the member of royal society of cambridge university.

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Awakenings

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams

    Released1990

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    The Secret of Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Secret of Nikola Tesla

    Orson Welles, Strother Martin

    Released1980

    Directed byKrsto Papić

    The Secret of Nikola Tesla, is a 1980 Yugoslav biographical film which details events in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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    Gorillas in the Mist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Gorillas in the Mist

    Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    Infinity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Infinity

    Matthew Broderick, Patricia Arquette

    Released1996

    Directed byMatthew Broderick

    Infinity is a 1996 American biographical drama film about the early life of physicist Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    Hawking is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Hawking

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

    Released2004

    Directed byPhilip Martin

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    Galileo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Galileo

    Cyril Cusack, Piero Vida

    Released1968

    Directed byLiliana Cavani

    Galileo is a 1968 Italian-Bulgarian biographical drama film directed by Liliana Cavani. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Tesla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Tesla

    Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson

    Released2020

    Directed byMichael Almereyda

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    The Story of Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Story of Louis Pasteur

    Paul Muni, Anita Louise

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

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    Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Temple Grandin

    Claire Danes, Julia Ormond

    Released2010

    Directed byMick Jackson

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    Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Kinsey

    Liam Neeson, Tim Curry

    Released2004

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Agora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Agora

    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac

    Released2009

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Creation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Creation

    Jennifer Connelly, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2009

    Directed byJon Amiel

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    Madame Curie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Madame Curie

    Greer Garson, Margaret O'Brien

    Released1943

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film made by MGM. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy... more on Wikipedia
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    The Road to Wellville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    The Road to Wellville

    Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick

    Released1994

    Directed byAlan Parker

    The Road to Wellville is a 1994 American comedy-drama film adaptation of T. Coraghessan... more on Wikipedia
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    Copenhagen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Copenhagen

    Daniel Craig, Stephen Rea

    Released2002

    Directed byHoward Davies

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    Conceiving Ada is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Conceiving Ada

    Tilda Swinton, Karen Black

    Released1997

    Directed byLynn Hershman Leeson

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    Fat Man and Little Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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    Fat Man and Little Boy

    Paul Newman, John Cusack

    Released1989

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    Fat Man and Little Boy is a 1989 film that reenacts the Manhattan Project. The film is named... more on Wikipedia
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