Film The Best Movies About Real Scientists  

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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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The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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The Man Who Knew Infinity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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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The Theory of Everything is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Hawking is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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The Secret of Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
DangerousSurya added The Secret of Nikola Tesla Orson Welles, Strother Martin, Dennis Patrick The Secret of Nikola Tesla, is a 1980 Yugoslav biographical film which details events in the life of the discoverer Nikola Tesla. Tesla was born to ethnic Serb parents in 1856 Croatia. He ...more

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Creation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Gorillas in the Mist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Infinity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
piyush added Matthew Broderick, Patricia Arquette, Željko 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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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
BioKimistry added Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more

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Madame Curie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Galileo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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The Story of Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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The Road to Wellville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
Ferry73 added 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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Agora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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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Copenhagen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Real Scientists
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