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Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators 

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Updated June 14, 2019 364 votes 111 voters 10.6k views 23 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies that follow the lives of brilliant people who create great things.

The greatest innovators have not only reshaped the world with their inspired inventions, but they have also served as the inspiration behind award-winning films. The top films about inventors feature intelligent characters finding solutions to societal problems. This is a list of the greatest movies about innovators including everything from A Beautiful Mind to Young Einstein to Hugo.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about geniuses and innovators? The Social Network retells the real-life story of Mark Zuckerberg, the mind behind Facebook. Aaron Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing the movie's script. The Aviator is another good movie about a famous real-life innovator. The Prestige features a skilled magician enlisting the help of Nikola Tesla to further push his craft. Other good movies featured on this list include Primer, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Time Machine.

Which of these movies about inventors are the best? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: 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 Social Network is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: 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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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The 47th animated feature in ...more

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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The Theory of Everything... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Marsh

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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Flash of Genius is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tatiana Maslany

Released: 2008

Directed by: 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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen

Released: 2015

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Steve Jobs is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. Structured into three acts, with each act taking place before a product ...more
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Around the World in 80 D... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name. It stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cécile de France. The film is ...more

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis

Released: 1989

Directed by: 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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Primer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Shane Carruth

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more

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The Dam Busters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Anderson

The Dam Busters is a British Second World War war film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd and directed by Michael Anderson. The film recreates the true story of Operation Chastise when ...more

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Young Einstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Mikey Robins, John Howard, David Ngoombujarra

Released: 1988

Directed by: Yahoo Serious

Young Einstein is an Australian comedy film directed by and starring Yahoo Serious, released in 1988. It was based loosely on the life of Albert Einstein, but relocated the theoretical physicist ...more

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Edison, The Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Edison, The Man Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman
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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

Released: 2004

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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The Absent-Minded Profes... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character ...more

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Steamboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
BenjaminLyddon added Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima, Sanae Kobayashi

Released: 2004

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

Steamboy is a 2004 Japanese steampunk animated action film produced by Sunrise, directed and co-written by Katsuhiro Otomo, his second major anime release, following Akira. The film was released ...more

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Lightbulb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Lightbulb Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer, Richard Kind

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jeff Balsmeyer

Ingenious is a 2009 American film, previously titled Lightbulb. It is a rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up ...more
21
Fat Man and Little Boy ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern

Released: 1989

Directed by: Roland Joffé

Fat Man and Little Boy is a 1989 film that reenacts the Manhattan Project. The film is named after the weapons "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" detonated over Nagasaki and ...more
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Flubber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Wil Wheaton

Released: 1997

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones, Hugh Dancy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tanya Wexler

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