Film Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators  

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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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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara 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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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee 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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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan 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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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West 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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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman 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) 7 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez 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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Flash of Genius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tatiana Maslany 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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Steamboy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
BenjaminLyddon added Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima, Sanae Kobayashi 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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Flubber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Wil Wheaton Flubber is a 1997 comedy film and a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, directed by Les Mayfield. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and stars Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, ...more

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Edison, The Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman

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Fat Man and Little Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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

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Lightbulb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer, Richard Kind 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

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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 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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The Dam Busters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave 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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Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones, Hugh Dancy Hysteria is a 2011 film directed by Tanya Wexler.

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen Steve Jobs is a 2015 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 launch, ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees 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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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis 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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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani 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 Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young 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