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Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators

Updated August 28, 2020 642 votes 129 voters 12.8k views24 items

List RulesVote 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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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

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    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan

    Released1954

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    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q

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