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Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators

Updated August 28, 2020 614 votes 121 voters 11.5k 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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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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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 Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Social Network

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Steve Jobs

    Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet

    Released2015

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Steve Jobs is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Meet The Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Meet The Robinsons

    Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett

    Released2007

    Directed byStephen J. Anderson

    Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Honey, I Shrunk The Kids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Dam Busters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Dam Busters

    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan

    Released1954

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    The Dam Busters is a British Second World War war film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Young Einstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Young Einstein

    Mikey Robins, John Howard

    Released1988

    Directed byYahoo Serious

    Young Einstein is an Australian comedy film directed by and starring Yahoo Serious, released... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Theory Of Everything is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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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 Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Flash Of Genius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Flash Of Genius

    Lauren Graham, Alan Alda

    Released2008

    Directed byMarc Abraham

    Flash of Genius is a 2008 American biographical film directed by Marc Abraham. The screenplay... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Steamboy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Steamboy

    Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima

    Released2004

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

    Steamboy is a 2004 Japanese steampunk animated action film produced by Sunrise, directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Tesla

    Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson

    Released2020

    Directed byMichael Almereyda

    Tesla is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Almereyda. A stylistic... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Primer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

    Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Around The World In 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Around The World In 80 Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q

    Released2004

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne's... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Hysteria

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones

    Released2011

    Directed byTanya Wexler

    Hysteria is a 2011 film directed by Tanya Wexler.amazon_watch buy button
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    Fat Man And Little Boy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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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 Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Flubber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Flubber

    Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released1997

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Flubber is a 1997 comedy film and a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, directed by Les... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

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    Edison, The Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Edison, The Man

    Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson
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    Lightbulb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    Lightbulb

    Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer

    Released2009

    Directed byJeff Balsmeyer

    Ingenious is a 2009 American film, previously titled Lightbulb. It is a rags-to-riches story... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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