Movies are sometimes a wonderful avenue to absorb information and understand a world that you may not be a part of, but one that affects you at every level.
Like the world of science, discovery, and inventions, that changed the very course of the world we inhabit today. So here are movies inspired by the life of some of the most brilliant scientists we know:
1. The Imitation Game
Based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, this thrilling historical drama starred Benedict Cumberbatch as a cryptoanalyst who decrypted German intelligence codes during the Second World War. The entertaining biopic benefitted from an extremely riveting story and an enthralling performance by Cumberbatch.
2. A Beautiful Mind
Based on the life of Nobel Laureate John Nash, this is easily one of the most famous biographical movies ever made, and rightfully so. Starring Russel Crowe in the lead role, the movie won four Academy Awards. It is considered as a hauntingly beautiful exploration of what life is like when living with a mental illness.
3. Temple Grandin
One of the most empathetic movies to deal with the subject of autism, the semi-biographical drama was based on the life of American professor Mary Temple Grandin. Her invention helped revolutionize the handling of livestock to make it a more humane process. The absorbing narrative ensured the story was relatable without resorting to dramatic clichés.
4. Hidden Figures
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s non-fiction book of the same name, the movie brings forth the story of African-American female mathematicians who were crucial to the success of NASA’s Project Mercury, among other missions. Engaging, heartwarming, and most importantly, a significant retelling of an important section of American history, the movie is easily one of the most entertaining biographical dramas on the list.
5. The Theory Of Everything
Based on the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, this romantic biographical drama was adapted from Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. This bittersweet love story was expertly woven together with pleasant humor and solid performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
6. The Man Who Knew Infinity
Based on the life of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, the film stars Dev Patel in the lead role. The movie showcases the story of how a mathematical genius from an impoverished background manages to break ground in the field of mathematics under the right guidance. It was a conventional story of an inspiring tale, elevated further by Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons’ fine performances.
A slightly fictionalized account of Randal Keynes’s Darwin biography Annie’s Box, the movie dealt with Charles Darwin’s personal life, particularly the conflict between his wife’s ideologies and his theory of evolution. A complex and sentimental story, the movie was a gentle foray into Darwin’s personal agony.
Unlike the later biographical drama The Theory Of Everything, this BBC Television film dealt with Hawking’s life, primarily his struggle against motor neuron disease and his research for the beginning of time. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, this was an inspirational portrait of an incredible true story.
Starring Rachel Weisz in the lead role, this historical biopic was based on the life of female mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer Hypatia, set in the late 4th-century Roman Egypt. An outstanding performance was Weisz helped turn this ambitious and dramatic story into a relatable and encouraging tale.
These are movies that managed to perfectly marry fact with fiction and present stories that were engaging and inspiring in equal measures.