Movies about Maths and Physics
Not only A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting! Here is a reasoned list of films about mathematics, physics and the like, with formidable works like the recent The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, but also titles to rediscover, like Pi or the Italian I ragazzi di via Panisperna: fantasy tales or biographies about great scientists, and in certain cases history and fiction are intertwined… the important thing is that the protagonists must be intelligent.
Math movies: a little history
Mathematics and physics, in this list, are subjects that have been put together for obvious reasons of disciplinary proximity, especially in the several cases of titles based on the true stories of distinguished scientists (apropos: a look at the biopics about scientists will be useful to widen the research). This is the case of the most outdated works of this list such as Young Tom Edison and Edison, the Man, which is also about the famous American inventor. In the ‘70s, curiously, various significant films concentrated on the great geniuses of the past centuries: Copernicus, Galileo, Cartesius and Blaise Pascal, to conclude the decade with The Secret of Nikola Tesla, released in 1980.
The best math movies
Besides those mentioned in the introductory lines, there are quality titles about applied mathematics and even though baseball and gambling are not the most edifying activities you have in mind, Moneyball and 21 are two amazing films where the knowledge of numbers can make a big difference! Another remarkable film is Stand and Deliver, touching film about an algebra teacher who deals with a turbulent class of Hispanic students. Not always, of course, calculations and numbers represent the narrative heart: when they are averagely related it means that the matter remains in the background. This is the case of films in which mathematicians, physicists and teachers are involved in plots of various kinds, often under the sign of thrillers, such as in Torn Curtain or in the very tense Straw Dogs, with Gary Cooper and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. There is room even for a couple of comedies: Lay the Favorite, signed by Stephen Frears, and Whatever Works, one of the most brilliant attempts by the “latest” Woody Allen: the protagonist is a scientist (an expert in quantum mechanics) who suffers from an existential crisis after having come close to the Nobel Prize.
Recent mathematics movies: in 2017 'Gifted', the story of a genial little girl
Those who are looking for more recent material can take their pick: in addition to the already mentioned titles on Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, this past year has seen the opening of no fewer than three films on the issue: The Man Who Knew Infinity, with Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, The Accountant, a thriller about a bookkeeper, affected with Asperger syndrome, so handy with numbers but also with other lethal qualities, and Hidden Figures, the true story of the AfroAmerican physicist and scientist Katherine Johnson, who worked together with NASA on important aerospace projects. The most recent film about mathematics is Gifted, the story of a little girl, who has an incredible talent for calculations; the dilemma of her uncle (who is given the care of the child) which consists in sending her to a school for geniuses or allowing her to live a “normal” childhood.
List of movies about Maths and Physics ordered by release date. You can also view the movies in alphabetical order or in rating order.
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title / original title 
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2017 
Gifted 
Maths and Physics 
2  
2016 
Hidden Figures 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2016 
The Accountant 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2016 
The Man Who Knew Infinity 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2015 
A Good American 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2015 
Le grand jour 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2015 
X+Y 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2014 
The Theory of Everything 
Maths and Physics 
1  
2014 
The Imitation Game 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2014 
Interstellar 
Maths and Physics 
1  
2014 
Olive Kitteridge 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2013 
Hawking 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2012 
Die Vermessung der Welt 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2012 
Lay the Favorite 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2011 
Moneyball 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2011 
Another Earth 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2010 
An Invisible Sign 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2009 
A Serious Man 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2009 
サマーウォーズ 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2009 
Whatever Works 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2009 
Agora 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2008 
Einstein and Eddington 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2008 
21 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2006 
Gui si 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2006 
Antonio, guerriero di Dio 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2005 
Proof 
Maths and Physics 
1  
2005 
Primer 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2005 
Ice Princess 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2002 
Copenhagen 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2001 
A Beautiful Mind 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2001 
The Bank 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2001 
Enigma 
Maths and Physics 
0  
2000 
Tesla: Master of Lightning 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1998 
Pi 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1997 
Good Will Hunting 
Maths and Physics 
1  
1997 
Cube 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1996 
Infinity 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1993 
Tesla 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1992 
Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician Morte di un matematico napoletano 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1991 
Little Man Tate 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1989 
I ragazzi di via Panisperna 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1988 
Stand and Deliver 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1985 
Real Genius 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1980 
Tajna Nikole Tesle 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1978 
Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1975 
Galileo 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1974 
Cartesius 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1973 
Kopernik 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1972 
Blaise Pascal 
Maths and Physics 
0  
1971 
Straw Dogs 
Maths and Physics 
0 
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