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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 This is the case of the most outdated works of this list such as Young Tom Edison and Edison, the Man, which is also about the famous American inventor.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 Afro-American 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.

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2017

Gifted

Gifted

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2016

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

  • 8,0

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2016

The Accountant

The Accountant

  • 7,0

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2016

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

  • 7,0

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2015

A Good American

A Good American

  • 7,3

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2015

Le grand jour

Le grand jour

  • 6,0

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2015

X+Y

X+Y

  • 7,0

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2014

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

  • 8,0

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2014

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

  • 8,0

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2014

Interstellar

Interstellar

  • 7,0

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2014

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

  • 7,5

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2013

Hawking

Hawking

  • 7,7

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2012

Measuring the World

Die Vermessung der Welt

  • 6,0

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2012

Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

  • 5,0

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2011

Moneyball

Moneyball

  • 8,3

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2011

Another Earth

Another Earth

  • 7,0

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2010

An Invisible Sign

An Invisible Sign

  • 5,0

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2009

A Serious Man

A Serious Man

  • 7,5

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2009

Summer Wars

サマーウォーズ

  • 8,0

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2009

Whatever Works

Whatever Works

  • 7,0

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2009

Agora

Agora

  • 7,0

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2008

Einstein and Eddington

Einstein and Eddington

  • 7,3

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2008

21

21

  • 7,5

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2006

Silk

Gui si

  • 6,3

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2006

Antonio, guerriero di Dio

Antonio, guerriero di Dio

  • 6,5

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2005

Proof

Proof

  • 6,3

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2005

Primer

Primer

  • 7,0

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2005

Ice Princess

Ice Princess

  • 6,0

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2002

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

  • 7,5

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2001

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

  • 9,0

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2001

The Bank

The Bank

  • 6,0

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2001

Enigma

Enigma

  • 6,3

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2000

Tesla: Master of Lightning

Tesla: Master of Lightning

  • 7,5

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1998

Pi

Pi

  • 7,0

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1997

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

  • 8,0

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1997

Cube

Cube

  • 6,5

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1996

Infinity

Infinity

  • 6,0

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1993

Tesla

Tesla

  • -

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1992

Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician

Morte di un matematico napoletano

  • 6,0

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1991

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate

  • 6,7

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1989

I ragazzi di via Panisperna

I ragazzi di via Panisperna

  • 7,0

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1988

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

  • 7,0

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1985

Real Genius

Real Genius

  • 6,0

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1980

The Secret of Nikola Tesla

Tajna Nikole Tesle

  • 7,3

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1978

Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte

Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte

  • 7,0

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1975

Galileo

Galileo

  • 6,5

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1974

Cartesius

Cartesius

  • 7,0

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1973

Copernicus

Kopernik

  • 6,5

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1972

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

  • 7,0

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1971

Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

  • 7,7

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