List of films about mathematicians

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This is a list of feature films that include mathematicians, scientists who use math or references to mathematicians.

  • 21 (2008) - A group of MIT current and former students, mostly mathematicians, and a mathematics professor devise a card counting scheme for success at Las Vegas Strip blackjack tables.
  • 21 Grams (2003) - An accident changes many lives, including that of a critically ill mathematics professor (Sean Penn).
  • Agora (2009) - The life of Hypatia.
  • Antonia's Line (1995) - A genealogical "line" of five generations of women includes a child prodigy, Thérèse, who grows up to be a mathematician.
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001) - A fictional account based loosely on the life of mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe), who made a breakthrough that wins him the Nobel Prize in economics.
  • A Hill on the Dark Side of the Moon (1983) - A drama film about the professor of mathematics, Sonya Kovalevskaya.
  • The Bank (2001) - A mathematician discovers a formula to predict fluctuations in the stock market.
  • Cube (1997) - Six people, including Leaven, a maths student, awake in a deathtrap based on mathematical principles.
  • Enigma (2001) - A story of romantic and psychological intrigue set in Bletchley Park during the World War II effort to crack the German Enigma machine.
  • Fermat's Room (2007) - Three mathematicians and one inventor are invited to a house under the premise of solving a great enigma and told to use pseudonyms based on famous historical mathematicians. At the house, they are trapped in a room. They must solve puzzles given by the host, who calls himself "Fermat", in order to escape the slowly closing walls of the room.
  • Good Will Hunting (1997) - Janitor and super-genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon) begins to turn his life around with the help of psychologist (Robin Williams) and a Fields Medal-winning professor (Stellan Skarsgård).
  • I.Q. (1994) - Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) helps a young man (Tim Robbins) pretend to be a physicist in order to catch the attention of Einstein's niece (Meg Ryan).
  • The Imitation Game (2014) - British mathematician a pioneer in digital computing and artificial intelliengence Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is tasked with cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code that would help the Allies win World War II.
  • Infinity (1996) - A story about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (Matthew Broderick).
  • An Invisible Sign (2011) - Mona Gray (Jessica Alba) gives up everything important to her in life, except mathematics, as part of a "deal with the universe" to help restore her father (a mathematician) to health. Years later, Mona teaches the subject, and does her best to help her students contend with their own personal crises.
  • It's My Turn (1980) - A mathematics professor (Jill Clayburgh) falls in love with her father's bride's son (Michael Douglas).
  • Jurassic Park (1993) - A mathematician (Jeff Goldblum) is among those invited to a theme park with cloned dinosaurs, in order to assess its safety.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) - Mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) travels to an auxiliary Jurassic Park site to document dinosaurs.
  • Moneyball (2011) - Oakland Athletics baseball team's general manager Billy Beane attempts to assemble a competitive team using statistics.
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) - A math professor (Jeff Bridges) marries a literature professor (Barbra Streisand), but they want different things from the relationship.
  • N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős (1993) is a documentary directed by George Paul 'Duke' Csicsery about the life of Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős.
  • The Oxford Murders (2008) - A Student (Elijah Wood) finds out about mysterious killings in Oxford and helped by a professor, they reveal the math patterns used by the killer.
  • Pi (1998) - A mathematician searches for the number that underlies all of nature.
  • Proof (2005) - A former student (Jake Gyllenhaal) of a recently deceased, brilliant mathematician (Anthony Hopkins) finds a notebook in his office containing a proof of an important theorem, but the mathematician's daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) claims it is hers. The ensuing dispute is complicated by signs that she may have inherited her father's mental illness and a burgeoning romance.
  • Raising Genius (2004) - The film is about a boy (Justin Long) who locks himself in the bathroom to work out math equations on the shower wall.
  • Sneakers (1992) - An eclectic team is assembled to steal a code-breaking box developed by a rogue mathematician.
  • Stand and Deliver (1988) - Based on the true story of math teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired the students in a school in a Hispanic neighborhood.
  • Stranger than Fiction (2006) - One character is named after the mathematician David Hilbert.
  • Straw Dogs (1971) - David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is an American mathematical physicist who moves to England, where he and his wife are violently harassed by locals.
  • A Summer's Tale (1996) - A young mathematician vacationing in Brittany.
  • Tall Story (1960) - A college physics and mathematics whiz is also the star basketball player, partly because he has devised equations for making baskets.
  • The Theory of Everything (2014) - the story of the life and hardships faced by theoretical physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking.
  • Travelling Salesman (2012) - The U.S. government hires four mathematicians to solve the most powerful problem ever to plague computer science.

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