Movies about mathematicians

List of the best movies about mathematicians selected by visitors to our site: A Beautiful Mind, Pi, The Imitation Game, UFO, Animal World, The Warning, Baar Baar Dekho, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Measuring the World, Hidden Figures.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, biography
CharactersSpy, Mathematicians, Scientists, Geniuses, Inventors
PlotOn real events, Love, Mental disorders, Obsession
StyleFascinating, Touching, Smart, Interesting, Mind-altering

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help with breaking Soviet codes, which soon gets him involved in a terrifying conspiracy plot. Nash grows more and more paranoid until a discovery that turns his entire world upside down. Now it is only with Alicia's help that he will be able to recover his mental strength and regain his status as the great mathematician we know him as today..

Pi (1998)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama

The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.

The Imitation Game (2014)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Mathematicians, Geniuses, Inventors
PlotOn real events, War, Computers
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Tense, Inspirational, Serious, Intellectual

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

UFO (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersFBI, Mathematicians, Friends, Geniuses, Students
PlotUFO, Investigation, Mystery
StyleExciting, Makes me think

A college student, who sees a UFO, uses his exceptional math skills to investigate the sighting with his friends while the FBI follows closely behind.

Animal World (2018)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CharactersSuperhero, Mathematicians, Friends, Geniuses, Girlfriends
PlotAbduction, Supernatural, Money, Survival, Betrayal
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Heavy, Fancy, By manga

Drifting aimlessly through life, Kaisi (Li Yi Feng) has racked up debts of several million having borrowed money from his friends. Lured with the promise of writing it all off, Kaisi leaves his ailing mother and childhood sweetheart Qing (Zhou Dongyu) to board the ship Destiny and attend a gambling party controlled by the mysterious Anderson (Michael Douglas). All players join the game with stars. For each game they lose, their opponent captures a star. Everyone is holding daggers behind their backs plotting dirty means by which to overcome their opponents. The game quickly deteriorates into a slaughter and Kaisi must battle save his own skin…

The Warning (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CharactersPolice, Mathematicians, Teens
PlotSupernatural, Investigation, Curses
StyleTense, Fascinating, For men

Ten-year-old Nico receives a threatening letter and now his life is in danger. No one seems to believe him except one person that he doesn't know.

Baar Baar Dekho (2016)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, melodrama, drama, musical
PlotTime travel

What would you do if you could see the future of your relationship? This film follows a roller coaster ride with Jai and Diya as they ride the ups and down of their relationship through the test of time.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists, Geniuses
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceEngland, India
StylePhilosophical, Smart, Intellectual, By books

Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

Measuring the World (2012)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, adventure
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists, Inventors
PlotFriendship, Rivalry
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Fancy, Psychological problems, By books

Germany in the early 19th century. "Die Vermessung der Welt" follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths.

Hidden Figures (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists, Judge, Geniuses, Strong women
PlotOn real events
StyleExciting, Light, Touching, Soulful, Inspirational

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

An Invisible Sign (2010)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, family
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.

Fermat's Room (2007)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, detective
CharactersMathematicians, Scientists, Geniuses
PlotChess, Mystery, Rivalry
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Disturbing, Tense, Serious

Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.

Sneakers (1992)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
CharactersHackers, Spy, Mathematicians, Friends, Partners
PlotTechnology, Conspiracies
StyleExciting, Light, For men, Smart, Disturbing

When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save themselves and the world economy by retrieving the box from their blackmailers.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryItaly, Germany, France
CharactersPhotographers, Mathematicians
PlotSnow, Anorexia, Loneliness, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Party, Italy, Mountains
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

Prime numbers are divisible only by one and themselves. These numbers are solitary and incomprehensible to others. Alice and Mattia are both "prime", both haunted by the tragedies that have marked them in childhood: a skiing accident for Alice which has caused a defect in her leg, and the loss of his twin sister for Matthew.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Markimdb: 8.3
CharactersJanitors, Mathematicians, Geniuses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists
StylePhilosophical, To cry, Deep Meaning, Mind-altering, Expanding consciousness

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

Super 30 (2019)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography
CharactersTeachers, Poor, Mathematicians, Geniuses, Students
PlotOn real events, Love, Motorcycles, Money, Hunger
PlacePrison, Trains, Party, India

Based on life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna.

No Highway (1951)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersStewardesses, Mathematicians, Scientists, Actors, Heroes
PlaceAircraft, England
StyleAction, By books, Disturbing, Tense, Serious

James Stewart plays aeronautical engineer Theodore Honey, the quintessential absent-minded professor: eccentric, forgetful, but brilliant. His studies show that the aircraft being manufactured by his employer has a subtle but deadly design flaw that manifests itself only after the aircraft has flown a certain number of hours. En route to a crash site to prove his theory, Honey discovers that he is aboard a plane rapidly approaching his predicted deadline.

Down a Dark Hall (2018)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama
CountrySpain, USA
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Mathematicians
PlotAdventure, Ghosts, Intrigue, Mystery
PlaceBoarding school, Mansions
StyleDepressive, Heavy, Disturbing

Kit, a troubled girl, is sent to the exclusive Blackwood boarding school, where she discovers that only four other female students have been admitted to learn the four pillars of knowledge under the ominous wing of the mysterious headmistress Madame Duret.