List of films about mathematicians

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21 (2008)
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"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
2.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
3.
Agora (2009)
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
 
4.
Antonia's Line (1995)
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (102 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
 
5.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
6.
The Bank (2001)
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The Bank is a thriller about banking, corruption and alchemy. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Connolly
 
7.
Enigma (2001)
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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
8.
Fermat's Room (2007)
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Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma... (89 mins.)
 
9.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
10.
I.Q. (1994)
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Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by pretending temporarily to be a great physicist. (100 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
11.
Infinity (1996)
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Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. (119 mins.)
 
12.
An Invisible Sign (2010)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
 
13.
It's My Turn (1980)
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A successful but stressed mathematics professor (Clayburgh) goes to her father's wedding and falls in love with her father's bride's son (Douglas)... (91 mins.)
Director: Claudia Weill
 
14.
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
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Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad... (126 mins.)
 
15.
N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös (1993 Documentary)
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N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos is a 1993 biographical documentary about the life of mathematician Paul Erdos, directed by George Paul Csicsery. (57 mins.)
 
16.
The Oxford Murders (2008)
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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. (104 mins.)
 
17.
Pi (1998)
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A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
 
18.
Proof (2005)
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The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs. (100 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
19.
Raising Genius (2004)
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The film is about a boy who locks himself in the bathroom to work out math equations on the shower wall... (83 mins.)
 
20.
Sneakers (1992)
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A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item. (126 mins.)
 
21.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
 
22.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
23.
Raising Genius (2004)
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The film is about a boy who locks himself in the bathroom to work out math equations on the shower wall... (83 mins.)
 
24.
Straw Dogs (1971)
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
25.
A Summer's Tale (1996)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him... (113 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
26.
Tall Story (1960)
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A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter. (91 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
27.
Travelling Salesman (2012)
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Four mathematicians are hired by the US government to solve the most powerful problem in computer science history. (80 mins.)
Director: Timothy Lanzone
 
28.
The Calculus of Love (2011 Short Film)
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Mathematics Professor AG Bowers is obsessed with solving the fabled 250 year old Goldbach Conjecture. When a series of mystery letters arrive hinting at a solution, Bowers believes his lifelong dream may at last be within reach. (15 mins.)
Director: Dan Clifton
 
29.
Lambada (1990)
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Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance... (104 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
 
30.
Safe (2012)
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Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. (94 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
31.
Equilibrium (2002)
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In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
 
32.
Person of Interest (2010)
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An Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD becomes convinced that the federal government is setting him up as the fall-guy in a soon-to-be domestic terrorist attack. (72 mins.)
Director: Gregory Bayne
 
33.
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
34.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
35.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
36.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
37.
Rites of Love and Math (2010 Short Film)
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Is there a mathematical formula for love without death? The film 'Rites of Love and Math' is a sprawling allegory about Truth and Beauty... (26 mins.)
 
38.
Proof (2005)
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The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs. (100 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
39.
The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train... (85 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
40.
A Serious Man (2009)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
41.
The Time Machine (2002)
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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
 
42.
Breaking the Code (1996 TV Movie)
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A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer... (75 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
43.
The Code Conspiracy (2002)
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What if a computer disc held a code so powerful that it could change the world forever? While translating the Dead Sea Scrolls... (97 mins.)
Director: Hank Whetstone
 
44.
Cast Away (2000)
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A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
45.
The Saint (1997)
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Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar... (116 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
46.
Contact (1997)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
47.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
48.
Like Mike (2002)
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A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside. (99 mins.)
Director: John Schultz