Movies about logic

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1. La habitación de Fermat (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

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 ... See full summary »

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña | Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán

Votes: 17,361

2. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 159,635 | Gross: $3.22M

3. Proof (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

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.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 40,764 | Gross: $7.52M

4. Mrs. Hyde (2017)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

Mrs. Géquil is a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained?

Director: Serge Bozon | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, José Garcia, Adda Senani

Votes: 836 | Gross: $0.02M

5. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

Votes: 41,567

6. L'hypothèse du tableau volé (1978)

66 min | Drama, Mystery

Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Jean Rougeul, Chantal Paley, Jean Raynaud, Daniel Grimm

Votes: 835

7. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 93,498 | Gross: $7.15M

8. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos, where an archaeological group are exploring the Tomb of the Cybermen. But are the Cybermen as dormant as they believe?

Director: Morris Barry | Stars: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Roy Stewart

Votes: 474

9. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 114,853

10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 761,125 | Gross: $170.74M

11. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 755,406 | Gross: $138.43M

12. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 583,036 | Gross: $4.36M

13. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 205,122 | Gross: $24.79M

14. Wittgenstein (1993)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin

Votes: 1,924

15. Les violons du bal (1974)

110 min | Biography, Drama, War

For many years, filmmaker Michel Drach wanted to tell the story of his childhood during WWII and his family's escape from the occupying Nazis. The film explores his bittersweet memories, ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Drach | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-José Nat, Gabrielle Doulcet, David Drach

Votes: 94

16. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini

Votes: 96,669 | Gross: $7.49M

17. Love and Death (1975)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, War

89 Metascore

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet, Frank Adu

Votes: 32,581

18. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"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.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 212,021 | Gross: $81.16M

19. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 96,857 | Gross: $65.96M

20. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 58,872 | Gross: $8.62M

21. The Oxford Murders (2008)

R | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling, Jim Carter

Votes: 25,754 | Gross: $0.00M

22. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 610,789 | Gross: $91.13M

23. Mindhunter (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 114,380

24. Travelling Salesman (2012)

80 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Four mathematicians are hired by the US government to solve the most powerful problem in computer science history.

Director: Timothy Lanzone | Stars: Danny Barclay, Eric Bloom, David John Cole, Malek Houlihan

Votes: 1,101

25. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 14,828

26. Sofies verden (1999)

113 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

Sofie is an ordinary Norwegian girl. One day she recieves a video tape on which a certain Alberto Knox talks directly to her from ancient Greece. They then start to meet at different ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gustavson | Stars: Silje Storstein, Tomas von Brömssen, Andrine Sæther, Bjørn Floberg

Votes: 1,743

27. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 17,648 | Gross: $0.74M



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