Favorite Real Life Inventor Biopic

by urbanemovies | created - 20 Mar 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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1. 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: 650,372 | Gross: $91.13M

Alan Turing

Mathematician, Codebreaker and Inventor

Father of Modern Computers and Artificial Intelligence

2. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 320,722 | Gross: $102.61M

Howard Hughes

Pioneer, Inventor, and Corporate Head in Film, Aviation and Aerospace

Driving Force Behind Many Film, Aviation, Lingerie and Other Innovations

3. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 15,466 | Gross: $19.65M

Preston Tucker

Inventor, Automobile Pioneer and Company Founder, Tucker Automobiles and Tucker Aircraft

Driving Force Behind Many Automobile Innovations

4. Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis

Votes: 16,204 | Gross: $4.23M

Robert Kearns


Automobile Windshield Wiper and Other Inventions

5. Joy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 122,990 | Gross: $56.45M

Joy Mangano

Inventor and Company Founder

Miracle Mop and Other Household Products

6. Steve Jobs (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 146,131 | Gross: $17.77M

Steve Jobs (and Steve 'Woz' Wozniak) [Michael Fassbender as Jobs version]

Co-Founder and CEO Apple, Pixar and NeXT Computers

Driving Force Behind Many Apple Products

7. Jobs (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama

44 Metascore

The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Director: Joshua Michael Stern | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas

Votes: 91,386 | Gross: $16.12M

Steve Jobs (and Steve 'Woz' Wozniak) [Ashton Kutcher as Jobs version]

Co-Founder and CEO Apple, Pixar and NeXT Computers

Driving Force Behind Many Apple Products

8. The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla (1980)

115 min | Biography, Drama

Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.

Director: Krsto Papic | Stars: Petar Bozovic, Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Strother Martin

Votes: 1,173

Nikola Tesla [Petar Bozovic as Tesla version]


A/C Electrical Current and other Inventions

9. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 945

Alexander Graham Bell


Inventor of Telephone (disputed) and Other Inventions

10. Edison, the Man (1940)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Drama

82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,462

Thomas A. Edison

Inventor and Technology Pioneer

Light Bulb, Phonograph and Many Other Inventions

11. My Life So Far (1999)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 2,730 | Gross: $0.62M

Denis Forman

TV Executive and Inventor

Amateur Inventor

12. Carbine Williams (1952)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

David Marshall Williams is sent to a prison farm where he works in the tool shop and eventually develops the precursor of the famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in World War II.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,659

Carbine Williams


M1 Carbine Machine Gun Design

13. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 74,969 | Gross: $2.09M

Rámon Sampedro

Euthansia Pioneer

Legal Assisted Suicide Procedure

14. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 11,619

Vivien Thomas and Alfred Blalock

Heart Surgery Pioneers and Inventors

Pioneered Modern Heart Surgery Techniques and Instruments

15. Hysteria (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Director: Tanya Wexler | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones

Votes: 29,776 | Gross: $1.80M

Dr. Mortimer Granville

Inventor and Psychological Researcher


16. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,843 | Gross: $20.96M



Fire: Methods to Create, Transport and Applications

17. Dive Bomber (1941)

Approved | 132 min | Drama, War

A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Alexis Smith

Votes: 1,522

Major Edward C. Schneider (and Others)

Medical Researcher and Altitude Sickness Pioneer

Invention of Pressure Suit and Pressurized Cockpit

18. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

Votes: 21,065 | Gross: $1.58M

William Moulton Marston

Inventor and Psychological Researcher

Systolic Blood Pressure Test, Lie Detector Pioneer, Wonder Woman Creator

added 10 February 2018

19. The Odyssey (2016)

PG | 122 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The aquatic adventure of the highly influential and fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher, and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, covers roughly thirty years of an inarguably rich in achievements life.

Director: Jérôme Salle | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 4,542

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Inventor and Marine Conservation/Documentary/Underwater Photography Pioneer

Co-Developer, Open-Circuit SCUBA System

added February 2018

20. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

70 Metascore

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom, Anthony Loder

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $0.82M

Hedy Lamar and George Antheil

Torpedo Guidance Inventor and Wireless Phone-Bluetooth-Technology Pioneer

Creators of "Frequency Hopping" Technology

added 10 February 2018

21. Jefferson in Paris (1995)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Estelle Eonnet

Votes: 2,722 | Gross: $2.47M

Thomas Jefferson

Inventor and Democracy Pioneer

Swivel Chair, "Great Clock", Lazy Susan and Many Others

added 10 February 2018

22. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 2,143

Louis Pasteur

Inventor, Medical Researcher and Germ Pioneer

Vaccination, Microbial Fermentation and Pasteurization

added 10 February 2018

23. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 26,126

Temple Grandin Inventor and Autism Pioneer


added 10 February 2018

24. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 592,954 | Gross: $96.96M

Mark Zuckerberg (and Others)

Internet Pioneer

Driving Force Behind and Facebook Creator

added 10 February 2018

25. The Fifth Estate (2013)

R | 128 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander

Votes: 37,507 | Gross: $3.25M

Julian Assange (and Daniel Berg)

Internet Pioneer

Driving Force Behind and WikiLeaks Creator

added 10 February 2018

26. Longitude (2000 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History

In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Anna Chancellor, Emma Kay, Samuel West

Votes: 2,051

John Harrison

Inventor and Clockmaker

Invented Marine Chronometer, revolutionized sea navigation and greatly increased the safety of long-distance sea travel.

added 24 October 2018

27. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,376

Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Nobel prize-winning Immunology Pioneer

He made important contributions in the treatment of syphilis, diphtheria, as well as, in the fields of chemotherapy and therapeutic serums and popularized the concept of a magic bullet.

added 24 October 2018

28. The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Powell, Katherine Waterston, Nancy Crane

Votes: 11,818

Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse [Nicholas Hoult as Tesla version]


Electrical Current Systems and Other Related Inventions

added 22 November 2019

29. Tesla (2020)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The intriguing life of Nikola Tesla, as a young man in NYC.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Hannah Gross, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 35

Nikola Tesla [Ethan Hawke as Tesla version]


A/C Electrical Current and other Inventions

added 25 January 2020

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