Engineer Movies

by rtondell | created - 04 Dec 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Movies with Engineering in the Plot, Important scenes or an Engineer as a main Character. Who is the Engineer we are looking for? The Engineer combines Science and Technology to improve the Society and the World. (Of course he/she can do the opposite, but that is not the one we are after.) Simplified, the Engineer do Analyzis, Design or Construction on Practical Issues or Tools. His/Her work is is a mix of Science, Mathematics, Experience and Creativity. Note: Engineering is often classified into main branches as Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, all with a lot of subdisciplines. Other important branches are Aerospace, Computer, Petroleum, Software and Biomedical Engineering. New specialities develop constantly. A Great basis for fascinating Movies! Feel free to comment on other convenient candidates for the list.

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(Rune Tondell - Civil Engineer / Urban Planner)

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1. The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester

Votes: 149,450 | Gross: $54.46M

Main Character, Dr. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), is the designer of the Oil Rig. A superior Machine / Marine Engineer.

2. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 271,521 | Gross: $78.62M

Theme of the movie is Cybernetic Engineering

3. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 699,628 | Gross: $78.90M

Several Engineers in the crew of the space ship. Can't help them against the Alien, though.

4. The Great Race (1965)

Passed | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 14,560 | Gross: $25.33M

Theme of the Movie is Engineering expertise building the supreme motor car. The main characters is the rennaissanse man, the Great Leslie (Tony Curtis), and his arc-rival Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon). Both with Engineering skills.

5. Another Year (2010)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman

Votes: 26,060 | Gross: $3.21M

Main character, Tom (Jim Broadbent), is a Engineer Geologist. He is a cliff, solid and stable - like the rock he works with, while most of his and his wife's friends stumble.

6. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 241,677 | Gross: $173.84M

Spacecraft System Engineers on Ground saves the Day with creativity and new procedures when the words "Huston, we have a problem" is uttered.

7. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,026,944 | Gross: $760.51M

Theme of the Movie is Genetic Engineering. The Avatars are hybrid bodies from genetically distinct modified-human DNA and alien genetic material - Big and Blue!

8. 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: 303,757 | Gross: $102.61M

The Movie portraits Howard Robard Huges, Jr., an American business magnate, investor, aviator, film maker, philanthropist AND Aerospace Engineer!

9. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,172,475 | Gross: $206.85M

Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) is Batmans Inventor and Engineer for special equipment, which is an important aspect of Batman.

10. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 617,117 | Gross: $27.00M

Theme of this superb Movie is Genetic Engineering!

11. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 183,648 | Gross: $44.91M

A must for Civil Engineers! Bridge building and motivating workers.

12. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 261,847 | Gross: $29.20M

Water Engineering is a premise for the Plot in this fantastic Neo Noir Movie. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to spy on the Chief Engineer of LA Water and Energy Department.

13. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 36,994

Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an Inventor and Engineer, making fantastic inventions, like a flying car!

14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, James Caan

Votes: 182,882 | Gross: $124.87M

Flint Lockwood is a Scientist and Engineer working on a self made project with Genetic Engineering for Food Supply - with Big Dimensions!

15. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,681

Main Character Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) was a Marine Engineer and inventor of the Bouncing Bomb.

16. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,022,532 | Gross: $534.86M

An important aspect of Batman is his technical gadgets. Lucius Fox is his inventor and engineer of the fun stuff.

17. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 71,502

When alien Klaatu arrives Earth with an important message to Mankind, Professor Jacob Barnhardt and the World's Greatest Scientists are the right recipients.

18. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 211,425 | Gross: $111.55M

19. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

Director: Christopher Monger | Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice

Votes: 15,230 | Gross: $10.90M

The Great Surveyor Movie. Main characters Anson (Hugh Grant) and Garrad are surveyors. Based on a true story.

20. A Man Called Ove (2015)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Director: Hannes Holm | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Votes: 37,611 | Gross: $3.36M

the Neigborhoods order man and Grouch - About unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. Ove is an Engineer and know hov to fix things properly!

21. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Andy Tennant directed this Cinderella variant. The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame (Jeanne Moreau) who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 64,153 | Gross: $65.71M

22. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 86,684 | Gross: $2.84M

The setting is a virtual reality game, with game designers and game engineers.

23. 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: 15,676 | Gross: $4.23M

The true story of Bob Kearns, an Electrical Engineering professor who has re-invented the windshield wiper, but has to struggle against the U.S. automobile Industry for the rights of his Idea.

24. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama

After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 17,407

25. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 142,170 | Gross: $40.46M

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is a Scientist and Engineer. The theme is teleportation. Good SciFi Horror Movie by david Cronenberg.

26. Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,670

Reodor Felgen work as a bicycle repair man, but he is also an Inventor and an Engineer, that make all kind of funny useful issues - and Il Tempo Gigante, the amazing racing car!

27. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 40,564 | Gross: $3.00M

28. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 256,823 | Gross: $12.34M

The theme of the movie is Genetic Engineering.

29. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 220,638 | Gross: $106.60M

30. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 174,799 | Gross: $148.17M

Billy's father, who buys Gizmo (the first Gremlin), Randall Peltzer, is an inventor and engineer who creates "Fantastic ideas for a fantastic world. I make the illogical logical." Among his inventions are "the Bathroom Buddy" (All you need in the bathroom built in a Swiss Army knife Concept), the Electric Hammer (instead of a Nailer...), the Ultimate Fly Swatter (poor flies - and people), the Cofee Sludge Maker, the artichoke audio system (really!), the smokeless ashtray (which actually generates MORE smoke than the sigarette...), not to mention the Mega Juicer (splash!) His engineering skills in realizing the ideas come trough are not perfect...

31. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 696,920 | Gross: $274.09M

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a Biomedical Engineer going on her first space mission when things turn for the worst when space debris collides with the space shuttle...

32. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 834,404 | Gross: $318.41M

"Iron Man" Tony Stark is a billionaire playboy, industrialist and an ingenious engineer. As a bright boy, he enters MIT at the age of 15 to study electrical engineering and later receives Master's degrees in electrical engineering and physics. That gives him the capability to build his powered suit of armour to fight corporate crime and terrorism.

33. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 768,206 | Gross: $402.45M

Theme of the Movie is Genetic Engineering. Great work with the Dinosaurs - or "God help us, we're in the hands of engineers." (Dr. Ian Malcolm)

34. Jurassic World (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

Votes: 529,695 | Gross: $652.27M

Theme of the Movie is Genetic Engineering. Jurassic World gives us "Indominus Rex" as it's latest attraction. A hybrid created by combining the genetic traits of multiple species, like Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus, Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops, and Therizinosaurus as well as modern animals like cuttlefish, tree frogs, and a pit viper snake. Nice One!

35. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 23,882 | Gross: $51.72M

Theme of the Movie is Nuclear Engineering, with solid man and Nuclear Engineer Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) as a Main Character.

36. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 624,748 | Gross: $256.39M

The theme of the movie is Genetic Engineering

37. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,262,160 | Gross: $188.02M

Epic SciFi where The Earth Suffers and Mankind needs Resque. Austronaut and Engineer Cooper travels into Space for a solution.

38. Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

Director: Thor Heyerdahl | Stars: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg, Knut Haugland

Votes: 2,088

Second man on the fleet, Herman Watzinger, was an Engineer and responsible for building and making the trip possible.

39. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 224,132 | Gross: $10.82M

40. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken

Votes: 183,120 | Gross: $118.63M

41. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 7,787 | Gross: $0.01M

42. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,476,454 | Gross: $171.48M

Main Character, Neo, is a Software Engineer. (And a Hacker! And may be the One!)

43. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 140,352 | Gross: $1.24M

44. The Mosquito Coast (1986)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Jadrien Steele

Votes: 24,472 | Gross: $14.30M

Both an Engineer and an Inventor, both more concerned of his own ideas than the people around him. "Traitors!"

45. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 2,907

46. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 74,185 | Gross: $32.48M

47. Paycheck (2003)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Michael C. Hall

Votes: 97,387 | Gross: $53.79M

48. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi