16 Movies About Scientists

16 movies about scientists for you to use in your homeschool! These movies are about some amazing scientists (2 on Stephen Hawking 🙂 ). Please make sure to check out the rating listed and the parent guide for each movie to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age. All of the movies are PG-13 and below, but every family is different and we tried to make sure the content of each one is clear. If you’d like to see another list like this, please contact us. Let us know what you think of the movies in the comments below or join the conversation on social media, #thtscientistsmovies2015.


 

And the Band Played On, 1993

And the Band Played On
The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.

Rated PG-13
Trailer | About the Movie | Study Guide | Parent Guide
Watch: AZAZIV | DTVGOOPHBO | ITUNES | NFLXVIM | XFINYT 
About Dr. Don Francis | About Dr. Robert Gallo | What is HIV/AIDS? | Based on Book


Awakenings, 1990

Awakenings
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Rated PG-13
TrailerAbout the MovieStudy Guide | Ages 10+ | Parent Guide
Watch: AZAZIV | DTVGOOPITUNES | NFLX | XFIN
About Oliver Sacks | What is Encephalitis Lethargica? | Based on Book


Creation, 2009

Creation
A fascinating look at the life of Charles Darwin and his struggle to uphold his scientific theory amidst a society seated in religion. Starring: Paul Bettany, Ian Kelly

Rated PG-13
TrailerAbout the MovieAges 14+ | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIV | GOOP | NFLX | XFIN
About Charles Darwin | Based on Book


 

 

Edison, the Man, 1940

Edison the Man
A 1940 biographical film depicting the life of inventor Thomas Edison, who was played by Spencer Tracy. Hugo Butler and Dore Schary were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story for their work on this film.

Not Rated
Trailer | About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | GOOPITUNES | XFIN
About Thomas Edison


 

Einstein and Eddington, 2008

Einstein and Eddington
Drama about the development of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and Einstein’s relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to experimentally prove his ideas.

Rated TV-PG
Trailer | About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: DTVHBO | XFIN
About Albert Einstein | About Sir Arthur Eddington


 

Gorillas in the Mist, 1988

Gorillas in the Mist
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Rated PG-13
TrailerAbout the Movie | Study Guide | Ages 13+Parent Guide
Watch: AZAZIV | GOOPXFIN
About Dian Fossey | About Mountain GorillasBased on Book


 

Hawking, 2004

Hawking
A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with a motor neuron disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the scientific world with his ground-breaking work on the nature of the universe. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).

Rated TV-G
Trailer | About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: AZIV | GOOPYT
About Stephen Hawking | What is ALS?


 

Infinity, 1996

Infinity
This film chronicles the life of Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the undertaking to build nuclear bombs during World War II. But “Infinity” concentrates on the relationship between Feynman and the love his life, Arline.

Rated PG
Trailer
 | About the Movie 
| Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIV | GOOP | HULU | XFIN | YT
About Richard Feynman | What is Tuberculosis? | Based on Book 1 & Book 2


 

Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs, 1997

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs
As Newton devotes himself to the difficult and solitary path of challenging the existing view of the universe and proving his own theories on celestial movement and gravity, his young scribe Humphrey wavers between pursuing science or following his heart.

Rated PG
Trailer | About the Movie | Study Guide | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | YT
About Isaac Newton | What is Gravity?


 

Lorenzo’s Oil, 1992

Lorenzo's Oil
A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Rated PG-13
Trailer | About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIV |  GOOP | ITUNES | NFLXXFIN | YT
About Augusto and Michaela Odone | What is Adrenoleukodystrophy? 


 

Madame Curie, 1944

Madame Curie
Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Not Rated
Trailer
About the Movie | Study Guide | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | GOOP | ITUNESXFIN 
About Marie Curie | About Pierre Curie | What is Radium?


Never Cry Wolf, 1983

Never Cry Wolf
A government researcher, sent to research the “menace” of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Rated PG
Trailer | About the Movie | Study Guide | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIV | GOOPITUNES | NFLX
About Farley Mowat | Based on Book


 

Temple Grandin, 2010

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

Rated TV-PG
Trailer | About the MovieAges 14+ | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIVGOOP | ITUNESNFLX
About Temple Grandin | What is Autism?


The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, 1939

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of marriage until his experiments are complete. He invents the telephone, marries and becomes rich and famous, though his happiness is threatened when a rival company sets out to ruin him.

Not Rated
About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | YT
About Alexander Graham Bell


The Story of Louis Pasteur, 1936

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

Not Rated
Trailer | About the Movie | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | XFIN
About Louis Pasteur


The Theory of Everything, 2014

The Theory of Everything
Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of love between the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and his tireless first wife Jane.

Rated PG-13
Trailer
About the MovieAges 14+ | Parent Guide
Watch: AZ | AZIN | GOOPITUNES | NFLX | YT 
About Stephen Hawking | What is ALS? | Based on Book


Tell us your thoughts on these movies in the comments below or join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #thtscientistsmovies2015.

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Last updated: October 13, 2015

Photo credit: NASA

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