After I posted about Lucy I realized that I don’t really know what movies are there that are more math related. And, for my shame, the only one that I can think of without using Google is: A Beautiful Mind. So, I thought that a short list of math movies would be a good idea; it just happens that sometimes it is really hard to find a good movie list when I need one. Thus, here is a little list, any additions are welcome, so let me know if you know of others. Please use the comment box as much as possible because I really want to find out if there are any other math related movies there (even short ones are ok, so tell me… I want to see more…).
1. Stand and Deliver – 1988
It is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. He wants to help his student excel in their study and so he believes that his students can do an important Calculus test by their senior year. He believes in his students a lot and helps them in many, he is extremely devoted and ambitious.
The movie has also other interesting twists and some history and racism problems can be found there. Bare in mind that it is based on a true story and there is also a book about it called ‘Escalante: The Best Teacher in America’ which I believe it is worth looking for. Unfortunately I have not seen this movie yet, but I will do my best to see it in the future. And I promise to write a small review about it. If you want to find out more about the movie: IMDB.
2. Fermat’s Room – 2007
It is a 2007 Spanish thriller (really excited to have a Spanish movie in my list). It is about three mathematicians and one inventor that are invited to a house under the premise of solving a great enigma,(I believe that this is really tempting for everyone) and told to use pseudonyms based on famous historical mathematicians. At the house, they are trapped in a room, where they must solve puzzles given by the host, who calls himself “Fermat”, in order to escape the slowly closing walls of the room.
The idea is really good and just the fact that it has mathematical puzzles is great. I also think that using pseudonyms based on famous mathematicians is intriguing. I am curious to see what logic there is for giving this names. I will totally try this one. Excited to see Fermat’s Room .
3. Good Will Hunting – 1997
It is again a drama that follows 20-year-old laborer Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist (played by Robin Williams) and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend, and himself, facing the significant task of thinking about his future.
I believe that it will be an incredible thing to watch and it will totally change my way of thinking about life. Also, I feel that it is good for anyone that needs to make some big decisions for the future (like me right now, being in my last year of university); so I will give it a try for sure.
4. A Beautiful Mind – 2001
It is a 2001 American biographical drama based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics; It was inspired by a bestselling, book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The story begins in the early years of a young prodigy named John Nash. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on his wife and friends. And with all these problems he does incredible things in the field of mathematics, especially Game Theory.
I have seen this movie a couple of times and it is the kind of movie I could see over and over again. It is just so interesting and life changing. I won’t say more, you need to see A Beautiful Mind.
5. Pi – 1998
Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller that centers on a protagonist (Maximillian “Max” Cohen, a number theorist who believes that everything in nature can be understood through numbers; he is capable of doing simple arithmetic calculations involving large numbers in his head) whose obsessive pursuit of ideals leads to severely self-destructive behavior.
It is an interesting approach on the idea of a mathematical genius. And I look forward to see it. I find it a little strange at first, but it might be really go. Also it kind of goes on the same number related obsession as The Number 23 (another movie that I totally recommend, but it is not that math related but more numerology related, thought it is really extremely great and Jim Carrey is playing incredible, but back to our movie…). I will give it a try and tell you how I feel about it.
6. 21 – 2008
It is a 2008 American heist drama inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in the book ‘Bringing Down the House’ by Ben Mezrich. It is about MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. The protagonist is a little math genius even if he is doing Medical School, and the movie has a lot of interesting math problems even from the beginning.
This is another movie I have seen. I like the first part of it, where it had a little more math related things, such as the Monty Hall problem, but also the other things are good. I have to say that I haven’t read the book, but I will give it a try and tell you how I feel about it comparing with the movie.
And here stops my Math Related Movie List. Hope you like my idea and let me know what other movies are there and I might do another post like this one.
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