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The 5 Biography Movies that Every Student Should Watch

Updated on February 19, 2019
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Being an undergraduate doctor and having a hectic life myself, I found watching these historical figure biographies a useful pastime.

This is for the guys out there who crave for reality rather than fantasy. Whether you are hungry of an inspiration to motivate you while studying hard till late night or you just want to get the most out of your holiday, this is the ideal pastime for you. Watch these and add some of the virtues of these great men to your own blooming academic life.

Name of the Movie
Biography of:
Who was he?
1. The Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking
2. Gifted Hands
Ben Carson
3.The Man Who Knew Infinity
Srinivasa Ramanujan
4. A Beautiful Mind
John Nash
5. The Imitation Game
Alan Turing
The article in brief

1. The Theory of Everything (2014)

This features the life and work of late physicist, Stephen Hawking. He is known as the greatest theoretical physicist after Albert Einstein himself. Why this forms the top of my list is its touch of humanity. You see a real man dealing with romance and unexpected challenges in life rather than a mere genius bound to his math book.

The Theory of Everything (2014)
The Theory of Everything (2014) | Source

The story begins with rather a lazy student at Cambridge who falls in love with a beautiful and charming girl. The movie reaches its climax when young Hawking discovers that he is having a motor neuron disease at the age of 21. Despite cloudy predictions by physicians, Hawking with the help of his supportive wife challenges the field of medicine. He comes up with great ideas that overturn the framework of physics. But life punches him hard again when his relationship with his wife breaks. The scene of reunion at the end is really moving.

"And however difficult life may seem, there is something you can do and succed at. It matters that you just don't give up."

— Stephen Hawking

The movie stars handsome Eddie Redmayne and the beauty of all times, Felicity Jones and has an IMDb score of 7.7/10. If you think that life is unjust for you, this is the movie that teaches you how to punch your fate right in the face!

2. Gifted Hands (2009)

If you are a physician or a to-be-physician, this biography of Ben Carson is a must-watch. The movie highlights not his infamous pollitical carrier, but his achievement as the first ever neurosurgeon to successfully separate a pair of conjoined twins bound at the back of their heads.

Gifted Hands (2009)
Gifted Hands (2009) | Source

Carson's early life is depicted at the beginning as a seemingly dumb underprevileged boy supported by his uneducated single mother. The two women in his life; his mother and his lover, changes his life altogether. A victim of racism and drug addiction, Carson survives to be a world-renowned neurosurgeon. The movie winds up with his groundbreaking surgery.

"Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward."

— Ben Carson

Ben Carson's life is illustrated before your own eyes by Cuba Gooding and Kimberly Elise and the movie holds a IMDb score of 7.8/10. If you think that your family background or the social status are the factors that prevent you from climbing up the ladder of success, watch this and think again!

3. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

With love for all the math wizards out there! This tragedy portays the life of the brilliant Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan. A genius may die without recognition, but his name is always immortal.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) | Source

Ramanujan, without a formal education in mathematics, uses his magical brain to discover the mysteries of numbers and geometry. This gem hidden in a rural village in India is discovered by one of the well-known mathematicians of that era, G.H. Hardy of Trinity College, London. Ramanujan arrives at Trinity, but he has difficulties in getting on with formal education. Hardy fights even with his colleagues to secure a better place for Ramanujan. The movie ends in tragedy when fate betrays Ramanujan altogether.

"An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God."

— Srinivasa Ramanujan

Starred by Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, the movie has secured an IMDb score of 7.2/10. It reminds us again that education is not a set of theories learnt inside a classroom, but an infinity pool of imagination illustrated inside one's own brain.

4. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Our mind sometimes acts in dubious ways. Can someone's mind loose its sanity while
giving rise to wonders at the same time? This touching movie tells you the story of the mathematician, John Nash whose discoveries are celebrated today not only in mathematics, but also in economics.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A Beautiful Mind (2001) | Source

The movie unwinds as an exciting story filled with secret codes, secret plans and and a mathematician working secretly on cryptography. Then, all of a sudden, it is revealed that most of the things in his whole world including his old roommate is nothing physical, but only his imagination. Aided with true love of his wife, a broken-down and forgotten Nash struggles with his own mind. Against all odds, he goes up the ladder even as to win the Nobel Prize. His speech at the awarding ceremony is one of the most touching scenes I have ever watched in a movie!

"The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart."

— John Nash

Decorated with the skills of Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, this unique biography has reached a IMDb score of 8.2/10. Dear friends, though life may betray you at the beginning, it may decorate you at the end as it did to John Nash.

5. The Imitation Game (2014)

The mathematician, Alan Turing worked with Nazi codes, codebreakers and secret missions all his life. Truly exciting, isn't it? But this man who changed the flow of the whole World War met a tragedy at the hands of the same nation that he tried to protect so hard.

The Imitation Game (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014) | Source

Alan Turing is portrayed as rather a stubborn character, who is ill-favoured by many but favoured by Winston Churchill himself. After firing all the fellow mathematicians from his project, he breaks the Nazi codes and saves his whole country with his team of so-called-mathematicians. The life is good to him until the world discoveres that he is gay. Then all of a sudden, forgotten national hero falls into a public disgrace! But a ray of hope falls on our hearts with the final words from his late lover.

"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine."

— Alan Turing

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley portray Alan Turing and Joan Clarke respectively. It's IMDb score reaches upto 8/10. The movie highlights that a genius lives within each one of us regardless our gender, race or sexual orientation.

Which one do you like the best?

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    • Anusha Nimrod profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Nimrod 

      3 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Umesh!!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      4 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      A good collection of movie reviews. Nice reading. Thanks.

    • Anusha Nimrod profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Liz, watch the other two. The gifted hands runs in rather a modern setting. :-)

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      I have not seen Gifted Hands or The Man who Knew Infinity, but the other three are all great movies. They are well-acted and bring history to life for movie-goers.


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