In modern cinema, individuals with an extraordinary intellect became the inspiration for many filmmakers and writers who either have made films based on real-life geniuses or have created similar characters endowed with superb skills. In this top we chose to present the most representative 10 screenings that have made a foray into the lives of mathematicians, artists, musicians and geniuses kids.
10. Finding Forrester
In Finding Forester is shape a beautiful story of friendship between a young black extremely talented in writing and a quiet and withdrawn novelist – brilliantly played by Sean Connery – who gave up writing after winning a Pulitzer Prize with many years ago. Age difference fades in the passion they both show for writing, and Jamal and Will come to be discovered in many ways and finally accepted their own identities.
09. A Beautiful Mind
Based on the book written by Sylvia Nasar with the same name, A Beautiful Mind tells the story of mathematician and economist John Forbes Nash, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. Initially, Tom Cruise was cast in the lead, but Russell Crowe finally got the role after director Ron Howard was deeply impressed by his performance from Gladiator. The film follows this genius his years at Princeton University, outline the relationship with his wife and his struggle with paranoia and schizophrenia.
08. Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is the film that brought to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon the first Oscar for the screenplay from their career in 1997 at a time when both were aspiring actors. Will Hunting, the main character played by Matt Damon is a genius mathematician whom from a bad twist of fate, end up working as a janitor at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology University. His potential is found by a teacher that surprises him solving a difficult math problem given to students from the last year.
Directed by Ed Harris, Pollock film tells the life story of abstract painter Jackson Pollock, who, aided by an artist, played by Marcia Gay Harden, was able to discover their true potential as one of the most representative painters of the 20th century. Alcohol dependence has a negative imprint on his life and was eventually the cause of his premature death at only 44 years.
06. Dark Matter
Based on the story of Gang Lu, a doctoral graduate in physics from the University of Iowa, who, dissatisfied with the results received for his thesis killed four teachers, the film Dark Matter has a similar story, focusing on over the years of study and less on the crimes of the film. The main character – Liu Xing is an intelligent young man came to America to study physics at a higher level. This potential is observed shortly after Jacob Reiser, a renowned cosmologist who takes him under his wing and it includes a study of creating a model for the origin of the universe.
05. Rain Man
Awarded with four Oscars in 1989, Rain Man, it centers on Raymond, an autistic genius whose intellect has astonished many. Inspired by the real life of a scholar named Kim Peek, the film captures his extraordinary skills in terms of a fictional story with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the lead roles. With the death of their father, Charlie, Raymond’s older brother kidnaps him from the institution where he was hospitalized, blinded by anger that was not mentioned in the will.
Amadeus is one of the best musical dramas ever made. Nominated for 53 awards of which was awarded to 40, including 8 Oscars, this film is inspired by the lives of composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Directed by Milos Forman, the film follows the life story of Mozart in Vienna from the perspective of Salieri, who admitted to a mental institution after a suicide attempt, the priest tells him details about his life and of Mozart and the envy to carry him because God endowed with so much talent.
03. Searching for Bobby Fischer
Searching for Bobby Fischer is a film inspired by the life of a young chess player, Joshua Waitzkin, who discovers at a young age that has potential in chess. Film title refers to the boy’s fight to reach the famous chess player Bobby Fischer, thus helping the parents, it is placed under the guidance of Bruce Pandolfini chess instructor. Bruce will try to teach Joshua to be as aggressive as Fischer, young but declined to adopt its methods of will to win chess championships by their own methods.
02. Little Man Tate
Another film about a gifted child whose intellectual abilities are developed much beyond his age is and Little Man Tate. Directed by Jodie Foster, this film tells the story of Fred Tate, a boy, just 7 years is a talented pianist, a genius mathematician and an amazing artist. His case is similar to that of most geniuses, struggling to integrate and be accepted by society. His mother, played by Jodie Foster is determined to do everything possible to not get the little Fred the wrong hands.
Although not a genius in some area, the character played by Sean Patrick Flanery is a teenager suffering from albinism, an incredible telepathic and amazing intellect. All these skills he acquired after his mother was hit by lightning while she was pregnant with him, but instead of enjoy them, is excluded from society, and it is very difficult to integrate because of the people prejudices and suffering disease. After his grandparents die, the young, nicknamed Powder is taken to a local public institution, where gets in contact with new people and discover his limits.