Little Geniuses: 20 Movies About Geeks

Brilliant children cause universal admiration, but the fate of such young nuggets develop very differently. Problems in communicating with peers, envy of competitors, opposition from conservative parents and bad teachers (you need to be like everyone else!). Films about geeks reflect all the joys and hardships of the life of little geniuses. In our selection you will find both bewitching success stories and sad dramas about unrealized talents.

Think Like a Dog (2020)

A twelve-year-old teenager from a comedy movie novelty, thanks to his telepathic abilities, managed to establish a mental connection with his dog. The pet turned out to be a rare sage and connoisseur of life. With the help of an amazing dog , the boy manages to resolve family conflicts, deal with school problems and even succeed in relationships with the opposite sex.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Think Like a Dog

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Gabriel Bateman, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox…

Country:
USA, UK, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.2

Age limit:
6+


Enola Holmes (2020)

A new foreign film about a bright representative of child geniuses is based on a series of detective novels by Nancy Springer. The younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes lived with her mother, but one day she disappeared without a trace. The older brothers want to take their young sister to a boarding school for noble ladies, but the restless person runs away from strict teachers to start her own investigation .

Original title:
Enola Holmes

Genre:
Adventure, detective, crime

Actors:
Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Chess player (2019)

Due to the tense political situation , the father, along with his eleven-year-old son, are forced to leave their native Bangladesh and seek asylum in France. Illegal migrants face deportation, but a boy comes to a chess club and impresses the grumpy local coach with his incredible talent. Winning a prestigious tournament may give the family a chance to stay in Europe.

Original title:
Fahim

Genre:
Drama, comedy, biography

Actors:
Assad Ahmed, Gerard Depardieu, Mizanur Rahaman …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
6+


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

The list of the best films about smart children continues with an interesting drama. A boy from a small African village skillfully repairs electrical appliances, but due to the poverty of his family, he does not attend school. When serious problems threaten the village due to drought and crop failure, a talented boy decides to build a wind turbine to power a water pump. The bold idea does not find support among local residents.

Original title:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo…

Country:
UK, Malawi

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6


Educator (2018)

A forty-year-old woman suffers from a boring family life and a dull job in a kindergarten. The only consolation for the heroine is poetry. One of the pupils of a woman in kindergarten – a five-year-old child – shows amazing abilities for versification. A woman lights up with the idea of ​​raising a real genius from a budding boy, but the child prodigy’s parents are indifferent to art.

Original title:
The Kindergarten Teacher

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael Garcia Bernal…

Country:
USA, Israel, Great Britain, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Gifted (2017)

The top films about brilliant children with abilities continue with a highly rated feature drama. A man from a coastal town single-handedly raises his little niece. In the first grade, the girl achieves incredible success in mathematics. The imperious grandmother wants to raise a genius out of her granddaughter and intends to send the child to a school for gifted children, but her guardian uncle is against it, not wanting to deprive the baby of a normal childhood.

Original title:
Gifted

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
12+


Childhood Sheldon (TV series 2017 – 2021)

The series about an eccentric child prodigy is a spin-off of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The young genius of physics Sheldon Cooper – the future Nobel Prize winner – lives in Texas with his family. The little erudite graduated from elementary school at the age of nine, and at eleven he already entered college. Despite academic success, the talented boy does not get along well with his peers, and his behavior is replete with oddities.

Original title:
Young Sheldon

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ian Armitage, Zoey Perry, Lance Barber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


The Book of Henry (2016)

In a selection of films about brilliant children, one cannot do without a heartfelt story of a child prodigy with elements of crime. A smart kid wants to help the girl who lives next door – the poor thing regularly gets from a cruel stepfather. A serious illness disrupts plans, but even being isolated from the outside world, a capable child gives advice on how to find justice for a domestic tyrant.

Original title:
The Book of Henry

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Jayden Martell, Jacob Tremblay …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


X+Y (2014)

A poignant melodrama based on real events in the life of mathematician Daniel Lightwing. The autistic boy reveals phenomenal inclinations towards the exact sciences. Under the guidance of an experienced teacher , the child prodigy achieves success and receives an invitation to the national team for the Mathematical Olympiad. To win, you need not only a sharp mind, but also the ability to work in a team, which the hero clearly lacks.

Original title:
X+Y

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Like Sunday, So Rain (2014)

An interesting film about talented children tells the amazing story of the collision of two dissimilar characters. The girl-musician broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job. In order not to remain broke, the heroine gets a job in a rich house to look after a twelve-year-old child prodigy. The boy has a phenomenal intellect, but behaves very strangely.

Original title:
Like Sunday, Like Rain

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Leighton Meester, Julian Shatky, Billie Joe Armstrong…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
16+


The Incredible Journey of Mr. Spivet (2013)

A talented ten-year-old boy sent drawings of his invention to a prestigious engineering institute. The scientists, having familiarized themselves with the materials, awarded the work a prestigious award and invited the author to make a presentation at the conference. In order not to miss a unique chance, the young hero is forced to escape from his father’s house and cross the whole country alone.

Original title:
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie…

Country:
France, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
6+


Academy of New Talents (TV series 2011 – 2014)

A multi-part comedy movie about geeks from Disney. Several talented kids are moving to a new school. Each of the young talents has unique skills: absolute ear for music, photographic memory, incredible ability to paint . Together, a friendly company will have to fit into the new team and overcome the envy of classmates.

Original title:
ANT Farm

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
China Ann McClain, Sierra McCormick, Jake Short…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
6+


Toast (2010)

Biographical drama based on the memoirs of a famous chef and food critic Nigel Slater. After the death of his mother, the boy goes to be raised by his father. Daddy doesn’t get along well with the child, and then a lively lady appears on the horizon and tries to hook up a prominent bachelor. The son, through his culinary talent, is trying to find a way to the heart of a callous father.

Original title:
Toast

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, biography

Actors:
Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


August Rush (2007)

A chance meeting between an Irish guitarist and an American cellist led to an outburst of feelings and the birth of a child. Unnecessary parents baby ended up in an orphanage. The grown up boy dreams of finding his ancestors. The kid has no information other than that they are musicians. The hero plays on the streets of New York, believing that when his mom and dad hear the music, they will definitely find something related in it.

Original title:
August Rush

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams, Keri Russell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Vitus (2006)

The protagonist of the exciting drama film showed a unique musical gift at an early age. Ambitious adults intend to raise an outstanding pianist from a child. Excessive guardianship and far-reaching plans for life annoy the young virtuoso so much that the child prodigy decides to oppose his parental intentions and change his sphere of interests.

Original title:
Vitus

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Fabrizio Borsani, Theo Georgiou, Julika Jenkins…

Country:
Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
12+


Akila Trial (2006)

A touching family film tells the story of a smart girl who brilliantly won a school competition for the correct pronunciation of words. Although the heroine is oppressed by the loss of her father and a difficult relationship with her mother, the student finds herself a mentor – an English specialist – and prepares to repeat her success at a higher level. Ahead of a talented girl waiting for a national championship.

Original title:
Akeelah and the Bee

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Billy Eliot (2000)

The protagonist, instead of the boxing section paid for by the family, secretly attends ballet classes. The stern miner father, having learned about this, becomes furious – a normal kid should not be engaged in such a womanly business. A ballet teacher tries to change the point of view of a reluctant parent – the boy has excellent makings to become an outstanding dancer.

Original title:
Billy Elliot

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis …

Country:
UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


October Sky (1999)

A boy from the American hinterland, having learned about the launch of the first Soviet satellite, became seriously ill with space . A smart kid dreams of building and launching his own rocket. The best friend and school teacher help in the implementation of a bold idea, but a stern father, who believes that his son is destined to work in a mine, strongly opposes such engineering undertakings.

Original title:
October Sky

Genre:
Drama, family, biography

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
6+


Game Choice (1993)

The main character, like most American schoolchildren, was fond of baseball until he was at the chessboard. In the intellectual game, the smart boy showed himself to be a real genius. Parents hire an experienced teacher for their son to raise a new Bobby Fischer from a promising athlete. The plot of the biographical drama is based on the book Finding Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin.

Original title:
Searching for Bobby Fischer

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Max Pomeranz, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Man Tate (1991)

A single mother brings up a son who demonstrates exceptional success in reading, drawing, mathematics, music. The psychologist recommends that the smart boy be placed in a school for gifted children, but the woman is afraid of destroying the family idyll. Having overcome herself, the heroine agrees to send the boy to school, and after successfully mastering the educational program, to college.

Original title:
Little Man Tate

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jodie Foster, Alex Lee, Adam Hann-Bird…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
6+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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