The price of genius: 20 films about talented people

Brilliant people make our world better and more interesting. Sometimes no one believes in their gift, except themselves. Despite this, they go ahead and make unthinkable discoveries. In this list you will find films about geniuses – new movies and successful projects of the past. The heroes of the compilation are fictional and real people, but all of them are united by phenomenal abilities and perseverance, which made it possible to achieve tremendous success.

Tesla (2020)

Every day we use the creations of Nikola Tesla and do not even know what trials the brilliant scientist had to go through in order to achieve recognition. The European inventor began his career in America, working at the Thomas Edison factory. The chief did not recognize the scientific ideas of the young engineer. As a result, Tesla decides to leave the company to create his own. Ahead of the discoverer is a lot of obstacles, a lot of work and rivalry with the jealous and influential Edison.

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

Original title:
Tesla

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Dangerous Element (2019)

A biopic about the legendary union of two smart people who became great scientists, tells about Maria Sklodowska and Pierre Curie. A native of Poland, Maria, who came to Paris to study, will be one of the few girls among the students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Sorbonne. There she will meet Pierre Curie and accept an offer to work for him at the department, and then an offer of a hand. Fellow spouses discover two elements – polonium and radium. Thus begins their personal history, which has become part of the history of the whole world.

Original title:
Radioactive

Genre:
Biography, drama, romance

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Simon Russell Beale, Anya Taylor-Joy …

Country:
UK, France, USA, China, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Chess player (2019)

The film is about a 12-year-old boy, Fahim, who fled with his father from a political investigation in Bangladesh. Now a brilliant young chess player becomes an illegal immigrant in Paris. Together with his father, they find shelter in a refugee center, from where the boy enters the local chess club. Fahim meets a former grandmaster and becomes his student. The situation is heating up. The family is denied asylum and threatened with deportation. The only way out is the victory of Fahim in the French Championship.

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+


Van Gogh. On the Threshold of Eternity (2018)

A sentimental film about the daily life of geniuses made with love for the great painter and his artist friends. The biopic begins with the arrival of Vincent Willem van Gogh in Paris, when he appeared in the capital of world art penniless. It was during this period that the brilliant Dutchman began to change the concept of his works, leaning towards post-impressionism. The viewer will be able to immerse himself in the work together with the master, who worked with incredible self-forgetfulness, in any mood and in any weather.

Original title:
At Eternity’s Gate

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac …

Country:
Ireland, Switzerland, UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Gifted (2017)

A touching film with reflections on the issues of guardianship, responsibility and choice. 6-year-old Mary has phenomenal abilities – she easily solves complex mathematical problems that exceed the level of the entire school curriculum. At the same time, she is an ordinary child – she likes to play with a neighbor, watch cartoons and chat about girlish things. Mary is brought up by her uncle, from whom her brilliant granddaughter wants to be taken away by an ambitious grandmother. Will the adults be able to sort it out among themselves and not harm the girl at the same time?

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+


Wife (2017)

There are unions in which one partner completely dissolves in the other, sacrificing their own interests. The wife of a famous writer is the heroine of a dramatic film about a genius, just such a person. She supports her husband all 40 years of marriage, takes care of him like a child, suffers betrayal and turns a blind eye to his selfishness and posturing. But when a spouse is awarded the Nobel Prize, can a woman continue to remain in the shadows and hide the truth?

Original title:
The Wife

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater …

Country:
Drama

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
18+


Current War (2017)

America, late 19th century. The world’s greatest minds compete on the world stage. The enterprising inventor Thomas Edison, the talented businessman George Westinghouse and the unique genius Nikola Tesla. Edison advocated the spread of direct current in the United States, while Westinghouse and Tesla advocated the transition to alternating current. The confrontation between these outstanding personalities lasted for many years and was called the “War of the Currents”.

Original title:
The Current War

Genre:
Biography, history, drama

Actors:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Michael Shannon …

Country:
USA, Russia, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Genius (TV series, 2017 – 2018)

This foreign series with a high rating about geniuses gave viewers the opportunity to enjoy first-class acting, beautiful scenery, and look behind the scenes of great deeds. The first season focuses on the life of Albert Einstein. The second is based on the biography of Pablo Picasso. What way did they go, creating masterpieces and making ingenious discoveries that turned the minds of contemporaries and descendants?

Original title:
Genius

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Samantha Colley, Seth Gable, Antonio Banderas …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Genius (2015)

Publisher Max Perkins helped the world recognize names like Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. At the end of 1920, aspiring writer Thomas Wolfe knocked on his office and brought the manuscript of his first novel. Thus began an uneasy friendship between two geniuses. Eccentric, unbalanced and talkative Thomas and calm and silent Max – two opposites have to turn 1000 written pages into a brilliant novel.

Original title:
Genius

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West, Vanessa Kirby …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16 +


The Imitation Game (2014)

The Second World War is on . The Germans came up with the smartest Enigma cipher machine that no one can crack. A feature film in the thriller genre tells about brilliant people – a group of British mathematicians and the logician Alan Turing, who managed to create a decoder. Their invention made it possible to decipher the messages of the Nazis and made a significant contribution to the course of the war.

Original title:
The Imitation Game

Genre:
Thriller, drama, military, biography

Actors:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Stephen Hawking Universe (2014)

Actor Eddie Redmayne, who played the brilliant British theoretical physicist and founder of quantum cosmology, received an Oscar for his role. This story is about great love and great discoveries. First of all, it is not about Steven the scientist, but about Steven the man. About his relationship with the brave girl Jane – she was not afraid of difficulties and was able to return to the unusual guy a taste for life and science. After all, a physics student was given a terrible diagnosis – Lou Gehrig’s disease. Doctors gave him two years, but the man lived to be 76 years old.

Original title:
The Theory of Everything

Genre:
Biography, romance, drama

Actors:
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox …

Country:
UK, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

It is most interesting to watch a film about talented people if it is based on real events, like this drama about the genius of the chess world, Bobby Fischer. The story will cover Bobby’s childhood and end at the peak of his career – the fight against the Soviet chess player Boris Spassky for the title of world champion. At the height of the Cold War, this sporting duel became one of the most important. The paranoid mind of the genius Bobby, the hype around the match, the worldwide scandal that broke out – the director brilliantly managed to convey the dynamics and intensity of what is happening through the screen.

Original title:
Pawn Sacrifice

Genre:
Thriller, drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Jobs: Empire of Seduction (2013)

Many people use Apple products, but does everyone know the story of the founding of a giant empire? Steve Jobs went from a rebellious hippie to an eccentric millionaire. Acquaintance with the hero begins from his student years, from the first steps of Jobs to success. In an ordinary garage, a creative young man creates the first team of programmers, showing himself as an ideological inspirer. Despite the difficulties in finding clients and the lack of support, Steve stubbornly goes forward towards the goal.

Original title:
Jobs

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad…

Country:
USA, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Obsession (2013)

The cherry of our top is a motivating film about a young genius musician. Andrew is a drummer in the jazz band at the New York Conservatory. He lacks the stars from the sky and remains invisible both in the world of music and in everyday life. Everything changes when professional conductor Terence Fletcher takes him to his orchestra. A ruthless mentor demands from the student full dedication to the limit of human capabilities.

Original Title :
Whiplash

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Social Network (2010)

Mark Zuckerberg is an insecure, clumsy and reserved guy. Recently, a girl left him, and Mark decides to prove to himself and everyone around that he is capable of doing something outstanding. His project is Facemash, a computer program for Harvard students. This is a chat for meeting new people, where you can not only chat, but also rate photos. The idea of ​​creating a dating site leads Mark to a larger idea – the creation of Facebook. In company with their best friend , a financier , they bring the idea to life.

Original title:
The Social Network

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Einstein and Eddington (2008)

A film about scientific geniuses is worth watching in order to remember such famous personalities as Sir Arthur Eddington and Albert Einstein. On the verge of an important discovery that will change people’s understanding of the universe, scientists are faced not only with problems of an intellectual nature. War, politics and enmity between Britain and Germany intervene in science. The collaboration of two theorists from different countries, who later had to change the world, might not have taken place.

Original title:
Einstein and Eddington

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
David Tennant, Richard McCabe, Patrick Kennedy …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


August Rush (2007)

A young couple of musicians have a baby and by the will of fate the baby ends up in an orphanage. The boy grows up to be an amazingly talented guitarist who believes he can find his parents through music. Now, under the supervision of Arthur, who takes care of street musicians, he performs on the streets of New York. A touching story unfolds before our eyes, adorned with an atmospheric soundtrack that the film’s composer has been composing for over 18 months.

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+


Mind Games (2001)

The drama about the great mathematician took four Oscars and entered the list of the best biographical films. This is not just a film about outstanding people, but a story about struggle, willpower and love. Even at the dawn of his career, Nash, doing discrete mathematics, made discoveries that were ahead of their time. The history of a closed student begins with studies at Princeton University. Then the brilliant scientist begins to teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he meets his future wife Alicia. There are many trials ahead of the couple, the main of which is the sick brain of a genius.

Original title:
A Beautiful Mind

Genre:
Drama, biography, melodrama

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Legend of the Pianist (1998)

The Italian film , saturated with the music of Ennio Morricone and the atmosphere of the last century, tells the story of the fate of a boy found on board a transatlantic ship. He was found in a box of lemons and left to live on a huge liner. Here he grew up, here he became a legend – a great pianist who never went ashore. His life, friendship, feelings, love are connected only with the liner. The whole history of the 20th century flashed before his eyes through the prism of constant navigation and events on board his native ship.

Original title:
La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Melanie Thierry …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Will Hunting (1997)

With a budget of $10 million, the drama grossed $226 million and won two Oscars. Will works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute. For everyone around, the guy is an ordinary fan of drinking beer with friends and fighting. But at the same time, he has a brilliant mathematical thinking and an excellent memory, which allows him to memorize the material of the books he has read at once. After another fight, Will faces a prison term . The professor of mathematics is ready to vouch for the nugget, provided that he undergoes a course of psychotherapy . What will the sessions with an unusual ward turn into?

Original title:
Good Will Hunting

Genre:
Drama, romance

Actors:
Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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