Hollywood loves to portray scientists as either the insane Frankenstein type or the absent-minded, time-traveling Doc Brown. Interestingly enough, both of these characters tropes were inspired by real-life researchers, some of whom were so amused by what they saw on the big screen that they actually became involved in the movie-making process.

Sure, scientists may be leagues smarter than your average person, but at the end of the day, much like our Presidents and dictators, they love movies just as much as we do. So just in case you ever need to buy a last-minute DVD for a Nobel Prize winner, check out which movies were beloved by some of the world's most famous scientists.
The Birth of a Nation
Not Yet Rated1915
In Theaters on February 8th, 1915

D.W. Griffith's classic silent follows two families through the Civil War and its aftermath. Read More

Not Yet Rated1931
In Theaters on November 21st, 1931

Baron (Colin Clive) creates monster (Boris Karloff) from cadavers and killer's brain. Read More

Cool Hand Luke
In Theaters on November 1st, 1967

A Southern loner (Paul Newman) on a chain gang refuses to be broken. Read More

City Lights
In Theaters on February 6th, 1931

Little tramp (Charlie Chaplin) helps blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill). Read More

Deep Impact
Based on 20 critics

A reporter (Tea Leoni) stumbles upon a story about a massive comet on a collision course with Earth. Read More

The Matrix
Based on 35 critics

A computer hacker joins forces with rebel warriors to battle a malevolent cyberintelligence. Read More

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