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.
City Lights Movie Poster
City Lights
G1931
In Theaters on February 6, 1931

A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill)... Read More

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Deep Impact
PG-131998
Based on 20 critics

A comet is hurtling toward Earth and could mean the end of all human life. The U.S. government keeps... Read More

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The Matrix
R1999
Based on 35 critics

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the... Read More

April 28, 2017
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Cool Hand Luke
PG1967
In Theaters on November 1, 1967

When petty criminal Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he... Read More

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The Birth of a Nation
1915
In Theaters on March 3, 1915

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine... Read More

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Frankenstein
1931
In Theaters on November 21, 1931

This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts... Read More

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