Fictional scientists sometimes amaze us as much as real life scientists do with their breakthrough innovations and inventions and movies have given us some of the most brilliant and mad scientists that we could hope to see. Sure, skeptics would say this is science fiction, but science fiction is often science that humans have not understood yet. Here is the list of top scientist movies ever. You can watch some of these movies about scientists on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. Metropolis (1927)
Appearing in Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, this role is perhaps the beginning of the mad scientist archetype in films. Rotwang draws on Mary Shelley’s Doctor Frankenstein in an attempt to create life. He brings to life a woman-robot made in the likeness of a woman he loved who left him for another man. Played by Rudolf Klein Rogge this character is perhaps the earliest examples of a brilliant man of science with a futuristic laboratory consisting of Tesla coils and all the works. Rotwang definitely tops the list as one of the earliest fictional scientists to grace the big screen and consequently lead to the spawning of other mad scientist roles.
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2. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The titular character is from Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy titled “Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. The character itself is an amalgamation of John von Neumann the mathematician and principal of the Manhattan Project, Wernher von Braun a Nazi rocket scientist later recruited to the US as well as Edward Teller, better known as the father of the hydrogen bomb. Dr. Strangelove in the movies was the scientist who came up with the theory of mutually assured destruction and what he called the doomsday machine. Based quite heavily on the mad scientist stereotypes as popularized by Lang, Kubrick’s brilliant Dr Strangelove is a menacing and extremely intelligent fictional scientist.