For the past few years, Hollywood has celebrated inventors by releasing several movies about real men and women who have created products, technology, and scientific theories.
While the stories of inventors’ real lives are quite inspirational, many experienced ups and downs and extreme challenges to get their ideas out there. If you have an idea and need a little inspiration to get it going, check out these films when you have some downtime over the holidays:
- Joy (2015)“Joy” is based on the life of Joy Mangano, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and covers the development of her invention of the Miracle Mop and appearances on QVC. In real life, Mangano went on to invent several other products, including Huggable Hangers, and holds more than 100 patents.
- The Social Network (2010)In “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site that later became Facebook. The film covers the invention and the lawsuit that two brothers brought against Zuckerberg claiming that he stole their idea.
- Steve Jobs (2015)Several movies have been made about Apple founder Steve Jobs, but the 2015 one, titled “Steve Jobs” and starring Michael Fassbender, is the most acclaimed. The story is a behind-the-scenes look at the launch of three Apple products and ends in 1998 with the release of the iMac.
- The Imitation Game (2014)In the Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game” , Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British mathematician Alan Turing, who was enlisted by the British government to crack the Nazi code, Enigma, in 1939. Turing created a machine using cryptography that broke the code and helped the Allies prevail in World War II.
- The Theory of Everything (2014)Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his role as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” The film follows Hawking as he is diagnosed with ALS, which leaves him unable to talk or walk, and creates multiple theories about black holes that have led to major contributions to the fields of cosmology, relativity, and quantum gravity.
If you’re planning a movie marathon over the holidays, let the real-life inventors and dreamers depicted in these five films inspire you to take your idea to the next level.
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