History of Science, Med & Tech

by holyspacemonkey | created - 27 Dec 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. Madame Curie (1943)

Not Rated | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann

Votes: 2,362

2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 2,027

3. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 903

4. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,319

5. Edison, the Man (1940)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Drama

82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,424

6. Einstein and Eddington (2008 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

Drama about the development of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to experimentally prove his ideas.

Director: Philip Martin | Stars: David Tennant, Richard McCabe, Patrick Kennedy, Ben Uttley

Votes: 5,557

7. Extraordinary Measures (2010)

PG | 106 min | Drama

45 Metascore

A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Harrison Ford, Meredith Droeger

Votes: 15,774 | Gross: $11.85M

8. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 24,990

9. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 19,173 | Gross: $7.29M

10. The Magic Box (1951)

Approved | 118 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 1,031

11. Sister Kenny (1946)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama

An Australian nurse discovers an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experiences great difficulty in convincing doctors of the validity of her claims.

Director: Dudley Nichols | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger, Philip Merivale

Votes: 824

12. Gallant Journey (1946)

Approved | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

This historical drama is a biopic of the U.S. aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery who was the first American to fly a glider in 1883.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Glenn Ford, Janet Blair, Charles Ruggles, Henry Travers

Votes: 195

13. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 782,930 | Gross: $170.74M

14. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 249,862 | Gross: $173.84M

15. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 113,679 | Gross: $52.10M

16. Breaking the Mould (2009 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama, History

A historical drama that tells the story of the development of penicillin in the 1930's/40's, by a group of scientists in Oxford at The Dunn School of Pathology

Director: Peter Hoar | Stars: Dominic West, Denis Lawson, Oliver Dimsdale, Joe Armstrong

Votes: 118

17. Codebreaker (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

Directors: Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman, Paul McGann, Asa Briggs

Votes: 958

18. Creation (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry

Votes: 13,165 | Gross: $0.34M

19. Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis

Votes: 15,904 | Gross: $4.23M

20. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 94,062 | Gross: $5.70M

21. Prophet Without Honor (1939)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

This is the story of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), an American Naval officer, who developed the first maps that charted the oceans' winds and currents.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Carey Wilson, Tom Neal

Votes: 97

22. Stairway to Light (1945)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

The story of 18th Century French physician Dr. Phillipe Pinel, whose initiated enlightened, humane treatment of the mentally ill.

Director: Sammy Lee | Stars: John Nesbitt, Harry Cording, Lotte Palfi Andor, Dewey Robinson

Votes: 175

23. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,631 | Gross: $12.80M

24. Galileo (1975)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama

This biopic is about Galileo Galilei, the seventeenth century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Topol, Edward Fox, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown

Votes: 436

25. Deep in My Heart (1954)

Approved | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon

Votes: 676

26. Rendezvous (1935)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, War

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors: William K. Howard, Sam Wood | Stars: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 616

27. Above and Beyond (1952)

Approved | 122 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating

Votes: 977

28. Red Dust (1932)

Passed | 83 min | Drama, Romance

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor

Votes: 3,452

29. This Man's Navy (1945)

100 min | Drama, Adventure

Ned Trumpet, the chief pilot of a Navy blimp, is given to weaving accounts of the fighting prowess of his non-existent son. His friendship with widow Maude Weaver and her son Jess in effect sets him up with a real family.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Tom Drake, James Gleason, Jan Clayton

Votes: 210

30. Dirigible (1931)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure

Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Ralph Graves, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 518

31. The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight-year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 11,824

32. Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | 127 min | Drama, War

Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale | Stars: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow

Votes: 4,507

33. War Nurse (1930)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Romance, War

Women from various backgrounds volunteer as nurses in France at the outbreak of World War I.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Anita Page, June Walker, Robert Ames

Votes: 200

34. The Young Doctors (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Medical drama set at one of New York City's hospitals during the early 1960s.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Fredric March, Ben Gazzara, Dick Clark, Ina Balin

Votes: 404

35. Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012– )

55 min | Drama, History

The construction of the R.M.S. Titanic at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast against the background of union riots, political and religious conflicts, and a romance between a young ambitious engineer and an Italian immigrant.

Stars: Kevin Zegers, Alessandra Mastronardi, Derek Jacobi, Billy Carter

Votes: 1,671

36. Breaking the Code (1996 TV Movie)

75 min | Biography, Drama

A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alun Armstrong, Blake Ritson, William Mannering

Votes: 609

37. Hell Divers (1931)

Passed | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, Conrad Nagel, Dorothy Jordan

Votes: 460

38. The Telegraph Trail (1933)

Passed | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.

Director: Tenny Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Frank McHugh, Marceline Day

Votes: 416

39. Women in the Wind (1939)

Approved | 63 min | Drama

A pilot enters an aviation race in order to win enough money to pay for her brother's medical treatment, and encounters difficulty with a rival pilot.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Kay Francis, William Gargan, Victor Jory, Maxie Rosenbloom

Votes: 185

40. Lonesome (1928)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again?

Director: Pál Fejös | Stars: Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness, Gusztáv Pártos

Votes: 1,870

41. Are You Listening? (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Drama

A radio writer/producer accidentally kills his wife and then attempts to escape an on-air hunt for him.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: William Haines, Madge Evans, Anita Page, Karen Morley

Votes: 431

42. Tycoon (1947)

Approved | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In South America, an American engineer is asked by his boss to build a mountain railroad tunnel following a shorter but more dangerous route.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson

Votes: 1,221

43. Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Biography, War

This short film in support of the war effort dramatizes the training and missions of Army Air Forces Captain Hewett T. Wheless, a former Texas ranch hand who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the early days of WWII.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Hewitt T. Wheless, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hubert R. Harmon

Votes: 205

44. Blackmail (1939)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Ingram, successful oil-field firefighter, is really a chain-gang escapee. Someone out of his past finds him...

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Hussey, Gene Lockhart, Bobs Watson

Votes: 604

45. Petticoat Fever (1936)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

A lonesome wireless operator delays a couple who become stranded in Labrador.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Reginald Owen, Winifred Shotter

Votes: 399

46. Task Force (1949)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, War

As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan

Votes: 837

47. Hell Below (1933)

Passed | 101 min | Romance, Drama, War

In 1918, U.S. Navy Lt. Tommy Knowlton participates in dangerous submarine missions, disobeys orders, gets court-martialed and romances a married woman who happens to be his C.O.'s daughter.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Madge Evans, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 418

48. Army Surgeon (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War 1, an aviator competes against an army doctor for the love of a nurse.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: James Ellison, Jane Wyatt, Kent Taylor, Walter Reed

Votes: 85

49. Boom Town (1940)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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