5 Genius Movies Like Good Will Hunting

Tuesday, January 8 by Tony Dayton

Robin Williams Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

For those looking to watch a good movie about someone who is unbelievably smart, "Good Will Hunting" is an obvious choice. One of Matt Damon's more memorable movies, the 1997 drama is still very popular today, despite Ben Affleck possessing a major role. However, "Good Will Hunting is not the only good movie about geniuses–there have been several others made over the years. Below are five genius movies that are similar to "Good Will Hunting."

 

"Rain Man"

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Starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, "Rain Man" is a drama about Raymond Babbitt (Hoffman), a mathematical genius who possesses unbelievable recall abilities. Babbitt is also autistic, afraid of change, adheres to strict routines, avoids eye contact, and stays strictly to himself. What makes this film a great movie about geniuses is Hoffman's outstanding performance for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film also points out the fact that even people with mental illnesses can possess wonderful abilities.

 

"Searching for Bobby Fischer"

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Another extremely popular movie that features an intelligent character is "Searching for Bobby Fischer," a film that is based on chess legend, Joshua Waitzkin. In the movie, Waitzkin's parents realize their son has a knack for chess and hire Bruce Pandolfini, an extremely aggressive teacher to help him develop his talents. However, Joshua prefers to learn from Vinnie, a speed chess player he met at the city park. What makes this movie great is the fact that Joshua decided not to employ Pandolfini's aggressive tactics and still won his matches.

 

"A Beautiful Mind"

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Russell Crowe plays John Nash in the 2001 autobiographical drama, "A Beautiful Mind." The film is based on the life of John Nash, a mathematical genius who also suffered from schizophrenia. Nash was eventually hired by the government to crack Soviet codes and soon began to fear for his life as he believed he was constantly being followed by Russian spies. After being sedated several times, Nash eventually learned to live with his hallucinations and even resumed teaching.

 

"Little Man Tate"

Little Man Tate

"Little Man Tate" is a 1991 drama that tells the tale of Fred, a child prodigy who is considered a genius due to his extraordinary mathematical, reading, and piano skills. His mother, Dede (Jodie Foster), reluctantly enrolls him into a school for gifted children. However, due to his intellect, Fred has a tough time socializing with other kids and eventually becomes even more isolated but by the end of the film, his social skills begin to improve.

 

"The Shawshank Redemption"

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Those who do not consider this Stephen King classic a genius movie are greatly mistaken. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a financial professional who is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Now what would make a convicted financial professional a genius? How about the fact that he used intelligence and loads of patience to bust out of a maximum security prison, create a fake identity to withdraw funds he helped the warden launder, and escape to Mexico. Sounds pretty ingenious to me. The film also starred Morgan Freeman, Gil Bellows, William Sadler, and Bob Gunton.