Physics movies (mainstream movies with physics in them)

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A movie called "The Big Bang" will be coming out soon, and although it's more of a detective/action movie, it seems to be somewhat set on a particle physics backdrop. (Incidentally, the tall evil-looking "Russian" is practically from my home town, and it's interesting to see a guy I use to cross at school and the local gym show up along side Antonio Banderas and Snoop Dog).

Anyway, not counting the science-fiction and fantasy genre (space, time-travel etc.), what other movies have physics or a physicist as a prominent part of it? I'm thinking dramas involving a physicist, movies set around a well-known lab. I thought a list could be fun, because I can't think of that many, and I'm less into sci-fi thant I use to be. (The more mainstream the better.)
 

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. One of the main characters works at CERN (and it starts there).
 
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Infinity, starring Matthew Broderick as Richard Feynman.
 
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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. One of the main characters works at CERN (and it starts there).
So, I'm assuming that scientific accuracy is not a requirement, then?
 
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So, I'm assuming that scientific accuracy is not a requirement, then?
Well, I drew a line between sci-fi and 'real physics places' and this is what I came up with.
 
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Fat man and little boy. The story of the physicist, scientist, personal, and military involved with making the first nuclear weapons.
 
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“A Serious Man”, it is a dark comedy. The main character is a professor of physics.

The following movie has no physicist/physics, just put in it in here in case you may be interested:

“Fermat’s Room”, it is a Spanish thriller. Essential, a group of prominent mathematicians are trapped in a room and they have to solve problems in order to avoid being crushed to death.
 
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Pi.

It's about a mathematician though, not a physicist and I don't think it would fit into mainstream but nevertheless, it's an excellent film and I couldn't overlook it.

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Whatever Works. "Protagonist" was a physics professor at Columbia and according to his own self, is a "Nobel prize winning brain". Does noooot involve any physics at all though.
 
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"Copenhagen" with Daniel Craig. About a meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr in 1941. Probably not mainstream, but it was a good movie.
 
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"Copenhagen" with Daniel Craig. About a meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr in 1941. Probably not mainstream, but it was a good movie.
I remember watching that movie in a history of science class, and all I could think the entire time was "what's James Bond doing in this movie?"
 
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I watched The core . the movie in which to drill down the core is the only way to save earth from catastrophe
 
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I watched The core . the movie in which to drill down the core is the only way to save earth from catastrophe
I doubt that movie has any physics in it...
 
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I doubt that movie has any physics in it...
A little geophysics and some talk on fluid dynamics.
 
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"Proof" is a film about mathematics. Interesting film.

*edit: oh and "A Beautiful Mind"... also about mathematics :D *
 
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Chain Reaction, if I recall correctly. Probably not the most rigorous physics though
 
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Blasphemy. "The Core" has no grounds in science. Everyone knows that flat objects have no core.
 

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