15 must-watch films for aspiring engineering students

Student Circuit has compiled a list of inspiring films that every aspiring engineering student might find motivating and enlightening.

These films, ranging from biographies of renowned inventors to fictional tales of technological wonders, can provide both inspiration and insight into the world of engineering and innovation.

The Imitation Game (2014)

A biographical drama about Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer scientist who played a pivotal role in cracking Nazi codes during World War II, laying the foundations for modern computing.

Iron Man (2008)

A superhero film that showcases Tony Stark, an engineer who builds a mechanised suit of armour to save his life and combat evil. It’s a thrilling blend of engineering ingenuity and action.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Based on the true story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, this film highlights the critical role of engineers in solving life-threatening challenges in space.

October Sky (1999)

A moving tale of a boy inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 to take up rocketry against the odds, underlining the power of passion and perseverance in engineering.

The Martian (2015)

A science fiction film that follows an astronaut stranded on Mars as he uses his ingenuity and engineering skills to survive.

Hidden Figures (2016)

This inspiring true story focuses on the African American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

The Social Network (2010)

A drama about the founding of Facebook, focusing on the technological and entrepreneurial challenges faced by Mark Zuckerberg.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

While focusing on mathematics, this film about Nobel Laureate John Nash’s struggles and triumphs can be deeply inspiring for anyone interested in the broader world of science and technology.

Real Genius (1985)

A comedy film that, despite its lighter tone, celebrates the brilliance and creativity of young engineers.

Flash of Genius (2008)

This film tells the true story of Robert Kearns, an engineer and inventor who fights against the auto industry for recognising his invention.

Spare Parts (2015)

Based on a true story, this film follows four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club and with no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts, and a dream, they build an underwater robot.

Interstellar (2014)

A visually stunning film that explores complex concepts in physics and engineering, as astronauts travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity.

Robot & Frank (2012)

Set in the near future, this film explores the relationship between a retired cat burglar and his robot caretaker.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The story of Stephen Hawking, focusing on his early years as a PhD student at Cambridge and his groundbreaking work in physics, despite his struggle with motor neuron disease.

Big Hero 6 (2014)

An animated film that combines engineering with a heartwarming story, suitable for all ages, about a young robotics prodigy and his inflatable robot Baymax.

These films offer a mix of inspiration, education, and entertainment, ideal for aspiring engineering students looking to see the broader impact of their chosen field. Let us know what your favourite is!