Ok - so I might have exaggerated a bit with the title. While most of these movies have been deemed by actual scientists as being highly scientifically inaccurate, they are sure to get you scientifically-inspired, and may even help commit a few basic scientific tenets to memory. So sit back, relax, and if your parents ask, say that you’re watching these movies for research purposes. Enjoy!
1. October Sky
A young boy (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is inspired to build his own rocket after he watches the launching of the satellite, Sputnik. There is a lot of trial and error throughout the film, allowing the audience to get a glimpse into how rockets are built and operate.
March of the Penguins is a documentary that looks at the march made by emperor penguins from the ocean onto land in Antarctica. This is a great lesson in earth science, the science of climates, and that of ecosystems. Emperor penguins are the only form of wildlife that can remain in Antarctica throughout the winter due to its extreme, inhospitable conditions.
Osmosis Jones is both a live-action and animated film starring Bill Murray. The majority of the movie takes place inside the human body. The film’s leading character, Osmosis Jones, plays a white blood cell who is also a cop. He ends up having to fight against, Thrax, a deadly virus who plans to kill Frank (the human whose body Osmosis resides) in 48 hours.
The Day After Tomorrow centers around the ushering in of weather so extreme that it leads to a new ice age. Though the film has been dubbed science fiction, it does focus significantly on weather patterns and climate change.
Though you may have thought of this as a children’s movie, it actually has great scientific value. Antz looks at the goings-on of an ant colony, and specifically chronicles the journey of one ant who seeks to rise above the totalitarian regime that has developed in the colony. Ants play an important role as decomposers which are critical to the understanding and functioning of ecosystems.
Set in the future, Earth is in trouble - having experienced extreme climate change causing drought and famine. In order for the human race to survive, a team of scientists must travel beyond the solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. This film deals in-depthly with space (from galaxies to theoretical wormholes).
This film chronicles a major development in scientific technology - one so advanced that it allows a team of scientists to breed living dinosaurs, millions of years after they have gone extinct. The team uses the dinosaurs to create an adventure park for the public where peopel can see the dinosaurs up close. This film, along with the more recent Jurassic World, deal with molecular biology and genetics - from breeding to genetic mutation.
In a not-so-distant future, WALL-E is a garbage collecting robot whose job is to clean up Earth after it has been abandoned by humans due to the build-up of pollution. WALL-E covers topics such as environmental sustainability, climate change, and space which will be sure to inspire you to study for your next science test.