"What movie do you think does something admirable (not necessarily accurate) regarding science?" Seed magazine, which hosts a lot of science bloggers, asked them all this question, with bonus points if the selected movie is "any good generally". I am not sure for how long how long this link of all the answering blogs will be good, as Seed changes the question each week, but here are some selections:
Cognitive Daily (Dave and Greta Munger)'s answer: "Jurassic Park is a great action movie, where the excitement never stops, and Dark Star is a hilarious (if sometimes a bit boring) sendup of pre-1974 science fiction."
Mike the Mad Biologist votes for three: Apollo 13, From the Earth to the Moon#15 (which apparently is a NASA training film) and GATTACA.
Blog around the Clock votes for Jimmy Neutron.
Aetiology goes for Real Genius.
Evolving Thoughts nominates the TV film of the play Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.
The World's Fair asks "My God, can it be that No One has mentioned Star Wars yet!?"
What's your suggestion? Mine would be Close Encounters of the Third Kind, because it conveys the sense of the wonder of science to a greater degree than any film I've seen. Though it is not about "real science" to the slightest degree, apart from the obsessional aspects which could apply to any venture (remember that mountain Richard Dreyfus builds in his living room, which is the "last straw" for his wife?). It is a very slow movie. But I liked it. I also liked "The Day after Tomorrow" for portraying scientists as "the good guys" - rather refreshing.