The Hottest Geniuses in Film

  • Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

    [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures ]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow The Royal Tenenbaums

    [Photo Credit: Touchstone Pictures]

  • Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

    [Photo Credit: Black Bear Pictures]

  • Bradley Cooper Limitless

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  • Matt Damon Good Will Hunting

    [Photo Credit: Miramax Films]

  • Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

  • Johnny Depp Finding Neverland

    [Photo Credit: Miramax Films]

  • Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind

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  • Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

  • Harrison Ford Indiana Jones

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Megan Meadows

The biopic is alive and well this fall movie season, and luckily the latest offerings are much better than Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie. In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped cracked Nazi code during World War II, while fellow English dreamboat Eddie Redmayne tackles the early life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Typically you’ll see one of these attractive actors on the red carpet and think, “Marry me.” But when you see them portraying a brilliant mind on the big screen you’re suddenly like, “Marry me, and have my babies while taking care of my taxes until death do us part!”

These actors aren’t necessarily geniuses in real life, but they play them on the big screen and we’re totally OK with drooling over that. From biographical portrayals of some of the world’s finest minds, to brains that could have only been crafted by Hollywood, we’ve got your hottest geniuses right here. See Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, and more stars who heat things up while playing smarties on the big screen.

Redmayne reveals how fellow movie genius Cumberbatch influenced his portrayal of Hawking, below.

[Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company]