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5 Must Watch Movies on Data Science

You are in good friendship with data analytics or use it during your everyday work? Watching films is one of your favourite spare time activity? Just checkout our list about the best data science related films, grab popcorn and enjoy any of the following movies! Any of them will be a good pick!

A Beautiful Mind

release: 2001 | playtime: 2h 15m | genre: Biography, Drama

Have you ever doubted the power of mathematics? In this case you must watch this movie. If you have ever played a game against a computer, you played against an algorithm that used at least some math laid down – or inspired – by John Nash.

In short, what he did is interpret how people behave in a non-zero sum game situation. Occasionally, in a game (or in economics) we try to minimize the maximum damage someone could inflict on us by preserving something for ourselves. That’s minimax — minimize the max. It sounds trivial, but until Nash pointed it out, and the math behind it, no one knew how to look at the way people made decisions in a mathematical way. 

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Director: Ron Howard
Awards: Won 4 Oscars rating: 8.2



release: 2011 | playtime: 2h 13m | genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

What is this film about? The thrill and triumph of data mining. This film put Data Science on the map. The protagonist of this film points out that the art of data science is to ask good questions. He also shows, and feels the difficulty explaining and selling analytics and data based conclusions with his peers.

Many people in the organization that are used to making decisions based on their intuition and experience. Sometimes, they may be using data, but they may not be using the right analytics or asking the right questions. When the data scientist comes out with a new perspective, they will be the first person to challenge the analysis, followed by its messanger, and then finally the overall strategy.

Making good decisions meant stripping away those biases.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Bennett Miller rating: 7.6


The Imitation Game

release: 2014 | playtime: 1h 54m | genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

This film a highly recommended movie for data scientist and analysts. This movie aptly depicts the incredible power of mathematics, computer science and logical thinking.

The most interesting thing is that we only created, or invented, new terminology for the same old problems. Big Data, Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Neural Networks, all of this was being discussed at Bletchley Park, back in the WWII. What we do, and our challenge as IT professional, is the same of that brilliant british geniuses team. Research and develop new technologies to solve the same problems they had about 70 years ago.

Essentially,  the group at Bletchley Park was dealing with a big data problem – even though their idea of “big data” is a fraction of what we process today.


Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong
Director: Morten Tyldum
Awards: Won 1 Oscar rating: 8.1


Margin Call

release: 2011 | playtime: 1h 47m | genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

An interesting thriller film written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The very strong cast guarantees fun for the watchers. Lets talk about the act in a few sentences.

Rollercoaster ride through a 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, triggered when junior risk analysts discover a flaw in the risk models that have led their investment firm to the brink of financial disaster. How will the experienced financial experts react to this situation? 

If you watch this movie, you will experience the unbelievable power of data and mathematics.


Starring: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore
Director: J.C. Chandor rating: 7.1



release: 2008 | playtime: 2h 3m | genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

This film is a bit lighter than the other ones, but it is also very good for entertainment.

21 is a fact-based story about  6 MIT students who were brilliant with numbers, decides to step in fast paced Vegas casino action to make some money at the blackjack tables. They create a scheme using numbers, codes and hand gestures which opens up their fortunes. But somebody catch sight of their tricks…

Get your popcorn ready!

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Robert Luketic rating: 6.8


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Netflx is one of the greatest stream provider of the world which has about 81million subscribers all over the world. They used data analytic solutions to create the perfect  series. Netflix analysed the different elements of user behaviour such as searching, scrolling, ratings, etc…

It results the first ever series which factors ( cast, act, ) based on data analytics: House of Cards. House of Cards is one of the most popular Tv series right now. It is a political drama which deals with themes of power, manipulation and pragmatism.

“If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.” (Season 2, Episode 2) Frank Underwood

Pick one of these and have a good fun!


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