Some of My Favorite Science Movies (Part 2)

And the party continues from my post from last week! Here are some more of my favorite science movies.

6. Living Proof (2008) – This was a TV movie on Lifetime network based on the true story of Dr. Dennis Slamon who identified the HER2/neu protein and is known for his work with the drug, herceptin. Breast cancer patients that are HER2 positive tend to have aggressive and fast-growing cancer and herceptin disrupts that process.

7. Contact (1997) – This movie is based on the book “Contact” written by Carl Sagan. He was an expert science communicator and it is not surprising that this story about astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway (portrayed by Jodie Foster) who was inspired by her father to contact whatever is out there was made into a movies.

8. E.T. the extra-terrestrial (1982) – This movie was part fascinating and part terrifying as a kid. It was probably the first time that I questioned if the doctors and government types were really doing the right thing taking E.T. for testing when he just wanted to go home.

9. Space Camp (1986) – While the idea that a group of space camp campers could somehow become accidentally launched into space is impossible to believe, I was already a die-hard Lea Thompson fan and I definitely considered becoming an astronaut.

10. Arrival (2016) – What I loved about this film is that it focused on the science of linguistics. Another topic that I would think would be difficult to show and not just “tell.” Phil Plait served as a science advisor for the film and wrote about his experience.

Honestly, I could go on and on about science in movies but I’ll stop here for now.

What are some of your favorite science movies?

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