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I want to teach biology, chemistry and physics  to students(aged:18-19-20)by science fiction movies. Any subjects in these lessons. maybe genetics in biology, matter in chemistry, space in physics. I need science fiction movies for these lessons. For any lesson 2 movies, totaly 6 movies. You can recoment not only movies but also subjects too. Thanks a lot. (Thank you very much for your previous answer. It is very usefull.)

Hello again,

It's hard to find science fiction movies which are both entertaining to a modern teen audience *and* significantly educational in terms of science. It would be difficult to teach actual science through movies; it is probably best to use the movies only as a supplement to motivate the students to learn more. But I assume that is also what you will be doing.

Here are my best suggestions, which are also very good movies in general:

* Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959): This Jules Verne classic is about a geological science team traveling into the middle of the Earth.

* 2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968): This movie depicts space travel very realistically, and also speculates about the dangers of artificial intelligence (smart computers). This movie is considered one of the best science fiction movies ever made (and I agree).

* The Boys from Brazil (1978): This movie is a serious drama about cloning Hitler!

* Jurassic Park (1993): This movie is about genetic reconstruction of dinosaur DNA, including the creation of dinosaurs. It has several instructional sequences about genetics.

* Apollo 13 (1995): This movie is a very scientifically and historically accurate account of the details of space travel and technology, involving an accident on one of the lunar missions.

* Contact (1997): This movie deals realistically with a message from an alien intelligence, and also has spiritual implications and discussions. An extremely impressive movie; one of my favorites.

* Gattaca (1997): This movie is about a future where genes are thought to determine the fate of a person's life, and how the truth is probably not that simple. An extremely good story.

* Deep Impact (1998): This movie is about the very real possibility of an asteroid striking the Earth. A very well-produced movie which raises awareness about humanity's place in the greater universe.

I could also mention two fairly entertaining movies that take place in a laboratory environment: The Hollow Man (2000) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).

I hope you can use these suggestions. Good luck.

- Tue Sorensen

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I am a life-long fan of science fiction in all forms, but especially in movies. I have a very good overview of science fiction movies from the '60s and forward, incl. the very recent. Movies in black&white (from the '50s and earlier) is my weakness, but I am trying to educate myself more and more in those movies as well. I can also answer questions about science fiction in general and in books. I'm not strong on old TV shows; my forte is definitely movies.


Besides my life-long hobby and enthusiasm for SF, I have been a leading member of a local SF fan society since 2003 (chairman from 2006-2009), and written more than a hundred SF movie reviews. I am also a contributor for various review websites (incl., but not limited to, IMDb and Amazon).

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I have studied biology, English and history, incl. a number of media courses.

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