I wanted to put together a Top 10 list of the all–time greatest engineering movies, but I could only come up with two. I'm hoping readers will send in thought provoking suggestions (Hint, hint).
I think my favorite engineering movie is “No highway in the sky.” Jimmie Stewart plays an absent-minded aeronautical engineer with a strong sense of ethics. No chase scenes, no blood or gratuitous skin, just an engrossing human story, which is the hallmark of Neville Shute's writing. This 1951 movie is based on one of his many books, which also include On the beach, A Town like Alice, and his autobiography, Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer. (For more on this amazing man, check out this link.)
My other favorite is “Flight of the Phoenix,” which also features Jimmie Stewart, along with a top notch cast. The story is about a group of men stranded in the desert and how they “engineer” a way out. Don't waste your time with the recent remake with one of the Quaid brothers, unless you want to see how 21st century attitudes and technology can ruin a good thing.
Other moves some have suggested as being “engineer-oriented” include "Tucker," "Real Genius," "The Fountainhead," and "Bridge over the River Kwai."
What do you think? What movies would you recommend to a budding or experienced engineer?
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