Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World’s Greatest Engineering Movie

Readers and editors nominated 32 top-notch engineering flicks to fill in the brackets for our World’s Greatest Engineering Movie competition. Now it’s up to you to make that first set of decisions, choosing one movie over another, and bringing the number of movies still in contention down to 16.

So go to the site, put your cursor over the movie titles in the play-off brackets to get a short synopsis, then click to the next page to start voting. Leaving your name and info every time you vote lets us know where to send the fabulous prizes for those lucky or prescient enough to consistently choose winners over the course of our March Movie Madness.

You can vote anytime between now and Sunday (March 30). On Monday (March 31), you can check the site to see which movies moved up to the Top 16 and then make your selections for cutting them down to the Final Eight. (And here's another link to the site.)

Here’s the list of the 32 nominees. It has some great suggestions for your own engineering flim fest or a rainy weekend when you don’t know what to get from Netflix or the local DVD rental joint.

  1. Star Trek (A Voyage Home)
  2. The Dish
  3. Flash of Genius
  4. Iron Man (1)
  5. Andromeda Strain (1971 orig)
  6. The China Syndrome
  7. 2001: a space odyssey
  8. The Core
  9. Tucker
  10. Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back)
  11. Real Genius
  12. Gravity
  13. Dam Busters
  14. No highway in the sky
  15. Flight of the phoenix (1965 orig)
  16. Tron (1982)
  17. The right stuff
  18. Destination Moon
  19. Fantastic voyage
  20. Bridge on the River Kwai
  21. Apollo 13
  22. Space Cowboys
  23. October Sky (aka Rocket boys)
  24. Astronaut farmer
  25. Primer
  26. Race the sun
  27. The Fly (1986)
  28. World’s fastest Indian
  29. James Bond (You Only Live Twice)
  30. Weird Science
  31. Fat Man and Little Boy
  32. When Worlds Collide

Discuss this Blog Entry 4

InventorDave (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2014

Flash of Genius -- Bob Kearns was a member of our Houston Inventors Association during his fight against the companies who stole his windshield wiper invention. As he explained to us, this was all about his "guaranteed" Constitutional rights to a 17-year monopoly -- he did not want royalties, he wanted to develop his own manufacturing business around his idea. This movie does a good job of telling the story, though there was more to say about the unfairness of the treatment he faced.

on Mar 27, 2014

This is not fair! I just started writing my first book (alternate history) and it uses engineering principles as story elements - beginning with my unique approach to the time travel conundrum. Yes, I came up with a believable method of time travel that has never been tried before and it doesn't even require the tears of a unicorn to work efficiently.

Never mind - after I finish the book, I'll go back in time to enter it into the competition - after it becomes a hit movie of course.

Suggestion: The next time you publish a list of movies, please include links to their IMDB web page for quick reference.

on Mar 28, 2014

Can't wait for your hit movie. In the meantime, watch Primer. And we did add IMDB links in the head-to-head voting section. Put your cursor over the movie title and click.

Tedd (not verified)
on Mar 28, 2014

Surely, this must be a contest to choose the next-best engineering movie after Apollo 13.

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