25 of Our Favorite Gifted Kid Movies

February 17, 2015

In the spirit of the Academy Awards this weekend, we thought we would share a list of good movies featuring gifted children and young adults. Based on a discussion on the IEA Facebook page and a poll of the IEA staff, here are some of our community’s favorite movies about gifted kids (and gifted grown kids):

  1. August Rush (PG)
  2. Big Hero 6 (PG)
  3. Billy Elliot (R)
  4. Bridge to Terabithia (PG)
  5. Dead Poets Society (PG)
  6. Finding Forrester (PG-13)
  7. Gifted Hands (NR)
  8. Good Will Hunting (R)
  9. Goonies (PG)
  10. Harry Potter series (PG-13)
  11. The Imitation Game (PG-13)
  12. The Incredibles (PG)
  13. Little Man Tate (PG)
  14. A Little Princess (G)
  15. Matilda (PG)
  16. Meet the Robinsons (G)
  17. Mr. Holland’s Opus (PG)
  18. October Sky (PG)
  19. Rain Man (R)
  20. Real Genius (PG)
  21. Rushmore (R)
  22. School of Rock (PG-13)
  23. Searching for Bobby Fischer (PG)
  24. Spellbound (G)
  25. Weird Science (PG-13)

Not surprisingly, many of these are adaptations of novels, as there are a plethora of great books written about gifted children.

If you are celebrating the Academy Awards this weekend by enjoying a movie, we hope it will be one about a gifted kid!

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