Below are some websites that you may find useful, informative, or at least entertaining. Some sites are scientific or academic, others commercial, and still others amateur – so my listing a particular link should not be taken as an endorsement. I present them all to show some of the breadth of perspectives and variety of manifestations of the phenomena discussed in the course. They are grouped into the following categories:

Genius | Giftedness and Talent | Intelligence | Savants
Aesthetics Research and Practice | Computers and Artificial Intelligence | Creativity, Leadership, Etc.
Library Research | Databases | APA Style
Geniuses, Creators, and Leaders | Movies | Videos


Academy of Achievement
MacArthur Fellows (the so-called “Genius Prizes”)
Journal of Genius and Eminence
Quotations about Genius
Estimated IQs of some of the Greatest Geniuses
The Roots of Creativity and Genius
Great Idea Finder
The Genius Hall
The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People
Thoughts Behind Habits of Famous Writers
Famous Left-Handers
Ig Nobel Prizes
Unemployed Philosophers Guild
Delta Star

*One or more of these pages is set up by a self-proclaimed genius. Can you figure out which one(s)?


Intel Science Talent Search (formerly the Westinghouse Talent Search)
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Genius Denied
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Talent Development Resources
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
National Association for Gifted Children
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development
Center for Talented Youth at the Johns Hopkins University
Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY)
International Child Art Foundation
Achievement Advocate
Gifted Children Australia
Gifted and Talented Education (California)
California Association for the Gifted
Educational Options
A Beautiful World with Arav (see also “10-year-old prodigy attends UC Davis” in The California Aggie)


IQ Comparison Site
Intelligence Theory Site
International Society for Intelligence Research
Mensa International
International High IQ Society (includes IQ tests)
Mega Foundation
Triple Nine Society
Prometheus Society
Best of the Web – Intelligence
The IQ-Trapper
IQ Test Labs
3SmartCubes (includes IQ tests)
Uncommonly Difficult IQ Tests
More IQ Tests [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]


Tuning In to Genius
Tony DeBlois
George Widener


Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10: American Psychological Association)
International Association of Empirical Aesthetics
Aesthetics Online (American Society for Aesthetics)
Contemporary Aesthetics (online journal)
European Society for the Cognitive Science of Music
International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA)
International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media
Institute of Neuroesthetics
American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
American Dance Therapy Association
American Music Therapy Association
National Association for Poetry Therapy


Minds & Machines
Kurzweil CyberArt Technologies
Computational Aesthetics
The Loebner Prize
Jabberwock Chat (winner of 2003 Loebner)
ALICE (winner of 2004 Loebner)
Cornell Creative Machines Lab (conversation between two Cleverblots) (Twenty Questions: The Neural-Net on the Internet)
Chess Genius
Chinook (checkers program; first computer program to win a human world championship)
SCIgen: An Automatic CS Paper Generator
Postmodernism Generator


International Center for Studies in Creativity
Creative Education Foundation
Creative Problem Solving Institute
Center for Creative Leadership
American Creativity Association
Creative Quotations: Quotations for Creative Thinking
Creativity Workshop
Creativity at Work
Be More Creative
Creativity and the Science of Innovation (With Infographics)
Creativity Radio
Imagination Institute
The Lemelson Foundation
National Inventors Hall of Fame
International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology
Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
National Center for Creative Aging
ESTA: Elders Share the Arts
International Society of Political Psychology
International Leadership Association
Academy of Leadership
Center for Leader Development
Executive Leadership


“Where Do I Start?” (UC Libraries)
Electronic Databases
Electronic Journals
California Digital Library
PsycINFO (tutorial)
Scholar Google


The sites that follow contain information about major achievers and their achievements.  They have been roughly ordered from the most general to the most specific.  More sites will be added as new ones are encountered.

Chinese Civilization
Nobel Laureates (the Sciences, Literature, and Peace)
Literary Greats
National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science
Dramatists (and Musicals)
Gurus and Spiritual Teachers
WebMuseum, Paris
Women of History
Women in World History
Women in Science [1] [2] [3] Women’s Early Art
African American Registry
History Makers, The
Philosophers (Islamic Civilization)
Literature Collection
Poets (Mostly English Language)
Poetry Archive
American Poems
American Writers
Women Mathematicians
Mathematics Genealogy Project
Motion Picture Awards
Classic Movies
Chinese Art
Marxist Writers
All Empires


Psychology with Style (please do not add the part “In partial fulfillment of the requirements …” etc. to your title page)
APA Style Help
APA Formatting and Style Guide
APA Style (Lite) for College Papers


Which of the following celebrities is a genius, creator, and/or leader?  Which is a talent or mere eccentric?  Which is “none of the above” – perhaps someone who just happened to be at the right place at the right time?  To find out, try surfing around the following sites.

Akbar the Great
Alexander the Great
Alhazen (Ibn al-Haitham)
Dante Alighieri
Woody Allen
Susan B. Anthony
“Daisy” Ashford (Margaret Mary Julia)
King Ashoka
Averroes (Ibn Rushd)
Avicenna (Ibn Sina)

Basho Matsuo
Ludwig van Beethoven
Simon de Beauvoir
The Beetles
Ingmar Bergman
Símon Bolívar
Napoleon Bonaparte
Boudicca [1] [2] Buddha
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Julius Caesar
Andrew Carnegie
George Washington Carver
Empress Catherine the Great
Miguel de Cervantes
Chief Cetewayo
Charlie Chaplin
Thomas Chatterton
Cesar E. Chavez [1] [2] Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Julia Child
Noam Chomsky
Queen Christina
Chu Hsi (Zhu Xi)
Chuang Chou (Zhuangzi)
Winston Churchill
Camille Claudel
Alonzo Clemons
Christopher Columbus
Confucius (Kongfuzi) [1] [2] Nicolaus Copernicus
Maria Sklodowska-Curie

Henry Darger
Charles Darwin [1] [2] Deep Blue
Jacques Derrida
René Descartes
Shakuntala Devi
Emily Dickinson
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein [1] [2] Queen Elizabeth I
Paul Erdös
Leonard Euler

Benjamin Franklin
Sigmund Freud [1] [2]

Galileo Galilei [1] [2] Evariste Galois
Francis Galton
Mohandas Gandhi [1] [2] [3] Bill Gates
Antoni Gaudí
Genghis Khan
al-Ghazzali of Tus
Philip Glass
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1] [2] Samuel Goldwyn
Martha Graham
Gu Kaizhi (Ku K?ai-chih)
Che Guevara
Johann Gutenberg

Stephen W. Hawking
David Helfgott
Hildegard von Bingen [1] [2] Hippocrates
Adolf Hitler
Katsushika Hokusai
Christiaan Huygens [1] [2] Hypatia

Charles Ives

Thomas Jefferson
Joan of Arc (Jehanne Darc)
James Joyce
Pope John Paul II
Chief Joseph
Carl Jung

Franz Kafka
Dean Kamen
Immanuel Kant
Garry Kasparov
Mary Kay
Thomas Kinkade
Martin Luther King

Lao Tzu
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier
Gottfried W. Leibniz
Leonardo da Vinci [1] [2] Lenin
Henrietta Leavitt
Li Po (Li Bo)
Abraham Lincoln
Louis XIV the Great (the “Sun King”)
Augusta Ada King, countess of Lovelace

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong)
Pietro Mascagni
Barbara McClintock
William McGonagall
Brittany Maier
Gregor Mendel
John Stuart Mill
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Muhammad [1] [2] Takashi Murakami
Murasaki Shikibu

Napoleon [1] [2] John Forbes Nash
Alexandra Nechita
Pablo Neruda
Isaac Newton [1] [2] [3] [4]

Hikari Oe
Ogata Korin
Marla Olmstead
Omar Khayyam

Harry Partch
Blaise Pascal
Louis Pasteur
Linus Carl Pauling
Kim Peek (“Rain Man”)
Czar Peter the Great
Jean Piaget
Pablo Picasso

Adolphe Quételet

Srinivasa Ramanujan
Royal Raymond Rife
Paul Robeson
John D. Rockefeller

Sargon the Great
Vidal Sassoon
Charles Schulz
Philippa Schuyler
Albert Schweitzer
(Takakazu) Seki Kowa
William Shakespeare [1] [2] [3] [4] Shankara (Samkara)
Shih Huang Ti (Shi Huangdi)
Murasaki Shikibu
William James Sidis
Sotatsu Tawaraya
Gertrude Stein
Martha Stewart
Sun Tzu

Rabindranath Tagore
Ts’ai Lun (Cai Lun)
Tu Fu (Du Fu)
Alan Turing

Ulugh Beg
Umar ibn al-Khattab
Pope Urban II

Vincent van Gogh
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
Han van Meegeren
Marilyn vos Savant

Andy Warhol
Richard Wawro
Oscar Wilde
Stephen Wolfram
Mary Wollstonecraft
Wright Brothers

St. Francis Xavier

Thomas Young

Zhao Mengfu

*Two qualifications must imposed on this list:

First, these individuals do not all qualify by the same definitions.  This is especially true in the case of the geniuses, some of whom are listed because of their high IQ, phenomenal precocity, or other idiosyncratic distinction. In fact, some of those listed might be called “pseudo-geniuses” (e.g., Deep Blue, Devi, McGonagall, Sidis, van Meegeren, and vos Savant).  But they all either illustrate or challenge our conceptions of genius, creativity, and leadership.

Second, the list by no means constitutes a systematic or represenative selection.  Many notable figures still lack significant coverage on the internet. To a very large extent, coverage is contingent on the eccentric interests of those who like to construct websites for their personal heroes.  Especially conspicuous is the dearth of good sites for luminaries from non-Western civilizations.  Presumably this unfortunate state of affairs will diminish as internet expertise continues to diffuse throughout the world.

Meanwhile, I welcome any suggestions regarding sites that should be added to the above list.  I’m especially interested in any one who has achieved eminence in an area not yet represented.


One way that our culture reveals its fascination with genius, creativity, and leadership is to produce biopics, documentaries, or other film genre devoted to some notable figure.  Below is a sampling of what has appeared on the silver screen.  Included are films that deal with exceptional talents of diverse forms just to present the range of the phenomenon that attracts so much popular interest.  I’ve even included some films about infamous criminals given the oft-hypothesized connection between genius and the criminal mind.

Notice that, on average, well over one such movie appears per year, and by the end of the 20th century filmmakers were producing much more than four of these films per year!  Biopics and their kind really took off after the advent of sound pictures – people wanted to hear their heros speak.  Of course, not all are masterpieces, and some are pure Hollywood fluff.  Check out some of the sites to find out which greats inspire the greatest flicks.


Garibaldi (1907)

Edgar Allan Poe (1909)


Amours de la reine Élisabeth, Les (1912; Queen Elizabeth)

Richard Wagner (1913)
Robespierre (1913)

Frederick the Great (1914)
Life of Shakespeare, The (1914)

Florence Nightingale (1915)

Davy Crockett (1916)
David Garrick (1916)

Cleopatra (1917)
Conqueror, The (1917; Sam Houston)
Fall of the Romanoffs, The (1917; Rasputin)

Nelson (1918)

Deliverance (1919; Helen Keller)
Fighting Roosevelts, The (1919; Teddy Roosevelt)
Leonardo Da Vinci (1919)


Disraeli (1921)

Gloria que mata (1922; ‘Manuel Granero’)

Richard the Lion-Hearted (1923)

Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln, The (1924)

Napoléon (1927)

Garibaldi (1928)

Disraeli (1929)


Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Loves of Robert Burns, The (1930)

Alexander Hamilton (1931)

Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)
Voltaire (1933)
Unfinished Symphony (1933; Schubert)
World’s Outstanding Literary Genius, The (1933)

Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1934; Elizabeth and Robert Browning)
Catherine the Great (1934)
Iron Duke, The (1934; Wellington)

Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
Clive of India (1935)
Diamond Jim (1935)
Story of Louis Pasteur, The (1935)

Give Me Liberty (1936; Patrick Henry)
grand amour de Beethoven, Un (1936)
Great Ziegfeld, The (1936)
Mary of Scotland (1936; Queen of Scots)
Rembrandt (1936)
Rhodes of Africa (1936)
Whom the Gods Love (1936; Mozart)

Auld Lang Syne (1937; Robert Burns)
Junost poeta (1937; Alexander Pushkin)
Life of Emile Zola, The (1937)
Parnell (1937)
Pugachyov (1937; Pugachev)
Pyotr pervyj I (1937; Peter the Great Part I)

Aleksandr Nevsky (1938)
Detstvo Gorkogo (1938; Gorky)
Great Waltz, The (1938; Johann Strauss, Jr.)
Pyotr pervyj II (1938; Peter the Great Part II)

Angel of Mercy (1939; Clara Barton)
Ash Can Fleet, The (1939; David Bushnell)
Giant of Norway, The (1939; Fridtjof Nansen)
Great Victor Herbert, The (1939)
Juarez (1939)
Old Hickory (1939; Andrew Jackson)
Story of Alexander Graham Bell, The (1939)
Story of Alfred Nobel, The (1939)
Story of Dr. Jenner, The (1939)


Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Bismarck (1940)
Brigham Young – Frontiersman (1940)
Dispatch from Reuters, A (1940; Julius Reuter)
Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)
Edison, the Man (1940)
George Washington Carver (1940)
Knute Rockne All American (1940)
Young Tom Edison (1940)

Maschera di Cesare Borgia, La (1941)
Rossini (1941)

Diesel (1942)
Gentleman Jim (1942; James J. Corbett)
First of the Few, The (1942; R.J. Mitchell)
Great Mr. Handel, The (1942)
Loves of Edgar Allan Poe, The (1942)
Simón Bolívar (1942)
Young Mr. Pitt, The(1942)

Flight for Freedom (1943; Amelia Earhart)
Madame Curie (1943)
Jack London (1943)
Paracelsus (1943)
Portrait of a Genius (1943; Leonardo da Vinci)

Adventures of Mark Twain, The (1944)
Buffalo Bill (1944; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody)
Great Moment, The (1944; William Thomas Green Morton)
Wilson (1944)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Captain Eddie (1945; Eddie Rickenbaker)
Dillinger (1945)
Dolly Sisters, The (1945)
Great John L., The (1945; Sullivan)
Ivan Groznyj I (1945; Ivan the Terrible)
Song to Remember, A (1945; Chopin)

Camões (1946)
Glinka (1946)
So Goes My Love (1946; Hiram Steven Maxim)

Eleonora Duse (1947)

Babe Ruth Story, The (1948)
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)
Brindis a Manolete (1948; Manuel Rodríguez)
D’homme à hommes (1948; Henri Dunant)
Fabulous Fraud, The (1948; Anton Mesmer)
Joan of Arc (1948)
Mozart Story, The (1948)

Akademik Ivan Pavlov (1949)
Aleksandr Popov (1949)
Bad Lord Byron, The (1949)
Docteur Laennec (1949)
Eroica (1949; Beethoven)


Musorgskij (1950; Mussorgsky)

Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, The (1951)
Enrico Caruso: leggenda di una voce (1951)
Follow the Sun (1951; Ben Hogan)
Great Caruso, The (1951)

Carbine Williams (1952; David Marshall ‘Marsh’ Williams)
Grand Méliès, Le (1952)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Moulin Rouge (1952; Toulouse-Lautrec)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952; John Philip Sousa)
Story of Will Rogers, The (1952)
Le Grand Méliès (1952)
Rimsky-Korsakov (1952)

Crazylegs (1953; Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch)
Eddie Cantor Story, The (1953)
Giuseppe Verdi (1953)
Glenn Miller Story, The (1953)
Martin Luther (1953)
Melba (1953)

Attila (1954)
Leo Tolstoy (1954)
Deep in My Heart (1954; Siegmund Romberg)

Benny Goodman Story, The (1955)
Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The (1955)
Mozart (1955)
Napoléon (1955)

Alexander the Great (1956)
Best Things in Life Are Free, The (1956; Ray Henderson, Buddy De Sylva, and Lew Brown)
Eddy Duchin Story, The (1956)
Lust for Life (1956; Van Gogh)

Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1957; Elizabeth and Robert Browning)
Beau James (1957; Jimmy Walker)
Fabulous Dorseys, The (1947)
Fear Strikes Out (1957; Jimmy Piersall)
Rasskazy o Lenine (1957; Lenin)

Montparnasse 19 (1958; Modigliani)

Al Capone (1959)
Five Pennies, The (1959; Loring “Red” Nichols)
Gene Krupa Story, The (1959)
John Paul Jones (1959)
Oscar Wilde (1959)


Sunrise at Campobello (1960; F. D. Roosevelt)
Trials of Oscar Wilde, The (1960)
Velázquez (1960)

Lafayette (1961)
Rabindranath Tagore (1961)

Freud (1962)
Geronimo (1962)
Gypsy (1962; Louise ‘Gypsy Rose Lee’ Hovick)
Hitler (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The (1962)

Act One (1963; Moss Hart)

Karl Marks (1963)
PT 109 (1963; John F. Kennedy)

Becket (1964)
Finest Hours, The (1964; Winston Churchill)
Franco: ese hombre (1964)

Agony and the Ecstasy, The (1965; Michelangelo)
Aquella joven de blanco (1965)
Eleanor Roosevelt Story, The (1965)
Fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo, La (1965)
Garcilaso de la Vega (1966)
Genghis Khan (1965)
Marco the Magnificent (1965; Marco Polo)
Pasternak (1965)
Zurbarán, el pintor de los monjes (1965)

Barefoot in Athens (1966; Socrates) (TV)
Cervantes (1966)
Lamp at Midnight (1966; Galileo) (TV)
Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV, La (1966) (TV)

Custer of the West (1967)

From Chekhov with Love (1968) (TV)
Lion in Winter, The (1968; Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, etc.)
Isadora (1968; Duncan)
El ‘Che’ Guevara (1968)

Chaikovsky (1969; Tchaikovsky)
Andrei Rublyov (1969)
Che! (1969; Che Guevara)
De Sade (1969)
Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1969)
Syuzhet dlya nebolshogo rasskaza (1969; Chekhov)


Bullet for Pretty Boy, A (1970; Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd)
Cromwell (1970)
Eye Hears, the Ear Sees, The (1970; Norman McLaren)
Galicia y Rosalía de Castro (1970)
Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens, The (1970) (TV)
Great White Hope, The (1970; Jack Johnson)
Julius Caesar (1970)
Patton (1970)

Chyornye sukhari (1971; Lenin)
Evel Knievel (1971)
Goya, historia de una soledad (1971)
Krasnaya palatka (The Red Tent; 1971; General Umberto Nobile, Roald Amundsen)
Salvador Dalí (1971)

Agostino d’Ippona (1972; Augustine of Hippo)
Darwin Adventure, The (1972)
Ludwig (1972; the King of Bavaria)

Dillinger (1973)
Frank Capra (1973)
George qui? (1973; George Sand)
Goya (1973)
Kopernik (1973; Copernicus)
King Vidor (1973)
Walt Disney Story, The (1973)

Edvard Munch (1974) (TV)
Idi Amin Dada (1974)
Lenny (1974)
Mahler (1974)
Mussolini: Ultimo atto (1974)

Capone (1975)
Gentleman Tramp, The (1975; Charles Chaplin)
Give ’em Hell, Harry! (1975; Truman)
Great (1975; Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
Lisztomania (1975; Liszt)
Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation of Drama (1975)
Moses the Lawgiver (1975) (TV)
A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974; Leon Russell)

Beethoven – Tage aus einem Leben (1976)
Bound for Glory (1976; Woody Guthrie)
Desencanto, El (1976; Leopoldo Panero)
Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976; Marilyn Monroe)
Great Houdini, The (1976) (TV)
Junge Freud, Der (1976) (TV)
Message, The (1976; Mohammed)

Good Dissonance Like a Man, A (1977; Charles Ives)
Greased Lightning (1977; Wendell Scott)
Greatest, The (1977; Muhammad Ali)
MacArthur (1977)
Scott Joplin (1977)
Utamaro: Yume to shiriseba (1977)

Buddy Holly Story, The (1978)

All That Jazz (1979; Bob Fosse)
Bolívar, sinfonía tropikal (1979)
The Kids Are Alright (1979; the Who)
Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979)
Les Soeurs Brontë (1979)


Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980; Loretta Lynn)
Dvadtsat’ shest’ dnej iz zhizni Dostoyevskogo (1980; Dostoyevsky)
Fantastic World of M.C. Escher, The (1980)
Melvin and Howard (1980; Howard Hughes)

Céleste (1981; Marcel Proust)
Chanel Solitaire (1981; Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel)
Dief! (1981; John Diefenbaker)
From a Far Country (1981; Pope John Paul II)
New York Beat Movie (1981; Jean Michel Basquiat)
Reds (1981; John Reed)

Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982) (TV)
Gandhi (1982)
“Marco Polo” (1982) (mini series)

Adi Shankaracharya (1983; Sankara)
Anna Pavlova (1983)
Cross Creek (1983; Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Danton (1983)
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) (TV)

Amadeus (1984; Mozart)
Bear, The (1984; Paul “Bear” Bryant)
Compleat Beatles, The (1984)
Frida, naturaleza viva (1984; Frida Kahlo)
I’m Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes – the Man and His Work (1984)
Qiu Jin (1984)
Sakharov (1984) (TV)

D’Annunzio (1985)
Dreamchild (1985; Lewis Carroll via Alice Hargreaves)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey (1985)
Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985) (TV)
Gothic (1986: Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley)
Kerouac, the Movie (1985)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce (1985) (TV)

Caravaggio (1986)
Caspar David Friedrich – Grenzen der Zeit (1986)
Frida, naturaleza viva (1986; Kahlo)
Oviri (1986; Gauguin)
Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

Eternamente Pagu (1987; Patrícia “Pagu” Galvão)
Frère André, Le (1987)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987; Joe Orton)
Swimming to Cambodia (1987; Spalding Gray)

Bernadette (1988)
Bird (1988; Charlie Parker)
Buster (1988; Buster Edwards)
Camille Claudel (1988)
Forever James Dean (1988)
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)
Golub (1988)
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988)
Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988)
Los Amores de Kafka (1988)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

Blaze (1989; Earl Long)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989; Ron Kovic)
Divided Loyalties (1989; Joseph Brant)
Francesco (1989; St. Francis of Assisi)
Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1989) (TV)
Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn (1989; Marilyn Monroe)
Great Balls of Fire! (1989; Jerry Lee Lewis)
My Left Foot (1989: Christy Brown)


Vrag naroda – Bukharin (1990)

Becoming Colette (1991)
Bix (1991: Bix Beiderbecke)
Bugsy (1991: Bugsy Siegel)
Doors, The (1991: Jim Morrison)
Edward II (1991)
Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1991)
Max Ernst: Mein Vagabundieren – Meine Unruhe (1991)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)
William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991)

Babe, The (1992; Babe Ruth)
Chaplin (1992)
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, The (1992)
Dia do Desespero, O (1992; Camilo Castelo Branco)
Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See (1992)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992; Christopher Columbus)
Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb (1992)
Hoffa (1992)
Malcolm X (1992)
Monster in a Box (1992; Spalding Gray)
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (1992)
Oliver Stone (1992)
Sol del membrillo, El (1992; Antonio López García)
Tombeau d’Alexandre, Le (1992; Aleksandr Medvedkin)
Zhou Enlai (1992; Chou En-lai)

Chopin – Bilder einer Trennung (1993)
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
Elvis In Hollywood (1993)
En compagnie d’Antonin Artaud (1993)
Geronimo (1993) (TV)
Gypsy (1993; Louise ‘Gypsy Rose Lee’ Hovick) (TV)
Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul (1993)
Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Shadowlands (1993; C.S. Lewis)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Wittgenstein (1993)
Sound and the Silence, The (1993; Alexander Graham Bell) (TV)
Trotsky (1993)

Backbeat (1994; The Beatles)
Bandit Queen (1994; Phoolan Devi)
Cobb (1994)
Crumb (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Ernesto Che Chuevara, das bolivianische Tagebuch (1994)
Frank and Jesse (1994; Frank and Jesse James)
Immortal Beloved (1994; Beethoven)
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994)
Mesmer (1994)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Passion of John Ruskin, The (1994)
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994)
Tom & Viv (1994; T. S. Eliot)
Tracking Down Maggie: The Unofficial Biography of Margaret Thatcher (1994)

Braveheart (1995; William Wallace)
Bruckners Entscheidung (1995; Anton Bruckner)
Carrington (1995; Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey)
Donald Brittain: Filmmaker (1995)
Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey (1995)
Forever Jung (1995) (V)
From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995) (TV)
Nixon (1995)
Total Eclipse (1995; Rimbaud)

Basquiat (1996)
Breaking the Code (1996; Alan Turing) (TV)
Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien (1996)
Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know (1996)
Einstein Revealed (1996) (TV)
Eva Perón (1996)
Evita (1996)
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996)
Gotti (1996) (TV)
Gray’s Anatomy (1996; Spalding Gray)
Hamsun (1996)
Handel’s Last Chance (1996) (TV)
Infinity (1996; Richard Feynman)
Mandela (1996)
Michael Collins (1996)
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Timothy Leary’s Dead (1996)
People vs. Larry Flynt, The (1996)
W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices (1996)

Artemisia (1997; Artemisia Gentileschi)
Com O Oceano Inteiro Para Nadar (1997; Leonilson)
Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, The (1997)
Fight in the Fields, The (1997; Cesar Chavez)
George Wallace (1997) (TV)
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997) (TV)
Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997) (TV)
Grüningers Fall (1997)
Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor (1997)
Mrs. Brown (1997; Queen Victoria)
Wilde (1997)

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998)
Cream Will Rise, The (1998; Sophie B. Hawkins)
Dancemaker (1998; Paul Taylor)
Divine Trash (1998; John Waters)
Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998)
Eisenstein: The Master’s House (1998)
Elizabeth (1998)
Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)
General, The (1998; Martin Cahill)
Ghosts of Dickens’ Past, The (1998)
Glory & Honor (1998; Mathew Henson) (TV)
Gods and Monsters (1998; James Whale)
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Braut, Die (1999; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Endurance (1999; Haile Gebrselassie)
Genius of Lenny Breau, The (1999)
Goya en Burdeos (1999)
Green Monster, The (1999; Art Arfons) (TV)
Man on the Moon (1999; Andy Kaufman)
Me & Isaac Newton (1999; Gertrude Elion, Ashok Gadgil, Michio Kaku, Maja Materic, Steven Pinker, Karol Sikora and Patricia C. Wright)
Passion (1999; Percy Grainger)
Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999)
Topsy-Turvy (1999; Gilbert and Sullivan)


Booye kafoor, atre yas (Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine, 2000; Bahman Farmanara)
Borstal Boy (2000; Brendan Behan)
Butterfly (2000; Julia “Butterfly” Hill) (TV)
Cinéma de notre temps: une journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch (2000; Andrei Tarkovsky)
Condo Painting (2000; George Condo)
Erika und Klaus Mann Story, Die (2000; brilliant children of German writer Thomas Mann)
Glenn Miller’s Last Flight (2000) (TV)
Hendrix (2000) (TV)
Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000; Julia Query)
Lumumba (2000)
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
Nora (2000; James Joyce)
Pandaemonium (2000; Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth)
Pollock (2000)
Quills (2000; The Marquis de Sade)
Rated X (2000: Mitchell Brothers)
Rebels with a Cause (2000; Students for a Democratic Society)
Sade (2000)
Steal This Movie (2000; Abbie Hoffman)
Villa-Lobos – Uma Vida de Paixão (2000)

Ali (2001)
Asoka (2001)
Beautiful Mind (2001; John Nash)
Blow (2001; George Jung)
Bride of the Wind (2001; Alma Mahler)
Chop Suey (2001; Bruce Weber)
Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane, The (2001)
Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, The (2001)
Flash of a Dream (2001; Jacob A. Riis)
Ghost of Roger Casement, The (2001)
Kriegerin des Lichts (Warrior of Light, 2001; Yvonne Bezzerra de Mello)
Piñero (2001)
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001)
Semmelweis (2001)
Taking Sides (2001; Wilhelm Furtwangler)
War Photographer (2001; James Nachtwey)

Callas Forever (2002)
Derrida (2002)
8 Mile (2002; Eminem)
Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (Fellini: I’m a Big Liar; 2002)
Fidel (2002; Castro) (TV)
Frida (2002; Kahlo)
Gleason (2002) (TV)
Hand on the Pulse (2002; Joan Nestle)
How to Draw a Bunny (2002; Ray Johnson)
Im Spiegel der Maya Deren (In the Mirror of Maya Deren; 2002)
Kid Stays In the Picture, The (2002; Robert Evans)
Last Dance (2002; dance company Pilobolus and Maurice Sendak)
The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)
My Father, the Genius (2002; Glen Howard Small)
Not Nude Though: A Portrait of Rudy Burckhardt (2002)
Prisoner of Paradise (2002; Kurt Gerron)
The Weather Underground (2002)
Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002)

The Agronomist (2003; Jean Dominique)
Bonhoeffer (2003)
Bukowski: Born into This (2003)
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)
Dracula’s Bram Stoker (2003) (TV)
Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, The (2003)
Forbidden Photographs: The Life and Work of Charles Gatewood (2003)
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)
Genius: Charles Darwin (2003) (V)
Henri Cartier-Bresson – Biographie eines Blicks (2003)
Imelda (2003; Marcos)
Just an American Boy (2003; Steve Earle)
Let’s Get Frank (2003; Barney Frank)
Luther (2003)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003; Rodney Bingenheimer)
My Architect (2003; Louis Kahn)
Overnight (2003; Troy Duffy)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
Sylvia (2003; Plath)
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)
Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

Alexander (2004; Alexander the Great)
Aviator, The (2004; Howard Hughes)
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)
Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (2004)
Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)
Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)
Citizen King (2004; Martin Luther King, Jr.)
De-Lovely (2004; Cole Porter)
Derek Jarman: Life as Art (2004)
Le Fantôme d’Henri Langlois(2004)
Finding Neverland (2004; J. M. Barrie)
Genghis Khan (2004)
Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004)
Ingmar Bergman – 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd (2004) (TV)
In the Realms of the Unreal (2004; Henry Darger)
It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004; Frankie Wilde)
Kinsey (2004)
Libertine, The (2004; John Wilmot)
Mar adentro (2004; Ramon Sampedro)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
Modigliani (2004)
Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America (2004)
Moog (2004)
Motorcycle Diaries, The (2004; Che Guevara)
The Nomi Song (2004)
Ray (2004; Ray Charles)
Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2004)
Tell Them Who You Are (2004)
Untergang, Der (2004; Adolf Hitler)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004; Jerry Harvey) (TV)

Buzz (2005; Albert Isaac “Buzz” Bezzerides)
Capote (2005)
Carmen and Geoffrey (2005; Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder)
Devil and Daniel Johnston, The (2005)
The Fall of Fujimori (2005)
Giuliani Time (2005)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005; Edward R. Morrow)
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005; Melvin Van Peebles)
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)
The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005)
The Last Mogul (2005; Lew Wasserman)
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)
The Outsider (2005; James Toback)
The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005; John Peterson)
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)
Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage (2005)
Trudell (2005)
Walk the Line (2005; Johnny Cash)
William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)
Zizek! (2005)

The Cats of Mirikitani (2006)
This Filthy World (2006; John Waters)
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
Infamous (2006; Truman Capote)
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006; Reverend Jones)
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)
A Man Named Pearl (2006; Pearl Fryar)
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
Tales of the Rat Fink (2006; Ed “Big Daddy” Roth)
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006)

Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)
Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007; Elizabeth I of England)
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)
I’m Not There (2007; Bob Dylan)
La Môme (La vie en rose, 2007; Edith Piaf)
Mongol (2007; Genghis Khan)

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008)
Bronson (2008)
Flash of Genius (2008; Robert Kearns)
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
Hunger (2008; Bobby Sands)
Milk (2008)
Miss Austen Regrets (2008) (TV)
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Séraphine (2008; Séraphine de Senlis)

Ahead of Time (2009; Ruth Gruber)
Amelia (2009; Earhart)
Blind Side, The (2009; Michael Oher)
Coco Before Chanel (2009; Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel)
Creation (2009; Charles Darwin)
Desert Flower (2009; Waris Dirie)
Facing Ali (2009)
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)
Georgia O’Keeffe (2009)
Into the Storm (2009; Winston Churchill) (TV)
Invictus (2009; Nelson Mandela)
It Came from Kuchar (2009; George and Mike Kuchar)
Last Station, The (2009; Leo Tolstoy)
Notorious (2009; Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a. Christopher Wallace)
Vision (2009; Hildegard von Bingen)
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009; Gertrude Berg)

And Everything Is Going Fine (2010; Spalding Gray)
Chasing Madoff (2010; Bernie Madoff)
Howl (2010; Allen Ginsberg)
I’m Still Here (2010; Joaquin Phoenix)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Made in Dagenham (2010; Rita O’Grady)
Marwencol (2010; Mark Hogancamp)
The Social Network (2010; Mark Zuckerberg)
Temple Grandin (2010)
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
The Woodmans (2010; Francesca Woodman)

Anonymous (2011; Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, as the hypothesized real William Shakespeare)
Buck (2011; Buck Brannaman)
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011; Charles and Ray Eames)
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
Gerhard Richter – Painting (2011)
Hannibal the Conqueror (2011) [once listed as “in production” with Vin Diesel in the staring role but now listed as “in development”!]
The Iron Lady (2011; Margaret Thatcher)
J. Edgar (2011; Hoover)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011; Jiro Ono)
Moneyball (2011; Billy Beane)
Pina (2011; Pina Bausch)
You’ve Been Trumped (2011; Donald Trump)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012; Ginger Baker)
For No Good Reason (2012; Ralph Steadman)
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Hitchcock (2012)
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012; Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Koch (2012)
Letters to Sofija (2013; Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis)
Lincoln (2012)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
Marley (2012)
Renoir (2012; Pierre-Auguste and Jean)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012; Rodriguez)
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen (2012)
Sol LeWitt (2012)

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013; Hendrix)
Behind the Candelabra (2013; Liberace)
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
Cutie and the Boxer (2013; Ushio and Noriko Shinohara)
Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)
The Fifth Estate (2013; Julian Assange)
Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Jobs (2013)
Kill Your Darlings (2013; Allen Ginsberg)
Liberator (2013; Simon Bolivar)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Natan (2013)
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (2013; Nat Hentoff)

Salinger (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013; P.L. Travers; Walt Disney)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)
Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
The Unknown Known (2013; Donald Rumsfeld)

20,000 Days on Earth (2014; Nick Cave)
Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)
The Better Angels (2014; Abraham Lincoln)
Big Eyes (2014; Margaret Keane)
Cesar Chavez (2014)
Citizenfour (2014; Edward Snowden)
Get on Up (2014; James Brown)
The Imitation Game (2014; Alan Turing)
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)
Iris (2014; Apfel)
Lambert & Stamp (2014; the Who producers)
Life Itself (2014; Roger Ebert)
Love & Mercy (2014; Brian Wilson)
Pawn Sacrifice (2014; Bobby Fischer)
Saint Laurent (2014)
Selma (2014; Martin Luther King)
The Theory of Everything (2014; Stephen Hawking)
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

Amy (2015; Winehouse)
Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)
The End of the Tour (2015; David Foster Wallace)
He Named Me Malala (2015)
I Am Chris Farley (2015)
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Listen to Me Marlon (2015; Brando)
Snowden (2015; Edward)
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
Straight Outta Compton (2015; N.W.A.)
Welcome to this House (2015; Elizabeth Bishop)

The foregoing movies are all attempts to portray real-life exemplars of genius.  Yet there are also plenty examples of films that present fictional instances of genius or talent, as the following movies illustrate:

Frankenstein (1931)
Mad Genius, The (1931)

Genius at Work (1946)

Little Boy Boo (1954)

Rebel, The (1961)
Charly (1968)

Godfather, The (1972)

On the Right Track (1981)
Malcolm (1986)
Lubinghua (1989)
Anna to the Infinite Power (1983)
The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (1983) (TV)
Real Genius (1985)
Bröderna Mozart (Mozart Brothers; 1986)
Moderns, The (1988)
Young Einstein (1988)

Sheltering Sky, The (1990; loosely based on Paul Bowles)
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (1991)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Dark Side of Genius (1994)
Frankenstein (1994)
I.Q. (1994; with fictitious Albert Einstein)
Forgotten Silver (1995)
Powder (1995)
Matilda (1996)
Conceiving Ada (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Pi (1998)
Zero Effect (1998)
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Molly (1999)
Tic Code, The (1999)

Bruno (2000)
Esther Kahn (2000)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Luzhin Defence, The (2000)
Strange Case of Señor Computer, The (2000)
Caveman’s Valentine, The (2001)
Enigma (2001)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
Piñero (2001)
Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001)
If? (2002)
Alex & Emma (2003)
Madness and Genius (2003)
Declaring Genius (2004)
Elsa Letterseed (2004)
No Pain, No Gain (2004)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Raising Genius (2004)
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Vitus (2006)
Iron Man (2006)
Nobel Son (2007)
What Just Happened? (2008)


Below are online videos and other recordings dealing with various aspects of genius, creativity, and leadership.


One Minute With -Professor Dean Simonton (YouTube)
Understanding Genius (Helix Center)
What is Genius? (World Science Festival)
Genius’ Dark Cousin (World Science Festival)
Suddenly, Everything Is Different (World Science Festival)
“Genius Cells” in the Brain? (World Science Festival)
The Making of an Epiphany (World Science Festival)
Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius (World Science Festival: Full Program)
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity (TED)
Do we need to be crazy to be creative? (YouTube)
Famous people with bipolar disorder (YouTube)
Famous people who have suffered and continue to suffer with bi-polar (YouTube)
Famous manic depressives (YouTube)
One Minute With – Einstein (YouTube)
Derek Paravicini on TED


What Is Creativity? California Cognitive Science Conference (UC Berkeley, 2014; YouTube)
Edward de Bono on creative thinking (YouTube)
Amy Tan on creativity (TED)
Dr. Dean K. Simonton – Scientific Creativity: The Science and the Art (Vimeo)
The Creative Brain across Time and Cultures (World Science Festival)
How to be creative (YouTube)
Innovator’s Cookbook (YouTube)
Creativity Science (YouTube)


Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors (TED)
What is Leadership? (YouTube)
Leadership lessons from dancing guy (YouTube)
Stephen Colbert – Leadership (YouTube)
Funniest leadership speech ever! (YouTube)



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