movies for medical students

Movies are a good way to pass the time. In fact, we can say it is one of the most exciting things to do at leisure. Generally, films inspire, entertain, and, most importantly, shape our behaviours. 

How entertaining any movie can be is a function of the interest of the viewers, what they love, what they want to become, or how they want the world to be shaped. To illustrate, for people who strongly uphold gender equality, a movie with a female protagonist, will be awesome. However, horror movies are the best genre to watch for persons with macabre personalities.

Anyways, for a med student like you, films should go beyond just entertainment. Even more, we can infer that you are seeking the movies every medical student should watch to get a picture of the world that lies ahead of you. You want to be inspired by a script where doctors reach out to people, medically helping them in every way possible. Also, you may want to see a medical practitioner achieve a mind-blowing feat or reach his/her little goals. 

Well, you’ve come to the right post for that, or any other possible reason you want a med movie. In this article, we will provide you with a list and an overview of the best movies medical students should see. 

Mind you, we advise that you only do this while you are on vacation because the movies are very interesting and inspiring.  On a lighter note, do not even peek on any of these movies when you have a test coming up, so you don’t have any reason to blame us for distracting you. With that said, below is our list of the 5 movies every medical student should watch:

Patch Adams (1998)

By way of introduction, we know you might want to discard this movie because of its year of production. Well, although its production year is far back, the idea and play in this movie are no way behind. Patch Adams is an American semi-biographical comedy-drama featuring Robbin Williams, Bob Gunton, Philip Seymour, and Monica Potter. 

The film delivers a profound message of how being silly and breaking the rules when it’s the best interest for everyone is really important. It is centered on Patch, who, after struggling with depression in a mental hospital, decided to become a doctor. He was admitted to Virginia Medical school but was not really impressed with the school’s perspective of patient care. Precisely, he did not like the formal and soulless approach being rendered to patients.

This dissatisfaction led him to open his own hospital for people without insurance- well, thanks to his wealthy friend, Arthur. He formed a deep bond with his patients and made them laugh, which was seen as a cure to their spirits. 

Young doctors in love (1982)

This film is an American comedy movie starring Sean Young, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael McKean, and Patrick Macnee. It is a great pick if you’re looking out for comedy and fun within a medical environment. 

According to the New York Times review on Young doctors in love, “every imaginable kind of gag was wedged into the movie. Also that there are enough bright moments to make it a passable hot-weather entertainment.”

That review from the New York Times gives you what to expect from this movie. The movie features almost every kind of personality in the medical world. From a trainee who can’t stand the sight of blood, a doctor who romances a nurse’s head to get the keys to the drug cabinet to a Mafia member on the loose disguised as a woman. 

Briefly, this movie is a must-watch when you want to laugh and roll on the floor. 

Something the Lord Made (2004)

Are you looking for a medical movie that sees a doctor, above all the odds, achieves a mind-blowing feat? This movie is your perfect pick.

Something the Lord Made is an HBO biographical drama film about the black cardia pioneer, Vivien Thomas, and his partner Alfred Blalock. The movie stars Mos Def, Gabriel Union, Alan Rickman, Mary Stuart, and Kyra Sedgwick. 

Although Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) hired Alfred (Alan Rickman) as a janitor, his skill and wit made him indispensable in Vivien’s research. Together, they broke the racial barriers in medicine during the depression era while developing a procedure to treat the blue baby syndrome.

Awakenings (1990)

Well, if you love tearjerkers, first, you’re a legend. We’d love you to teach us how you add crying and fun together. Anyway, look no further for a perfect tearjerking medical movie; Awakenings is an excellent choice. 

The movie is an American drama film based on Oliver Sack’s 1973 memoir. It focuses on a fictional character Dr. Malcom Sayer and his excellent discovery in the encephalitis epidemic in 1920.  

Although the character is fictional, the story is based on a real-life experience of the author who speculated that the rigidity of catatonic patients may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism. So, he used the L-Dopa, a vaccine used for Parkinson patients to treat them. 

Overall, the movie makes you appreciate the beauty of clinical research and commitment. 

Gifted hands (2009)

We were really skeptical about adding this movie to our list because we expect you to have watched it. Well, we couldn’t resist the urge to include it as it is one of the most inspiring stories in the medical world today.

The movie focuses on the life of Ben Carson, an African-American neurosurgeon and his most famous, mind-blowing surgery on conjoined twins. The movie also captured his early life and how he moved from a dull school kid to one of the most outstanding medical figures alive.


The movies listed above are a must-watch for medical students. Beyond fun, it inspires and shows you how people who are in the same position as you are, differed all odds to become an inspiring figure in the medical world.

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