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What Engineers are Watching on Netflix Today? (Survey)

The best movies, TV series, and documentaries that engineers should be watching on Netflix right now

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We sent an email survey to 1,842 engineers around the world between the month of August and September 2020. We asked one survey question: “What movies, series or documentaries that you enjoyed watching on Netflix in the past 60 days.”

Almost 80% of the films are related to science, mechanical, electrical, biomedical, electronics, chemical and civil engineering.

Respondents age from 19-45 years old and currently living in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe.

Here are the top 75 movies worth watching according to engineers.

75. Stranger Things

Editor’s Choice

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3 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10

Engineers score: 35%

Netflix description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.”

74. Marvel’s The Defenders

Editor’s Choice

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1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10

Engineers score: 36%

Netflix description: “Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City.”

73. The Rain

3 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10

Engineers score: 37%

Netflix description: Umbrella will not save you. “Six years after a rain-borne virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, two siblings join a band of young survivors seeking safety — and answers.”

72. The Umbrella Academy

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2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8/10

Engineers score: 38%

Netflix description: Reunited by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity.

71. iBoy

1h 30min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 27 January 2017 | IMDb: 6.0/10

Engineers score: 39%

Netflix description: When shards of a cell phone get lodged in a teenager’s brain, he discovers he can control electronic devices and uses his newfound power for revenge.

70. World War Z

Editor’s Choice

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1h 56min | Action, Adventure, Horror | 21 June 2013 | IMDb: 7.0/10

Engineers score: 40%

Description: Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.

69. The Old Guard

Editor’s Choice

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2020 | 18+ | 2h 5m | Critically Acclaimed Films | IMDb: 6.7/10

Engineers score: 41%

Netflix description: Four undying warriors who’ve secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal.

68. Jobs

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| Biography, Drama | 16 August 2013 | IMDb: 5.9/10

Engineers score: 42%

Description: The founder of Apple Inc. The story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

67. 100 Humans: Life’s Questions Answered

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Engineers score: 43%

Netflix description: One hundred hardy souls from diverse backgrounds participate in playful experiments exploring age, sex, happiness and other aspects of being human.

66. The Great Heist

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Engineers score: 44%

Netflix description: In 1994, a team of thieves plans an ambitious heist to steal millions from Colombia’s Bank of the Republic. Inspired by true events.

65. Hugo

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| Drama, Family, Fantasy | 23 November 2011 | IMDb: 7.5/10

Engineers score: 45%

Netflix description: Living inside a Paris train station, an orphan eludes the rigid stationmaster, meets a legendary filmmaker and finds the key to unlocking his destiny.

64. The Code

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| Drama, Thriller | IMDb: 7.4/10

Engineers score: 46%

Description: Investigating a deadly car crash, a journalist and his hacker brother stumble into a conspiracy that reaches into the upper echelons of government.

63. Breaking Bad

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TV Thrillers | IMDb: 9.5/10

Engineers score: 47%

Description: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.

62. Prison Break

Editor’s Choice

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5 Seasons | 91 Episodes | | Action, Crime, Drama | IMDb: 8.3/10

Engineers score: 48%

Description: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

61. Pandemic


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Engineers score: 49%

Netflix description: In this docuseries, meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.

60. Away

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Engineers score: 50%

Netflix description: Commander Emma Green leaves behind her husband and daughter to lead an international crew of astronauts on a perilous three-year mission to Mars.

59. Unknown Origins

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| Action, Adventure, Comedy | 28 August 2020 |6.1/10

Engineers score: 51%

Netflix description: A very chiseled but somber detective must find a serial killer who leaves clues that only his mentor’s nerdy comics-loving son can decipher.

58. Warrior Nun

Editor’s Choice

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Engineers score: 52%

Netflix description: After waking up in a morgue, an orphaned teen discovers she now possesses superpowers as the chosen Halo-Bearer for a secret sect of demon-hunting nuns.

57. Blown Away

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Engineers score: 53%

Netflix description: Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the title of champion.

56. West Coast Customs

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Engineers score: 54%

Netflix description: West Coast Customs, a mecca for well-heeled car lovers, stars as their team creates some of the most luxurious, outrageous vehicles on the planet.

55. Freaks: You’re One of Us

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| Action, Drama, Fantasy | 2 September 2020 5.3/10

Engineers score: 55%

Netflix description: Tipped by a mysterious tramp, a meek fry cook discovers she has superpowers — and kindred spirits — and uncovers an unsavory, widespread conspiracy.

54. The 33

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Engineers score: 56%

Netflix description:

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

53. Black Mirror

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| Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Series (2011– ) | 8.8/10

Engineers score: 57%

Netflix description: This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

52. Never Have I Ever


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2020 | 13+ | 1 Season | TV Shows | 

Engineers score: 58%

Netflix description: After a traumatic year, an Indian-American teen just wants to spruce up her social status — but friends, family and feelings won’t make it easy on her.

51. Deepwater Horizon

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| Action, Drama, History | 30 September 2016 | 7.1/10

Engineers score: 59%

Description: A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

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50. Interior Design Masters

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44min | 1 Season | 9 Episodes | Game-Show | TV Series (2019– )

Engineers score: 60%

Netflix description: Aspiring interior designers transform a variety of spaces from dowdy to delightful as they vie for a life-changing contract with a top London hotel.

49. Sense8

Editor’s Choice

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2015 | 18+ | 2 Seasons | US TV Shows | 

Engineers score: 61%

Description: From the creators of “The Matrix” and “Babylon 5” comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.

48. Money Heist

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Award-Winning TV Shows | 8.4/10

Engineers score: 62%

Netflix description: Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

47. Power Project

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R | 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 August 2020 | 

Engineers score: 63%

Netflix description: An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.

46. Minimalism: A documentary about important things

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Engineers score: 64%

Description: How might your life be better with less?

45. Sherlock

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TV-14 | 1h 28min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2010–2017) | 

Engineers score: 65%

Description: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

44. The Social Dilemma

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Engineers score: 66%

Description: This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

43. Tiny House Nation

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Engineers score: 67%

Netflix description: Traveling the U.S., host John Weisbarth and expert Zack Giffin are helping families prep for the tiny lifestyle and create hypercustomized mini homes.

42. (Un)Well

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Engineers score: 68%

Netflix description: This docuseries takes a deep dive into the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. But do the products live up to the promises?

41. Rust Valley Restorers

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Engineers score: 69%

Netflix description: Old-school auto collector Mike Hall, his pal Avery Shoaf and son Connor Hall go the extra mile to restore retro cars — and hopefully turn a profit.

40. Amazing Interiors

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2018 | 13+ | 1 Season | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows | 

Engineers score: 70%

Netflix description: Meet eccentric homeowners whose seemingly ordinary spaces are full of surprises, from a backyard roller coaster to an indoor aquarium.

39. The Mind Explained

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2019 | 18+ | 1 Season | Critically Acclaimed Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 70%

Netflix description: Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works with this illuminating series.

38. The Great Hack

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2019 | 16+ | 1h 54m | Critically Acclaimed Films | 

Engineers score: 71%

Netflix description: Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

37. High Score

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2020 | 16+ | 1 Season | Science & Nature Docs | 

Engineers score: 72%

Netflix description: This docuseries traces the history of classic video games, featuring insights from the innovators who brought these worlds and characters to life.

36. The Witcher

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2019 | 18+ | 1 Season | TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy | 

Engineers score: 73%

Netflix description: Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

35. Formula: 1 Drive to Survive

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2019 | 18+ | 2 Seasons | Sports Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 73%

Netflix description: Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

34. Bloodshot

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PG-13 | 1h 49min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 March 2020  | 

Engineers score: 74%

Description: A dead soldier is resurrected with new biotechnology and embarks on a mission of revenge in this sci-fi action drama based on the comic book series.

33. Connected

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2020 | 13+ | 1 Season | Science & Nature Docs

Engineers score: 75%

Netflix description: Science journalist Latif Nasser investigates the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world and the universe.

32. Rotten

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2018 | 18+ | 2 Seasons | Critically Acclaimed Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 76%

Netflix description: This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

31. The Social Network

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PG-13 | 2h | Biography, Drama | 1 October 2010 | 

Engineers score: 77%

Description: As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

30. Snowden

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R | 2h 14min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 16 September 2016 | 

Engineers score: 78%

Description: The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency’s employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

29. Car Masters: Rust to Riches

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Engineers score: 79%

Netflix description: The colorful crew at Gotham Garage overhauls an eclectic collection of cars and trucks, trading up to a showstopper they can sell for big bucks.

28. Grand Designs

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TV-G | 50min | Documentary | TV Series (1999– ) | 

Engineers score: 79%

Description: Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

27. Explained

Editor’s Choice

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2018 | 18+ | 2 Seasons | Social & Cultural Docs | 

Engineers score: 80%

Netflix description: This enlightening series from Vox digs into a wide range of topics such as the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the wild world of K-pop.

26. Abstract: The Art of Design


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Editor’s Choice

2017 | 13+ | 2 Seasons | Critically Acclaimed Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 81%

Netflix description: Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.


25. 72 Dangerous Places to Live

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2016 | 7+ | 1 Season | Australian TV Shows | 

Engineers score: 82%

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Description: From poisonous water to poisonous dunes, polluted air, flooding, earthquakes and rising sea levels, 72 Most Dangerous Places to Live provides a depiction of life on Earth, and some of the locals who live there. It is an ecologial, and cultural, walk through life and the resilience of man.


24. The Mind Explained

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2019 | 18+ | 1 Season | Critically Acclaimed Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 83%

Netflix description: Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works with this illuminating series.


23. Dark

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2017 | 18+ | 3 Seasons | German TV Shows | 

Engineers score: 83%

Description: A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.


22. Heavy Rescue 401

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2016 | 16+ | 2 Seasons | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows| 

Engineers score: 84%

Netflix description: In the harshest weather, rookie and veteran heavy recovery operators fight to keep southern Ontario’s busy, treacherous highways clear and safe.


21. The Hater

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2020 | 18+ | 2h 16m | Dramas | 

Engineers score: 85%

Netflix description: A duplicitous young man finds success in the dark world of social media smear tactics — but his virtual vitriol soon has violent real-life consequences.


20. The Martian

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PG-13 | 2h 24min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | 

Engineers score: 86%

Description: An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.


19. Extraction

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Editor’s Choice

2020 | 18+ | 1h 57m | 6.7/10

Engineers score: 86%

Description: A hardened mercenary’s mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he’s sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son.


18. Cabins in the Wild

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2017 | 7+ | 1 Season | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows| 

Engineers score: 87%

Description: Dick Strawbridge and Will Hardie follow a competition to build a portable pop-up hotel in the wild comprised of eight stunning and unique themed cabins.


17. Sunganges

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1h 15min | Documentary, Adventure, News |

Engineers score: 88%

Description: A panoptic film on water, energy and climate, SunGanges (SuryaGanga) is a wild and intense ride three filmmakers take across the vast Indian landscape in an attempt to connect the dots between vanishing rivers, massive energy projects and the quiet rise of renewable energy.


16. Wu Assassins

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Editor’s Choice

2019 | 18+ | 1 Season | 10 Episodes | TV Action & Adventure | 

Engineers score: 89%

Netflix description: An unassuming San Francisco chef becomes the latest in a long line of assassins chosen to keep the mystical Wu powers out of the wrong hands.


15. Batman Begins

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Editor’s Choice

PG-13 | 2h 20min | Action, Adventure | 15 June 2005 | 

Engineers score: 90%

Description: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.


14. Secrets of Great British Castles

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TV-PG | 45min | Documentary, History | TV Series (2015– ) | 

Engineers score: 91%

Netflix description: Historian Dan Jones explores the millennium of history behind six of Great Britain’s most famous castles: Warwick, Dover, Caernarfon, the Tower of London, Carrickfergus, and Stirling.


13. Fastest Car

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2018 | 18+ | 2 Seasons | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows | 

Engineers score: 92%

Description: The drivers of exotic supercars put their street cred on the line against deceptively fast sleeper cars built and modified by true gearheads.


12. Cobra Kai

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Editor’s Choice

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Engineers score: 93%

Netflix description: Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the “Karate Kid” films.


11. Stay Here

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2018 | 7+ | 1 Season | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows | 

Engineers score: 93%

Netflix description: Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.


10. Big Bang Theory

Editor’s Choice

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TV-14 | 22min | Comedy, Romance | TV Series (2007–2019) | 

Engineers score: 94%

Description: A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.


9. The Speed Cubers

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2020 | 7+ | 40m | Biographical Documentaries

Engineers score: 95%

Netflix description: This documentary captures the extraordinary twists and turns in the journeys of Rubik’s Cube-solving champions Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs.


8. The Theory of Everything

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PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 26 November 2014 | 

Engineers score: 96%

Description: A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.


7. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

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2017 | 7+ | 3 Seasons | Reality, Variety & Talk Shows | 

Engineers score: 96%

Netflix description: Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin travel the world touring beautifully unconventional homes.


6. The Sleep Over

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2020 | 7+ | 1h 43m | Mysteries | 

Engineers score: 96%

Netflix description: What do you do if your parents are kidnapped by a crew of international thieves? You begin a wild overnight adventure — complete with spy gear.


5. Inside Bills Brain

Editor’s Choice

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2019 | 13+ | 1 Season | Critically Acclaimed Documentaries | 

Engineers score: 97%

Netflix description: Take a trip inside the mind of Bill Gates as the billionaire opens up about those who influenced him and the audacious goals he’s still pursuing.


4. Engineering Girls

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20min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2018– ) | 

Engineers score: 98%

Description: Three engineering students deal with dorm drama, date around, and do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true.


3. Biohackers

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Editor’s Choice

1 Season | 7 Episodes | 44min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Series | 

Engineers score: 98%

Netflix description: A medical student enters a top German university on a secret mission to uncover a conspiracy linking a family tragedy to a visionary biology professor.


2. 3 Idiots

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PG-13 | 2h 50min | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2013 | 

Engineers score: 99%

Description: Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them “idiots”.


1. Dream Big: Engineering Our World

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Editor’s Choice

2017 | All | 42m | Science & Nature Docs | 

Engineers score: 100%

Description: From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to vacuum robots, smart and sustainable cities, solar cars, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels.

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Angel Investor & Director at GineersNow. MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Electrical engineer from Uni of Melbourne. Strong Aussie girl living in Sunny California. Follow me on Linkedin


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