I'm looking for movies/TV/other media that center around inventors, scientists, or intellectuals as heroes (preferably female, but not necessarily):
I really liked The Edge
; the protagonist is a brilliant, bookish inventor (Anthony Hopkins) as an action hero who saves the day.
I also really like MacGyver and the characters on Firefly, and other characters that display ingenuity and brains to solve important problems. I would love NUMB3RS, but the sexism drives me nuts.
I'm looking for similar movies/shows/books with a inventor, scientist, or other intellectual (writers and artists are okay) who goes on a hero's journey to accomplish an important goal or achieve greater self-development. Strong narrative and character development preferred -- i.e., instead of going after "bad guys", having a nuanced personal growth experience.