Action The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best intelligent movies, or those that are smart, clever, etc.

Action movies are always entertaining to say the least, but an intelligent action movie combines the best of both worlds: keeping the audience excited, as well as making them think. Even if you're just there to see some dudes fight and some cars crash, a thought-provoking action flick only makes the experience better. Think of it this way: you like these non-stop action films because they're so stimulating. Well, adding clever storylines or thought-provoking elements adds to that stimulation, and you leave the theater both entertained and a little smarter... maybe.

Whether a movie packs in good social commentary alongside explosions, features the top action stars, or simply creates the perfect setting for the film, plenty of aspects constitute an intelligent action movie. Take Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for example. Aside from the incredible display of martial arts, the film is renown for its cinematography and story—putting it at the top of its class. The same could be said about many of these popular action films to follow.

Check out the intelligent and action-packed films below and vote up the ones you think are best. You can also vote down any that may have missed the mark, or at least deserve to be lower on the list. Feel free to add your own picks to the list as well.

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
In the Line of Fire Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Casino Royale Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
The Wild Bunch William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
True Romance Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso