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The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time  

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1.7k votes 181 voters 3.2k views 27 items

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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Escape Plan: The Extractors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Intelligent Action Movies of All Time
William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan