Drama Movies The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time  

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

If there's one genre of movies that are often naturally intelligent or smart, it'd have to be drama. Of course, not all drama films could be classified as clever, deep, or thought provoking, but the idea of a drama in general is that it typically makes you think. Much like that of psychological thrillers, these types of movies are all about evoking emotion—you know, getting to the viewer's core. In other words, some of the best dramas to date are those that draw us in and send us through a whirlwind of thought and emotion, even if that means being a real tear jerker.

When it comes to the top or most popular intelligent dramas, the first few that come to mind may be Good Will Hunting, Fight Club, or the Shawshank Redemption. While these are all certainly some of the top smart dramas, there are plenty more where those came from. Yet, what is that classifies these as the best intelligent dramas films? Perhaps it's a combination of a great story, a perfect setting, and eye-opening dialogue. Whatever it is, the list of drama films below have it, but it's up to you to decide which movie did it best.

Check out the list of intelligent drama films below and help determine just which ones are the most clever, or the smartest. You can vote up your favorites, vote down any you don't like, and even add your own choices to the list. 

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Hacksaw Ridge Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Arrival Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
La La Land Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Sicario Laureano Olivares, Gledys Ibarra

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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Hell or High Water Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

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The Legend of 1900 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Legend of 1900 Tim Roth, Bill Nunn, Pruitt Taylor Vince

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd