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The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too  

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

No matter what kind of movies you're into, we can all agree intelligent movies can be a nice change of pace. Regardless of genre, these types of movies give us moviegoers more than simple entertainment—they make us think, opening our eyes to things we may not have previously considered. Simply put, smart and clever movies can evoke emotion within viewers and actually have something to take away once the credits roll. In most other cases, we're simply captivated for a couple hours before turning the TV off or leaving the theater and moving on to something else.

Whether a movie incorporates social commentary or offers perspective different than most of our own, intelligent movies stand the test of time and often go down as the greatest movies of all time. From intelligent sci-fi films to thought-provoking dramas, there's a smart movie out there for everyone, and then some. For instance, consider the mind-bending Inception or the ever-interesting Matrix, not to mention classics like Forrest Gump and Alien. These movies don't just bring sheer entertainment to the silver screen, but they also make us think—maybe even more than we'd like to. Regardless, the intelligent movies to follow cover a broad range of genres and subjects, and ultimately add to the entire experience.

If you're feeling smart and want to test your intelligence, check out some of the popular films below. Of course, also be sure to vote up the best intelligent movies, vote others down, and add your own choices to the list.

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd
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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
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Primer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel
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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
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Moon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario
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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
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Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs
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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling
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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine
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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen
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Her is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams
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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg
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Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh
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Looper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple
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Pi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell
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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet