Best Movies 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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

The Best Intelligent Dramas of All Time

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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Her is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Her Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Being John Malkovich Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Predestination Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arrival Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Existenz Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Before Sunrise Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Contagion Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
The Imitation Game Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

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Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Waking Life Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh

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Enemy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Enemy Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent

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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Synecdoche, New York Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman