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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31 8
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

2
32 10
Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

3
20 3
Memento is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

4
27 9
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

5
22 5
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

6
24 7
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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25 10
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

8
19 6
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

9
23 10
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

10
15 4
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

11
20 8
The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

12
21 9
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

13
14 3
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

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17 5
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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17 6
Primer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

16
16 6
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

17
18 8
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

18
18 8
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

19
16 7
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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17 8
The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

21
10 4
The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

22
11 5
Her is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

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11 5
Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

24
13 7
Alien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

25
14 8
Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

26
16 9
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

27
15 9
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

28
11 5
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

29
10 5
Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too

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14 8
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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11 6
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

32
10 6
Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

33
13 10
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

34
12 9
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

35
12 9
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

36
10 7
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

37
9 6
Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

38
5 2
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

39
7 5
Pi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

40
5 3
Existenz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

41
11 10
Predestination is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

42
10 9
Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

43
10 8
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

44
5 4
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

45
5 4
Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple

46
5 4
Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

47
4 3
Solaris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

48
4 3
Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh

49
6 6
Enemy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent

50
4 4
Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg