Entertainment 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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Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
2
116 45
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon
3
103 45
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins
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93 40
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss
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96 45
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
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85 38
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo
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68 27
The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman
8
64 26
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
9
47 15
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong
10
63 27
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne
11
56 23
The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
12
65 30
Memento is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
13
49 19
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
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59 27
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
15
60 28
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
16
49 20
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
17
49 20
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris
18
48 20
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard
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70 37
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
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45 18
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
21
45 19
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
22
66 36
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
23
37 15
Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
24
34 16
Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn
25
37 20
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd