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
103 40
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon
3
92 41
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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82 37
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
5
62 25
The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman
6
73 34
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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88 45
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
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60 27
Memento is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
9
56 25
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne
10
51 22
The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
11
53 24
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
12
41 15
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
13
55 26
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
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44 18
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
15
53 25
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
16
38 14
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong
17
43 18
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard
18
63 34
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
19
60 32
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
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42 18
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
21
42 19
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
22
39 19
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
23
38 19
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
24
33 15
Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
25
34 17
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon