Best Movies The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too  

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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

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65 17
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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52 17
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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51 17
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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58 22
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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45 14
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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39 10
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

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37 10
Memento is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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43 15
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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35 11
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

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36 12
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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38 14
The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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35 12
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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28 8
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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34 13
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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34 13
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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29 9
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

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27 8
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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26 8
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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26 9
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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26 10
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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28 12
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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18 4
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

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21 7
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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24 10
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