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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58 16
Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

2
47 15
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

3
43 14
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

4
42 15
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
48 20
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

6
30 7
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

7
34 12
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

8
31 10
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

9
29 9
Memento is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

10
29 10
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

11
28 10
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
30 12
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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30 12
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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28 11
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

15
29 12
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

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21 6
Primer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

17
22 7
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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21 7
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

19
22 8
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

20
15 2
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

21
23 9
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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21 8
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

23
22 9
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

24
20 8
A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

25
23 11
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

26
15 4
The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

27
16 6
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

28
14 5
Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too

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14 6
Her is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

30
17 9
Alien is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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13 6
Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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15 8
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

33
15 8
Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

34
18 11
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

35
19 12
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

36
13 7
Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

37
13 7
Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

38
16 11
Predestination is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

39
18 14
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

40
14 11
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

41
13 10
Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

42
9 6
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

43
8 5
Pi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

44
6 3
Existenz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

45
5 3
Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh

46
6 5
Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

47
5 4
Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

48
5 4
Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

49
7 7
Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple

50
4 4
Solaris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet