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List Rules Vote up your favorite crime movies that take a little brainpower to fully enjoy.

This list contains information on the best cerebral crime movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best cerebral crime films come in many forms. Some smart crime movies are about solving a mystery while other good cerebral crime films feature deadly surprises at every turn. A few of the best cerebral crime films even took home Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this top smart crime movies list? Zodiac has to be at the top. This 2007 David Fincher film examines the real-life story of the Zodiac Killer from the perspective of the journalists and police officers who were trying to catch him. Haunting and menacing in its production, Zodiac patiently details the madness induced by tracking a serial killer. Fight Club – also by Fincher – is another great cerebral crime movie.

Irreversible is completely unique in its story-telling as it reveals the moments before and after a brutal crime occurs in reverse order. Other top films featured on this best cerebral crime movies list include Seven, The Usual Suspects, and Minority Report.

Which cerebral crime movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good features we may have missed.

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Lucky Number Slevin Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
25th Hour Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Seven Psychopaths Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Traffic Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Run Lola Run Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu

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Split is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Split James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Winter’s Bone Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Oldboy Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Irréversible Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cerebral Crime Movies, Ranked
Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo