The smartest action movie villains rival the intelligence of ne'er-do-wells across all other genres. Villains in action movies are always up to something big, meaning it takes a lot of intelligence and planning to be a criminal on their level. These people aren't just mugging pedestrians - they're causing international incidents.
Whether they're masterminding a hostage situation in Nakatomi Plaza or going head to head with Sherlock Holmes, the average rom-com villain or sci-fi antagonist has nothing on them. Honestly, it's harder to be a really good villain than it is to be a hero, and these villains show their brains through each and every one of their highly planned extra-legal activities. Vote up the smartest baddies in the bunch.