Best Intelligent Movies

  • Inception

    Inception (PG-13, 2010)

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe
    Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychologic... read moreal sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb585992853: Intelligent, powerful and mindblowing. Christopher Nolan again delivers a movie that triumphs becau
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • amateurjedi
      amateurjedi: . Nolan has done it again. He is proving to be one of the most intelligent writer/director of our era.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • fb754680624
      fb754680624: Brilliant. Intelligent. Unique. A Special Special Movie
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta (R, 2006)

    Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt
    Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Brita... read morein in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
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      fb100000222539113: . The story is very entertaining and intelligent with great performances, violent action, and near flawless direction. Maybe a tad too lo
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • AnticipatedSerendipity
      AnticipatedSerendipity: Beautifully written and so intelligent, a high recommendation from me anyway!

      Evey: Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • MovieGuruDude72
      MovieGuruDude72: yet again) to add complex and bloody battle sequences in the middle of what is considered sharp and intelligent political commentary. But, nontheless, a movie that is surprisingly well-put together an
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton (R, 2007)

    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Jennifer Ehle, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe
    Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arrang... read moreing top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow "fixer" decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom. Once an ambitious D.A., Clayton is now a shell of his former dynamic self, thanks to a divorce, an unfortunate business venture, and astronomical debt. Though he longs to leave the cutthroat, ethically dubious world of corporate law behind, Clayton's poor financial situation and devotion to firm head Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack) leave him little choice but to remain on the job and tough it out. Meanwhile, litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) finds her entire company's future hinging on the outcome of a multi-billion-dollar settlement overseen by Clayton's friend, star lawyer Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson). When Edens snaps and decides to blow the whistle on the questionable case, sabotaging the defense, Clayton must decide between his loyalty and his conscience. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1463751009: . I understand -- its notably difficult to follow along, but wow! This is an incredibly rich, intelligent, and meticulously well-crafted thriller. It's riddled with a cool dark blue and blacks t
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb735298456: . He is outstanding in the limited scenes he has in this movie.

      This is an intelligent film with a fine cast.... a worthwhile dramatic thriller.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1339111733
      fb1339111733: An engaging and intelligent thriller. About a "fixer" for a powerful law firm (George Clooney) who jumps into action
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
  • Syriana

    Syriana (R, 2005)

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
    Oil drives greed in Oscar-winning Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's labyrinthine sophomore direc... read moretorial effort that traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum-rich fields of the Middle East. Based in part on the writings of former CIA case officer Robert Baer, Syriana combines multiple storylines to explore the complexities that befall a proposed merger between two U.S. oil giants. Reform-minded Gulf country prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) is in favor of making his nation more self-sufficient rather than U.S.-reliant, and his money-minded Western connections couldn't be less pleased. Before settling into a cushy desk job for the remainder of his career, CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is sent on one last assignment -- to assassinate Prince Nasir and reinstate U.S. ties in the oil-rich region. Though his loyalty dictates that Barnes carry out his current mission despite lingering doubts of a previous blunder, his mission goes horribly awry when his field contact goes turncoat and Barnes becomes a CIA scapegoat. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Washington attorney Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) attempts to walk a fine line in overseeing a tenuous merger between two oil giants that's plagued with shady business dealings. Hotshot energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) is in talks to form a lucrative partnership with Prince Nasir, though the death of his son during a party at the prince's estate makes him question his loyalty to business over family. Back in Washington, D.C., Bennet's boss Dean Whiting attempts to undermine Prince Nasir's attempts to make his country less reliant on the U.S. dollar by planting the seeds of dissonance between the progressive prince and his money-minded younger brother Prince Meshal (Akbar Kurtha). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • vossr
      vossr: An intelligent and provocative film that deals with politically charged issues of our times. Be warned
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • Burksta
      Burksta: expecting but with Stephen Gaghan behind the camera, George Clooney and Matt Damon in front and an intelligent plot not much can go wrong, and it doesn't. At times, however, the complexity of the plo
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • Atisa19
      Atisa19: One of the most intelligent films made in the recent years.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Fracture

    Fracture (R, 2007)

    Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz
    A structural engineer (Anthony Hopkins) and an ambitious young district attorney (Ryan Gosling) beco... read moreme locked in a deadly battle of wits when the former is found innocent in the attempted murder of his wife in director Gregory Hoblit's tense tale of courtroom mind games. Ted Crawford (Hopkins) is an engineer who lives with his wife, Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz), in the couple's lavish Southern California home. One day, after carefully planning out the details to ensure that there is no way he can be convicted of murder, Ted shoots his wife in a blatant attempt to kill the woman. When head hostage negotiator Rob Nunally (Billy Burke) arrives on the scene to speak with Ted, he is shocked to find that the victim of the shooting is in fact his longtime lover. Though Jennifer survives the trauma of being shot in the head at close range, she hovers comatose between life and death as star prosecutor Willy Beachum (Gosling) reluctantly accepts the case while preparing to leave the Los Angeles criminal court system behind for a more promising career at a posh private law firm. Though the DA (David Strathairn) vehemently resents Beachum's lofty plan for departure, the hotshot young lawyer remains convinced that he can expedite the apparently open-and-shut case and be on his way to greener pastures in one week's time at the very most. Beachum's swelling ego betrays him, however, as his future boss Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike) begins to turn up the heat and fracture mechanics specialist Ted chooses to represent himself at the trial knowing well that a career spent spotting structural flaws in aeronautical systems has instilled him with just the kind of argumentative skills needed to riddle the swaggering young lawyer's "foolproof" case with doubt. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1041649400: . Anthony Hopkins plays a super intelligent sociopath, with ryan gosling the rookie prosecutor who risks all to get justice. An exce
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • pnnylnskywlkr
      pnnylnskywlkr: . It was a nice plot and Hopkin's character carried that supreme intelligent semi-creepiness that is a greatly similar to a Lecture character, which I find exciting.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • AmyNF
      AmyNF: I love Ryan Gosling!!! I love Anthony Hopkins... he's the best at being the bad guy but leaving you
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Lions for Lambs

    Lions for Lambs (R, 2007)

    Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peņa, Andrew Garfield
    Robert Redford directs this dramatic tale of intersecting lives that weaves together the stories of ... read morean idealistic professor's attempts to inspire a privileged student, a former student of the teacher who is wounded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, and a congressman whose interactions with a seasoned journalist reveal much about the man behind the public persona. Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford star in a film scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • chobit
      chobit: that is very intelligent and makes you think. I've never before seen a movie that presents different sides of a v
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • grantmalf
      grantmalf: Highly underrated and unfairly criticised, this is a thought provoking and intelligent movie that poses uncomfortable questions that don't necessarily have straight forward an
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Thank You For Smoking

    Thank You For Smoking (R, 2006)

    Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott
    The directorial debut from Jason Reitman, the media satire Thank You for Smoking stars Aaron Eckhart... read more as Nick, a man who has turned spinning news and information into a successful career for the tobacco lobby. He plots strategies with his colleagues (Maria Bello and David Koechner) on how to make other dangerous products more appealing to the American public. Nick ends up going to Hollywood with his young son (Cameron Bright) in order to get a movie producer to include characters smoking in his newest film. Nick is kidnapped by a vigilante group concerned about the harmful nature of his product. The cast includes William H. Macy as a Senator who runs on a strong anti-tobacco position, Rob Lowe as the Hollywood bigwig, and Robert Duvall as the king of the tobacco industry. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
    • Siggy0
      Siggy0: . A must see for any one that has a more intelligent and mature sense of humour.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • millotpue
      millotpue: Intelligent and corrosive sense of humor. Funny evil character.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb501674872
      fb501674872: . A must see for any one that has a more intelligent and mature sense of humour.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Breach

    Breach (PG-13, 2007)

    Mary Jo Deschanel, Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert
    Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama c... read moreoncerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI's elite Soviet Analytical Unit, Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) would, for 15 years beginning in 1985, sell thousands of pages of classified documents to the Soviets. After making roughly 600,000 dollars on his clandestine endeavor and compromising everything from the identities of KGB spies working for the American government to nuclear war contingency plans, Hanssen was eventually transferred to a newly created position at the FBI's Washington headquarters and assigned the task of guarding his country's most sensitive secrets. It was while working in this capacity that a young agent named Eric O'Neill (Phillipe) was assigned the task of keeping tabs on Hanssen by suspicious higher-ups. Later, after being arrested while delivering a cache of secret documents to a "dead drop" spot in a Virginia park, the notorious traitor was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • flynnparadox
      flynnparadox: boy image here; Linney, strong, professional; Haysbert, statuesque and unshakable; Cole, smarmy and intelligent and Quinlan, making an unfamiliar-for-her role work. If you like smart, realistic spy s
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
    • justplatypus
      justplatypus: . The story is strong, intelligent and engaging, the filmmaking solid all around, and in all this is just a good example of
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Lord of War

    Lord of War (R, 2005)

    Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke
    One man demonstrates how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their deadly trade in this... read more dark comedy drama. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Huge caches of Soviet weapons became available at bargain prices (and even for free if one wasn't above stealing), and as literally billions of dollars' worth of Soviet military technology disappeared, it began finding its way into the hands of weapons dealers eager to sell it to the highest bidder. Orlov was one such dealer who found plenty of buyers for guns and military gear in unstable Third World nations, who paid cash and didn't appreciate too many questions. Orlov's exploits in the arms business quickly made him a very rich man, but they've also led to some unwanted attention from Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke), an Interpol agent who is convinced Orlov isn't playing by the rules. Inspired by a true story, Lord of War also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • Loth18
      Loth18: . It's searingly effective, powerfully intuitive, incredibly intelligent and endlessly gripping. Gritty, hard hitting, ruthless, powerful, funny, deceptive and
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • stolenitems
      stolenitems: .

      Quite a sad story but intelligent in parts
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • matertenebraum
      matertenebraum: . This is a good movie, its interesting, its intelligent, its important -- but its not Ferris Buellers Day Off or Spinal Tap
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • The Informant!

    The Informant! (R, 2009)

    Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Rick Overton
    A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrat... read moreive promotion and becoming a hero of the common people, inadvertently revealing his penchant for helping himself to the corporate coffers and ultimately threatening to derail the very investigation he helped to launch in this offbeat comedy from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb538545942
      fb538545942: This movie was intelligent enough to be interesting, but was dreary at times and lacking dynamics.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb1079508110
      fb1079508110: ...quirky...intelligent...worth seeing.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb1191557294
      fb1191557294: the first intelligent comedy of the year, funny picture.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago