8 Best Intellectual Movies Of The Great Minds And For The Great Minds

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Let’s be blunt, do all the blockbuster movies we watch make sense? For me not all and you must agree with this. We all love different genres of movies. Some like to live in fantasy while some want action. Some prefer science fiction while some want an explanation for every step and it is totally fine. If you are blessed with the intellect then it’s tough for you to find a movie of your type but worry not. As always, we have rounded up the best intellectual movies for you.

To begin with, let’s understand what intellectual movies are. These are the movies that are either about the person who has a great mind or intellect we can say or the movies that provide you with the explanation of every action taking place. These movies contain stories of great minds and sometimes work as inspirational and motivational movies as well. Not many intellectual movies are released every year but still, we have rounded up the best intellectual movies for you to watch.

The best intellectual movies to watch are

  1. The Imitation Game
  2. Primer
  3. The Big Short
  4. The Judge
  5. The Accountant
  6. Now you see me
  7. Inferno
  8. Mr. Holmes

These were just the names of the top intellectual movies we have come across while choosing the best ones for you. You will find details about these movies further in the article.

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Best Intellectual Movies

Next, in the article, you will be reading about the plot of the movie and the reasons you should watch them. We also mentioned the IMDb ratings along with the star cast of these intellectual movies.

The Imitation Game

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Source: OUP Blog – Oxford University Press

The Imitation Game is a movie about an extraordinary mathematician, Alan Turing who is famous for his numerical abilities. Alan joins the Cryptography team to solve the secret or we can say to decode the secret coded language by the Germans. The story is about the problem faced by the mathematician in his personal and professional life and how his capability to understand numbers help him make the machine crack the codes.

IMDb Ratings: 8.0

Star Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong


Intellectual Movies - Primer
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Primer is a movie about the accidental invention of the time machine. Now, as I have said time machine you must have got an idea about the genre of the movie. Primer is the movie about two intellectual engineers Aaron and Abe who build and sell an error checking machine but to their surprise, the machine started to transport man. As both the engineers were obsessed with their invention the story moves further with the consequences of their invention.

IMDb Ratings: 6.9

Star Cast: Shane Carruth and David Sullivan

The Big Short

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The big short is an intellectual movie about the intellects in the finance world. The movie is for tax experts or people who love financial calculations. The story is set up in the mid-2000s when some finance experts bring to notice the instability in the US Housing Market. The mismatch in the records was so huge that it may lead to the collapse of the whole system. The story is about the intellectuals bringing in the notice the flaws of the existing system and the corruption going on.

IMDb Ratings: 7.8

Star Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt

The Judge

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Source: Amazon.com

The judge is one of the intellectual movies that you must watch. The movie casts Robert Downey Jr. as the lead cast. The name of the lead is enough to tell about the movie and the plot. Well, let us tell you a brief storyline about the movie without giving you any spoilers. The movie is about a Lawyer, Hank Palmer who after a year’s return to his hometown. Thank decides to fight the case for his father in the criminal court, who is accused of murder.

IMDb Ratings: 7.4

Star Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, and Billy Bob Thornton

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The Accountant

Intellectual Movies - The Accountant
Source: Roger Ebert

The Accountant is one of the best crime intellectual movies that are full of action, suspense, and drama. The movie is about an Accountant, Christian Wolff who is working for various illegal companies. He helps the companies in maintaining the illegal records and manipulates their records without being noticed. But somehow the FBI came to know about his illegal activities and Wolff takes up a legal client to bluff the FBI officers about his profession.

IMDb Ratings: 7.3

Star Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow

Now You See Me

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Now you see me is a thief and police movie full of action and a great intellect. The movie is one of my best intellectual movies that I recommend you to watch. To start with the plot of the movie, four street magicians Daniel, Merritt, Henley, and Jack plunder the insurance money from an old man Arthur Tressler. They are chased by the two police officers Dylan, an FBI agent, and Alma, an Interpol agent. Without giving you any further spoilers I just want to tell you the movie takes drastic turns as it ends.

IMDb Ratings: 7.3

Star Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman


Intellectual Movies - Inferno
Source: The New Yorker

Inferno is one of the action and intellectual movies to watch in 2021. The movie starts with Robert Langdon, who wakes up in a Hospital after the amnesia dose is up. He teams up one of the doctors from the hospital, Sienna Brooks to stop the mad scientist and protect the world from him. The movie is full of action and drama and makes a perfect plot as the best intellectual movie to watch.

IMDb Ratings: 6.2

Star Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen

Mr. Holmes

Intellectual Movies - Mr. Holmes
Source: Amazon.com

Me Holmes that name of the movie must have told you about who the movie would be. Yeah, it is about the most famous detective of all time Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The storyline of the movie is Sherlock has grown old and is near his death. He has retired from the detective agency and revisits his old involved case that was the reason for his retirement. Sherlock is dependent on his housekeeper’s son. The movie moves further as he reopens the case and solves it again.

IMDb Ratings: 6.8

Star Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Milo Parker

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We hope your search for the best intellectual movies ends here. We have rounded up the top intellectual movies for you to watch. We at deasilex try to keep you updated so, stay connected to the website for more such updates, and don’t forget to write your reviews in the comments section.

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