Billy Elliot (2000)
The Intelligent Child: The titular hero, aged 11, swaps boxing for ballet, and discovers a natural flair that sets him at odds with his macho family.
Cleverest Moment: Getting accepted at the Royal Ballet School, despite punching a boy at his audition!
The Intelligent Child: Hugo Cabret, an orphan who hides in Montparnasse station, where he puts his mechanical knowhow to work repair the station's clocks.
Cleverest Moment: Painstakingly putting together a automaton invented by George Méliès.
School Of Rock (2003)
The Intelligent Child: Let's face it, every pupil in Horace Green prep school is a brainiac. But none is smarter than class swot Summer Hathaway.
Cleverest Moment: In her new role as School Of Rock's band manager, she convinces a venue to let the band perform by pretending they are all terminally ill.
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Intelligent Child: Antoine Doinel, troubled youth whose only escape from uncaring parents and authorities is to lose himself in cinema.
Cleverest Moment: Antoine is street-smart, so uses his guile to abscond from a youth detention centre so he can fulfil his life's dream of seeing the ocean.
August Rush (2007)
The Intelligent Child: Runaway orphan Evan Taylor elopes to New York to find his parents, where his gift for music helps him live on the streets.
Cleverest Moment: Rebranded as guitar hero August Rush, Evan is enrolled into Juilliard, where he compose and conduct a rhapsody.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The Intelligent Child: Elliott, the Californian kid who discovers a lost alien in his garden, keeps it hidden from parents and authorities (for as long as possible, at least) and helps it to get home.
Cleverest Moment: Giving E.T. some fresh air at Halloween by disguising him as a ghost.
The Intelligent Child: 12-year-old Mathilde Lando, a tomboy who vows vengeance when her family is slaughtered by corrupt DEA agent Stansfield.
Cleverest Moment: Realising the benefits that having a hitman as a neighbour can bring, and convincing Leon to train her to become a 'cleaner,' too.
The Addams Family Values (1993)
The Intelligent Children: Wednesday and Pugsley Addams aren't about to let being sent to a hellishly upbeat summer camp stand in the way of their creepy cleverness.
Cleverest Moment: Wednesday pretending to be 'cured' of her Gothic tendencies in order to take the leading role in the camp's Thanksgiving play - the best place from which to stage a revolt.
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
The Intelligent Child: We're cheating slightly here. Yes, Claudia is a girl but, technically, she's lived for hundreds of years as a vampire, which is what gives her an edge in the intelligence stakes.
Cleverest Moment: Overcoming fellow vampire Lestat by tricking him into drinking the blood from a corpse.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
The Intelligent Child: 12-year-old Russian whose family were killed by the Nazis, and who has become an intuitive, intelligent fighter for the cause.
Cleverest Moment: Ivan's size makes him the perfect spy, and he crosses a treacherous swamp while dodging Nazi patrols.
Fly Away Home (1996)
The Intelligent Child: Amy Alden, the girl who finds a nest of bird eggs and, when they've hatched, becomes 'mother' to a family of geese.
Cleverest Moment: Learning to fly in order to lead the way so that the birds can migrate to a bird sanctuary.
The Intelligent Child: Wolfgang Muller, who successfully interprets the dreams of his friend Ben as providing the information required to build a working spacecraft.
Cleverest Moment: Actually building the ship - out of an old waltzer, no less - and taking it out for a spin into the cosmos.
Akeelah And The Bee (2006)
The Intelligent Child: Spelling bee expert Akeelah Anderson is given a shot at the national finals when a professor realises her potential.
Cleverest Moment: A champion's spot for spelling 'pulchritude' correctly. We assume she knows what it means, too.
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
The Intelligent Child: Marla Olmstead, a gifted painter of abstract expression despite being in kindergarten. Or is she? This documentary ponders whether the story is too good to be true.
Cleverest Moment: Regardless of whether she's a prodigy or getting help from her folks, not many kids could earn $300,000 from slapping paint on a canvas.
Mercury Rising (1998)
The Intelligent Child: Simon Lynch, a nine-year-old autistic savant who is targeted by the NSA after he breaks the Mercury cypher.
Cleverest Moment: To be honest, that's it. The rest of the film revolves around Bruce Willis trying to stop him getting killed.
Paper Moon (1973)
The Intelligent Child: Addie Loggins, the nine-year-old 'orphan' who learns to become a con artist from Moze, the man who may or may not be her father.
Cleverest Moment: Concocting an elaborate scheme to convince Moze to leave his new lover, Miss Trixie.
Ender's Game (2013)
The Intelligent Child: Andrew Wiggin, aka Ender, the video games whizz inducted into a space battle programme to find ways of defeating the alien Formics.
Cleverest Moment: A matter of debate - it's fairly impressive that Ender can destroy the entire Formic planet despite believing the battle to only be a simulation. Then again, how bright can be really be if he's been duped?
The Intelligent Child: Mei, a young Chinese maths genius forced to memorise the combination to a safe that contains evidence of government corruption.
Cleverest Moment: Any swot can behave like a 'human computer,' but it takes real street-smarts to seek help from Jason Statham.
The Intelligent Child: Henry Hill, who knows a good thing when he sees one and abandons his ordinary life to work for Paulie Cicero.
Cleverest Moment: Getting his wiseguy friends to intimidate the mailman so he wouldn't deliver school truancy letters to Henry's parents.
Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)
The Intelligent Child: Josh Waitzkin, a chess prodigy who is trained to become as single-minded and ruthless as the famous grandmaster Bobby Fischer.
Cleverest Moment: Josh realises there is more to winning than the strict system imposed by his tutor, and starts to be influenced by the more iconoclastic moves of street chess.
Revenge Of The Nerds (1984)
The Intelligent Child: Harold Wormser, the child prodigy who is sent to college well before his time and, inevitably, ends up in the nerd-friendly Tri-Lambs fraternity.
Cleverest Moment: Using his expertise in aero dynamics to help his fraternity win the javelin throw during the Greek Games.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Intelligent Children: Three for the price of one, as a family of geniuses turns out maths whizz Chas, playwright Margot and tennis ace Richie.
Cleverest Moment: Some stiff competition here, but Margot gets the nod for winning the $50,000 Braverman Grant while still in the ninth grade.
Home Alone (1990)
The Intelligent Child: Kevin McCallister is only eight years old, but takes being abandoned by his family in his stride when he realises the benefits of total freedom.
Cleverest Moment: Other kids would be concerned about the imminent arrival of burglars Harry and Marv. Not Kevin, who rigs up a series of booby traps to keep them at bay.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
The Intelligent Child: Jimmy Neutron, schoolboy inventor whose attempts to communicate with aliens see all of Earth's parents kidnapped by hungry extra-terrestrials.
Cleverest Moment: Reversing his shrink ray to transform him into a space-sized giant in order to defeat evil alien King Goobot.
The Goonies (1985)
The Intelligent Child: Richard Wang, aka Data - the gadget-obsessed science bod in the gang whose inventions come in handy when seeking One-Eyed Willie's treasure.
Cleverest Moment: Take your pick from Data's gizmos, but special mention to the Pinchers of Peril - a set of chattering toy teeth converted into life-saving hooks by being attached to a spring.
Little Man Tate (1991)
The Intelligent Child: Fred Tate, seven-year-old prodigy who joins a school for gifted children after his intellectual talents leave him ostracised from other kids.
Cleverest Moment: Getting a place at university to study quantum physics.
Flight Of The Navigator (1986)
The Intelligent Child: David Freeman, who - after being kidnapped by aliens - has his brain filled to capacity with information such as star charts and technical data on faster-than-light space travel.
Cleverest Moment: David becomes the titular navigator by accessing his newfound knowledge to pilot the Trimaxion Drone Ship.
The Intelligent Child: Girl whose book smarts are matched by her telekinetic powers; both are handy for dealing with the tyrannical head teacher Agatha Trunchbull.
Cleverest Moment: Keeping a copy of the adoption papers "since I was big enough to Xerox" just in case the opportunity ever arrived to ditch her ignorant parents.
The Intelligent Child: Stanley Spector, the current star of TV quiz What Do Kids Know? who is two days' away from the show's record.
Cleverest Moment: Forget knowing all of the answers, Stanley finally wises up to being treated like a "doll" by his father and the producers and refuses to go back on air.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
The Intelligent Child: Hermione Granger, Hogwart's brightest wizard and the brains behind Harry Potter.
Cleverest Moment: Borrowing a Time Turner so that she never has to miss another class, even when they clash. That's dedication.