The Best Films of 2005

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1. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,089,313 | Gross: $206.85M

2. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 343,720 | Gross: $218.08M

3. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 877,709 | Gross: $70.51M

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 435,603 | Gross: $290.01M

5. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 263,856 | Gross: $24.15M

6. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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68 Metascore

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

Votes: 46,854 | Gross: $5.13M

7. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 337,529 | Gross: $109.45M

8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.6
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68 Metascore

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 580,024 | Gross: $380.26M

9. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 235,035 | Gross: $47.40M

10. Wedding Crashers (2005)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken

Votes: 297,644 | Gross: $209.22M

11. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

6.4
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48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 141,154 | Gross: $158.12M

12. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

G | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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87 Metascore

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Votes: 106,708 | Gross: $56.11M

13. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.0
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58 Metascore

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Scott MacDonald

Votes: 153,639 | Gross: $62.66M

14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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72 Metascore

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 355,614 | Gross: $206.46M

15. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 383,968 | Gross: $186.34M

16. Harsh Times (2005)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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56 Metascore

A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman

Votes: 57,576 | Gross: $3.34M

17. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 211,920 | Gross: $38.41M

18. Into the Blue (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.8
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45 Metascore

A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott

Votes: 66,978 | Gross: $18.47M

19. Rebound (2005)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

5.1
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36 Metascore

An acclaimed college basketball coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Breckin Meyer, Wendy Raquel Robinson

Votes: 11,175 | Gross: $16.81M

20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 314,266 | Gross: $291.71M

21. Four Brothers (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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49 Metascore

When their adopted mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigated the murder for themselves & look for the killers but not all is what it seems.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 118,136 | Gross: $74.49M

22. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.5
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73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 361,311 | Gross: $234.28M

23. Zozo (2005)

105 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Imad Creidi, Antoinette Turk, Elias Gergi, Carmen Lebbos

Votes: 2,823

24. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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57 Metascore

Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 298,308 | Gross: $193.60M

25. Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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71 Metascore

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson

Votes: 99,764 | Gross: $57.89M

26. Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.7
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53 Metascore

The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Leonardo Guerra

Votes: 54,325 | Gross: $4.28M