20 Best Films of 2005by happyblue | created - 24 Oct 2011 | updated - 01 Dec 2011 | Public
Honorable mention: Serenity, The Wayward Cloud, Ballets Russes, Bubble, 3-Iron, Pride and Prejudice, The King, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 40-year-old Virgin
Still need to see: Wordplay, Lassie, Fateless, Tristram Shandy, Water, Kings and Queen, Man Push Cart, Old Joy, Mongolian Ping Pong, Tsotsi, Private, The President's Last Bang, Ice Harvest, Tony Takitani, Café Lumière
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1. The New World (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
Votes: 75,188 | Gross: $12.71M
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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography
A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.
No Direction Home's research is so exhaustive, and its bottomless well of video footage so expertly pieced together, that it just may be the most definitive portrait of a musician, artist and icon ever.
5. Unleashed (2005)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.
Votes: 90,155 | Gross: $24.52M
6. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 407,127 | Gross: $0.71M
7. King Kong (2005)
PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 343,680 | Gross: $218.08M
8. Keane (2004)
R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,923 | Gross: $0.03M
9. Nobody Knows (2004)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Votes: 18,921 | Gross: $0.68M
11. Sud pralad (2004)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
12. Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.
Votes: 3,439 | Gross: $0.59M
13. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
G | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 106,695 | Gross: $56.11M
14. Machuca (2004)
121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.
Now this is my kind of history film. Reminiscent of Victor Erice's Franco-Era Spirit of the Beehive, Machuca focuses on the effects of war and deep political divide on young people. Using a Louis Malle-esque grayish-green palette, Andres Wood paints a heartening and real portrait of youth growing up in a muddy, chaotic world ruined by adults who are simply bigger children.
16. Broken Flowers (2005)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Votes: 87,258 | Gross: $13.74M
18. Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
Votes: 8,145 | Gross: $11.69M
19. La traviata (2005 TV Movie)
150 min | Drama, Music, Romance
This Salzburg Festival production is one for our times. Verdi's warhorse opera streamlined for modern audiences and made provocative through its minimalist sets and daring creative choices. All of which serve to enhance the drama and the fab singing. Simply put, it's a perfect interpretation, unmissable for opera fans and fans of true art.
20. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,089,162 | Gross: $206.85M