2006

Ranking the films of 2006
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1.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
2.
The Departed (2006)
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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
3.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
4.
Apocalypto (2006)
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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
5.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
6.
The Queen (2006)
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
7.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result. (100 mins.)
 
8.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
9.
Casino Royale (2006)
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Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
10.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
11.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
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A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
12.
Little Children (2006)
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The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts. (136 mins.)
Director: Todd Field
 
13.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
14.
The Break-Up (2006)
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In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment. (106 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
 
15.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
16.
The Illusionist (2006)
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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
17.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
18.
The Proposition (2005)
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A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
19.
The Prestige (2006)
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After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other. (130 mins.)
 
20.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
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The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
21.
Inside Man (2006)
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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
22.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
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Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. (84 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
23.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
24.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
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A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
25.
Night at the Museum (2006)
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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. (108 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
26.
Nacho Libre (2006)
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Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler). (92 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
 
27.
Jackass Number Two (2006 Documentary)
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Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the whole crew return to the screen to raise the stakes higher than ever before. (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
 
28.
Superman Returns (2006)
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Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination. (154 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
29.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
30.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
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Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
 
31.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
32.
Half Nelson (2006)
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An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
 
33.
Lady in the Water (2006)
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Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world. (110 mins.)
 
34.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
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Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response . (126 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
35.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
36.
Hostel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
 
37.
Scoop (2006)
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An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
38.
Babel (2006)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
39.
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
40.
United 93 (2006)
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A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
41.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
 
42.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life. (167 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
43.
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
44.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
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#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test. (108 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
45.
Beerfest (2006)
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Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games. (110 mins.)
 
46.
Slither (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters. (95 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
 
47.
Harsh Times (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them. (116 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
48.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
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An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss. (105 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
 
49.
The Fountain (2006)
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As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
 
50.
World Trade Center (2006)
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Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center. (129 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
51.
Poseidon (2006)
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On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship. (98 mins.)
 
52.
Grandma's Boy (2006)
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A 35 year old video game tester has to move in with his grandma and her two old lady roommates. (94 mins.)
 
53.
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
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A best man (Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance. (110 mins.)
 
54.
School for Scoundrels (2006)
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A young guy short on luck, enrolls in a class to build confidence to help win over the girl of his dreams, which becomes complicated when his teacher has the same agenda. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
55.
Hard Candy (2005)
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A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
 
56.
Clerks II (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
57.
Running Scared (2006)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
58.
Idiocracy (2006)
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Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. (84 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
 
59.
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather. (90 mins.)
Director: Scott Marshall
 
60.
The Wicker Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community. (102 mins.)
Director: Neil Labute