My Top 50 Movies of 2005

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1. King Kong (2005)

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

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: 350,109 | Gross: $218.08M

2. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 111,861 | Gross: $28.75M

3. L'enfant (2005)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 15,858 | Gross: $0.65M

4. Broken Flowers (2005)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy

Votes: 88,760 | Gross: $13.74M

5. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 201,622 | Gross: $24.79M

6. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 61,013 | Gross: $0.21M

7. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 268,189 | Gross: $24.15M

8. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

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: 217,160 | Gross: $38.41M

9. Solntse (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

85 Metascore

Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 2,353 | Gross: $0.08M

10. Match Point (2005)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

72 Metascore

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode

Votes: 183,972 | Gross: $23.09M

11. Tideland (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

26 Metascore

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer

Votes: 28,964 | Gross: $0.07M

12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 170,119 | Gross: $51.09M

13. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 699,522 | Gross: $74.10M

14. Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.

Director: Liev Schreiber | Stars: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Jonathan Safran Foer

Votes: 53,697 | Gross: $1.71M

15. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

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

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: 47,469 | Gross: $5.13M

16. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

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: 1,122,729 | Gross: $206.85M

17. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 76,299 | Gross: $12.71M

18. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 191,608 | Gross: $47.40M

19. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 67,111 | Gross: $7.36M

20. Unser täglich Brot (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz, Renata Wypchlo

Votes: 2,256

21. Manderlay (2005)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama

46 Metascore

A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 20,180 | Gross: $0.08M

22. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 285,480 | Gross: $83.04M

23. Caché (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 62,867 | Gross: $3.63M

24. Syriana (2005)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak

Votes: 117,085 | Gross: $50.82M

25. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 129,246 | Gross: $0.34M

26. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 160,679 | Gross: $61.65M

27. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Terry Pheto

Votes: 26,192 | Gross: $2.91M

28. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 174,941 | Gross: $26.02M

29. North Country (2005)

R | 126 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand, Thomas Curtis

Votes: 35,631 | Gross: $18.32M

30. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 120,647 | Gross: $33.58M

31. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae

Votes: 142,220 | Gross: $1.01M

32. War of the Worlds (2005)

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

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: 368,969 | Gross: $234.28M

33. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 88,217 | Gross: $31.50M

34. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 203,879 | Gross: $119.52M

35. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 20,890 | Gross: $1.45M

36. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War

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: 156,338 | Gross: $62.66M

37. Always san-chôme no yûhi (2005)

133 min | Drama, Family

Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki

Votes: 1,854

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

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 344,255 | Gross: $109.45M

39. The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical

52 Metascore

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director: Susan Stroman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

Votes: 37,376 | Gross: $19.38M

40. Kamyu nante shiranai (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

A group of eccentric students decide to make a movie. But, when their star suddenly quits, this witty ensemble cast begins to live the film, including murder, deception and true love. Japan... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi | Stars: Shûji Kashiwabara, Hinano Yoshikawa, Ai Maeda, Hideo Nakaizumi

Votes: 451

41. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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: 365,391 | Gross: $206.46M

42. Lunacy (2005)

118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,064 | Gross: $0.05M

43. Stoned (2005)

R | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Music

41 Metascore

A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.

Director: Stephen Woolley | Stars: Leo Gregory, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 3,641

44. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec

Votes: 106,637 | Gross: $37.92M

45. Feast (2005)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

43 Metascore

Patrons locked inside a bar are forced to fight monsters.

Director: John Gulager | Stars: Navi Rawat, Krista Allen, Balthazar Getty, Judah Friedlander

Votes: 27,219 | Gross: $0.05M

46. The Island (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

50 Metascore

A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 280,983 | Gross: $35.82M

47. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

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

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: 393,382 | Gross: $186.34M

48. Fetching Cody (2005)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Art, a drug-addicted dealer and hustler, arrives at his girlfriend Cody's apartment to find that she has overdosed on heroin. He tries to fix things by traveling back in time in an attempt to prevent her death.

Director: David Ray | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Sarah Lind, Jim Byrnes, Lucas Blaney

Votes: 1,298

49. Flightplan (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan

Votes: 137,710 | Gross: $89.71M

50. Saw II (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery