The best films of 2005

by le_loup | created - 06 Nov 2010 | updated - 29 Dec 2013 | Public

The best films of 2005, and the worst.

All the films from 2005 that I've seen so far in order of quality in my opinion.

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1. 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: 121,016 | Gross: $33.58M

/9

2. 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: 184,547 | Gross: $23.09M

/9

3. 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: 1,128,427 | Gross: $206.85M

/9

4. 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: 700,756 | Gross: $74.10M

/9

5. 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: 204,432 | Gross: $119.52M

/8

6. 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: 281,547 | Gross: $35.82M

/10

7. 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: 202,051 | Gross: $24.79M

/8

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

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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: 322,708 | Gross: $291.71M

/8

9. Keeping Mum (2005)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

53 Metascore

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair, and his children are up to no good.

Director: Niall Johnson | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 30,533 | Gross: $1.62M

/8

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

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

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: 452,819 | Gross: $290.01M

/8

11. 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: 286,629 | Gross: $83.04M

/8

12. Constantine (2005)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 263,267 | Gross: $75.98M

/8

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

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 109,987 | Gross: $56.11M

/8

14. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 92,048 | Gross: $2.06M

/8

15. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 38,281 | Gross: $9.02M

/8

16. 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: 218,095 | Gross: $38.41M

/8

17. Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Johnny Knoxville

Votes: 47,758 | Gross: $11.01M

/8

18. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 389,405 | Gross: $54.58M

/7

19. Wedding Crashers (2005)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 303,459 | Gross: $209.22M

/7

20. The Interpreter (2005)

PG-13 | 128 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 91,094 | Gross: $72.71M

/7

21. Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 120,740 | Gross: $110.33M

/7

22. 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: 142,625 | Gross: $1.01M

/7

23. Casanova (2005)

R | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

The fabled romantic Giacomo Casanova, after failing to win the affection of the Venetian woman Francesca Bruni, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt

Votes: 47,950 | Gross: $11.29M

/7

24. 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: 129,562 | Gross: $0.34M

/7

25. 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: 156,781 | Gross: $62.66M

/7

26. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 240,697 | Gross: $47.40M

/7

27. Domino (2005)

R | 127 min | Action, Biography, Crime

36 Metascore

A recounting of Domino Harvey's life story. The daughter of actor Laurence Harvey turned away from her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramírez, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 61,106 | Gross: $10.17M

/7

28. 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: 370,373 | Gross: $234.28M

/7

29. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively

Votes: 48,935 | Gross: $39.01M

/7

30. In Her Shoes (2005)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Anson Mount

Votes: 55,391 | Gross: $32.88M

/7

31. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins

Votes: 79,287 | Gross: $29.26M

/7

32. Sky High (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 68,914 | Gross: $63.95M

/7

33. Cry Wolf (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

39 Metascore

Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Erica Yates

Votes: 24,281 | Gross: $10.05M

/7

34. 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: 346,357 | Gross: $109.45M

/6

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

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

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: 605,734 | Gross: $380.26M

/6

36. 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: 170,715 | Gross: $51.09M

/6

37. 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: 351,293 | Gross: $218.08M

/6

38. Four Brothers (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 120,502 | Gross: $74.49M

/6

39. 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: 268,947 | Gross: $24.15M

/6

40. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James

Votes: 94,677 | Gross: $65.23M

/6

41. The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy

33 Metascore

Cousins Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke, and their uncle Jesse, egg on the authorities of Hazzard County, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, Alice Greczyn

Votes: 70,652 | Gross: $80.27M

/6

42. House of Wax (2005)

R | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt

Votes: 103,567 | Gross: $32.06M

/6

43. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 308,198 | Gross: $193.60M

/6

44. Harsh Times (2005)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 58,524 | Gross: $3.34M

/6

45. Two for the Money (2005)

R | 122 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

50 Metascore

After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, Rene Russo, Armand Assante

Votes: 39,730 | Gross: $22.86M

/6

46. Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

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: 101,885 | Gross: $57.89M

/6

47. Sahara (2005)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn, Jude Akuwudike

Votes: 83,830 | Gross: $68.67M

/6

48. 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: 395,045 | Gross: $186.34M

/6

49. Derailed (I) (2005)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Addison Timlin

Votes: 66,447 | Gross: $36.02M

/6