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A list of the best movies of 2005, from action movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith to dramas like Jarhead. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2005 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2005. Who could forget Batman Begins with Christian Bale, Thank You For Smoking with Aaron Eckhart, and of course, Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin And let's not forget about Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain.

The best movies of 2005 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Lords of Dogtown, or established stars like George Clooney starring in Good Night and Good Luck and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2005. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2005, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2004. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more
2
166 110
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more
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98 104
Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
4
118 77
Munich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush
Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more
5
130 70
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, about a middle-aged man's journey to finally lose their virginity. It was co-written ...more
6
108 85
The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more
7
145 99
Wedding Crashers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper, Isla Fisher
Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by David Dobkin. It stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken. Will Ferrell also has a notable cameo appearance. ...more
8
108 70
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more
9
111 117
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more
10
94 69
Sin City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more
11
120 75
Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin
Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more
12
103 76
Capote is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener
Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more
13
97 81
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith
Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more
14
58 66
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and ...more
15
68 50
A History of Violence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris
This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. ...more
16
131 98
King Kong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
17
101 73
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars ...more
18
52 66
Match Point is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer
Match Point is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton. Rhys ...more
19
47 53
Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels
Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more
20
41 59
Syriana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet
Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more
21
104 104
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are ...more
22
90 70
Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke
This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD ...more
23
73 67
Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench
Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more
24
88 76
Kingdom of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan ...more
25
64 49
Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2005
Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti
Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more