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The Best Movies of 2005

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2005.

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 with new stars and big blockbusters and 2005 was no exception. Some of the top movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedy movies, 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 most popular 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, 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 and you might be interested in the best movies of 2004 too. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected.

  • Batman Begins1

    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics...  more

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  • Walk the Line2

    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based...  more

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  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin3

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed...  more

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe4

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire5

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Directed byMike Newell

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and...  more

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  • King Kong6

    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,...  more

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  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith7

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • War of the Worlds8

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation...  more

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory9

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Directed byTim Burton

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It...  more

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  • A History of Violence10

    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh...  more

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  • Wedding Crashers11

    Wedding Crashers

    Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

    Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American comedy film directed by David Dobkin. John Beckwith (Owen...  more

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  • Sin City12

    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed...  more

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  • Cinderella Man13

    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of...  more

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  • Pride & Prejudice14

    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane...  more

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  • Hitch15


    Will Smith, Eva Mendes

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith. The...  more

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  • Munich16


    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,...  more

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  • Madagascar17


    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

    Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation,...  more

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith18

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored...  more

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  • Good Night, and Good Luck19

    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and...  more

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  • Capote20


    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the...  more

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  • Corpse Bride21

    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

    Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American...  more

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  • Nanny McPhee22

    Nanny McPhee

    Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury

    Directed byKirk Jones

    Nanny McPhee is a 2005 British fantasy film directed by Kirk Jones. The film stars Emma...  more

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  • Kingdom of Heaven23

    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and...  more

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  • The Island24

    The Island

    Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor

    Directed byMichael Bay

    The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Michael Bay,...  more

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  • Flightplan25


    Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Flightplan is a 2005 mystery-thriller film directed by German film director Robert Schwentke...  more

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