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List Rules Only movies that were in theaters in 2006

A list of the best movies of 2006, from action movies like The Departed to comedies like Stranger Than Fiction. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2006 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 2006. Who could forget V For Vendetta with Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio, and of course, Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell in Little Miss Sunshine.And let's not forget about Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

The best movies of 2006 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 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, or established stars like Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2006. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2006, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2005. 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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film takes place in ...more

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was directed by Gore ...more

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of A... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Pamela Anderson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Keyes Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a 2006 British-American mockumentary comedy film. The film was written and produced by British comedian ...more

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300 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey 300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Babel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The film portrays ...more

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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to ...more

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The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
looksharp added Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, ...more

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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more

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The Last King of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more

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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and adapted from Dan ...more

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more

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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more

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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
looksharp added Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more

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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Set in pre-Columbian Petén, Guatemala, around the year ...more

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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more

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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was ...more

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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Bambi II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Patrick Stewart, Ariel Winter, Alexander Gould Bambi II, formally known as Bambi and The Great Prince of the Forest, is a 2006 American animated drama film directed by Brian Pimental and produced by DisneyToon Studios, that initially ...more

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone who reprises his role as the title character. The sixth film in the Rocky ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa ...more

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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
looksharp added Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad o... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen Ricky Bobby (WILL FERRELL) has always dreamed of driving fast -- real fast -- like his father, Reese Bobby (GARY COLE), who left the family to pursue his racing dreams. Early on, Ricky’s mother, ...more

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The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover The Shaggy Dog is a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second remake of the 1959 film of the same name, which was first remade as a television film in 1994. Both the 1959 and ...more

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We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Beyoncé Knowles, Steve Martin, Jason Statham The Pink Panther is a 2006 American detective comedy film and a reboot of The Pink Panther franchise, marking the tenth installment in the series. In this film, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is ...more

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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more

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Open Season is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Dimos Dicoudis added Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Martin Lawrence Open Season is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, written by Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman and directed by Jill Culton and Roger Allers, and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi. The ...more

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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley ...more

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An Inconvenient Truth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a ...more

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Alpha Dog is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Ariel Winter Curious George is a 2006 American animated adventure family film based on the book series by H.A. and Margret Rey. It stars Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, David Cross, Eugene Levy, ...more

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The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more

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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Connor Reis added Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden Silent Hill is a 2006 psychological horror film directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, Christophe Gans and Nicolas Boukhrief. The film is an adaptation of Konami's survival ...more

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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy ...more