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The Best Movies of 2006 

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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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 Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Frankel

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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300 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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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Borat: Cultural Learning... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Pamela Anderson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Keyes

Released: 2006

Directed by: Larry Charles

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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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2006

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mike Judge

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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil Burger

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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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Talladega Nights: The Ba... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Adam McKay

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary Winick

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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