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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
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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 6 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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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Borat: Cultural Learning... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 15 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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300 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Babel is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 22 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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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 25 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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