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The Best Movies of 2006

Updated November 18, 2020 11.3k votes 662 voters 21.7k views137 items

List RulesOnly movies released 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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    Casino Royale
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    The Departed
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia

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    The Prestige
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia
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    V for Vendetta
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and... more on Wikipedia
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    Children of Men
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Night at the Museum
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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993... more on Wikipedia
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    Blood Diamond
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Cars
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Letters from Iwo Jima
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    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    300
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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    The Devil Wears Prada
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • 15
    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Released2006

    Directed byLarry Charles

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    Apocalypto
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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Flags of Our Fathers
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    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Over the Hedge
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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis

    Released2006

    Directed byTim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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    X-Men: The Last Stand
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    X-Men: The Last Stand

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Idiocracy
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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike Judge

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    The Illusionist
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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Inside Man
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Rocky Balboa
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    Rocky Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia

    Released2006

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Charlotte's Web
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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

    Directed byGary Winick

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    Mission: Impossible III
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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