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The Best Movies of 2006

Updated September 4, 2020 11.3k votes 651 voters 21.3k views143 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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  • 1
    Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2005

    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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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia
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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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    Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut... more on Wikipedia

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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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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    300 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    Borat: Cultural Learnings of A is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2006

    Released2006

    Directed byLarry Charles

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a 2006... more on Wikipedia

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Apocalypto

    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint... more on Wikipedia

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis

    Released2006

    Directed byTim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

    Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from... more on Wikipedia

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    Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike Judge

    Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and... more on Wikipedia

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    X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    X-Men: The Last Stand

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced... more on Wikipedia

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    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and... more on Wikipedia
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    Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Rocky Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia

    Released2006

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

    Directed byGary Winick

    Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2006
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

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