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The Best Movies of 2006

Updated November 18, 2020 10.5k votes 710 voters 23.3k 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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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson
    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of...  more

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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay...  more

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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt
    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and...  more

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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen
    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso...  more

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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly
    Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by...  more

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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú
    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It...  more

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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal
    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar...  more

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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut...  more

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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller
    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993...  more

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley
    This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the...  more

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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of...  more

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    Apocalypto

    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena
    Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was...  more

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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley
    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint...  more

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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender
    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by...  more

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    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe
    Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint...  more

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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton
    The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and...  more

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    X-Men: The Last Stand

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

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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington
    Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell...  more

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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews
    Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and...  more

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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis
    Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from...  more

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    Rocky Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia
    Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and...  more

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton
    The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's...  more

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    The Break-Up

    Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston
    The Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peyton Reed. In a bid...  more

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