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List of the best 2006 thriller movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These thrillers take you on a ride full of action, suspense, and anticipation of what's going to happen next. These are all the thriller movies that defined the year 2006, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list below has everything from The Departed to X-Men: The Last Stand. This isn't necessarily a list of all thriller movies from 2006, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers ...more

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The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It ...more

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The Lives of Others 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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Children of Men 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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The Prestige 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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Lucky Number Slevin Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 crime mafia thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and ...more

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and ...more

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The Da Vinci Code Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and adapted from Dan ...more

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The Good Shepherd Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Lady in the Water Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti, M. Night Shyamalan Lady in the Water is a 2006 American fantasy thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film's plot concerns a Philadelphia ...more

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Apocalypto 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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The Last King of Scotland Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more

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The Black Dahlia Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more

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The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. Written by filmmaking partners Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur of the ...more

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Casino Royale 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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Saw III Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg Saw III is a 2006 Canadian-American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and story by James Wan and Whannell. Wan and Whannell directed and wrote Saw ...more

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Southland Tales Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson Southland Tales is a 2006 sci-fi dramedy thriller film and the second film written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern ...more

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The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more

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When a Stranger Calls Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson When a Stranger Calls is a 2006 American horror thriller film directed by Simon West and written by Jake Wade Wall. The film stars Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy and Clark Gregg. ...more

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Stay Alive Sophia Bush, Frankie Muniz, Milo Ventimiglia Stay Alive is a 2006 horror film directed by William Brent Bell, who cowrote it with Matthew Peterman. It was produced by McG, co-produced by Hollywood Pictures and released on March 24, 2006 in ...more

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Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for ...more

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See No Evil Kane, Rachael Taylor, Craig Horner See No Evil is a 2006 slasher film directed by Gregory Dark, written by Dan Madigan, produced by Joel Simon, and starring professional wrestler Kane. It is the first major film produced by WWE ...more

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Crank Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more

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Black Christmas Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan and starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Hudson, Lacey ...more

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Underworld: Evolution Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy Underworld: Evolution is an American action-vampire film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second installment in the Underworld series, following Underworld. The events of the film begin during ...more

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Final Destination 3 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd Final Destination 3 is a 2006 American horror film, and the third installment of the Final Destination franchise. It was directed and co-written by James Wong, who also directed and co-wrote the ...more

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a 2006 American slasher film and a prequel to 2003's, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The sixth installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise was ...more

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DOA: Dead or Alive Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash, Sarah Carter DOA: Dead or Alive is a 2006 ensemble martial arts film loosely based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series Dead or Alive. It was directed by Corey Yuen and written by J. F. Lawton, Adam ...more

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Déjà Vu Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry ...more

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A Scanner Darkly Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of ...more

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The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. The movie concerns a monster kidnapping a ...more

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The Wicker Man Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. The film primarily is a remake of the 1973 British cult classic The Wicker ...more

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Basic Instinct 2 Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling, Hugh Dancy Basic Instinct 2, is a 2006 erotic thriller film and the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew ...more

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Idiocracy Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more

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The Covenant Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas, Taylor Kitsch The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, ...more

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X-Men: The Last Stand 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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All the King's Men Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Jude Law All the King's Men is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. It was directed by Steven Zaillian, who also produced and ...more

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Firewall Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Firewall is a 2006 British-American thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul ...more

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Running Scared Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga Running Scared is a 2006 American crime thriller film, written and directed by Wayne Kramer, and starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Vera Farmiga. It was released in the United States on ...more

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Ultraviolet Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner, Cameron Bright Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Screen Gems. It stars Milla Jovovich as Violet Song and ...more

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Paprika Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more

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Big Momma's House 2 Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American crime comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the ...more

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Miami Vice Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris Miami Vice is a 2006 American crime film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight drug trafficking operations. The film, written, directed, and produced ...more

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The Omen Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow The Omen is a 2006 remake of Richard Donner's The Omen. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, the film stars Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Farrow. It was released ...more

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Snakes on a Plane Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The ...more

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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more

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Smokin' Aces Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds Smokin' Aces is a 2006 American-British-French crime film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. It stars Jeremy Piven as a Las Vegas Strip magician turned mafia informant and Ryan Reynolds as ...more

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Inland Empire Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 American action spy film co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, his first film as a director, starring Tom Cruise, who also served as a producer, in the role ...more