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The Best Thriller Movies of 2006  

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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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Jaime Pressly, Kevin Nash, Sarah Carter
This film is a 2006 ensemble martial arts film loosely based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series. It was directed by Corey Yuen and written by J. F. Lawton, Adam Gross, and Seth Gross. ...more
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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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Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank
The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir 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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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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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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Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird
This film is a 2006 American slasher film. The sixth installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and co-produced by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, the film went ...more
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Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan
Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more
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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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Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga
Running Scared is a 2006 American 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 February ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling, Hugh Dancy
Basic Instinct 2, is a 2006 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 G. ...more
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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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Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris
Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight operations. The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Mann, is an ...more
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Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence
Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American 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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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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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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Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds
Smokin' Aces is a 2006 American-British-French film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. It stars Jeremy Piven as a Las Vegas Strip magician turned informant and Ryan Reynolds as the FBI agent ...more
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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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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