My top films of 2006by larsonlo | created - 02 Mar 2011 | updated - 04 May 2015 | Public
My top films of 2006. All movies are 7/10 or above. List includes features, miniseries and docs. Note: I have not seen all movies released in 2006. I am open to more suggestions.
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1. Planet Earth (2006)
TV-G | 533 min | Documentary
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.
3. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 982,262 | Gross: $132.38M
4. Tell No One (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears.
Votes: 42,961 | Gross: $6.18M
5. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 883,766 | Gross: $70.51M
6. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Votes: 278,831 | Gross: $22.49M
7. Once (2007)
R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
Votes: 100,220 | Gross: $9.44M
8. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 292,289 | Gross: $11.29M
9. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
PG | 89 min | Documentary
Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.
Votes: 2,585 | Gross: $0.28M
10. Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale (2006 TV Special)
TV-14 | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy
In this brand-new comedy performance, he's more hilarious than ever with his unique style of self-deprecating observations and catty audience commentary.
11. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Votes: 199,033 | Gross: $40.14M
13. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Drama, History, War
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 140,482 | Gross: $13.76M
14. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 398,121 | Gross: $35.55M
15. Ostrov (2006)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
16. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 966,813 | Gross: $53.09M
17. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 436,826 | Gross: $57.37M
18. Rescue Dawn (2006)
PG-13 | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Votes: 90,513 | Gross: $5.49M
19. Inside Man (2006)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.
Votes: 294,679 | Gross: $88.51M
20. Babel (I) (2006)
R | 143 min | Drama
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Votes: 260,718 | Gross: $34.30M
21. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
PG | 96 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Votes: 73,912 | Gross: $23.81M
22. Bushi no ichibun (2006)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance
A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.
Votes: 2,735 | Gross: $0.02M
23. Kenny (2006)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy
From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in ... See full summary »
24. Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006 Video)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy
A master of the one-liner with an absurd rambling style, Zach's sharp, resonating humor makes his show at the famed Purple Onion in San Francisco one of the funniest performances in recent comedy.
25. Paris, je t'aime (2006)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.
Directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Ardant
Votes: 65,857 | Gross: $4.86M
26. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 64,123 | Gross: $4.66M
R | 84 min | Comedy
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.
Votes: 316,498 | Gross: $128.51M
28. Half Nelson (2006)
R | 106 min | Drama
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.
Votes: 76,628 | Gross: $2.69M
29. Rocky Balboa (2006)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
Votes: 177,042 | Gross: $70.27M
30. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)
Unrated | 85 min | Documentary
How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the ... See full summary »
Votes: 685 | Gross: $0.22M
31. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.
Votes: 142,684 | Gross: $148.21M
33. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Votes: 386,782 | Gross: $59.89M
34. Apocalypto (2006)
R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.
Votes: 255,894 | Gross: $50.87M
35. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.
Votes: 15,204 | Gross: $0.30M
36. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 107,373 | Gross: $33.60M
37. The Cats of Mirikitani (2006)
74 min | Documentary
Documentary about red-beret-ed Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor,... See full summary »
38. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime
Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $30.58M
39. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
Votes: 576,350 | Gross: $423.32M
40. Cars (2006)
G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Votes: 297,655 | Gross: $244.08M
41. The Good Shepherd (2006)
R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller
The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.
Votes: 91,002 | Gross: $59.95M
42. The Illusionist (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Votes: 320,977 | Gross: $39.87M
43. Blindsight (I) (2006)
PG | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure
Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.
Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.09M
44. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
Votes: 206,474 | Gross: $10.14M
45. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History
The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom.
Votes: 86,819 | Gross: $2.20M
46. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 510,648 | Gross: $167.45M
47. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
PG | 92 min | Documentary
A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.
Votes: 11,622 | Gross: $1.68M
49. Glory Road (2006)
PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Votes: 37,718 | Gross: $42.64M