2006: A viewer's guide.by millsy | created - 02 Feb 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The best films of 2006. 1-21 are listed in order of preference. The rest are listed alphabetically.
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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 577,620 | Gross: $37.63M
3. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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: 112,084 | Gross: $33.60M
"Flags Of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" are considered a single entry.
4. 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: 147,149 | Gross: $13.76M
"Flags Of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" are considered a single entry.
5. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 93,293 | Gross: $31.57M
6. Volver (I) (2006)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.
Votes: 88,515 | Gross: $12.90M
7. 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: 80,898 | Gross: $2.69M
8. 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: 1,088,888 | Gross: $132.38M
9. Man Push Cart (2005)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama
A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
10. 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: 432,905 | Gross: $35.55M
11. 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: 272,520 | Gross: $50.87M
12. 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: 327,120 | Gross: $11.29M
13. The Queen (2006)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 98,540 | Gross: $56.44M
14. 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: 466,618 | Gross: $57.37M
16. The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
R | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, War
Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
Votes: 10,937 | Gross: $0.32M
17. Little Children (2006)
R | 136 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.
Votes: 100,856 | Gross: $5.46M
18. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 221,324 | Gross: $2.22M
19. Son of Man (2006)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama
One man's journey of love, deception and betrayal in contemporary South Africa. Based on the New Testament.
20. Climates (2006)
Unrated | 101 min | Drama
A dowdy university instructor Isa is an inattentive husband to his younger, TV-business wife Bahar. Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way, while she, similarly, detaches into crying jags and juvenile behavior.
Votes: 10,215 | Gross: $0.12M
21. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.
Votes: 21,119 | Gross: $20.34M
23. Art School Confidential (2006)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.
Votes: 16,127 | Gross: $3.30M
24. 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: 274,980 | Gross: $34.30M
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: 334,556 | Gross: $128.51M
26. The Bridge (I) (2006)
R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama
People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,483 | Gross: $0.18M
27. The Camden 28 (2007)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary
The Camden 28 explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment while protesting the war in Vietnam. Featuring a treasure of archival ... See full summary »
Director: Anthony Giacchino
Votes: 100 | Gross: $0.01M
28. Cars (2006)
G | 117 min | Animation, Family, Sport
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Votes: 334,634 | Gross: $244.08M
29. 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: 543,326 | Gross: $167.45M
30. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Votes: 40,477 | Gross: $6.57M
31. Days of Glory (2006)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
Votes: 13,396 | Gross: $0.32M
32. The Dead Girl (2006)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Votes: 13,918 | Gross: $0.02M
33. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
R | 153 min | Drama
Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.
Votes: 12,295 | Gross: $0.08M
35. 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: 9,426 | Gross: $30.58M
36. Down in the Valley (2005)
R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman.
Votes: 17,445 | Gross: $0.57M
37. Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.
Votes: 64,854 | Gross: $103.37M
38. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
39. For Your Consideration (2006)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy
Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
Votes: 13,239 | Gross: $5.54M
40. The Heart of the Game (2005)
PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.
Votes: 900 | Gross: $0.44M
41. The History Boys (2006)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.
Votes: 19,546 | Gross: $2.71M
42. The Host (2006)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
Votes: 86,384 | Gross: $2.20M
43. Inland Empire (2006)
R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.
Votes: 49,959 | Gross: $0.75M
44. Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary
A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, and anti-capitalist, who worked in New York from... See full summary »
47. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.
Votes: 166,568 | Gross: $17.61M
48. 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: 412,871 | Gross: $59.89M
49. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Unrated | 86 min | Documentary