Best Movies of 2006

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Movies of 2006" contains films with the following parameters. Style: interesting, visually appealing, intense, realistic, dramatic and harsh. Plot: mentor, storytelling, dialogue, destiny, redemption, death, catastrophe, runaway, chase and culture clash. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Adventure. Country: USA, UK and Germany.
Best Movies of 2006
Best Movies of 2006
TOP Movies: The Departed (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Prestige (2006), Cars (2006), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), Children of Men (2006), Inside Man (2006), Casino Royale (2006), The Lives of Others (2006), Little Children (2006), Blood Diamond (2006), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), 300 (2006), Babel (2006), Apocalypto (2006), The Illusionist (2006).

List of Best Movies

 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Captain Jack Sparrow works his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davey Jones, he also attempts to avoid eternal damnation.
Style: exciting, humorous, twists and turns, captivating, interesting ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: pirate, adventure, sword fight, ship, supernatural, fantasy world, legendary, treasure, swashbuckler, magical, curses spells and rituals, captain ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: caribbean, jamaica
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, road trip, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, dysfunctional family, family relations, escapades, beauty pageant, parenthood, suicide attempt, journey, loser ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: california, usa, arizona, albuquerque new mexico, new mexico
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 8.2
 630K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, dark fantasy, stylized, gothic ...
Plot: creature, monster, fairy, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, death, cruelty, young heroes, good versus evil, imagination, magical ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, single father, hopes, down on your luck, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, plot twist, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, deception, magic, secret, magical, teleportation, magic trick, diary ...
Time: victorian era, victorian, 20th century, 19th century, 1900s ...
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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 7.1
 380K
Cars (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country ...
Style: exciting, light, humorous, feel good, odd ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, car race, car, disney, small town, computer animation, desert, small town life, social relations, desire for fame, happy ending, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 2000s, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, arizona
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, genocide, dictator, doctor, against humanity, atrocity, politics, corruption, blacks and whites, attempted murder, head of state, assistant ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, bleak, contemplative, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, war, world war two, battles, military, anti war, japanese history, japanese army, chaos, danger, selflessness, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.5
 70K
Dreamgirls (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Three young women – Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson – dream of becoming pop stars and they get their wish when they're chosen to be backup singers for the legendary James 'Thunder' Early.
Style: emotional, sentimental, lyrical, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: singer, showbiz, manager, african american, performer's life, fame, backstage, show business, singing, soul music, lifestyle, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: detroit, los angeles, usa, michigan, new york ...
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 7.9
 473K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, neo noir, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, heroic mission, pandemic, distopia, survival, redemption, childlessness, birth, mission, protest ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, poland, seattle ...
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 7.6
 349K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: clever, tricky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, master criminal, perfect crime, hostage, bank, crime, thief, robbery, manipulations, police detective, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
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 8.0
 592K
Casino Royale (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, Czech Republic, USA, Germany, Bahamas
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond – on his maiden ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret agents, casino, poker, chase, spy, british secret service, 007, secret service, heroic mission, cia, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: montenegro, italy, europe, london, south africa ...
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, gloomy, sincere, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, stasi, voyeurism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
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 7.5
 107K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexual, sincere, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: adultery, strong sexual content, infidelity, extramarital affair, sexual pleasure, housewife, suburbs, love affair, unfaithful wife, parenthood, castration, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california
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 8.0
 510K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, bleak, intense, thought provoking ...
Plot: mercenary, gem, adventure, smuggling, greed, treasure hunt, rebel, journalism, black market, escapades, obsessive quest, terrorist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: africa, south africa, zimbabwe, morocco, angola ...
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Devil Wears Prada is about a young journalist who moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss however is extremely demanding and cruel and won’t let her succeed if she doesn’t fit into the high class elegant look of their ...
Style: witty, realistic, clever, romantic, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fashion, career woman, city life, strong female character, boss and employee, women, workplace situations, employer employee relationship, journalist, workplace intrigue, new job, assistant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: new york, paris france, usa, manhattan new york city, miami ...
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 7.6
 748K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, scenic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, gory, battles, courage, war, ancient, legends and myths, soldier, army, sword fight, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: ancient greece, greece, europe
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 7.4
 293K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, desert, deportation, tragic event, family relations, doctor, police brutality, loss of son, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, tokyo, asia ...
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 7.8
 296K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, harsh, tense, serious ...
Plot: survival, tribe, slavery, chase, manhunt, native, adventure, death, solar eclipse, warrior, prophecy, sacrifice ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america, mexico
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 7.6
 359K
The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged ...
Style: enigmatic, captivating, surprise ending, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, magic, investigation, wizards and magicians, period piece, death, murder, magical, rivals, rivalry, secrets ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, london, austria, england, europe
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 7.3
 106K
The Queen (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal ...
Style: thought provoking, factual, emotional, compassionate, talky ...
Plot: queen, historical character, royal family, british royal family, head of state, queen of england, queen elizabeth ii, paparazzi, politics, death, pride and honor, death in the family ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1997
Place: england, buckingham palace, britain, europe, london ...
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: war, world war two, military, fame, loss of friend, battles, survival, guilt, selflessness, danger, homecoming, propaganda ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, usa, asia, okinawa japan ...
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 7.7
 117K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, cult film, stylized ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, vandalism, crimes, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, britain, northern england, woodstock
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Style: sexual, psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: adultery, teacher, obsession, teachers and students, older woman younger man sex, forbidden love, blackmail, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, lust, extramarital affair, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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 7.2
 85K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, loneliness, friendship, basketball, liberal, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
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 6.7
 163K
Over the Hedge (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating – and learns a lesson about family himself.
Style: exciting, humorous, funny, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: talking animals, squirrel, adventure, rescue, heroic mission, animal life, suburbs, fight back, fish out of water, cons and scams, leader, turtle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: indiana, usa
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK, Kazakhstan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him ...
Style: humorous, absurd, controversial, banned film, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: culture clash, satire, travel, dark humor, racism, anti semitism, jewish, stereotypes, fish out of water, stereotype, misfit, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, kazakhstan, los angeles, usa, washington d.c. ...
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 6.6
 105K
Monster House (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Monsters under the bed are scary enough, but what happens when an entire house is out to get you? Three teens aim to find out when they go up against a decrepit neighboring home and unlock its frightening secrets.
Style: suspenseful, dark, semi serious, scary, humorous ...
Audience: horror for children, kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: halloween, computer animation, haunted house, ghost, children, neighbor, supernatural, family, monster, suburbs, friendship, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 238K
Crank (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Style: intense, exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, vengeance, tough heroes, dark humor, hitman, revenge, lone hero, fistfight, gunfight, gory, race against time, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
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