Best Drama Movies of 2005

1.

Batman Begins

6.8

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2005-06-10
2.

Pride & Prejudice

6.4

Pride & Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters. If Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Simon Woods, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release date: 2005-09-16
3.

Walk the Line

6.3

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Tyler Hilton
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2005-09-13
4.

Brokeback Mountain

6.3

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid
Directed by: Ang Lee
Release date: 2005-09-10
5.

Crash

6.2

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Michael Peña, Jennifer Esposito
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Release date: 2005-05-06
6.

Memoirs of a Geisha

6.2

A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Youki Kudoh, Tsai Chin, Suzuka Ohgo
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 2005-12-06
7.

Match Point

6.1

Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring him far from it - palms start to sweat and a dark psychological match in his head begins.

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2005-10-26
8.

Munich

6.1

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2005-12-23
9.

King Kong

6.0

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2005-12-12
10.

Green Street Hooligans

6.0

After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of British football hooliganism. Matt learns to stand his ground through a friendship that develops against the backdrop of this secret and often violent world. 'Green Street Hooligans' is a story of loyalty, trust and the sometimes brutal consequences of living close to the edge.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Claire Forlani, Charlie Hunnam, Ross McCall, Leo Gregory
Directed by: Lexi Alexander
Release date: 2005-09-09
11.

A History of Violence

6.0

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Heidi Hayes, Ashton Holmes, William Hurt
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 2005-09-23
12.

Kingdom of Heaven

5.8

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2005-05-03
13.

Constantine

5.8

John Constantine has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Release date: 2005-02-08
14.

Cinderella Man

5.7

The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2005-06-02
15.

Hard Candy

5.7

Hayley’s a smart, charming teenage girl. Jeff’s a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, an impromptu fashion shoot back at Jeff’s place. Jeff thinks it’s his lucky night. He’s in for a surprise.

Starring: Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae, G.J. Echternkamp
Directed by: David Slade
Release date: 2005-01-14
16.

Jarhead

5.6

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Lucas Black, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2005-11-04
17.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

5.6

After five (or six) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith are stuck in a huge rut. Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly-paid assassins working for rival organisations. When they discover they're each other's next target, their secret lives collide in a spicy, explosive mix of wicked comedy, pent-up passion, nonstop action and high-tech weaponry.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 2005-06-07
18.

Hitch

5.5

Dating coach Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens mentors a bumbling client, Albert, who hopes to win the heart of the glamorous Allegra Cole. While Albert makes progress, Hitch faces his own romantic setbacks when proven techniques fail to work on Sara Melas, a tabloid reporter digging for dirt on Allegra Cole's love life. When Sara discovers Hitch's connection to Albert – now Allegra's boyfriend – it threatens to destroy both relationships.

Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Julie Ann Emery
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 2005-02-11
19.

The World's Fastest Indian

5.5

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron Murphy, Tim Shadbolt
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 2005-10-12
20.

Everything is Illuminated

5.4

A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II, in a Ukrainian village which was ultimately razed by the Nazis.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Jana Hrabětova, Jonathan Safran Foer
Directed by: Liev Schreiber
Release date: 2005-09-16

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