Best Drama Movies of 2005

1.

Batman Begins

6.7
8.2/10

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
7.8/10

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.

Cinderella Man

6.4
8.0/10

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
4.

Walk the Line

6.4
7.9/10

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
5.

Brokeback Mountain

6.3
7.7/10

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
6.

Munich

6.1
7.6/10

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
7.

Thank You for Smoking

6.1
7.6/10

Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Release date: 2005-09-05
8.

King Kong

6.0
7.2/10

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
9.

Green Street Hooligans

6.0
7.5/10

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
10.

Coach Carter

6.0
7.3/10

Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri'chard, Rick Gonzalez, Channing Tatum
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 2005-01-14
11.

A History of Violence

6.0
7.5/10

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
7.2/10

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
7.0/10

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.

Jarhead

5.6
7.0/10

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
15.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

5.6
6.5/10

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
16.

Hitch

5.5
6.6/10

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
17.

The World's Fastest Indian

5.5
7.8/10

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
18.

Everything is Illuminated

5.4
7.5/10

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 Hrab?tova, Jonathan Safran Foer
Directed by: Liev Schreiber
Release date: 2005-09-16
19.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

5.4
6.7/10

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.

Starring: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Kenneth Welsh
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: 2005-09-09
20.

The Longest Yard

5.4
6.4/10

Pro quarter-back, Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach, Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game 'fixed' to turn out quite another way.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Michael Irvin, Nelly
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2005-05-27

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