Best Drama Movies of 2006

1.

The Departed

6.9
8.5/10

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 through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2006-10-05
2.

The Prestige

6.8
8.5/10

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.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2006-10-19
3.

The Pursuit of Happyness

6.6
8.0/10

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Release date: 2006-12-14
4.

Little Miss Sunshine

6.3
7.8/10

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.

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Release date: 2006-07-26
5.

Apocalypto

6.2
7.8/10

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 and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Max Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Iazua Larios, Antonio Monroy
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Release date: 2006-12-07
6.

The Last King of Scotland

6.2
7.7/10

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 asks Garrigan to become his personal doctor.

Starring: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Simon McBurney, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Release date: 2006-09-01
7.

Inside Man

6.2
7.6/10

When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Plummer
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 2006-03-23
8.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

6.1
7.5/10

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Simon Chandler, David Calder, Richard Felix, Birgit Minichmayr
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Release date: 2006-09-13
9.

The Illusionist

6.1
7.6/10

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 inspector.

Starring: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan
Directed by: Neil Burger
Release date: 2006-08-18
10.

Stranger Than Fiction

6.1
7.6/10

Harold Crick is a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2006-09-09
11.

Babel

6.0
7.5/10

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release date: 2006-09-08
12.

The Devil Wears Prada

5.8
6.9/10

Andy moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss is extremely demanding, cruel and won't let her succeed if she doesn't fit into the high class elegant look of their magazine.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date: 2006-06-30
13.

The Fountain

5.8
7.3/10

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Release date: 2006-09-06
14.

Rocky Balboa

5.7
7.2/10

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, James Francis Kelly III
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 2006-12-20
15.

Letters from Iwo Jima

5.6
7.9/10

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.

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidou Nakamura
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2006-12-19
16.

This Is England

5.5
7.7/10

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.

Starring: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure
Directed by: Shane Meadows
Release date: 2006-09-12
17.

The Lake House

5.5
6.8/10

A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Directed by: Alejandro Agresti
Release date: 2006-06-16
18.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

5.4
7.5/10

In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 2006-03-24
19.

The Painted Veil

5.4
7.5/10

A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Starring: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg, Toby Jones
Directed by: John Curran
Release date: 2006-12-09
20.

United 93

5.4
7.6/10

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Starring: J.J. Johnson, J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2006-04-28

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