Best Mystery Movies of 2005

1.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

6.1

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok
Directed by: Shane Black
Release date: 2005-09-05
2.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

5.3

When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins, the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada, in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
Release date: 2005-11-17
3.

Flightplan

5.3

A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan, Michael Irby
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Release date: 2005-09-22
4.

The Constant Gardener

5.3

Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Donald Sumpter
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Release date: 2005-08-31
5.

Brick

5.2

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Release date: 2005-01-30
6.

Broken Flowers

5.2

As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.

Starring: Bill Murray, Julie Delpy, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jessica Lange
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 2005-05-17
7.

Stay

5.0

Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his parents. As reality starts to contradict fact, Sam spirals into an unstable mental state. Then he finds a clue as to how and when Henry may try to kill himself, and races to try to stop him.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts, Kate Burton, Elizabeth Reaser
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2005-09-24
8.

Proof

4.8

Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father’s mental illness along with his mathematical genius. When Robert’s work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one.

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis, Danny McCarthy
Directed by: John Madden
Release date: 2005-09-05
9.

Hostage

4.8
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When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn, Ben Foster
Directed by: Florent-Emilio Siri
Release date: 2005-03-10
10.

The Skeleton Key

4.8

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Joy Bryant
Directed by: Iain Softley
Release date: 2005-07-29
11.

Revolver

4.6

Hotshot gambler Jake Green (Jason Statham) is long on bravado and seriously short of common sense. Rarely is he allowed in any casino because he's a bona fide winner and, in fact, has taken so much money over the years that he's the sole client of his accountant elder brother, Billy. Invited to a private game, Jake is in fear of losing his life.

Starring: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, André Benjamin, Mark Strong
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2005-09-11
12.

Where the Truth Lies

4.5

An ambitious reporter probes the reasons behind the sudden split of a 1950s comedy team.

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman, Rachel Blanchard
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Release date: 2005-10-07
13.

Hide and Seek

4.5

David Callaway tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide and has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily on his own. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named 'Charlie', but it isn't long before 'Charlie' develops a sinister and violent side, and as David struggles with his daughter's growing emotional problems, he comes to the frightening realisation that 'Charlie' isn't just a figment of Emily's imagination.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue, Amy Irving
Directed by: John Polson
Release date: 2005-01-27
14.

Sahara

4.4

Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Lennie James
Directed by: Breck Eisner
Release date: 2005-04-06
15.

Fragile

4.4

Haunted by memories of a patient's death, a nurse takes a job at an antiquated hospital for children. Soon she learns that the kids fear a ghost that prowls the floors and will not allow anyone to leave. Amy tries to protect them and convince the other staffers of the evil that lurks there.

Starring: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya, Gemma Jones, Colin McFarlane
Directed by: Jaume Balagueró
Release date: 2005-10-14
16.

Aloha Scooby-Doo!

4.0

The Mystery Gang goes to Hawaii for the Big Kahuna of Hanahuna Surfing Contest. However, the gang and the locals find the island invaded by the vengeful Wiki Tiki spirit and his demons.

Starring: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Ray Bumatai
Directed by: Tim Maltby
Release date: 2005-01-01
17.

Graves End

4.0
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When society turns their back on reformed felons, the town of Graves End welcomes them but when the ex-cons disappear, FBI agent Paul Rickman comes looking for them and discovers more than he expected.
Starring: Eric Roberts, Steven Williams, Daniel Roebuck, Valerie Mikita, Fairly Tull
Directed by: James Marlowe
Release date: 2005-04-22
18.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

4.0
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Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Helmut Bakaitis, Tommy Dysart, Jude Beaumont
Directed by: Anthony Lucas
Release date: 2005-01-19
19.

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

3.8

After her triumph at the Miss United States pageant, FBI agent Gracie Hart becomes an overnight sensation -- and the new "face of the FBI." But it's time to spring into action again when the pageant's winner, Cheryl, and emcee, Stan, are abducted.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Eileen Brennan
Directed by: John Pasquin
Release date: 2005-03-11
20.

Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?

3.5

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang become involved in a supernatural mystery in Egypt.

Starring: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Christine Baranski
Directed by: Joe Sichta
Release date: 2005-11-24

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