Best Thriller Movies of 2005

1.

Sin City

6.3
8.0/10

Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Devon Aoki
Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2005-04-01
2.

Serenity

6.3
7.9/10

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But... the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Release date: 2005-09-03
3.

Lord of War

6.1
7.6/10

Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. Finally, he must also face his own conscience.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Release date: 2005-09-16
4.

Match Point

6.1
7.6/10

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 take 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
5.

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
6.

A History of Violence

5.9
7.4/10

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
7.

Hard Candy

5.7
7.1/10

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
8.

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
9.

The Island

5.6
6.8/10

In 2019, Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly "Utopian" but contained facility. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully-controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to The Island — reportedly the last uncontaminated location on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2005-07-21
10.

War of the Worlds

5.6
6.5/10

Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2005-06-28
11.

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
12.

The Skeleton Key

5.3
6.5/10

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
13.

The Proposition

5.3
7.4/10

Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the movie follows the series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, allegedly committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. Captain Morris Stanley captures Charlie Burns and gives him 9 days to kill his older dangerous psychopathic brother, or else they'll hang his younger mentally slow brother on Christmas Day.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, Danny Huston, David Wenham
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Release date: 2005-10-06
14.

Flightplan

5.3
6.3/10

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
15.

The Constant Gardener

5.3
7.4/10

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
16.

Transporter 2

5.2
6.3/10

Professional driver Frank Martin is living in Miami, where he is temporarily filling in for a friend as the chauffeur for a government narcotics control policymaker and his family. The young boy in the family is targeted for kidnapping, and Frank immediately becomes involved in protecting the child and exposing the kidnappers.

Starring: Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Kate Nauta, Alessandro Gassman, François Berléand
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Release date: 2005-08-02
17.

The Jacket

5.1
7.1/10

A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch
Directed by: John Maybury
Release date: 2005-03-04
18.

Stay

5.0
6.8/10

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
19.

Syriana

5.0
6.9/10

The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy analyst, experiences both personal tragedy and opportunity during a visit with Arabian royalty. Meanwhile, veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes uncovers an assassination plot with unsettling origins.

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet
Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
Release date: 2005-11-23
20.

Harsh Times

4.9
6.9/10

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend.

Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull
Directed by: David Ayer
Release date: 2005-09-11

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