Best Thriller 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.

V for Vendetta

6.6
8.2/10

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as “V” conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When V rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt
Directed by: James McTeigue
Release date: 2006-03-15
4.

Casino Royale

6.6
8.0/10

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. With the help of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter, Bond enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Release date: 2006-11-14
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.

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
7.

Mission: Impossible III

5.8
6.9/10

Retired from active duty to train new IMF agents, Ethan Hunt is called back into action to confront sadistic arms dealer, Owen Davian. Hunt must try to protect his girlfriend while working with his new team to complete the mission.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release date: 2006-05-03
8.

The Da Vinci Code

5.8
6.6/10

A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very foundations of Christianity.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2006-05-17
9.

X-Men: The Last Stand

5.6
6.7/10

When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men and The Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2006-05-24
10.

Crank

5.6
7.0/10

Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.

Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam
Directed by: Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine
Release date: 2006-08-31
11.

Underworld: Evolution

5.4
6.7/10

As the war between the vampires and the Lycans rages on, Selene, a former member of the Death Dealers (an elite vampire special forces unit that hunts werewolves), and Michael, the werewolf hybrid, work together in an effort to unlock the secrets of their respective bloodlines.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran, Shane Brolly, Derek Jacobi
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Release date: 2006-01-12
12.

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
13.

Running Scared

5.3
7.4/10

After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first.

Starring: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri, Karel Roden
Directed by: Wayne Kramer
Release date: 2006-01-06
14.

The Hills Have Eyes

5.2
6.4/10

Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon realizes the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family...and they are the prey.

Starring: Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Release date: 2006-03-10
15.

Inland Empire

5.2
7.0/10

An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.

Starring: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka, Krzysztof Majchrzak
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2006-09-06
16.

A Scanner Darkly

5.1
7.1/10

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr., Mitch Baker
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2006-05-25
17.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

5.1
6.0/10

In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military father. In a low-rent section of the city, Shaun gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing

Starring: Lucas Black, Nathalie Kelley, Sung Kang, Shad Moss, Brian Tee
Directed by: Justin Lin
Release date: 2006-06-03
18.

Poseidon

4.9
5.7/10

A packed cruise ship traveling the Atlantic is hit and overturned by a massive wave, compelling the passengers to begin a dramatic fight for their lives.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Josh Lucas, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 2006-05-12
19.

Smokin' Aces

4.8
6.7/10

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Joseph Ruskin, Alex Rocco, Wayne Newton
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Release date: 2006-12-09
20.

The Dead Girl

4.7
6.7/10

The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

Starring: Brittany Murphy, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne, Josh Brolin, James Franco
Directed by: Karen Moncrieff
Release date: 2006-11-07

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