13 Best Movies of 2006

2006 had some of the best movies made in the 21st century. I can name at least 5 movies from that year which are already recognised as potential classics. While cinephiles like me remember the year because it was the year when my favourite director Martin Scorcese won Best Director at the Oscars for The Departed, there were plenty of other movies in the year too which were simply outstanding. Here’s the full list of top 13 movies of 2006.

 

13. Pursuit of Happyness

One of the most path-breaking and life-changing movies I have ever seen. Pursuit of Happyness is the story of a man who doesn’t back down in spite of the various adversities he faces in his life. A story of a man with a determination to achieve true happiness. A must-watch for the terrific performance of Will Smith and the absolutely heart-warming bond between father and son.

 

12. Borat

Sacha Baron Cohen is one of the finest comedy actors of all time. Though sometimes he can go a little overboard, Borat certainly isn’t one of those movies. Borat is unabashed, badass and one of the most hilarious movies I have seen in recent times. Cohen plays a Kazakh reporter who visits America and discovers a lot about the country while interacting with the locals. It is like a mockumentary and it will disgust you at times, but you cannot help laughing at the antics of Borat.

 

11. Inside Man

Spike Lee hits bulls-eye with this one. It is a riveting, unsettling thriller. With a brilliant cast comprising Denzel Washington,Chiwetel Ejiofer and Clive Owen, Lee manages to create a gripping heist film, one of the finest to come out this century. While the story is pretty basic, backed by a stellar cast and some brilliant writing with several twists and turns, Inside Man is a treat for any thriller fans.

 

10. Pan’s Labyrinth

Fantasy films don’t come in a better form than this. I personally don’t really like fantasy films but this Spanish film caught my attention. Guillermo Del Toro has created a fantasy film that will, no doubt, leave you spellbound. This isn’t a fantasy movie for kids, because it combines fantasy with equal doses of horror. The movie won accolades all around the world, winning big at the Academy Awards as well. Roger Ebert rated this as the best movie he had seen in 2006. That certainly says something.

 

9. The Illusionist

One of the two magic movies to have come out in the same year,The Illusionist was overshadowed by the brilliance of The Prestige. But let that not deter you from seeing this movie. The Illusionist may not be as good as The Prestige, but it is certainly brilliant. Edward Norton gives a stupendous performance as Eisenheim, the magician who falls in love with the Duchess, and tries to use his magic powers to win her over. And no doubt, this has one of the best plot twists I have seen in recent times.

 

8. Little Miss Sunshine

When I first saw the movie, I was blown away by its warmth. This movie is one of the most heartwarming and sweet movies to have come out in recent times.The movie is an honest portrayal of a dysfunctional family who go on a road trip when the daughter wants to be a part of a beauty pageant. Steve Carell has given one of the finest performances of his career. The movie makes you realise how valuable the support of your family is and how much it means to you.

 

7. Casino Royale

Daniel Craig’s first movie as James Bond is, in my opinion, the best Bond film to have ever been made. It is riveting and is shot in some exquisite locales.Set against the background of a game of poker in Montenegro, Bond’s enemy is Le Chiffre in this one.What I liked the most about this film is the fact that this was a departure from the traditional Bond formula. While it was as stylish, it cut down on the senseless stuff Bond movies are known for, making this an enjoyable flick for even those who don’t really like James Bond movies.Daniel Craig established himself as a fan favourite after this one.

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