Top 10 Hollywood Movies of 2006


Aside from the ho-hum group of unlikely flicks like Jackass 2 and Snakes on a Plane, 2006 saw some great performances and good box office showings. Here, Format presents the Top 10 Mainstream Films of 2006, and whether or not you agree with these rankings, the films were all must sees. If you didn’t get a chance to visit them at the theatres, make sure to grab them on DVD when they’re released in the New Year.

hollywood_dirty.jpg10. Dirty
Directed by: Chris Fisher
Written by: Chris Fisher, Gil Reavill, and Eric Saks

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. play a couple of ex gang-bangers who have become police officers. Their loyalties come into question as the lines blur between what is legal and illegal. A good movie that shows the decay and lawlessness of L.A. in its grimiest section. Nasty, gritty, and mean-spirited, you’ll either love or hate this one.

hollywood_ascanner.jpg9. A Scanner Darkly
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Written by: Richard Linklater

Philip K. Dick has posthumously brought more paranoia and dystopia to the world than anyone we can think of. Scanner brings the art and commentary of true visionaries, pushing the boundaries of regular film making. Not only eye candy because of being filmed digitally, then rotoscoped, A Scanner Darkly had a well written script and interesting plot.

hollywood_babel.jpg8. Babel
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Written by: Guillermo Arriaga

Four seemingly disconnected lives come together in this movie that strives for understanding from beginning to end. Babel speaks volumes without saying too much. Subtitles and sign language appear in the movie not to aid in understanding, but to show how important and taken for granted human communication is.

hollywood_littlesunshine.jpg7. Little Miss Sunshine
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Written by: Michael Arndt

To warm the hearts of those who love dark humor, this movie brings laughs even though it has tragic undertones. It makes every watcher think hard about the perils and humor of family while putting a smirk or tongue in cheek. The hilarious antics of a family involved in one of the most bizarre contests will please anyone who watches.

hollywood_departed.jpg6. The Departed
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: William Monahan

Can you get anymore star power than this? Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg? Better yet, directed by Martin Scorsese? This has to be the top pick of the year. A cop drama remade from Hong Kong thriller Internal Affairs set in the grimiest system of Boston. This movie has you walking out of the theatres whispering “Damn.”

hollywood_vendetta.jpg5. V for Vendetta
Directed by: James McTeigue
Wirrten by: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski

Remember, remember the 5th of November. So begins a well designed action film guaranteed to appeal to Anarchists and those who don’t trust governments or any Huxleyesque conspiracies. Adapted from the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V is a wild ride through a dystopian future Britain and an act of ultimate vengeance.

hollywood_thankyousmok.jpg4. Thank You for Smoking
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Jason Reitman

All you smokers out there got some learning to garner about good marketing. How do you sell one of the most lethal products to those who are in the know? Hustle baby; political and commercial hustle. Thank You for Smoking looks inside your lungs and tells you some dirty secrets. Actually, they’re not secrets at all, they’re just beautifully packaged arguments.

hollywood_insideman.jpg3. Inside Man
Directed by: Spike Lee
Written by: Russell Gewirtz

What’s better than a bank heist movie with an involved plot and twisted premise? Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster match wits with a genius bank robber in this gripping action filled flick. If you’ve seen Dog Day Afternoon or Killing Zoe, you need to watch this one. Sometimes the bad guys are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

hollywood_borat.jpg2. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Directed by: Larry Charles
Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, and Todd Phillips

From the mind of that strange little man Brahm Cohen, comes a strange little movie that made is hilarious throughout. Questioning American values with his own brand of misogyny, anti-Semitism, and immigrant dementia, Borat road-trips across the US in search of Pamela Anderson. Only Borat could pull off good pedestrian humor with such panache.

hollywood_luckyslevin.jpg1. Lucky Number Slevin
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Written by: Jason Smilovic

This film has insane décor; the set designers were genius throughout; if only the real world had the similar wallpapers. Somewhere between Pulp Fiction and The Usual Suspects sits Lucky Number Slevin. That includes a dash of violence, a bit of style and a good plot twist that will make you press rewind.


  1. Borat not No. 1!?!

    No beef with your other choices, but please…. who remembers Lucky Number Slevin?

    Borat is busy redefining comedy/reality, while Slevin is busy rehashing a million other indie/cool-guy/caper flicks.

    Borat, No. 1! Kazakhstan, No. 1! Lucky Number Slevin, phooey!

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