Best Hollywood Movies Of 2005 is the 5th installment of our series of best movies of the 20th century. 2005 is the year when Christopher Nolan’s best trilogy started.
Best Hollywood Movies Of 2005:
8Thank You for Smoking
Employed by Big Tobacco, Washington DC lobbyist Nick Naylor argues that even if cigarettes are toxic, they’re not illegal, so it’s up to the individual whether to smoke them. Part of a threesome that calls themselves the M.O.D. Squad (Merchants of Death), Nick’s fellow lobbyists include alcohol lobbyist Polly and firearms lobbyist Bobby.
They spend their lunchtime drinking in a red leather booth at Bert’s, comparing notes and numbers of deaths with regard to their hurtful, well-paid jobs. Other characters in Nick’s world include a skuzzy Hollywood producer, a righteous Senator Finistirre, and a tobacco magnate.
Nick’s revelation begins when he meets the debilitated, lung-cancerous Marlboro Man Lorne Lutch. Nick is supposed to convince him to give up his threat to tobacco’s malicious intent. Nick’s talk gets him into trouble with Washington Post reporter Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes) when he blabs crucial secrets.
Released: 14 Apr 2006
Runtime: 92 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Jason Reitman (screenplay), Christopher Buckley (novel)
Actors: Joan Lunden, Eric Haberman, Aaron Eckhart, Mary Jo Smith
Rotten Tomatoes 86%
Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller’s popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who’s looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City’s corrupt law enforcement.
He takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile and a hitman looking to make a little cash.
Released: 01 Apr 2005
Runtime: 124 min
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Frank Miller (graphic novels)
Actors: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
A mildly successful boxer who falls on hard times (a broken hand, some disappointing fights), Jim Braddock learns he’s no longer marketable as a fighter; as the Depression takes hold, he can find only occasional work on the docks.
Fiercely protective of wife Mae and their young kids, Jim soon loses his home and, unable to make rent on their tiny basement apartment, swallows his pride in order to go on welfare. In a last-ditch effort to support his family, Jim turns to his former trainer and manager, Joe, who manages to secure a fight for Jim.
While most thought Jim to be too old and out of shape, his years of hard work on the dock and hard luck pulled him through, and he won that and many more fights that followed. Jim’s success raised the spirits of those brought down by the Great Depression, and his fans were eager to watch him in the fight of his life: that against heavyweight champ Max Baer.
Released: 03 June 2005
Runtime: 144 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Sport
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Cliff Hollingsworth (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Cliff Hollingsworth (story)
Actors: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
When cowboys Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist meet during a month of sheep ranching in Wyoming, they share lust, passion, and genuine affection — though in 1963, they can’t imagine their feelings defining themselves.
Their silence lasts for years: Each goes home, Ennis marries his girlfriend Alma, Jack longs for Ennis. They agree to meet again and then feel unable to stop. They can’t articulate their feelings, only marvel at their own passion and tell their families they have gone “fishing”.
Alma discovers the truth (which she keeps to herself); horrified and angry, she silently watches him leave every few months and return with no fish. The men can’t acknowledge their relationship as a choice and a commitment, only as a “thing”.
Language: English, Spanish
Released: 13 January 2006
Runtime: 134 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: Annie Proulx (short story), Larry McMurtry (screenplay), Diana Ossana (screenplay)
Actors: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Valerie Planche
Rotten Tomatoes 87%
4Pride & Prejudice
This tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late eighteenth century. The five Bennet sisters – including strong-willed Elizabeth and young Lydia – have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband.
When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man’s sophisticated circle of friends, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and – it would seem – snobbish Mr. Darcy, the battle of the sexes is joined.
Released: 23 Nov 2005
Runtime: 129 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Jane Austen (novel), Deborah Moggach (screenplay)
Actors: Keira Knightley, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
3V for Vendetta
In this obscure and Gothic tale, one attractive girl, Evey, gets involved accidentally in a terrorist attack, perpetrated by a masked and megalomaniac character, V. V is following the same steps of Guy Fawkes, a sort of terrorist of the XVII century, who wanted to blow up the English Parliament in London.
However, in the present time, the Orwellian in London lives under the fascist government of Chancellor Adam (Sir John Hurt), and V will fight against his regime, using the power of powder, blowing up important buildings.
Everyone will be chased by the Secret Police, thinking that she’s the accomplice of V, who will accomplish Fawkes’ mission of destroying the Parliament on the 5th of November, in this mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, George Orwell’s 1984, and Batman.
Released: 17 March 2006
Runtime: 132 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: James McTeigue
Writer: Lilly Wachowski (screenplay), Lana Wachowski (screenplay), David Lloyd (graphic novel art)
Actors: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
In Madagascar, unhappy Central Park Zoo zebra Marty (voiced by Chris Rock) yearns for open spaces and herds of other zebras, but his zoo friends — Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) — are content.
Alex is especially reluctant to leave because he’s pampered like a celebrity. Still, when Marty makes a break one night, they all follow to rescue him and end up getting caught by human authorities, who decide to ship the animals off. But the ship sinks and the animals wash up on Madagascar, where the two central communities are the lemurs and the lemur-eating fossas.
A crisis emerges when Alex gets hungry and begins to hallucinate that his friends are juicy steaks on their legs, just before he roars and attacks them. When he realizes what he’s doing, he’s mortified, but his instincts are hard to repress. Eventually, the friends find a solution. They feed Alex Sushi, leave the island “paradise,” and resolve to return to some form of captivity.
Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Greek
Released: 27 May 2005
Runtime: 86 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Writer: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Actors: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Bruce Wayne, who experiences the death of his parents at a very young age, relocates to Asia and trains with his mentors, Henri Ducard and Ra’s Al Ghul in fighting injustice. He returns to a crime-ridden Gotham and with the help of his old butler and estate caretaker, Alfred, the C.E.O. of Wayne Enterprises Applied Science Division Lucius Fox.
He dons a new persona, Batman, to strike fear into the hearts of the criminals and the corrupt. With the help of rising cop Gordon, the Assistant District Attorney, and Bruce’s love interest Rachel Dawes, he is able to take down the Mafia Don Falcone, and the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan Crane a.k.a.
The Scarecrow. With Ra’s Al Ghul’s return from his evil plan to destroy Gotham by inducing fear into the hearts of the people, Batman must defeat his mentor once again so as to bring peace in Gotham.
Language: English, Mandarin
Released: 15 June 2005
Runtime: 140 min
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Bob Kane (character), David S. Goyer (story), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), David S. Goyer (screenplay)
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
This concludes our list of 8 Best Hollywood Movies Of 2005. Which is your favorite movie of 2005? Do let us know in the comments below.