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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    2005 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2005 out of 1603 total rated films.
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    MASTERPIECES
  1. Movie DetailsCollected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, The (2005) 10  AnimationHorrorObscure/RareI own on DVD
    An excellent retrospective of surreal, unsettling films from the Czech animator, dating 1965 to 1992.
  2. Movie DetailsJunebug (2005) 10  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Childlike, awestruck Amy Adams is fantastic. Where would I be if I was a screwdriver?
  3. Movie DetailsSin City (2005) 10  With Sex/NudityComic Book/SuperheroFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez create a brilliant piece of ultra-violent, stylized noir. Visually stunning.
  4. Movie DetailsStay (2005) 10  Mind-blowingI own on DVD
    The desperate psychological nightmare of a dying man. A visually rich, ghost-inhabited alternate reality.

  5. EXCELLENT
  6. Movie DetailsAnimation Show 2005, The (2005) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton and other animators return in this second collection of excellent shorts.
  7. Movie DetailsBrokeback Mountain (2005) 9  With Sex/Nudity
    Two sheepherders in the summer of 1963. I wish I knew how to quit you.
  8. Movie DetailsBroken Flowers (2005) 9  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Bill Murray receives a mysterious pink letter that causes him to reflect on his past.
  9. Movie DetailsCaché (2005) 9  
    A French couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
  10. Movie DetailsCapote (2005) 9  Documentary/True
    A profile of writer Truman Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, set during the early 1960s.
  11. Movie DetailsGrizzly Man (2005) 9  Documentary/True
    Director Werner Herzog explores the life, death and values of grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell.
  12. Movie DetailsHead-On (2005) 9  With Sex/Nudity
    The adorable Sibel Kekilli marries to satisfy her Turkish family. Drugs, brutality and emotional intensity.
  13. Movie DetailsHowl's Moving Castle (2005) 9  AnimationFantasy
    The visual wonderment of Miyazaki reveals a magical world of witches, wizards and fire demons.
  14. Movie DetailsJacket, The (2005) 9  FantasyMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Military veteran Adrien Brody can foresee his own death and possibly change Keira Knightley's future.
  15. Movie DetailsKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 9  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Hilarious. An ironic, smartass tribute to detective fiction, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
  16. Movie DetailsMe and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 9  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Miranda July's exploration of people struggling to connect with one another in this modern world.
  17. Movie DetailsSquid and the Whale, The (2005) 9  ComedyWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Based on director Noah Baumbach's adolescence in Brooklyn. Two brothers deal with divorce during 1986.
  18. Movie DetailsTurtles Can Fly (2005) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A grim and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq. Refugee children survive by collecting and selling mines.
  19. Movie DetailsWallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 9  AnimationComedySci-Fi
    Aardman Animation's full-length feature of the claymation duo. Giant vegetables are protected by security systems.

  20. VERY GOOD
  21. Movie Details11:14 (2005) 8  Comedy
    An account of five seemingly random storylines that dreadfully converge one night at 11:14.
  22. Movie DetailsAbel Raises Cain (2005) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    A documentary about world-class hoaxer Alan Abel, who exposes the media's obsession with the salacious.
  23. Movie DetailsBatman Begins (2005) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The prequel to the Batman series, directed by Christopher Nolan, includes an awesome Batmobile.
  24. Movie DetailsChronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrob... (2005) 8  Fantasy
    Four British children travel through a magical wardrobe into C.S. Lewis's mythical land of Narnia.
  25. Movie DetailsConstant Gardener, The (2005) 8  ConspiracyWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    A story of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how AIDS-ravaged Africa is being exploited.
  26. Movie DetailsCorpse Bride (2005) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    Tim Burton presents a shy groom whisked into the underworld after inadvertently marrying the dead.
  27. Movie DetailsCrash (2005) 8  Academy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    The lives of a multiethnic collection of Los Angeles characters grippingly interweave over two days.
  28. Movie DetailsFreedom on the Fence (2005) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A documentary project about the culturally iconic art of Polish posters under the USSR regime.
  29. Movie DetailsGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005) 8  Documentary/True
    Simplifies historical conflict (1950s McCarthyism) to illustrate TV journalism's responsibility to question authority.
  30. Movie DetailsHistory of Violence, A (2005) 8  With Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    A Cronenberg art film that's also an accessible crime drama. Based on a graphic novel.
  31. Movie DetailsKing Kong (2005) 8  Fantasy
    Naomi Watts is amazing and the special effects are over-the-top fantastic, but it's excessively long.
  32. Movie DetailsLila Says (2005) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A well-acted story of seduction and self-realization, revolving around the beautiful and alluring Vahina Giocante.
  33. Movie DetailsNothing (2005) 8  ComedyFantasyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube, presents a film about nothing with his two friends.
  34. Movie DetailsOldboy (2005) 8  ConspiracyWith Sex/Nudity
    A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
  35. Movie DetailsPalindromes (2005) 8  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Todd Solondz's provocative fable about a 13-year-old girl who is played by eight different actresses.
  36. Movie DetailsProposition, The (2005) 8  Musical/Music
    Violent and mythological. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and scored this Australian Western about retribution.
  37. Movie DetailsShopgirl (2005) 8  
    A love triangle of Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and Steve Martin. Elegant examination of love.
  38. Movie DetailsSyriana (2005) 8  ConspiracyDocumentary/True
    A thriller of corruption and power related to the oil industry, with four parallel stories.

  39. GOOD
  40. Movie Details40-Year-Old Virgin, The (2005) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Steve Carell stars as a lovable, middle-aged virgin with misguided coworkers. Catherine Keener is perfect.
  41. Movie DetailsBallad of Jack and Rose, The (2005) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Symbolic Oedipal story explores losses of innocence and the death of a 1960s counterculture movement.
  42. Movie DetailsBest of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The (2005) 7  AnimationFantasySci-FiTV ShowsI own on DVD
    My childhood memories, now on DVD. A first-rate reMASTERing of this moralizing homoerotic 1980s toy-advert.
  43. Movie DetailsBrothers Grimm, The (2005) 7  ComedyFantasyHorror
    A cartoonish big-budget spectacle based on German folktales. Terry Gilliam directs and Matt Damon stars.
  44. Movie DetailsElizabethtown (2005) 7  Comedy
    Cameron Crowe's good-hearted romantic comedy featuring Kirsten Dunst. It hit really close to home.
  45. Movie DetailsEverything Is Illuminated (2005) 7  Comedy
    A Jewish-American man endeavors to find the Ukrainian woman who saved his grandfather in WWII.
  46. Movie DetailsHitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (2005) 7  ComedySci-Fi
    So long, and thanks for all the fish, Douglas Adams. And thanks for Zooey Deschanel.
  47. Movie DetailsIsland, The (2005) 7  ConspiracySci-Fi
    It's Logan's Run utopia meets Philip K. Dick paranoia, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.
  48. Movie DetailsJarhead (2005) 7  Documentary/True
    Explores the psychological effects of being a soldier in Desert Storm, guarding oil, fighting no-one.
  49. Movie DetailsLittle Fish (2005) 7  Obscure/Rare
    In an Australian Little Saigon district, Cate Blanchett is trying to escape her drug-addicted past.
  50. Movie DetailsLook Around You - Series 1 and 2 (2005) 7  ComedyObscure/RareTV Shows
    A BBC TV comedy series that satirizes 1970s educational science programs. A nonsensical, faithful homage.
  51. Movie DetailsOr, My Treasure (2005) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A young Israeli girl does anything to support her sick, aging prostitute mother. Raw, non-judgmental.
  52. Movie DetailsSerenity (2005) 7  Sci-FiTV Shows
    Finale to the cancelled Firefly TV series. Features space-age weaponry, martial arts, and witty dialogue.
  53. Movie DetailsStar Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) 7  FantasySci-Fi
    Anakin becomes Darth Vader. Woodenly acted, but better than the first two episodes it is.
  54. Movie DetailsSteamboy (2005) 7  AnimationSci-Fi
    In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor becomes involved in a revolution of steam power technology.
  55. Movie DetailsThumbsucker (2005) 7  Comedy
    A quirky 17-year-old who still sucks his thumb grapples with the anxiety of impending adulthood.
  56. Movie DetailsWedding Crashers (2005) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Divorce mediators Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson make a lifestyle out of sneaking into weddings.
  57. Movie DetailsWorld's Fastest Indian, The (2005) 7  ComedySportDocumentary/True
    Burt Munro sets the land-speed world record on his home-built 950cc Indian motorcycle in 1967.

  58. FAIR
  59. Movie Details9 Songs (2005) 6  Musical/MusicWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Over 69 minutes, a young couple's intense sexual encounters are interspersed with nine rock concerts.
  60. Movie DetailsFinal Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) 6  AnimationFantasySci-Fi
    Beautifully rendered CGI could not hold my interest. For Final Fantasy video game fans only.
  61. Movie DetailsForest for the Trees, The (2005) 6  Obscure/Rare
    An awkward German schoolteacher is basically unprepared for life. Her alienation is painful to watch.
  62. Movie DetailsHavoc (2005) 6  With Sex/Nudity
    Two affluent suburban girls clash with Latino gang culture. Stars Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips.
  63. Movie DetailsIce Harvest, The (2005) 6  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Mob lawyer Cusack and strip-club owner Thornton attempt to embezzle $2 million on Christmas Eve.
  64. Movie DetailsLimbo (2005) 6  Obscure/Rare
    A bullet sends a man into a repeating time loop. Afterlife as low-budget film noir.
  65. Movie DetailsNew World, The (2005) 6  Documentary/True
    Malick depicts Pocahontas's life in 1600s Virginia. It's epic, sluggish, and burdened by disjointed voiceovers.
  66. Movie DetailsWeather Man, The (2005) 6  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Successful Chicago weatherman Nicolas Cage's personal life is a failure. So he takes up archery.
  67. Movie DetailsWild Blue Yonder, The (2005) 6  FantasyObscure/RareSci-FiDocumentary/True
    Werner Herzog fashions a boring sci-fi documentary from beautiful undersea Antarctica footage and NASA video.
  68. Movie DetailsZathura (2005) 6  ComedyFantasySci-Fi
    A fairly charming family movie that explores childhood adventure. It's basically Jumanji in outer space.

  69. ADEQUATE
  70. Movie DetailsÆon Flux (2005) 5  Sci-FiWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Charlize Theron is a stunning, athletic heroine. But they've destroyed the meaning of the series.
  71. Movie DetailsAmityville Horror, The (2005) 5  HorrorDocumentary/True
    While overproduced and derivative, this horror remake starring Ryan Reynolds exceeded my expectations.
  72. Movie DetailsBe Cool (2005) 5  ComedyMusical/Music
    The entire premise involves having John Travolta and Uma Thurman reprise their Pulp Fiction dance.
  73. Movie DetailsFantastic Four (2005) 5  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Exposure to cosmic radiation creates superhero scientists: Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Thing, and Jessica Alba.
  74. Movie DetailsGirl from Monday, The (2005) 5  ComedyObscure/RareSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Citizens have become property traded on the stock exchange, but aliens are supporting the resistance.
  75. Movie DetailsHellevator: The Bottled Fools (2005) 5  HorrorObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Had me with the underground dystopia and telepaths, lost me with the overdone elevator bloodbath.
  76. Movie DetailsHostel (2005) 5  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Hedonism and bare breasts mixed with horrific gore, grisly torture, and the slandering of Slovakia.
  77. Movie DetailsSaw II (2005) 5  Horror
    Jigsaw forces another round of kidnapped people to play survival games in medieval torture chambers.
  78. Movie DetailsSleeping Dogs Lie (2005) 5  Obscure/Rare
    A short, low-budget film. Maynard James Keenan was charming, but Audioslave's Brad Wilk can't act.

  79. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  80. Movie DetailsJust Like Heaven (2005) CRAP  ComedyFantasy
    Reese Witherspoon, in spirit form, inhabits architect Mark Ruffalo's apartment in this formulaic romantic comedy.
  81. Movie DetailsMa Mère (2005) CRAP  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Dark, French exercise of reckless, unlikable characters finding pleasure in incest and depravity. Rotten, pointless.
  82. Movie DetailsWhite Noise (2005) CRAP  HorrorSci-Fi
    A crummy paranormal movie, but watch the DVD's cool special features about Electronic Voice Phenomena.


  83. Statistical ratings distribution of these 76 films (4.7% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 76 films: 7.2.

    10:5.3%

    9:18.4%

    8:23.7%

    7:23.7%

    6:13.2%

    5:11.8%

    CRAP:3.9%



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