The 10 Best, No the 100 Best Films of 2006


Annual Accolades for the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

In case you haven’t noticed, most of the flicks found on other critics’ 10 Best Lists or currently being hyped by the studios as Oscar worthy only arrived in theaters late in 2006 or early in 2007. This is no coincidence, since movies are very big business and industry execs view the awards season more as an opportunity to hype their new releases rather than as a time to collect kudos for the best offerings of the entire year.

This is because there is far more money to be made from a picture still in theaters as compared to one that people may have already seen or can simply rent on DVD. However, since my job description doesn’t include any obligation to generate Academy Award buzz for Hollywood blockbusters, I considered all of the hundreds of films that I watched before compiling my 10 Best List.

Furthermore, since I don’t see myself as serving as a marketing arm of the entertainment conglomerates, I am actually acknowledging 100 films in total, including the independents, the documentaries, and the foreign language offerings, since these are no less deserving of kudos, despite the fact that they did not have the benefit of multi-million-dollar advertising and distribution budgets. So, although you probably haven’t heard of many of the movies mentioned here, you will be handsomely rewarded if you take the time to check a few of those lesser-known winners out.

10 Best List of 2006

1. Thank You for Smoking

2. The Good Shepherd

3. Akeelah and the Bee

4. Crank

5. ATL

6. The Descent

7. Madea’s Family Reunion

8. The Queen

9. Little Miss Sunshine

10. Dreamgirls

Honorable Mention

11. Kinky Boots

12. Hollywoodland

13. United 93

14. Block Party

15. Something New

16. Idiocracy

17. V for Vendetta

18. The Pursuit of Happyness

19. Notes on a Scandal

20. Snakes on a Plane

21. The Departed

22. The Break-Up

23. World Trade Center

24. Mission Impossible III

25. We Are Marshall

10 Best Foreign Language Films

1. District B-13 (France)

2. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain)

3. Heading South (Haiti)

4. Moonlight (Luxembourg)

5. Lower City (Brazil)

6. Princesas (Spain)

7. 13-Tzameti (France)

8. Lemming (France)

9. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia)

10. Foregiveness (South Africa)

Foreign Language Film Honorable Mention

11. Days of Glory (Morocco)

12. Sophie Scholl (Germany)

13. The Bridesmaid (France)

14. Guys and Balls Germany)

15. Woman Is the Future of Man (Korea)

16. The Whore’s Son (Germany)

17. Only Human (Spain)

18. Breaking News (China)

19. Changing Times (Morocco)

20. Family Law (Argentina)

21. Mongolian Ping Pong (Mongolia)

22. Requiem (Germany)

23. Le Petit Lieutenant (France)

24. The Aura (Argentina)

25. Take My Eyes (Spain)

10 Best Independent Films

1. Manderlay

2. Sherrybaby

3. Wondrous Oblivion

4. Confederate States of America

5. Shortbus

6. Conversations with Other Women

7. Adam and Steve

8. Mad Cowgirls

9. Film Geek

10. Clerks II

Independent Film Honorable Mention

11. Art School Confidential

12. A Prairie Home Companion

13. Death of a President

14. Four Eyed Monsters

15. Candy

16. Color of the Cross

17. The Motel

18. Zerophilia

19. The Architect

20. I Am a Sex Addict

21. Conventioneers

22. The OH in Ohio

23. On the Outs

24. Shem

25. Police Beat

10 Best Documentaries

1. Borat

2. Our Daily Bread

3. SoulMate

4. I Like Killing Flies

5. The Empire in Africa

6. The Bridge

7. Wordplay

8. The Ground Truth

9. The Devil’s Miner

10. Who Killed the Electric Car?

Documentary Honorable Mention

11. Black Gold

12. Mardi Gras: Made in China

13. Black Hair

14. Sisters in Law

15. Andy Warhol

16. Been Rich All My Life

17. Jesus Camp

18. After Innocence

19. Saint of 9/11

20. Iraq in Fragments

21. Commune

22. How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company

23. The Heart of the Game

24. Home

25. America: From Freedom to Fascism

Websites for the Best 10 list

Kam Williams is a popular and top NewsBlaze reviewer, who gives his unvarnished opinion on movies, DVDs and books, plus many in-depth and revealing celebrity interviews.