We have compiled a list of 10 best drama movies of 2006. We have ranked what we believe will be culturally significant, future classics and/or well-told films that do not receive enough attention.

  1. "United 93" (2006). Based on the last telephone conversations made by the heroic 9/11 passengers of United 93, this film is a fictional account who took control of their plane and crashed just outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania before reaching its destination which had reportedly been Capitol Hill.

  2. "The Fountain" (2006). Although it was not a critical or financial success, "The Fountain" is a creative achievement for Darren Arronofsky. The intense inter-galactic love story that explores western science vs eastern religion is an amazing film-watching experience. It may not be appreciated now but we feel this film will be a classic twenty years from now.

  3. "The Departed" (2006). Based on the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs," it is a case of cat and mouse between Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio. This will surely be another classic Martin Scorsese.

  4. "The Queen" (2006). Starring Helen Mirren in her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, this film is a fictional depiction of the events that may have occurred in the hours and days after Princess Diana's untimely death.

  5. "Casino Royale" (2006). This film marks the twenty-first Bond film in the ongoing franchise with Daniel Craig as James Bond. Even though the initial casting of a blond-haired Craig upset a large group of the die-hard Bond fans, his performance has been compared to being one of the greatest incarnations of Bond since Sir Sean Connery. "Casino Royale" proves to be not just a smart, slick Bond film but a fantastic dramatic action film as well.

  6. "Candy" (2006). This film is a truly gripping and raw story about two young bohemians who get hooked on drugs which throw their relationship through a whirlwind of despair.

  7. "Hollywoodland" (2006). Based on the rumors surrounding the mysterious death of the original Superman George Reeves, Ben Affleck gives an excellent performance as the troubled man who was the icon to millions of children in the 1950s. This film will make you want to investigate the details of the Reeves case as well as the other cases classic Hollywood has covered up over the years.

  8. "The Prestige" (2006). Directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the Christopher Priest novel, this film is about two magicians seeking to outdo each other by creating the perfect magic act.

  9. "The Illusionist" (2006). Unlike #9 on our list, "The Illusionist" takes a more romantic approach to the magician theme. The story is a love triangle between a magician, a Duchess and a Prince.