2005 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, notable deaths and film debuts.

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Highest-grossing films


The top 10 films released in 2005 by worldwide gross are as follows:[1]

Highest-grossing films of 2005
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $895,921,036
2 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $868,352,530
3 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Buena Vista $745,013,115
4 War of the Worlds Paramount / DreamWorks $603,873,119
5 King Kong Universal $562,363,449
6 Madagascar DreamWorks $542,063,846
7 Mr. & Mrs. Smith 20th Century Fox $487,287,646
8 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Warner Bros. $474,968,763
9 Batman Begins $371,853,783
10 Hitch Sony Pictures / Columbia $371,594,210


Month Day Event
January 6 The Directors Guild of America nominates directors Martin Scorsese (The Aviator), Marc Forster (Finding Neverland), Taylor Hackford (Ray), Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) and Alexander Payne (Sideways) for its Directors Guild Awards.
8 The National Society of Film Critics awards go to Million Dollar Baby (film), Zhang Yimou (director, for: House of Flying Daggers), Imelda Staunton and Hilary Swank (tied for best actress), Jamie Foxx (actor), Thomas Haden Church (supporting actor) and Virginia Madsen (supporting actress).
9 The People's Choice Awards go to Fahrenheit 9/11 (favorite motion picture), The Passion of the Christ for favorite drama, and Shrek 2 (favorite comedy, animated film, sequel, animated character: Eddie Murphy as "donkey", and movie villain: Jennifer Saunders as "Fairy Godmother").
16 Golden Globes awards film winners included three for The Aviator (Picture-Drama, Actor and Score), two for Sideways (Picture-comedy and Screenplay), two for Million Dollar Baby (Director and Actress), and two for Closer (Supporting Actor and Supporting actress for Clive Owen and Natalie Portman).
22 The Producers Guild of America picks The Aviator as its choice for best picture of 2004.
24 The Golden Raspberry Awards picks for worst film achievement in 2004 had Catwoman leading with seven nominations, Alexander, Fahrenheit 9/11 and White Chicks each with five and four nominations for Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.
25 The Academy Awards picks for best film achievement in 2004 had The Aviator leading nominations with 11, followed by Million Dollar Baby and Finding Neverland with seven, Ray with six, and Sideways with five.
February 2 Pierce Brosnan officially announces that he will be resigning from the role of James Bond. Brosnan last appeared as Bond in Die Another Day (2002).
12 BAFTA Awards: Major winners include Imelda Staunton, Best Actress, Jamie Foxx, Best Actor and The Aviator, Best Film.
26 Catwoman and Fahrenheit 9/11 dominate the Golden Raspberry Awards, walking away with 4 awards each, even though the latter wasn't nominated for worst picture. Four special awards were also handed out to commemorate the Razzies' 25th anniversary. Arnold Schwarzenegger was named the biggest loser of the previous 25 years, Battlefield Earth, Gigli, and From Justin to Kelly collected the worst film awards.
27 77th Academy Awards: Million Dollar Baby wins the awards for Best Picture and Best Director.
March 13 10th Empire Awards: The Bourne Supremacy wins the awards for Best Film and Best Actor for Matt Damon.
May 19 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith reaches a record high at the box offices on opening day with US$50 million on 9,400 screens at 3,661 theaters worldwide, edging out Spider-Man 2's top opening day record of $40.4 million and Shrek 2's top single day record of $44.8 million.[2]
22 The Golden Palm in the 58th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival is awarded to L'enfant, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The Grand Prix is awarded to Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch, while the prize for best director is awarded to Michael Haneke for Caché.
June 4 The 2005 MTV Movie Awards winners were announced.
15 After an 8-year absence from cinema screens, the Batman films are rebooted with Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman.
21 The American Film Institute holds its 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes. The greatest film quote is "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" from Gone with the Wind.
August 11 Roger Ebert publishes the list of his most hated films, distilled down from reviews he has written which date back to the 1960s. The list includes 2005 releases such as Constantine, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and A Lot like Love.
October 14 It is announced that Daniel Craig will be the new James Bond in the forthcoming Casino Royale.
December 10 The Los Angeles Film Critics Association gives its awards for the most outstanding motion pictures of 2005. Brokeback Mountain won best picture and best director for Ang Lee. Capote won best actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Best actress went to Vera Farmiga for Down to the Bone.
11 The Boston Society of Film Critics gives its awards for the most outstanding motion pictures of 2005. Brokeback Mountain won best picture and best director for Ang Lee. Capote won best actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Best actress went to Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line.
The American Film Institute gives its picks for the ten most outstanding motion pictures of 2005, which are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence, King Kong, Munich, The Squid and the Whale and Syriana.
12 The New York Film Critics Circle gives its awards for the most outstanding motion pictures of 2005. Brokeback Mountain won best picture, best director for Ang Lee and best actor for Heath Ledger. Best actress went to Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line.
13 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominations for the Golden Globe Awards included Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence and Match Point for best drama film.


Category/Organization 11th Critics' Choice Awards
January 9, 2006
63rd Golden Globe Awards
January 16, 2006
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 59th BAFTA Awards
February 19, 2006
78th Academy Awards
March 5, 2006
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line Brokeback Mountain Crash
Best Director Ang Lee
Brokeback Mountain
Best Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
Joaquin Phoenix
Walk the Line
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Actress Reese Witherspoon
Walk the Line
Felicity Huffman
Reese Witherspoon
Walk the Line
Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti
Cinderella Man
George Clooney
Paul Giamatti
Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal
Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams
Michelle Williams
Brokeback Mountain
Rachel Weisz
The Constant Gardener
Thandiwe Newton
Rachel Weisz
The Constant Gardener
Best Screenplay, Adapted Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
Brokeback Mountain
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
Brokeback Mountain
Best Screenplay, Original Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco
Best Animated Film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit N/A N/A Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit N/A Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Original Score Memoirs of a Geisha
John Williams
N/A Memoirs of a Geisha
John Williams
Brokeback Mountain
Gustavo Santaolalla
Best Original Song "Hustle & Flow (It Ain't Over)"
Hustle & Flow
"A Love That Will Never Grow Old"
Brokeback Mountain
N/A N/A "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"
Hustle & Flow
Best Foreign Language Film Kung Fu Hustle Paradise Now N/A The Beat That My Heart Skipped Tsotsi

2005 films


By country/region


By genre/medium





Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 2 C. M. Pennington-Richards 93 UK Producer
5 Gabrielle Daye 93 UK Actress
8 Badja Djola 56 US Actor
9 Gonzalo Gavira 79 Mexico Sound Engineer
10 Erwin Hillier 93 Germany Cinematographer
11 Thelma White 94 US Actress
12 Amrish Puri 72 India Actor
15 Dan Lee 35 Canada Animator
15 Ruth Warrick 88 US Actress
17 Virginia Mayo 84 US Actress
21 Steve Susskind 62 US Actor
22 Patsy Rowlands 74 UK Actress
26 Josie MacAvin 85-86 Ireland Set Decorator
February 1 John Vernon 72 Canada Actor
2 Goffredo Lombardo 84 Italy Producer
4 Ossie Davis[3] 87 US Actor, Director
10 Arthur Miller[4] 89 US Screenwriter
10 Leonard Trolley 87 UK Actor
12 Brian Kelly 73 US Actor, Producer
13 Harry Baird 73 Guyana Actor
14 Otto Plaschkes 75 Austria Producer
16 Nicole DeHuff 30 US Actress
17 Peter Foy 79 UK Special Effects Artist
17 Dan O'Herlihy[5] 85 Ireland Actor
20 Sandra Dee[6] 62 US Actress
22 Simone Simon[7] 94 France Actress
March 3 Guylaine St-Onge 39 Canada Actress
5 Morris Engel 84 US Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
6 Teresa Wright 86 US Actress
7 John Box 85 UK Production Designer, Art Director
7 Debra Hill 54 US Screenwriter, Producer
9 Sheila Gish 62 UK Actress
13 Jason Evers 83 US Actor
21 Gemini Ganesan[8] 84 India Actor
21 Barney Martin 82 US Actor
25 Paul Henning 93 US Screenwriter
29 Mitch Hedberg[9] 37 US Actor, Comedian
April 5 Debralee Scott 52 US Actress
8 Onna White 83 Canada Choreographer
11 John Bennett 76 UK Actor
15 Margaretta Scott 93 UK Actress
16 Kay Walsh 94 UK Actress
19 George P. Cosmatos 64 Italy Director
19 Ruth Hussey 90 US Actress
22 Norman Bird 80 UK Actor
23 Robert Farnon 87 Canada Composer
23 John Mills[10] 97 UK Actor
26 Mason Adams 86 US Actor
26 Michael Coles 68 UK Actor
26 Maria Schell 79 Austria Actress
26 Robert Schiffer 88 US Makeup Artist
May 4 Edward McAvoy 55 US Production Designer
5 Elisabeth Fraser 85 US Actress
5 June MacCloy 95 US Actress
16 Joe Grant 96 US Animator, Screenwriter
16 June Lang 88 US Actress
17 Frank Gorshin 72 US Actor
19 Henry Corden 85 Canada Actor
20 J. D. Cannon 83 US Actor
21 Stephen Elliott 86 US Actor
21 Howard Morris 85 US Actor, Director
22 Thurl Ravenscroft 91 US Singer, Voice Actor
25 Graham Kennedy 71 Australia Actor
25 Ismail Merchant 68 India Producer
26 Eddie Albert 99 US Actor
June 1 Fernando Ghia 69 Italy Producer
1 Geoffrey Toone 94 Ireland Actor
2 Vittorio Duse 89 Italy Actor, Director, Screenwriter
3 Leon Askin 97 Austria Actor
3 Michael Billington 63 UK Actor
3 Harrison Young 75 US Actor
4 Lorna Thayer 86 US Actor
6 Anne Bancroft 73 US Actress
6 Dana Elcar 77 US Actor
8 Ed Bishop 72 US Actor
11 Lon McCallister 82 US Actor
11 Ron Randell 86 Australia Actor
13 Jonathan Adams 69 UK Actor
13 Lane Smith 69 US Actor
15 Suzanne Flon 87 France Actress
24 Paul Winchell 82 US Actor
25 John Fiedler 80 US Actor
29 Bruce Malmuth 71 US Director, Actor
July 2 Ernest Lehman 89 US Screenwriter
3 Alberto Lattuada 90 Italy Director
3 Charles Okun 80 US Producer
4 June Haver 79 US Actress, Singer
7 Jocelyn Rickards 80 Australia Costume Designer
10 Freddy Soto 35 US Actor, Comedian
11 Frances Langford 92 US Singer, Actress
17 Geraldine Fitzgerald 91 Ireland Actress
17 Gavin Lambert 80 UK Screenwriter
19 Edward Bunker 71 US Actor, Screenwriter
20 James Doohan 85 Canada Actor
22 George D. Wallace 88 US Actor
25 Alf Joint 77 UK Stuntman, Actor
25 Ford Rainey 96 US Actor
25 David Jackson 71 UK Actor
26 Alexander Golitzen 87 Russia Art Director, Production Designer
29 Pat McCormick 78 US Actor
August 1 Donald Brooks 77 US Costume Designer
4 Ileen Getz 43 US Actress
8 Barbara Bel Geddes 82 US Actress
9 Dorris Bowdon 90 US Actress
9 Stanley DeSantis 51 US Actor
9 Matthew McGrory 32 US Actor
11 James Booth 77 UK Actor
15 Herta Ware 88 US Actress
16 Tonino Delli Colli 81 Italy Cinematographer
16 Joe Ranft 45 US Animator, Voice Actor, Screenwriter
16 Eva Renzi 60 Germany Actress
19 Mel Welles 81 US Actor
23 Brock Peters 78 US Actor
25 Terence Morgan 83 UK Actor
31 Michael Sheard 67 UK Actor
September 2 Bob Denver 70 US Actor
12 Ronald Leigh-Hunt 84 UK Actor
14 Robert Wise 91 US Director, Film Editor
15 Guy Green 91 UK Director, Cinematographer
15 Josephine Griffin 76 UK Actress
15 Sidney Luft 89 US Producer
16 Constance Moore 84 US Actress
17 Joel Hirschhorn 67 US Songwriter
19 John Bromfield 83 US Actor
20 Gordon Carroll 77 US Producer
22 Joseph Wolf 78 US Producer
23 John Brabourne 80 UK Producer
23 Roger Brierley 70 UK Actor
25 Don Adams 82 US Actor
25 Jerry Juhl 67 US Screenwriter
October 2 Hamilton Camp 70 UK Actor
2 Nipsey Russell 87 US Actor
3 Ronnie Barker 76 UK Actor, Screenwriter
3 Louis A. Garfinkle 77 US Screenwriter
7 Charles Rocket 56 US Actor
9 Louis Nye 92 US Actor
11 Sergio Citti 72 Italy Director, Screenwriter
15 Mildred Shay 94 US Actress
16 Ursula Howells 83 UK Actress
16 John Larch 91 US Actor
18 John Hollis 77 UK Actor
19 Wolf Rilla 85 Germany Director, Screenwriter
22 Tony Adams 52 Ireland Producer
23 William Hootkins 57 US Actor
28 Barbara Keogh 76 UK Actress
29 Lloyd Bochner 81 Canada Actor
November 2 Jean Carson 82 US Actress
3 Geoffrey Keen 89 UK Actor
4 Sheree North 85 US Actress
6 Stevan Larner 75 US Cinematographer
11 Moustapha Akkad 75 Syria Producer, Director
11 Keith Andes 89 US Actor
11 Pamela Duncan 80 US Actress
15 Agenore Incrocci 86 Italy Screenwriter
18 Harold J. Stone 94 US Actor
20 Nora Denney 78 US Actress
23 Constance Cummings 95 US Actress
23 Beverly Tyler 78 US Actress
24 Pat Morita 73 US Actor
27 Jocelyn Brando 86 US Actress
27 Marc Lawrence 95 US Actor
29 Joseph Fürst 89 Austria Actor
29 Macon McCalman 72 US Actor
29 Wendie Jo Sperber 47 US Actress
30 Jean Parker 90 US Actress
30 Herbert L. Strock 87 US Director
December 1 Jack Colvin 71 US Actor
4 Gregg Hoffman 42 US Producer
7 Adrian Biddle 53 UK Cinematographer
10 Mary Jackson 95 US Actress
10 Richard Pryor 65 US Actor, Comedian
12 Robert Newmyer 49 US Producer
12 Annette Stroyberg 69 Denmark Actress
15 Giuseppe Patroni Griffi 84 Italy Director
16 John Spencer 58 US Actor
18 Belita 82 UK Actress
19 Don McKillop 77 UK Actor
20 Argentina Brunetti 98 Argentina Actress
22 Aurora Miranda 90 Brazil Singer, Actress
25 Roy Stuart 78 US Actor
26 Vincent Schiavelli 57 US Actor
28 Patrick Cranshaw 86 US Actor

Film debuts



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  2. ^ "'Sith' Destroys Single Day Record". Box Office Mojo. May 20, 2005. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "Ossie Davis found dead in Miami hotel room". Today. Associated Press. February 9, 2005.
  4. ^ Richard Christiansen (February 23, 2005). "Miller's last days reflected his life". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ "Irish actor Dan O'Herlihy dies, 85". 2005-02-18. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Kehr, Dave (February 20, 2005). "Sandra Dee, 'Gidget' Star and Teenage Idol, Dies at 62". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  7. ^ Donnedieu, Renaud (23 February 2005). "Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres rend hommage à Simone Simon". French Ministry of Culture.
  8. ^ Singh, Kuldip (31 March 2005). "Gemini Ganesan (obituary)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Report: Mitch Hedberg died of drug overdose". Today. December 27, 2005. Retrieved December 23, 2018 – via The Associated Press.
  10. ^ "John Mills". BFI. Archived from the original on May 11, 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2022.