To directly answer your question: I don't believe so, no (though I feel your pain).
Movies are, of course, mixed for a theater environment wherein ambient noise is practically nil, and I imagine the speakers have been tuned and balanced based on their sizes, specifications, capabilities, positions, etc. The creators make the artistic choice to take full advantage of the available dynamic range in the controlled environment where they present the results of their craft.
That doesn't mean the mix will translate well to your home environment.
AC-3 and other formats do provide the ability for "hints" that a disc player or receiver can utilize to smartly compress the range for your home viewing. Many players/receivers feature the ability to scale the dynamic range compression ("DRC") of incoming audio using these hints.
In my experience, even setting the compression to the highest level is often not enough for my home setup. Personally, I typically boost the center channel (which hosts the majority of dialog) by about 4-6 db. This combined with the DRC options generally gives me comfortable "normalized" movie volumes.
Additional note: as I ripped my movie collection for use with Plex, I converted the audio over to 5.1 AAC. Initially, I noticed that movies that I'd ripped had a wide dynamic range. I realized that in the conversion process, I'd lost the DRC hints that AC-3 provided. I found that Handbrake has an option to apply DRC hints during the conversion process to AAC. Enabling this option alleviated the issue for me. Just goes to show that the DRC hints are there and working!