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The Best Movies of 2004  

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A list of the best movies of 2004, from dramas like Crash to critically acclaimed films like Sideways. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2004 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2004. Who could forget The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Million Dollar Baby with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank, and of course, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 2. And let's not forget about Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy either. The best movies of 2004 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Shaun of the Dead, or established stars like Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet starring in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Natalie Portman and Zach Braff in Garden State. Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2004. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2004, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2003. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. ...more
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Primer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw
Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more
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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more
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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo
13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more
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Crash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more
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The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana
The Terminal is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is about a man who becomes trapped in New York City's JFK ...more
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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini
The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more
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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Dimos Dicoudis added Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura
Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more
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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan
I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more
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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner
The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more
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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham
Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi driver who ...more
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Troy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's Iliad. After Paris smuggles Queen Helen to Troy, Achilles leads his Myrmidons along with the rest of ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Cas... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
John Cho, Kal Penn, Fred Willard
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a 2004 American stoner comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. Best friends Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) decide to go to the fast food ...more
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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman
Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more
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Garden State is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm
Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more
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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more
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Fahrenheit 9/11 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker and director and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and its ...more
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Meet the Fockers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman
Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe ...more
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The Motorcycle Diaries is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Gael García Bernal, Mía Maestro, Nidia Bermejo
The Motorcycle Diaries is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist ...more
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of U... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Dimos Dicoudis added Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate ...more
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Super Size Me is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only ...more
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Team America: World Police is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Maurice LaMarche
Team America: World Police is a 2004 American satirical action comedy film written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady and directed by Parker, all of whom are also known for the popular ...more
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Miracle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
looksharp added Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden
Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more