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The Best Movies of 2004

Updated September 4, 2020 12.6k votes 755 voters 25.8k views144 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2004.

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 with new stars and big blockbusters and 2004 movies were no exception. Some of the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedy movies, and dramas in history. These famous 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 and most popular movies of 2004 featured some of the top and 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 that came out in 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.

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban3
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • Shrek 24
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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind5
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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  • The Polar Express6
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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 50 First Dates7
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    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Directed byPeter Segal

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  • Mean Girls8
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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 29
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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Shaun of the Dead10
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    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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  • The Aviator11
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy12
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    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell

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  • The Bourne Supremacy13
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • National Treasure14
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    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • 13 Going on 3015
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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • Collateral16
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    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • Napoleon Dynamite17
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    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Directed byJared Hess

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  • Million Dollar Baby18
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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

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  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story19
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    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris

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  • Dawn of the Dead20
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    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

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  • I, Robot21
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  • Saw22
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    Saw

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  • Hellboy23
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  • The Notebook24
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  • Finding Neverland25
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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

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