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The Best Movies of 2004 

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List Rules Only include movies that were released theatrically 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. 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 Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso CuarĂ³n

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

Released: 2004

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

Released: 2004

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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50 First Dates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Segal

50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. The film stars Adam Sandler as a lothario veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an ...more

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Anchorman: The Legend of... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

Released: 2004

Directed by: Adam McKay

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jared Hess

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

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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Ray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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DodgeBall: A True Underd... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2004

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Mann

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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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