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The Best Movies of 2004

Updated September 4, 2020 12.1k votes 709 voters 24.6k 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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    The Incredibles
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 2
    Spider-Man 2
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    95

    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 4
    Shaun of the Dead
    145
    87

    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Directed byEdgar Wright

  • 5
    Shrek 2
    181
    61

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    102

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Mean Girls
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    72

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • 8
    50 First Dates
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    59

    50 First Dates

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Directed byPeter Segal

  • 9
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    164
    107

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    The Aviator
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 11
    The Polar Express
    112
    56

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Collateral
    85
    32

    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • 13
    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    128
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell

    Directed byAdam McKay

  • 14
    The Bourne Supremacy
    108
    74

    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    13 Going on 30
    95
    37

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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • 16
    Napoleon Dynamite
    122
    88

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Directed byJared Hess

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    National Treasure
    122
    70

    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Dawn of the Dead
    76
    48

    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 19
    I, Robot
    99
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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  • 20
    Saw
    97
    64

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 21
    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
    97
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    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

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  • 22
    Million Dollar Baby
    114
    90

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Hellboy
    86
    59

    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Troy
    89
    51

    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    The Notebook
    83
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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