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The Best Movies of 2004

Updated September 4, 2020 12.4k votes 743 voters 25.4k 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 Incredibles1
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind3
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed byMichel Gondry

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban4
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

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  • Mean Girls6
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    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

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  • Shaun of the Dead8
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    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    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

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

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  • The Bourne Supremacy14
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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

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    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Directed byJared Hess

  • National Treasure17
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    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story18
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    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris

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  • I, Robot19
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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

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  • Dawn of the Dead22
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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

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