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The Best Movies of 2004

Updated September 4, 2020 11.9k votes 692 voters 24.0k 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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  • 1
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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  • 8
    50 First Dates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    50 First Dates

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Directed byPeter Segal

  • 9
    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

  • 10
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner  is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Directed byJared Hess

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    13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • 15
    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Collateral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Directed byMichael Mann

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

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • 18
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 21
    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Sto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

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    I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Finding Neverland

    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2004
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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