Best Films Of 2004

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1. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts

Votes: 192,830 | Gross: $33.99M

Perhaps don't watch this with your lover, but watch it nonetheless. 8.5/10

2. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 172,397 | Gross: $48.02M

I'm not sure why many people didn't enjoy this as much as I did. I enjoyed the story and ol' John T is a great creepy bad guy. 8.5/10

3. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 92,518 | Gross: $16.76M

A beautiful and pretty awesome film about a young medical student Ernesto, before he became the 'freedom fighter' known as 'Che' Guevara. 8/10

4. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 427,656 | Gross: $57.94M

5. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 339,654 | Gross: $101.01M

6. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 312,964 | Gross: $102.61M

7. The Village (2004)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 231,009 | Gross: $114.20M

8/10

8. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A famous DJ in the Ibiza club scene finds the alcohol and drug-fueled party that is his life threatened by the progressive loss of his hearing.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan, Mike Wilmot

Votes: 18,581 | Gross: $0.12M

8/10

9. Sideways (2004)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 171,522 | Gross: $71.50M

10. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 595,760 | Gross: $100.49M

11. Lila Says (2004)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Vahina Giocante, Moa Khouas, Karim Ben Haddou, Lotfi Chakri

Votes: 4,484 | Gross: $0.12M

A little known film that is pretty amazing. At first I wasn't sure it would be any good after the first scene or two, but it does become quite a mesmerizing piece of cinema. I definitely recommend this film, that is, unless you're a prude. 8/10

12. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 43,945 | Gross: $64.38M

This is actually an amazing recreation of the Miracle On Ice, however the film is not 100% accurate in the way it depicts world hockey domination by the Russians.

It of course totally ignores Team Canada's success, which when it had all their top players sent to any world hockey event, they actually almost always beat these so called unbeatable Russians. Canada never sent their best players to the Olympics back then, because they were all playing and professionally employed in the NHL during the Olympic tourney. For that reason alone I have taken an extra half point off my rating of the film.

Too bad about the one glaring discrepancy of truth. They could have avoided the over hype of the Russians in the film and just gave the straight facts and honestly, it's still a huge Miracle On Ice at the time for Team USA. They could have not even brought up the Canadian team and just said the reality that the Russians were extremely dominant at the Olympics during the 70's, but they had to overstate things in the film about Team Russia just to make it fit in somehow with the other Hollywood B.S. I suppose. I could understand the truth bending more back during the cold war, but when you make the film in the 2000's, I'm mean come on. All fact would have been far better for sure.

The execution of this film otherwise however is truly exceptional. Kurt is top notch with his performance, and all the other aspects of the real history seem to be here. In my view I'd say this is actually the best hockey film ever made, and truly one of the great sports films in the history of Hollywood. So yeah, a great sports film, but sadly slightly overdone in the hype of the Russians. 8/10

13. Man on Fire (2004)

R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 312,093 | Gross: $77.91M

Sure, it's not Rosemary's Baby or anything, but honestly this film was harshly underrated by the majority of critics at the time. Tony Scott made a lot of interesting and good films in his career, and this is simply just another one of them. 7.5/10

What is with the IMDb rating? Sure, the film is fairly low budget and sure the style is somewhat of a rip off of Natural Born Killers. Nonetheless this is a pretty darn interesting film about a crazy true story. I definitely recommend a watch if you're not a huge prude. 7.5/10

15. Scorsese on Scorsese (2004 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Martin Scorsese discusses his life growing up in Manhattan and his filmmaking career.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Catherine Scorsese

Votes: 328

I love me some Scorsese pictures! 8/10

16. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 46,135 | Gross: $10.21M

17. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

55 Metascore

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn

Votes: 216,990 | Gross: $114.33M

One of the funnier really stupid comedies if you're asking me. Balls deep! 7.5/10

18. 50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Votes: 308,627 | Gross: $120.91M

In my view, one of the better Adam Sandler films. 7.5/10

19. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 47,838

7.5/10

20. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry, Rob Tinkler

Votes: 173,932 | Gross: $18.23M

Most of the parts with Neil Patrick are quite hilarious. 7/10

21. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 52,293 | Gross: $5.21M

22. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 202,316 | Gross: $26.78M

23. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 168,535 | Gross: $24.01M

24. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 313,000 | Gross: $85.29M

25. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Votes: 192,653 | Gross: $14.59M

26. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 156,358 | Gross: $2.34M

27. Hardcore (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Crime

Leaving behind a hard life with their families, two young girls end up in a brothel, fall in love and support one another against the adversities and violence of the night.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Katerina Tsavalou, Danae Skiadi, Ioannis Papazisis, Omiros Poulakis

Votes: 2,022

There's almost a good film here. 6.5/10



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