Best Movies of 2004

1.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6.8
7.9/10 IMDB

Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black—and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Emma Thompson ..
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Release date: 2004-05-31
2.

Million Dollar Baby

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brían F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2004-12-15
3.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five until there's nothing left to do … but kill Bill.

Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui, Michael Parks, Perla Haney-Jardine, Larry Bishop, Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu ..
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2004-04-16
4.

Before Sunset

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Nine years later, Jesse travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine. After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès, Rodolphe Pauly, Mariane Plasteig, Diabolo, Denis Evrard, Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet ..
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2004-02-10
5.

Hotel Rwanda

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Joaquin Phoenix, Jean Reno, Desmond Dube, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-03-04
6.

The Notebook

6.4
7.8/10 IMDB

An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen, James Marsden, David Thornton, Kevin Connolly, Starletta DuPois ..
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Release date: 2004-06-25
7.

Shrek 2

6.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has married Fiona instead of her Son Prince Charming and sets about destroying their marriage.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders, Cody Cameron, Conrad Vernon ..
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon
Release date: 2004-05-19
8.

Spider-Man 2

6.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy, J.K. Simmons, Daniel Gillies, Dylan Baker, Willem Dafoe ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 2004-06-25
9.

Shaun of the Dead

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Reece Shearsmith ..
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Release date: 2004-04-09
10.

The Bourne Supremacy

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from his former life attempt contact, is forced to once again take up his life as a trained assassin to survive.

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen, Marton Csokas, Tom Gallop, John Bedford Lloyd ..
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2004-07-23

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