Top 10 Films of 2004

by muybueno16 | created - 06 Mar 2017 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Another ho hum year with some occasional delights.

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1. 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: 315,153 | Gross: $77.91M

2. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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

73 Metascore

When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 416,353 | Gross: $176.24M

3. Melinda and Melinda (2004)

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

54 Metascore

Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Will Ferrell, Vinessa Shaw, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 30,187 | Gross: $3.83M

4. 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: 158,444 | Gross: $2.34M

5. Never Die Alone (2004)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: DMX, David Arquette, Michael Ealy, Drew Sidora

Votes: 5,306 | Gross: $5.64M

6. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 320,766 | Gross: $23.53M

7. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 407,092 | Gross: $54.58M

8. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 314,623 | Gross: $5.51M

9. 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: 316,204 | Gross: $85.29M

10. Creep (I) (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell

Votes: 27,093

11. Bereft (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama

A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while dealing with her family, employer, and other residents of her small town.

Directors: Tim Daly, Clark Mathis | Stars: Vinessa Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, Patrick Burleigh, Tim Daly

Votes: 330

12. Sin's Kitchen (2004)

91 min | Drama

In the spirit of Dante's Inferno, this modern-day triptych unfolds three complex tales of lies, secrets, and sins, all intricately woven together to explore the hidden shadows of man's soul.

Director: Fabien Pruvot | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Robert Miano, Pierre Cosso, Gabrielle Lazure

Votes: 77

13. 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: 4,532 | Gross: $0.12M

14. The Consequences of Love (2004)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini, Antonio Ballerio

Votes: 13,982

15. Return to Sender (I) (2004)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

While fighting for a woman who sits on death row, a lawyer happens upon new information which brings into question the motives of a man associated with her client.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston, Tim Daly

Votes: 2,334

16. Down to the Bone (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Hugh Dillon, Clint Jordan, Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

Votes: 2,073 | Gross: $0.02M

17. King's Game (2004)

Not Rated | 107 min | Thriller

Election for the Danish parliament is up and the main opposition party has a chance at winning and its leader at becoming the next prime minister. The leader is hospitalized and the scheming begins.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel, Nicolas Bro

Votes: 4,129

18. Vera Drake (2004)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham

Votes: 22,851 | Gross: $3.75M

19. Close Call (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Los Angeles, the young Jenny has a nice childhood with her Korean parents Joanne and David Kim. However, after the divorce of her parents, the judge gives her custody to her selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Lee | Stars: Annie Lee, Philip Moon, Jan Devereaux, Jeff Fahey

Votes: 118

20. Koma (2004)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Jealousy, desire, trust, and revenge. A complicated love triangle emerges during an investigation into the theft of a woman's kidney. At a wedding party in a fancy hotel, a guest happens on... See full summary »

Director: Chi-Leung Law | Stars: Kar Yan Lam, Angelica Lee, Andy Chi-On Hui, Raymond Ho-Yin Wong

Votes: 1,739

21. Ill Fated (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Mark A. Lewis's tragic-comic adventure ILL FATED plunges the viewer into the boxed-in world of Jimmy, a small-town teen who seeks a better life but who sees dead-end signs at every turn out... See full summary »

Director: Mark A. Lewis | Stars: Peter Outerbridge, Paul Campbell, John Callander, Nicki Clyne

Votes: 259

22. Mind the Gap (2004)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Five seemingly unrelated people decide to take huge risks in their personal lives in an effort to find happiness.

Director: Eric Schaeffer | Stars: Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser, Eric Schaeffer, Christopher Kovaleski

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 9,361 | Gross: $1.19M

24. 36th Precinct (2004)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

2 cops are promised by the retiring chief of the Paris police that the one, getting the violent gang robbing armored trucks, will get his job. The 2 will do whatever it takes to get the promotion, even if it means breaking the law.

Director: Olivier Marchal | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Valeria Golino

Votes: 15,770

25. Brother to Brother (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

Director: Rodney Evans | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Alex Burns, Kevin Jackson

Votes: 1,038

26. Going Under (2004)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

37 Metascore

Peter, a married psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been engaged in an affair of sensual dominance and submission in an S&M dungeon where they must abide by the ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Werthman | Stars: Geno Lechner, Roger Rees, Richard Eagan, Mary Elizabeth King

Votes: 240

27. One Last Ride (2004)

R | 88 min | Drama

An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

Director: Tony Vitale | Stars: Patrick Cupo, Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri, Anita Barone

Votes: 144

28. Mind the Gap (2004)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Five seemingly unrelated people decide to take huge risks in their personal lives in an effort to find happiness.

Director: Eric Schaeffer | Stars: Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser, Eric Schaeffer, Christopher Kovaleski

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Adam & Paul (2004)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

2 heroin addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Tom Murphy, Mark O'Halloran, Gavin Dowdall, Luke Keeler

Votes: 2,781

30. The Card Player (2004)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Stefania Rocca, Liam Cunningham, Silvio Muccino, Adalberto Maria Merli

Votes: 4,765

31. Land of Plenty (2004)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

62 Metascore

A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Michelle Williams, John Diehl, Wendell Pierce, Shaun Toub

Votes: 3,665

32. Quality of Life (2004)

R | 85 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Celebrated graffiti artists 'Heir' and 'Vain' are superstars in the underground world of San Francisco; urban outlaws always on the run. After a clash with the law, they find their lives spinning out-of-control with explosive consequences.

Director: Benjamin Morgan | Stars: Lane Garrison, Brian Burnam, Luis Saguar, Mackenzie Firgens

Votes: 297

33. Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004)

81 min | Drama

"Unapologetically brash in dialogue and texture GOODNIGHT JOSEPH PARKER is the classic love story brought to a no-pleasantries bar room. Girl loves man who loves woman, woman isn't worth ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Brooks | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Steven Tyler, Nick Chinlund, Debi Mazar

Votes: 1,461

34. Evicted (2000)

R | 99 min | Comedy

24 hours in the lives of three L.A. youths dealing in drugs, drink and debauchery as they face eviction from their Hollywood apartment.

Director: Michael Tierney | Stars: Josh Blackhill, Magnús Jónsson, Michael Tierney, Terence Tierney

Votes: 63

35. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

65 Metascore

Friedrich's boxing skills gets him in an elite Nazi high school in a castle in 1942. He enrolls against his dad's wish as it promises a brighter future. It's not what he expected.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Jonas Jägermeyr

Votes: 13,755 | Gross: $0.14M

36. Seven Times Lucky (2004)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An aging con-man and a beautiful, ambitious student cross paths in a scam that promises to make them both rich.

Director: Gary Yates | Stars: Kevin Pollak, Liane Balaban, Jonas Chernick, James Tolkan

Votes: 457

37. One Last Chance (2004)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of slackers think they have found gold in the Highlands.

Director: Stewart Svaasand | Stars: Bill Armour, Bill Barclay, Jim Byars, Drew Cain

Votes: 209

38. Daddy (I) (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

This film derives from A. Galych's play, "Matrosskaya Tishina," "Papa" tells a story of a Jewish father who dreams of seeing his son perform on stage in front of huge audiences, dreams of ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Mashkov | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Egor Beroev, Andrei Rozendent, Olga Krasko

Votes: 785

39. Raspberry Heaven (2004)

R | 102 min | Drama

A brother and sister's tormented past becomes a detective's obsession, a psychologist's nightmare, and a forgotten soldier's personal war.

Director: David Oas | Stars: Alicia Lagano, Morgan Spector, Michael Elich, Douglas Rowe

Votes: 22

40. Brothers (2004)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Juel Werner

Votes: 10,501 | Gross: $0.38M

41. Straight-Jacket (2004)

TV-MA | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

50 Metascore

In 1950's Hollywood, movie star Guy Stone must marry a studio secretary in order to conceal his homosexuality. Sally has no idea her marriage is a sham, though, and turns Guy's life upside-down. Then he falls in love.

Director: Richard Day | Stars: Matt Letscher, Carrie Preston, Adam Greer, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.05M

42. To Take a Wife (2004)

97 min | Drama

The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan ... See full summary »

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gilbert Melki, Sulika Kadosh

Votes: 464

43. Keane (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can ... See full summary »

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan, Liza Colón-Zayas

Votes: 5,176 | Gross: $0.03M

44. My Tiny Universe (2004)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

In "my tiny universe", a dark comedy, Bobby Devillin is one of the biggest producers in Hollywood, making a string of big-budget action films during the last two decades. But his personal ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucy Phillips, Glen Scantlebury | Stars: Andy Comeau, John Heard, Debi Mazar, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 182



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