Top 10 Films of 2004

by muybueno16 | created - 06 Mar 2017 | updated - 1 month 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: 311,199 | 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: 411,390 | 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: 29,929 | 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: 155,800 | 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: 5,263 | 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: 316,549 | 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: 403,274 | 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: 309,755 | 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: 311,951 | 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: 26,665

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: 328

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: 4,471 | 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: 13,647

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: 2,313

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: 2,045 | 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 it's leader at becoming 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: 4,074

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: 22,600 | 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: 1,730

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: 812 | 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: 9,232 | 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: 15,603

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: 1,030

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: 237

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: 812 | 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: 2,754

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: 4,711

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: 3,639

32. Quality of Life (2004)

R | 85 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Meet Michael "Heir" Rosario, the most prolific and talented graffiti writer from the Mission District in San Francisco. At age ten, in a desperate search for fame and identity, Heir began ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 294

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: 1,460

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: 64

35. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

65 Metascore

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 13,505 | 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: 455

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: 207

38. Daddy (I) (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 772



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