IMDb.com, Earth's biggest movie database, has released their top 25 stars for 2004. These STARmeter™ rankings were not based upon critical assessments or box-office performance, but the actual search behavior of over 20 million users of IMDb.com. These results are an aggregate of weekly STARmeter rankings from IMDbPro.com, IMDb.com's professional subscription service designed specifically for people in the entertainment industry. IMDbPro.com (try a free, two week trial) features contact information for over 51,000 names and more than 9,800 companies, international, domestic and daily box-office numbers, news from the Hollywood Reporter and much, much more.
25. Quentin Tarantino -- The man who put indie movies on the map steered the eagerly anticipated Kill Bill, Vol. 2 to a $66 million domestic gross, and also put his imprimatur on Miramax's Chinese action hit Hero.
24. Monica Bellucci -- The Persephone of the Matrix movies rose gloriously to earth as the sexiest Mary Magdalen ever in The Passion of the Christ, setting even the most pious hearts aflutter.
23. Viggo Mortensen -- He was the star of this year's Oscar-winning epic (you know, that Return of the King movie) and rode the horse opera Hidalgo to a $67 million gross.
22. Jennifer Garner -- As her cult TV series Alias struggled for ratings, this starlet earned her comedy chops in the charming 13 Going on 30 and made a tabloid splash with new boyfriend Ben Affleck.
21. Natalie Portman -- With no Star Wars movie to hold her down, the former teen ingenue grew up big-time in both indie hit Garden State and relationship drama Closer, earning a Golden Globe nomination for the latter.
20. Daniel Radcliffe -- The boy wizard finally came of age and proved his mettle in the "we didn't expect it to be that good!" summer smash Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
19. Halle Berry -- It was not the best of years for the beautiful Oscar winner, who saw her high-profile Catwoman cough up a monster furball as one of the most spectacular flops of the year.
18. Vin Diesel -- Even though the $110 million The Chronicles of Riddick took in only about half of that amount domestically, cult interest in the sci-fi flick kept the XXX hunk in the public eye.
17. Elisha Cuthbert -- The cutie of 24 became the Girl Next Door of every boy's dreams in the low-grossing sex comedy destined to become a DVD cult hit.
16. Jennifer Aniston -- The Emmy winner started the year off with surprise hit Along Came Polly, finally brought Friends to an end in May, and weathered intense gossip over her aptly-named upcoming comedy Rumor Has It.
15. Charlize Theron -- Everyone's head was in the clouds over her Oscar-winning performance in Monster, and the world heaved a collective sigh of relief when her injuries on the Aeon Flux set proved minor.
14. Nicole Kidman -- It was double flops for the Aussie beauty, with both The Stepford Wives and Birth failing to perform, yet we still couldn't stop talking about her.
13. Emma Watson -- A girl-power icon was born when she socked the nefarious Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and more than held her own against her male co-stars.
12. Kirsten Dunst -- Her on-again, off-again relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal almost outshone her star turn in Spider-Man 2, but the gossip was a welcome distraction from her double-fault in Wimbledon.
11. Scarlett Johansson -- The just-turned-20 star rode the waves of love from Lost in Translation throughout the year, culminating in an unexpected Golden Globe nomination for A Love Song For Bobby Long.
10. Paris Hilton -- No matter where we turned, we couldn't get away from the notorious celebutante, who helped inflate Fox's ratings with The Simple Life 2 and, we heard, starred in a minor, ah, art film of her own.
9. Kate Beckinsale -- The Underworld heroine cemented her status as a hot and sexy action babe with Van Helsing, and left her demure days behind forever with a hubba-hubba performance as Ava Gardner in The Aviator.
8. Tom Cruise -- He played compellingly against type in the noirish thriller Collateral, and made headlines when he postponed the troubled Mission: Impossible III to star in Steven Spielberg's fast-tracked War of the Worlds.
7. Hilary Duff -- The tween cutie of the Disney Channel took tiny steps towards growing up with minor summer hit A Cinderella Story and a top-selling album, but failed to raise any interest for Raise Your Voice.
6. Brad Pitt -- The Troy boy might not have turned the Greek epic into a huge domestic hit ($133 mil in the US), but he proved he still had sturdy, muscular legs when the movie went on to do over $480 million worldwide.
5. Angelina Jolie -- Despite the failures of Taking Lives and Alexander, she won us over with the best movie line all year -- "Alert the amphibious squadron" -- in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
4. Keira Knightley -- The Pirates of the Caribbean and Love Actually beauty almost single-handedly lifted King Arthur from the doldrums with her warrior-fierce, blue-painted Guinevere.
3. Orlando Bloom -- The spot-on archer Legolas of Lord of the Rings continued to take aim at moviegoers' hearts with his turn as the lovestruck Paris in Troy, and landed the coveted lead in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown.
2. Lindsay Lohan -- Once Mean Girls grossed an eye-opening $86 million, a new tabloid icon was born, to the eternal gratitude of Page Six and Us Weekly editors. And her 18th birthday was just the icing on the cake!
1. Johnny Depp -- The now-respectable Hollywood bad boy nabbed a surprise Oscar nomination for Pirates of the Caribbean, opened the lackluster Stephen King thriller Secret Window all on his own, and got Oscar prognosticators buzzing again with Finding Neverland. And did we mention he's playing Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?