Great movies of 2004

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1. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 561,793 | Gross: $66.21M

2. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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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: 87,893 | Gross: $16.76M

3. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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

8.1
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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: 289,550 | Gross: $23.47M

4. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 179,216 | Gross: $33.99M

5. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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67 Metascore

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 183,322 | Gross: $51.68M

6. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.1
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72 Metascore

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-yeon Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 42,071 | Gross: $0.24M

7. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 18,919 | Gross: $0.68M

8. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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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: 159,819 | Gross: $71.50M

9. Whisky (2004)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll | Stars: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, José Pedro Bujaruz

Votes: 4,306

10. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 60,081 | Gross: $0.70M

11. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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: 275,922 | Gross: $5.51M

12. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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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: 535,356 | Gross: $100.49M

13. Shrek 2 (2004)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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75 Metascore

Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews

Votes: 346,618 | Gross: $436.47M

14. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 435,769 | Gross: $81.00M

15. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 119,457 | Gross: $75.33M

16. Cellular (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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60 Metascore

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy

Votes: 83,328 | Gross: $32.00M

17. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.4
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47 Metascore

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 360,092 | Gross: $186.74M

18. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 147,065 | Gross: $34.30M