2004: Ranked in order of preference

Please note that this list is not limited to my "top picks". It is rather every movie I've seen with a Norwegian release date in 2004, descending from my favorite movie of the year.

I like to think that I am at least a tad selective in which movies I bother watching, but there might still be some pretty bad ones in the bottom portion of this list that I really do not recommend at all.
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1.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
2.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
3.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
4.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
5.
Four Shades of Brown (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown. (192 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
6.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
7.
21 Grams (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
8.
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
9.
A State of Mind (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance. (94 mins.)
Director: Daniel Gordon
 
10.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
11.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
12.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
13.
The Station Agent (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
14.
Riding Giants (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture. (105 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
15.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
16.
Finding Neverland (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
17.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry. (142 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
18.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
 
19.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
20.
Uno (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Uno is a story from inner-city Oslo about David, a twentyfive-year-old with few prospects for the future... (103 mins.)
 
21.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
22.
American Splendor (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
 
23.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
24.
The Village (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village. (108 mins.)
 
25.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
26.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
27.
Raw Youth (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The movie follows students at Hauketo Continuation School the last months before the exams. (81 mins.)
Director: Margreth Olin
 
28.
The Notebook (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
29.
Hellboy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. (122 mins.)
 
30.
The Terminal (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
 
31.
I, Robot (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
32.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
33.
Wicker Park (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His belief leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold in order to trail her. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
34.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes. (129 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
35.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
 
36.
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common. (95 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
37.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain. (92 mins.)
 
38.
Secret Window (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." (96 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
 
39.
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear. (101 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
40.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
41.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
42.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
43.
Bad Santa (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
44.
The Punisher (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion. (124 mins.)
 
45.
Shark Tale (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage. (90 mins.)
 
46.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
47.
50 First Dates (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
48.
Along Came Polly (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A buttoned up newlywed finds his too organized life falling into chaos when he falls in love with an old classmate. (90 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
 
49.
Van Helsing (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose. (131 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
50.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having. (108 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
 
51.
Catwoman (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas. (104 mins.)
Director: Pitof
 
52.
Envy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A man becomes increasingly jealous of his friend's newfound success. (99 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
53.
Timeline (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century. (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
54.
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (85 mins.)
 
55.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins