2004 Movie Review: A ranking of theatrically released films

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1.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
2.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
3.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
4.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
5.
The Polar Express (2004)
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A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
6.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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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
 
7.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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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
 
8.
Finding Neverland (2004)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
9.
Saved! (2004)
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When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian Dannelly
 
10.
Garden State (2004)
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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
 
11.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
12.
Shrek 2 (2004)
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Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. (93 mins.)
 
13.
The Punisher (2004)
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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.)
 
14.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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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
 
15.
Secret Window (2004)
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A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." (96 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
 
16.
Miracle (2004)
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Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
17.
Ladder 49 (2004)
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Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures... (115 mins.)
Director: Jay Russell
 
18.
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream. (95 mins.)
Director: Niels Mueller
 
19.
I, Robot (2004)
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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
 
20.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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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.)
 
21.
Team America: World Police (2004)
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Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love. (98 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
 
22.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
23.
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004 Documentary)
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"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown... (109 mins.)
 
24.
Michael Moore Hates America (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Wilson, like the subject of his film, is trying to get an interview with a multi-millionaire; however, in this case, that millionaire is Michael Moore himself. (125 mins.)
Director: Michael Wilson
 
25.
King Arthur (2004)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
26.
The Final Cut (2004)
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Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger. (95 mins.)
Director: Omar Naïm
 
27.
The Terminal (2004)
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An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
 
28.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth). (118 mins.)
Director: Kevin Spacey
 
29.
Is It True What They Say About Ann? (2004 Documentary)
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ICON...OR IDIOT? The most controversial political commentator of our day, Ann Coulter has sparred with... (40 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Man on Fire (2004)
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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
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
Walking Tall (2004)
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A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house. (86 mins.)
Director: Kevin Bray
 
34.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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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
 
35.
Jersey Girl (2004)
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After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter. (102 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
36.
Troy (2004)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
37.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
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During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win. (101 mins.)
 
38.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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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.)
 
39.
Collateral (2004)
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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
40.
Cellular (2004)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
 
41.
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
 
42.
Mean Girls (2004)
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Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
43.
Ray (2004)
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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. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
44.
Paparazzi (2004)
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A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son. (84 mins.)
Director: Paul Abascal
 
45.
50 First Dates (2004)
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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
 
46.
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
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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
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
EuroTrip (2004)
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Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Schaffer
 
49.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
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An Asian-American office worker and his Indian stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers. (88 mins.)
Director: Danny Leiner
 
50.
Little Black Book (2004)
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A woman snoops through her boyfriend's palm pilot and reveals his former girlfriends, which causes her to question why they're still listed in his little black book. (111 mins.)
Director: Nick Hurran
 
51.
Wimbledon (2004)
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A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women's circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon. (98 mins.)
 
52.
Alfie (2004)
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A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions. (103 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
53.
The Last Shot (2004)
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A movie director-screenwriter finds a man to finance his latest project but soon discovers that the producer is actually an undercover FBI agent working on a mob sting operation. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nathanson
 
54.
The Forgotten (2004)
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After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
55.
Closer (2004)
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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. (104 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
56.
Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain... Begins to Die (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
This film attempts to correct the record when it comes to the left's attacks on President Bush, 9/11 and the war in Iraq and Kerry's 20-year tenure in the Senate. (72 mins.)
Director: Kevin Knoblock
 
57.
The Woodsman (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life. (87 mins.)
Director: Nicole Kassell
 
58.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula. (113 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
 
59.
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.)
 
60.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
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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
 
61.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 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.)
 
62.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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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
 
63.
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
 
64.
The Alamo (2004)
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Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (137 mins.)
 
65.
The Aviator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
66.
Along Came Polly (2004)
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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
 
67.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. (119 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
68.
After the Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do just that. (97 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
69.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
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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
 
70.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
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A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. (91 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
 
71.
The Girl Next Door (2004)
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A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Luke Greenfield
 
72.
The Village (2004)
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A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village. (108 mins.)
 
73.
Spanglish (2004)
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A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife. (131 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
74.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
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After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world. (106 mins.)
Director: Kerry Conran
 
75.
Alexander (2004)
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Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. (175 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
76.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
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When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune. (108 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
77.
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
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Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith. (114 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
78.
The Grudge (2004)
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An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
79.
Sideways (2004)
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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. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
80.
Kinsey (2004)
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A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior. (118 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
81.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang. (93 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
 
82.
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