2004 Movie Review: A ranking of theatrically released filmsby Dann Michalski | created - 10 Jun 2012 | updated - 19 Jul 2012 | Public
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2. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.
Votes: 103,686 | Gross: $51.27M
5. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 140,765 | Gross: $183.37M
6. House of Flying Daggers (2004)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 97,916 | Gross: $11.05M
7. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 384,668 | Gross: $176.24M
9. Saved! (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 41,849 | Gross: $8.94M
11. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 291,108 | Gross: $23.47M
12. Shrek 2 (2004)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.
Votes: 348,776 | Gross: $436.47M
13. The Punisher (2004)
R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
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.
Votes: 134,954 | Gross: $33.68M
14. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.
Votes: 459,355 | Gross: $373.59M
16. Miracle (2004)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
Votes: 39,861 | Gross: $64.38M
17. Ladder 49 (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A firefighter, injured and trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief attempt to rescue him.
Votes: 50,760 | Gross: $74.54M
18. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 24,078 | Gross: $0.70M
19. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 431,304 | Gross: $144.80M
20. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 565,172 | Gross: $66.21M
21. Team America: World Police (2004)
R | 98 min | Action, Comedy
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.
Votes: 144,354 | Gross: $32.77M
22. Super Size Me (2004)
PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 91,534 | Gross: $11.53M
23. What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)
Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.
Votes: 12,480 | Gross: $10.94M
24. Michael Moore Hates America (2004)
R | 125 min | Documentary
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.
26. The Final Cut (2004)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 28,339 | Gross: $0.55M
28. Beyond the Sea (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth).
Votes: 13,571 | Gross: $6.32M
29. Is It True What They Say About Ann? (2004)
40 min | Documentary, Short
ICON...OR IDIOT? The most controversial political commentator of our day, Ann Coulter has sparred with Katie on the "Today Show," faced down Alan Dershowitz on "Geraldo" and sparked stormy ... See full summary »
30. The Incredibles (2004)
PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Votes: 531,154 | Gross: $261.44M
31. Man on Fire (2004)
R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
Votes: 288,705 | Gross: $77.91M
32. Hellboy (2004)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 265,503 | Gross: $59.62M
33. Walking Tall (2004)
PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Crime
A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.
Votes: 57,935 | Gross: $45.86M
34. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 751,114 | Gross: $34.40M
35. Jersey Girl (2004)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.
Votes: 57,756 | Gross: $25.27M
36. Troy (2004)
R | 163 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
Votes: 421,079 | Gross: $133.38M
37. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 159,797 | Gross: $80.28M
38. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 393,783 | Gross: $57.94M
39. Collateral (2004)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 316,136 | Gross: $101.01M
40. Cellular (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 83,599 | Gross: $32.00M
42. Mean Girls (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 275,822 | Gross: $86.06M
43. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 120,025 | Gross: $75.33M
44. Paparazzi (2004)
PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 13,689 | Gross: $15.71M
45. 50 First Dates (2004)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 287,393 | Gross: $120.91M
47. Shark Tale (2004)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother decide to use the incident to their own advantage.
Votes: 144,383 | Gross: $160.86M
48. EuroTrip (2004)
R | 92 min | Comedy
Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.
Votes: 173,602 | Gross: $17.72M
49. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy
A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.
Votes: 164,948 | Gross: $18.23M
50. Little Black Book (2004)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
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.
Votes: 15,966 | Gross: $20.42M
51. Wimbledon (2004)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 54,660 | Gross: $17.00M
53. The Last Shot (2004)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 3,896 | Gross: $0.46M
54. The Forgotten (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.
Votes: 59,983 | Gross: $66.64M
R | 72 min | Documentary, War
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.
Votes: 1,367 | Gross: $0.09M
58. Blade: Trinity (2004)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.
Votes: 145,634 | Gross: $52.41M
59. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Votes: 201,114 | Gross: $114.33M
60. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 290,194 | Gross: $85.29M
61. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.
Votes: 310,188 | Gross: $125.54M
62. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 361,768 | Gross: $186.74M
63. Catwoman (2004)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 94,622 | Gross: $40.20M
64. The Alamo (2004)
PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 17,787 | Gross: $22.41M
65. The Aviator (2004)
PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.
Votes: 288,524 | Gross: $102.61M
66. Along Came Polly (2004)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A buttoned up newlywed finds his too organized life falling into chaos when he falls in love with an old classmate.
Votes: 112,871 | Gross: $88.10M
67. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
R | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 154,046 | Gross: $24.01M
68. After the Sunset (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he'd capture him, is about to do just that.
Votes: 40,492 | Gross: $28.33M
69. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 437,795 | Gross: $249.36M
73. Spanglish (2004)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 69,965 | Gross: $42.04M
74. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
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.
Votes: 76,015 | Gross: $37.76M
75. Alexander (2004)
R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.
Votes: 147,579 | Gross: $34.30M
76. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 174,777 | Gross: $118.63M
77. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Years before Father Lankester 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.
Votes: 30,228 | Gross: $41.82M
78. The Grudge (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 124,771 | Gross: $110.36M
79. Sideways (2004)
R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 160,723 | Gross: $71.50M
80. Kinsey (2004)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 44,357 | Gross: $10.21M
81. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang.
Votes: 37,697 | Gross: $84.22M
82. Van Helsing (2004)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 214,898 | Gross: $120.18M