40 Favorite Films of 2004

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1.
3-Iron (2004)
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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
2.
2046 (2004)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
3.
Before Sunset (2004)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
4.
Birth (2004)
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A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
5.
Brothers (2004)
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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. (117 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
6.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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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
 
7.
The Door in the Floor (2004)
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A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household. (111 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
 
8.
Down to the Bone (2004)
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A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down. (104 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
9.
Downfall (2004)
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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. (156 mins.)
 
10.
Dumplings (2004)
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In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian... (91 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
11.
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
“ Top 1000 ” - Blue_Leaf
 
12.
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
 
13.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
14.
The Incredibles (2004)
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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
 
15.
Intimate Strangers (2004)
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A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship. (104 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
16.
Keane (2004)
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A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York... (100 mins.)
Director: Lodge Kerrigan
 
17.
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.)
“ Top 1000 ” - Blue_Leaf
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Machinist (2004)
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
20.
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
 
21.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
22.
Mean Creek (2004)
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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge. (90 mins.)
 
23.
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
 
24.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
25.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
 
26.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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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. (141 mins.)
“ Top 1000 ” - Blue_Leaf
 
27.
Primer (2004)
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Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Top 1000 ” - Blue_Leaf
 
28.
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
 
29.
Saint Ralph (2004)
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Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael McGowan
 
30.
Saw (2004)
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Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
31.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
32.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
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A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
33.
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
 
34.
Somersault (2004)
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A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love. (106 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
 
35.
Speak (2004)
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
 
36.
Vera Drake (2004)
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Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. (125 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
37.
When Will I Be Loved (2004)
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Feeling undervalued by her boyfriend, a young woman begins to explore her sexuality with other people. (81 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
38.
Yesterday (2004)
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After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. (90 mins.)
“ Top 1000 ” - Blue_Leaf