2004

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1. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

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: 552,664 | Gross: $100.49M

2. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama, History

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 292,444 | Gross: $102.61M

3. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 162,822 | Gross: $71.50M

4. Ray (I) (2004)

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

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: 121,567 | Gross: $75.33M

5. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

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: 185,457 | Gross: $51.68M

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 768,616 | Gross: $34.40M

7. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

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: 182,313 | Gross: $33.99M

8. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 44,773 | Gross: $10.21M

9. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 89,015 | Gross: $16.76M

10. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 192,106 | Gross: $5.79M

11. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 540,958 | Gross: $261.44M

12. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 286,578 | Gross: $5.51M

13. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

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.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 13,832 | Gross: $3.41M

14. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 92,408 | Gross: $11.53M

15. The Village (2004)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 214,483 | Gross: $114.20M

16. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 466,965 | Gross: $373.59M

17. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 319,750 | Gross: $101.01M

18. Meet the Fockers (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

41 Metascore

All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo

Votes: 229,097 | Gross: $279.26M

19. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 314,238 | Gross: $125.54M

20. 50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Votes: 290,817 | Gross: $120.91M

21. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 119,110 | Gross: $119.19M

22. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn

Votes: 203,536 | Gross: $114.33M

23. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red and white Ford Torino, with the help of a police snitch called "Huggy Bear".

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 127,692 | Gross: $88.24M

24. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 280,743 | Gross: $86.06M

25. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 293,909 | Gross: $85.29M

26. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

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: 444,963 | Gross: $81.00M

27. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 211,339 | Gross: $59.02M

28. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

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.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 399,263 | Gross: $57.94M

29. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

57 Metascore

A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, and wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman.

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis

Votes: 137,772 | Gross: $57.23M

30. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

46 Metascore

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.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 334,646 | Gross: $56.00M

31. Without a Paddle (2004)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

29 Metascore

After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood dream by going on a camping expedition for the lost D. B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Seth Green, Dax Shepard, Matthew Price

Votes: 39,947 | Gross: $58.17M

32. A Cinderella Story (2004)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

25 Metascore

Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, Dan Byrd

Votes: 70,609 | Gross: $51.44M

33. In Good Company (2004)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A middle-aged ad exec is faced with a new boss who's nearly half his age... and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger

Votes: 50,816 | Gross: $45.49M

34. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell

Votes: 175,416 | Gross: $44.54M

35. Spanglish (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

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.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 70,771 | Gross: $42.04M

36. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 89,365 | Gross: $40.23M

37. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 145,666 | Gross: $32.77M

38. The Prince and Me (2004)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

47 Metascore

At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Miranda Richardson, Ben Miller

Votes: 34,481 | Gross: $28.17M

39. Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, Betty Aberlin

Votes: 58,298 | Gross: $25.27M

40. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 156,995 | Gross: $24.01M

41. Little Black Book (2004)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Ron Livingston, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates

Votes: 16,114 | Gross: $20.42M

42. EuroTrip (2004)

R | 92 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, David Mandel | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester

Votes: 175,466 | Gross: $17.72M

43. Wimbledon (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Sam Neill

Votes: 55,082 | Gross: $17.00M

44. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery

Votes: 24,116 | Gross: $14.16M

45. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 442,335 | Gross: $13.54M

46. Alfie (2004)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Renée Taylor

Votes: 46,728 | Gross: $13.40M

47. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 59,253 | Gross: $12.78M