Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 2004: Audience Picks Revealed!

Fasten your seatbelts, movie buffs! We’re about to take a thrilling ride back to 2004, a year that gifted us with cinematic gems that still sparkle in our hearts. From heart-wrenching dramas to adrenaline-pumping action flicks, 2004 was a year that had us all glued to our screens. But which films truly stole the show? Which ones had us queuing up at the box office, popcorn in hand, eager with anticipation? We’ve dusted off the archives and tallied up the votes to bring you the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 2004. These are the films that made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. So, without further ado, let’s roll out the red carpet and reveal your picks for the best movies of 2004. Lights, camera, action!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Release Date: 2004-03-19

Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Romance

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is a captivating romantic drama released in 2004. Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, the movie tells the story of Joel Barish, who, heartbroken after his girlfriend erases him from her memory, decides to undergo the same procedure. As he witnesses his memories of her fading away, he realizes his lingering love for her, but it might be too late to fix his mistake. With a talented cast and a thought-provoking plot, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 2004.

Cast: Jim Carrey (Joel Barish) , Kate Winslet (Clementine Kruczynski) , Kirsten Dunst (Mary Svevo) , Mark Ruffalo (Stan Fink) , Elijah Wood (Patrick) , Tom Wilkinson (Dr. Howard Mierzwiak) , Jane Adams (Carrie Eakin) , David Cross (Rob Eakin) , Deirdre O’Connell (Hollis Mierzwiak) , Thomas Jay Ryan (Frank) , Ryan Whitney (Young Joel) , Lola Daehler (Young Clementine) , Debbon Ayer (Joel’s Mother) , Gerry Robert Byrne (Train Conducter) , Brian Price (Young Bully) , Josh Flitter (Young Bully) , Paulie Litt (Young Bully) , Amir Ali Said (Young Bully) , Lauren Adler (Rollerblader)

Directors: Michel Gondry

Writers: Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth, Charlie Kaufman

Tags: new york city, deja vu, regret, jealousy, amnesia, dream, operation, relationship problems, love, memory, brainwashing, relationship, heartbreak, nonlinear timeline, 2000s

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Release Date: 2004-05-31

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” is a thrilling and magical adventure set in the enchanting world of Hogwarts. In his third year at the school, Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, faces new challenges and dangers, including soul-sucking Dementors and the escape of the fearsome wizard Sirius Black from Azkaban. With an incredible cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Gary Oldman, this highly acclaimed movie is a must-watch for any Harry Potter fan. Released on May 31, 2004, it’s one of the best-voted movies of that year.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) , Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) , Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) , Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) , Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) , Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) , David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) , Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) , Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) , Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) , Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) , Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) , Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) , Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) , Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) , David Bradley (Argus Filch) , Pam Ferris (Marge Dursley) , Dawn French (The Fat Lady) , Julie Christie (Madam Rosmerta) , Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge) , Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) , Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) , Adrian Rawlins (James Potter) , Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter) , Lee Ingleby (Stan Shunpike)

Directors: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Enfys Dickinson

Tags: flying, witch, bus, traitor, magic, school friend, child hero, school of witchcraft, black magic, time travel, friendship, school, best friend, werewolf, muggle, wizard, aftercreditsstinger, magical creature, night bus, teenage life, christmas, school class, based on young adult novel, magic spell

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Release Date: 2004-12-15

Genres: Drama

“Million Dollar Baby” is a heartwarming sports drama released on December 15, 2004. Starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman, the movie tells the story of a despondent trainer named Frankie Dunn who unexpectedly finds purpose when determined boxer Maggie Fitzgerald enters his life. With an incredible cast and a touching plot, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 2004.

Cast: Clint Eastwood (Frankie Dunn) , Hilary Swank (Maggie Fitzgerald) , Morgan Freeman (Eddie ‘Scrap-Iron’ Dupris) , Jay Baruchel (Danger Barch) , Mike Colter (Big Willie Little) , Lucia Rijker (Billie ‘The Blue Bear’) , Brían F. O’Byrne (Father Horvak) , Anthony Mackie (Shawrelle Berry) , Margo Martindale (Earline Fitzgerald) , Riki Lindhome (Mardell Fitzgerald) , Michael Peña (Omar) , Benito Martinez (Billie’s Manager) , Bruce MacVittie (Mickey Mack) , David Powledge (Counterman at Diner) , Joe D’Angerio (Cut Man) , Marcus Chait (J.D. Fitzgerald) , Tom McCleister (Lawyer) , Erica Grant (Nurse) , Naveen (Pakistani) , Morgan Eastwood (Little Girl in Truck) , Jamison Yang (Paramedic) , Susan Krebs (Rehab Nurse) , V.J. Foster (Ref #3) , Steven M. Porter (Ref #6) , Ming Lo (Rehab Doctor)

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole

Tags: transporter, suicide attempt, fight, strong woman, boxer, dying and death, stroke of fate, training, advancement, tragedy, female protagonist, brutality, boxing trainer, unlikely friendship, female boxing, knockout, euthanasia, determination

The Notebook

The Notebook

Release Date: 2004-06-25

Genres: Romance, Drama

“The Notebook” is a heartwarming and emotional movie released in 2004. Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, it tells the beautiful love story of a couple separated by World War II and reunited years later. The film revolves around an older man who reads their story to a woman with Alzheimer’s, bringing their passionate and enduring love to life.

Cast: Rachel McAdams (Allison “Allie” Hamilton) , Ryan Gosling (Noah “Duke” Calhoun) , Gena Rowlands (Old Allison “Allie” Hamilton) , James Garner (Old Noah “Duke” Calhoun) , Sam Shepard (Frank Calhoun) , Joan Allen (Anne Hamilton) , James Marsden (Lon Hammond Jr.) , David Thornton (John Hamilton) , Kevin Connolly (Fin) , Starletta DuPois (Nurse Esther) , Ed Grady (Harry) , Jennifer Echols (Nurse Selma) , Heather Wahlquist (Sara Tuffington) , Jonathan Parks Jordan (Seabrook Boy) , Cullen Moss (Bodee) , Traci Dinwiddie (Veronica) , James Middleton (Aaron) , Peter Rosenfeld (Professor) , Obba Babatundé (Band Leader) , Chuck Pacheco (Bus Driver) , Todd Lewis (Reporter) , Mark Johnson (Photographer) , Robert Fraisse (Buyer #1) , Barbara Weetman (Buyer #2) , Jamie Anne Allman (Martha Shaw)

Directors: Nick Cassavetes

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Nicholas Sparks, Jan Sardi

Tags: poem, based on novel or book, river, sadness, fight, love of one’s life, dementia, class, secret love, tears, candle, mailbox, valentine’s day

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Release Date: 2004-04-16

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

“Kill Bill: Vol. 2” is a thrilling revenge flick released in 2004. Starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, and an ensemble cast, the movie follows The Bride as she seeks vengeance against a group of assassins who tried to kill her and her unborn child. With each former associate she confronts, she methodically crosses off her Death List Five until she finally confronts her ultimate target, Bill.

Cast: Uma Thurman (Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo) , David Carradine (Bill) , Daryl Hannah (Elle Driver) , Michael Madsen (Budd) , Gordon Liu Chia-hui (Pai Mei) , Michael Parks (Esteban Vihaio) , Perla Haney-Jardine (B.B. Kiddo) , Larry Bishop (Larry Gomez) , Samuel L. Jackson (Rufus) , Lucy Liu (O-Ren Ishii) , Vivica A. Fox (Vernita Green) , Julie Dreyfus (Sofie Fatale) , Christopher Allen Nelson (Tommy Plympton) , Helen Kim (Karen Kim) , Laura Cayouette (Rocket) , Jun Kunimura (Boss Tanaka) , Goro Daimon (Boss Honda) , Kazuki Kitamura (Boss Koji / Crazy 88) , Akaji Maro (Boss Ozawah) , Shun Sugata (Boss Benta) , Sachiko Fujii (The 5, 6, 7, 8’s) , Sakichi Sato (Charlie Brown) , Yoji Tanaka (Crazy 88) , Sō Yamanaka (Crazy 88) , Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo)

Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman

Tags: sibling relationship, martial arts, kung fu, showdown, swordplay, katana, mother role, rage and hate, daughter, right and justice, vigilante, single, sword fight, revenge, retribution, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger, kill bill



Release Date: 2004-09-16

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Downfall” is a gripping war drama set in 1945 Germany, during the final days of World War II. As the Russian Army closes in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacks from the west, Adolf Hitler defiantly declares victory is still possible. The film follows the intense battle for Berlin and the aftermath of Hitler’s death, as his military struggles to find a way to end the bloodshed and surrender. Starring Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara, this highly acclaimed movie was released on September 16, 2004.

Cast: Bruno Ganz (Adolf Hitler) , Alexandra Maria Lara (Traudl Junge) , Corinna Harfouch (Magda Goebbels) , Ulrich Matthes (Joseph Goebbels) , Juliane Köhler (Eva Braun) , Heino Ferch (Albert Speer) , Christian Berkel (Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck) , Thomas Kretschmann (SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein) , Ulrich Noethen (Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler) , Birgit Minichmayr (Gerda Christian) , Rolf Kanies (General der Infanterie Hans Krebs) , Justus von Dohnányi (General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf) , Michael Mendl (General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling) , André Hennicke (SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke) , Christian Redl (Generaloberst Alfred Jodl) , Götz Otto (SS-Hauptsturmführer Otto Günsche) , Thomas Limpinsel (Kammerdiener Heinz Linge) , Thomas Thieme (Martin Bormann) , Donevan Gunia (Peter Kranz) , Matthias Habich (Prof. Dr. Werner Haase) , Alexander Held (Walter Hewel) , Devid Striesow (Feldwebel Tornow) , Dieter Mann (Feldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel) , Bettina Redlich (Frl. Constanze Manziarly) , Heinrich Schmieder (Rochus Misch)

Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Writers: Bernd Eichinger, Joachim Fest, Traudl Junge, Melissa Müller

Tags: poison, dictator, based on novel or book, clerk, ideology, world war ii, traitor, despair, bunker, destroy, nazi, testament, capitulation, soviet military, race politics, national socialism, ultimate victory, minister, national socialist party, dying and death, historical figure, german shepherd, 1940s, nazi bunker, adolf hitler

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Release Date: 2004-02-10

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Before Sunset” is a captivating romantic drama released in 2004. Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the film follows Jesse, who embarks on a European tour to promote his book about a magical night he spent in Vienna with Celine. Nine years later, they reunite in Paris, both in different relationships, but their undeniable connection resurfaces, leaving them longing for more. With a heartfelt storyline and brilliant performances, this movie is definitely worth watching.

Cast: Ethan Hawke (Jesse Wallace) , Julie Delpy (Céline) , Vernon Dobtcheff (Bookstore Manager) , Louise Lemoine Torrès (Journalist #1) , Rodolphe Pauly (Journalist #2) , Mariane Plasteig (Waitress) , Diabolo (Philippe) , Denis Evrard (Boat Attendant) , Albert Delpy (Man at Grill) , Marie Pillet (Woman in Courtyard)

Directors: Richard Linklater

Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Tags: paris, france, journalist, talking, soulmates, walking, bookshop, love of one’s life, author, two-hander



Release Date: 2004-10-15

Genres: Drama, Romance, Crime

“3-Iron” is a captivating movie released in 2004 that revolves around a young man with only a motorcycle as his possession. He spends his days exploring the city, seeking out vacant apartments where he temporarily resides, fixing things, and enjoying a meal. However, his routine takes an unexpected turn when he encounters the mistreated wife of a wealthy man in one of the supposedly empty mansions, leading to a thrilling escape together. With a talented cast including Lee Seung-yeon and Jae Hee, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 2004.

Cast: Lee Seung-yeon (Sun-hwa) , Jae Hee (Tae-suk) , Hyuk-ho Kwon (Min-gyu) , Ju Jin-mo (Detective Jo) , Choi Jeong-ho (Jailor) , Lee Ju-seok (Son of Old Man) , Lee Mi-suk (Daughter-in-law of Old Man) , Moon Sung-hyuk (Sung-hyuk) , Park Ji-a (Jee-ah) , Jang Jae-yong (Hyun-soo) , Rhee Dah-hae (Ji-eun) , Park Se-jin (Woman in Studio) , Kim Han (Man in Studio) , Park Dong-jin (Detective Lee) , Jong-Seob Lee (Man who Came Back from Family Trip) , Lee Ui-Soo (Woman who Came Back from Family Trip) , Ryoo Jong-hwa (Boy who Came Back from Family Trip) , Kang Sung-hoon (Boyfriend of Girl who Got Hit by Golf Ball) , Jung Song-hoon (Prisoner 1) , Jang Ji-yong (Prisoner 2) , Kim Maeng-sung (Prisoner 3) , Jang Seok-bin (CIS Team 1) , Kim Hyung-suk (CIS Team 2) , Jang Hoon (Guy who stares) , Shin Tae-suk (Police 1)

Directors: Kim Ki-duk

Writers: Kim Ki-duk

Tags: love triangle, prison, jealousy, husband wife relationship, burglar, love of one’s life, violent husband, golf, mannequin

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Release Date: 2004-03-04

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Hotel Rwanda” is a powerful and gripping film based on true events that took place in the 1990s. It tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel owner in Rwanda, who bravely shelters over a thousand refugees during a devastating genocide that went unnoticed by the world. With an incredible cast including Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, and Nick Nolte, this movie sheds light on a tragic chapter in history and showcases the extraordinary courage of one man in the face of unimaginable horrors.

Cast: Don Cheadle (Paul Rusesabagina) , Sophie Okonedo (Tatiana Rusesabagina) , Nick Nolte (Colonel Oliver) , Fana Mokoena (General Bizimungu) , Joaquin Phoenix (Jack Daglish) , Jean Reno (Sabena Airlines President, Mr. Tillens) , Desmond Dube (Dube) , Ofentse Modiselle (Roger Rusesabagina) , Mathabo Pieterson (Diane Rusesabagina) , Hakeem Kae-Kazim (George Rutaganda) , Tony Kgoroge (Gregoire) , Lebo Mashile (Odette) , Antonio David Lyons (Thomas Mirama) , Leleti Khumalo (Fedens) , Neil McCarthy (Jean Jacques) , Mabutho ‘Kid’ Sithole (Head Chef) , Jeremiah Ndlovu (Old Guard) , Mosa Kaiser (Elys Rusesabagina) , David O’Hara (David) , Lennox Mathabathe (Peter) , Mothusi Magano (Benedict) , Simo Mogwaza (Hutu Captain) , Cara Seymour (Pat Archer) , Roberto Citran (Priest) , Mduduzi Mabaso (Hutu Lieutenant)

Directors: Terry George

Writers: Terry George, Keir Pearson

Tags: rwanda, refugee, refugee camp, militia, rwandan genocide, murder, slaughter, dead body, atrocity, african, cruelty, genocide, united nations, death

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

Release Date: 2004-01-17

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

“The Butterfly Effect” is a mind-bending movie released in 2004 that follows a young man played by Ashton Kutcher. He discovers a unique way to revisit his childhood memories and alter the course of history. However, he soon realizes that every change he makes has unforeseen and often disastrous consequences. With a talented cast including Amy Smart and Eric Stoltz, this thought-provoking film will keep you on the edge of your seat as you witness the ripple effects of one man’s actions.

Cast: Ashton Kutcher (Evan Treborn) , Amy Smart (Kayleigh Miller) , Eric Stoltz (George Miller) , Melora Walters (Andrea Treborn) , Ethan Suplee (Thumper) , William Lee Scott (Tommy Miller) , Elden Henson (Lenny Kagan) , Logan Lerman (Evan Treborn age 7) , John Patrick Amedori (Evan Treborn age 13) , Irina Gorovaia (Kayleigh age 13) , Kevin G. Schmidt (Lenny age 13) , Jesse James (Tommy age 13) , Nathaniel DeVeaux (Dr. Redfield) , Kevin Durand (Carlos) , Callum Keith Rennie (Jason Treborn) , Cameron Bright (Tommy age 7) , Lorena Gale (Mrs. Boswell) , Kendall Cross (Mrs. Kagan) , John Tierney (Priest) , Ted Friend (Anchor) , John B. Lowe (Professor Carter) , Camille Sullivan (Cricket) , Tara Wilson (Heidi) , Jesse Hutch (Spencer) , Bill Croft (Boss)

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Writers: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Tags: prison, child abuse, amnesia, chaos theory, blackout, trauma, time travel, love, mind control, flashback, bully, memory loss, therapy

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Release Date: 2004-04-09

Genres: Horror, Comedy

“Shaun of the Dead” is a hilarious and heartwarming movie released in 2004. It follows the life of Shaun, a guy whose biggest concerns are his girlfriend, his mom, and his favorite pub. However, things take a wild turn when zombies rise from the dead and start terrorizing ordinary Londoners. With a talented cast including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kate Ashfield, this film is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a perfect blend of comedy and horror.

Cast: Simon Pegg (Shaun) , Nick Frost (Ed) , Kate Ashfield (Liz) , Lucy Davis (Dianne) , Dylan Moran (David) , Penelope Wilton (Barbara) , Bill Nighy (Phillip) , Peter Serafinowicz (Pete) , Jessica Hynes (Yvonne) , Rafe Spall (Noel) , Martin Freeman (Declan) , Matt Lucas (Cousin Tom) , Reece Shearsmith (Mark) , Tamsin Greig (Maggie) , Julia Deakin (Yvonne’s Mum) , Steve Emerson (John) , Nicola Cunningham (Mary) , Arvind Doshi (Nelson) , Stuart Powell (Snakehips) , Phyllis MacMahon (Bernie) , Patricia Franklin (Spinster) , Mark Donovan (Hulking Zombie) , Chris Martin (Chris Martin) , Jon Buckland (Jonny Buckland) , Vernon Kay (Vernon Kay)

Directors: Edgar Wright

Writers: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg

Tags: london, england, surrey, satire, slacker, friends, parody, dark comedy, survival, zombie, cult film, survival horror, british pub, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, zombie apocalypse

The Machinist

The Machinist

Release Date: 2004-02-09

Genres: Thriller, Drama

“The Machinist” is a psychological thriller released in 2004, starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. It follows the story of Trevor, an insomniac lathe operator, who starts experiencing strange occurrences at work and home. Things take a mysterious turn when he realizes a peculiar man is following him everywhere, but nobody else seems to notice. With a gripping plot and stellar performances, this movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re into mind-bending thrillers.

Cast: Christian Bale (Trevor Reznik) , Jennifer Jason Leigh (Stevie) , Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (Marie) , John Sharian (Ivan) , Michael Ironside (Miller) , Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Jackson) , Craig Stevenson (Tucker) , Reg E. Cathey (Jones) , Anna Massey (Mrs. Shike) , Matthew Romero Moore (Nicholas) , James DePaul (Reynolds) , Robert Long (Supervisor Furman) , Chike Johnson (Young Policeman) , Colin Stinton (Inspector Rogers) , Ferran Lahoz (Gonzales) , Jeremy Xido (Evangelisti) , Reg Wilson (Bartender) , Molly Malcolm (Ticket Agent)

Directors: Brad Anderson

Writers: Scott Kosar

Tags: factory, insomnia, post it, machinist, osha, taunting, manhole, one armed man, torment, mother’s day, losing weight, old photograph, dostoevsky

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

Release Date: 2004-02-25

Genres: Drama

“The Passion of the Christ” is a powerful and visually intense movie that takes you through the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. Released in 2004, it features a talented cast including Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, and Monica Bellucci. This film, which was voted as one of the best in 2004, offers a graphic portrayal of the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and is a must-watch for those interested in biblical stories.

Cast: Jim Caviezel (Jesus) , Maia Morgenstern (Maria) , Christo Jivkov (Juan) , Francesco De Vito (Pedro) , Monica Bellucci (Magdalena) , Mattia Sbragia (Caifás) , Toni Bertorelli (Anás) , Luca Lionello (Judas) , Hristo Shopov (Poncio Pilato) , Claudia Gerini (Claudia Procles) , Fabio Sartor (Abenader) , Giacinto Ferro (Joseph of Arimathea) , Aleksander Mincer (Nicodemo) , Sheila Mokhtari (mujer en audiencia) , Lucio Allocca (Old Temple Guard) , Paco Reconti (Whipping Guard) , Adel Bakri (Temple Guard) , Luciano Dragone (Second Man) , Adel Ben Ayed (Thomas) , Franco Costanzo (Accuser) , Lino Salemme (Accuser) , Emanuele Gullotto (Accuser) , Francesco De Rosa (Accuser) , Maurizio Di Carmine (Elder) , Francesco Gabriele (Elder)

Directors: Mel Gibson

Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald

Tags: christianity, jewry, roman empire, suffering, apostle, last supper, roman, bible, crucifixion, satan, mission, torture, brutality, jesus christ, christian film, aramaic, ancient language film

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Release Date: 2004-04-23

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

“Man on Fire” is a gripping action thriller from 2004 starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. It tells the story of a former CIA operative who becomes a bodyguard for a young girl in Mexico City. When she is kidnapped, he unleashes his fury and goes to extreme lengths to save her life. With a talented cast including Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke, this movie is a must-watch for fans of intense and emotional films.

Cast: Denzel Washington (John W. Creasy) , Dakota Fanning (Lupita Ramos) , Christopher Walken (Paul Rayburn) , Radha Mitchell (Lisa Ramos) , Marc Anthony (Samuel Ramos) , Giancarlo Giannini (Miguel Manzano) , Mickey Rourke (Jordan Kalfus) , Rachel Ticotin (Mariana Garcia Guerrero) , Roberto Sosa (Daniel Sanchez) , Jesús Ochoa (Victor Fuentes) , Gero Camilo (Aurelio Sanchez) , Mario Zaragoza (Jorge Gonzalez) , Charles Paraventi (Jersey Boy) , Carmen Salinas (Guardian Three) , Esteban de La Trinidad (Guardian Thwo) , Angelina Peláez (Sister Anna) , Norma Pablo (Reina Rosas) , Rosa María Hernández (Maria) , Heriberto del Castillo (Bruno) , Steve Gonzales (Insurance Lawyer) , Andrés Pardave (Vet) , Rodrigo Zurita (Eighteen) , Marisol Cal y Mayor (Eighteen’s Girlfriend) , Hector Hernandez Zertuche (Chauffeur) , René Campero (Father)

Directors: Tony Scott

Writers: Brian Helgeland, A. J. Quinnell

Tags: mexico, cia, based on novel or book, mexico city, mexico, kidnapping, diary, bible, bodyguard, remake, revenge, stuffed animal, cell phone, alcoholic, grenade launcher, child kidnapping, bloodshed, swim meet, corrupt cop



Release Date: 2004-10-29

Genres: Drama, Music

“Ray” is a captivating biographical film released on October 29, 2004. Starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and more talented actors, it tells the inspiring story of Ray Charles. Born on a sharecropping plantation in Florida, Ray overcame blindness at a young age and pursued his passion for music, ultimately revolutionizing the industry by blending gospel and country. This heartfelt movie takes you on a journey through Ray Charles’ life, showcasing his incredible talent and the challenges he faced along the way.

Cast: Jamie Foxx (Ray Charles) , Kerry Washington (Della Bea Robinson) , Regina King (Margie Hendricks) , Harry Lennix (Joe Adams) , Clifton Powell (Jeff Brown) , Bokeem Woodbine (Fathead Newman) , Sharon Warren (Aretha Robinson) , C.J. Sanders (Young Ray Robinson) , Curtis Armstrong (Ahmet Ertegun) , Richard Schiff (Jerry Wexler) , Larenz Tate (Quincy Jones) , Terrence Howard (Gossie McGee) , David Krumholtz (Milt Shaw) , Wendell Pierce (Wilbur Brassfield) , Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (Mary Ann Fisher) , Chris Thomas King (Lowell Fulson) , Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Jimmy) , Rick Gomez (Tom Dowd) , Denise Dowse (Marlene) , Warwick Davis (Oberon) , Patrick Bauchau (Dr. Hacker) , Robert Wisdom (Jack Lauderdale) , Kurt Fuller (Sam Clark) , Jedda Jones (Mercedes) , Gary Grubbs (Billy Ray)

Directors: Taylor Hackford

Writers: Taylor Hackford, James L. White

Tags: black people, loss of loved one, country music, jazz, blindness and impaired vision, georgia, overdose, bus ride, record producer, biography, rags to riches, childhood trauma, gospel, indianapolis, record label, recording studio, pianist, usa history

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries

Release Date: 2004-02-06

Genres: Drama

“The Motorcycle Diaries” is a captivating film released in 2004, based on the journals of Che Guevara, the renowned leader of the Cuban Revolution. It follows the incredible journey of Che and his best friend Alberto Granado as they embark on a motorcycle trip across South America in the early 1950s. With Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna leading the cast, this movie offers a fascinating glimpse into the adventures and experiences that shaped Che Guevara’s revolutionary spirit.

Cast: Gael García Bernal (Ernesto Guevara de la Serna) , Rodrigo de la Serna (Alberto Granado) , Mercedes Morán (Celia de la Serna) , Mía Maestro (Chichina Ferreyra) , Jean Pierre Noher (Ernesto Guevara Lynch) , Lucas Oro (Roberto Guevara) , Marina Glezer (Celita Guevara) , Sofia Bertolotto (Ana María Guevara) , Franco Solazzi (Juan Martín Guevara) , Ricardo Díaz Mourelle (Uncle Jorge) , Gustavo Bueno (Dr. Hugo Pesce) , Antonella Costa (Silvia) , Natalia Lobo (La Negra (Argentina)) , Erto Pantoja (Mechanic) , Cristián Chaparro (Luna) , Cristian Arancibia (Tulio) , Gabriela Aguilera (Piedad) , Constanza B. Majluf (Chilean Sister) , Víctor Hugo Ogaz (Waiter) , Fernando Farías (Chief Firefighter) , Pablo Macaya (Moncho) , Vilma Verdejo (Miner’s Wife) , Jaime Azócar (Mine Foreman)

Directors: Walter Salles

Writers: José Rivera, Che Guevara

Tags: based on novel or book, revolution, communist, asthma, peru, chile, cuban revolution, che guevara, argentina, motorcycle, guajira peninsula, leper colony, biochemist, road movie

Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle

Release Date: 2004-02-10

Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

“Kung Fu Hustle,” released in 2004, is an action-packed film set in 1940s Shanghai. The story follows Sing and Bone, two small-time criminals who inadvertently make powerful enemies while trying to join the notorious Axe Gang. With unexpected help from kung fu masters and hidden strength, they bravely take on the entire gang, resulting in an epic showdown filled with thrilling martial arts sequences. Starring Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Qiu Yuen, and a talented cast, this movie promises an entertaining blend of comedy, action, and adventure.

Cast: Stephen Chow (Sing) , Yuen Wah (Landlord) , Qiu Yuen (Landlady) , Lam Tze-chung (Sing’s Sidekick) , Bruce Siu-Lung Leung (The Beast) , Shengyi Huang (Fong) , Danny Chan Kwok-kwan (Brother Sum) , Chi Ling Chiu (Tailor) , Xing Yu (Coolie) , Lam Suet (Axe Gang Vice General) , Tenky Tin Kai-Man (Axe Gang Advisor) , Kang Xi Jia (Harpist Assassin #1) , Fung Hak-On (Harpist Assassin #2) , Feng Xiaogang (Crocodile Gang Boss) , Kai Shi Chen (Rabbit Tooth Jane) , Alex Lam Chi Sin (Bully) , Zhihua Dong (Donut) , Fan Tiantian (Hooker) , Ren Si-Lu (Suzie) , Yuen Cheung-Yan (Beggar)

Directors: Stephen Chow

Writers: Xin Huo, Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan-cheong, Man Keung Chan

Tags: china, martial arts, magic, gangster, mafia, defense, policeman, wuxia, 1940s, anarchic comedy, pretending to be gay, canton



Release Date: 2004-10-01

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Crime

“Saw” is a gripping thriller released in 2004 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, and Danny Glover, the movie follows a disturbed serial killer who kidnaps morally corrupt individuals, forcing them to make life-or-death choices in a twisted game of survival. With intense suspense and a thought-provoking plot, this film will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Cast: Cary Elwes (Dr. Lawrence Gordon) , Leigh Whannell (Adam Faulkner-Stanheight) , Danny Glover (David Tapp) , Monica Potter (Alison Gordon) , Ken Leung (Detective Steven Sing) , Makenzie Vega (Diana Gordon) , Michael Emerson (Zep Hindle) , Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) , Dina Meyer (Allison Kerry) , Alexandra Bokyun Chun (Carla) , Tobin Bell (John Kramer / Jigsaw) , Mike Butters (Paul) , Paul Gutrecht (Mark) , Benito Martinez (Brett) , Ned Bellamy (Jeff Ridenhour) , Avner Garbi (Father) , Hans Raith (Detective (uncredited)) , Oren Koules (Dead Cellmate (uncredited))

Directors: James Wan

Writers: James Wan, Leigh Whannell

Tags: detective, shotgun, sadism, flashback, hospital, doctor, torture, sadist, cult film, survival horror, chained, bludgeoning, death match, booby trap, mind game, extreme violence

The Terminal

The Terminal

Release Date: 2004-06-17

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“The Terminal” is a heartwarming movie released in 2004, starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stanley Tucci. It tells the story of Viktor Navorski, a man who finds himself stranded at Kennedy Airport after a coup d’etat in his homeland. As he waits for a solution, Viktor embraces life in the transit lounge, even finding love with a beautiful flight attendant. This film was one of the best voted movies of 2004, and it’s definitely worth watching for its touching storyline and talented cast.

Cast: Tom Hanks (Viktor Navorski) , Catherine Zeta-Jones (Amelia Warren) , Stanley Tucci (Frank Dixon) , Chi McBride (Mulroy) , Diego Luna (Enrique Cruz) , Barry Shabaka Henley (Thurman) , Kumar Pallana (Gupta Rajan) , Zoe Saldaña (Dolores Torres) , Eddie Jones (Salchak) , Jude Ciccolella (Karl Iverson) , Corey Reynolds (Waylin) , Guillermo Díaz (Bobby Alima) , Rini Bell (Nadia) , Stephen Mendel (Steward First Class) , Valeriy Nikolaev (Milodragovich) , Michael Nouri (Max) , Ana Maria Quintana (Government Inspector) , Bob Morrisey (Government Inspector) , Sasha Spielberg (Lucy) , Susan Slome (Woman with Cart) , Mik Scriba (Transportation Liaison) , Jim Ishida (Yoshinoya Manager) , Carlease Burke (Brookstone Manager) , Stephon Fuller (Swatch Manager) , Dan Finnerty (Discovery Store Manager)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi

Tags: new york city, airport, marriage proposal, translation, craftsman, stewardess, illegal immigration, language barrier, jfk international airport, immigration law, fast food restaurant, jazz singer or musician, saxophonist, autograph, passport, eastern europe, friendship

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

Release Date: 2004-10-17

Genres: Drama

“Finding Neverland” is a heartwarming movie released in 2004 that tells the inspiring story of playwright J.M. Barrie. During a creative slump, Barrie meets a widow and her four young boys, who become a significant part of his life. Their bond serves as the catalyst for Barrie’s masterpiece, “Peter Pan”. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, and Dustin Hoffman, this film is a must-watch for anyone seeking a touching and imaginative tale.

Cast: Johnny Depp (Sir James Matthew Barrie) , Kate Winslet (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies) , Julie Christie (Mrs. Emma du Maurier) , Dustin Hoffman (Charles Frohman) , Freddie Highmore (Peter Llewelyn Davies) , Radha Mitchell (Mary Ansell Barrie) , Kate Maberly (Wendy) , Joe Prospero (Jack Llewelyn Davies) , Nick Roud (George Llewelyn Davies) , Luke Spill (Michael Llewelyn Davies) , Eileen Essell (Mrs. Snow) , Ian Hart (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) , Kelly Macdonald (Peter Pan) , Tim Potter (‘Hook’ / Lord Carlton) , Toby Jones (Smee) , Angus Barnett (Nana/Mr. Reilly) , Mackenzie Crook (Mr. Jaspers) , Rosie Ede (Theater Patron 3) , Tobias Menzies (Theater Patron 5) , Jimmy Gardner (Mr. Snow) , Paul Whitehouse (Stage Manager) , Oliver Fox (Gilbert Cannan)

Directors: Marc Forster

Writers: David Magee, Allan Knee

Tags: london, england, parent child relationship, becoming an adult, widow, theater play, stroke of fate, peter pan, theatre group, faith, author, illness, children’s author

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