Best Movies of 2004

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Best Movies of 2004
Best Movies of 2004
TOP Movies: Million Dollar Baby (2004), The Aviator (2004), The Incredibles (2004), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Ray (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Shrek 2 (2004), Crash (2004), The Notebook (2004), Saw (2004), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Collateral (2004), Sideways (2004), The Terminal (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Garden State (2004), 50 First Dates (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Hellboy (2004).
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List of Best Movies

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, touching, bleak, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, female boxer, euthanasia, underdog, female athlete, athlete and trainer, human spirit, athlete's life, mentor protege relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, las vegas, london ...
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: epic, captivating, realistic, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, aviation, success, pilot, businessman, aviator, test pilot, millionaire, world war two, obsessive compulsive disorder, billionaire, eccentricity ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles, california, connecticut, new york, usa ...
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The Incredibles (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.
Style: exciting, entertaining, funny, humorous, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, disney, family, heroes, good versus evil, secret identity, adventure, superhuman powers, parents and children, superheroine, disguise, super strength ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1962
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still ...
Style: sincere, exciting, entertaining, intense, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, double life, teenage hero, peter parker character, spider man character, mad scientist, heroes, friendship, super villain, disguise, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: new york, usa, plymouth, manhattan new york city
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Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician, jazz, musician's life, african american, addiction, music, pianist, blindness, heroin, blind boy, disability, rock and roll ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: california, georgia, usa, tokyo, los angeles ...
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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five ...
Style: suspense, brutal, non-linear, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, dark humor, martial arts, female assassin, strong female lead, sword fight, female warrior, master warrior, female protagonist, tough girl, katana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: austin texas, japan, tokyo, el paso texas, mexico
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black – and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.
Style: gothic, dark fantasy, fairy tale, entertaining, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: magic, harry potter, witch, magical, adventure, friendship, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, time travel, young heroes, chosen one, fantasy world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 1994, year 1993
Place: england, europe
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Shrek 2 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has ...
Style: fairy tale, parody, funny, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, pre-teens, girls' night ...
Plot: princess, transformation, cat, talking animals, kingdom, ogre, prince, dragon, animals, donkey, creature, adventure ...
Time: 2000s, middle ages, 16th century
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Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: racism, sexual harassment, police, redemption, prejudice, multiple storylines, racist, racial tension, social injustice, police corruption, interracial relations, class differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
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The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, love story, love and romance, true love, power of love, fall in love, love affair, lovers reunited, youth, social differences, love triangle, memory loss ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 50s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south carolina, north carolina, usa, europe
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Saw (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, psychological, disturbing, macabre, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: torture, serial killer, mind game, survival horror, trapped, psychopath, survival, fear, violent, locked in a room, insanity, extreme violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: steampunk, robot, heroic mission, mad scientist, airplane, alternate reality, apocalypse, good versus evil, transformation, save the world, pilot, aviator ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1939, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, nepal, london, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, christian film, factual, rough, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: christianity, jesus, religion, betrayal, torture, suffering, brutality, sacrifice, bible, religions or cults, death, life philosophy ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, ancient greece, middle east
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Collateral (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.
Style: tense, neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, taxi driver, hostage, crimes, organized crime, killings, sociopath, assassin, taxi, merciless, murder witness, murderer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Sideways (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: road movie, talky, sentimental, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, wine, vacation, friendship, writers, vineyard, on the road, midlife crisis, infidelity, depression, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, san diego california, los angeles
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The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. ...
Style: sincere, motivational, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: airport, loneliness, culture clash, immigrants, happy ending, passenger, stranded, fish out of water, nothing goes right, misfit, life philosophy, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, canada ...
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Finding Neverland (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, clever, sad ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids
Plot: parents and children, friendship, writers, single parent, writer's life, death, family relations, artists and showbiz, human nature, funeral, actor, coming of age ...
Time: edwardian era, future, 50s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: london, england, europe
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.
Style: parody, funny, humorous, atmospheric, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, dark humor, zombie apocalypse, zombie attack, survival, pub, supernatural, siege, zombie outbreak, cult, zombie violence, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe, britain
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Garden State (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, funny, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: depression, romance, coming of age, self discovery, funeral, friendship, marijuana, psychiatrist, complex characters, family relations, relationships, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, los angeles, usa
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50 First Dates (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, touching, feel good, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, romance, amnesia, love and romance, wooing, love story, love, creativity, life philosophy, deja vu, power of love, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, alaska
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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation ...
Style: suspense, twists and turns, intellectual, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: spy, cia, conspiracy, amnesia, espionage, assassin, secret agents, tough heroes, on the run, one against many, tough guy, uncover truth ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, berlin germany, europe, napoli italy, manhattan new york city ...
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Hellboy (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, ...
Style: stylized, exciting, gothic, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, monster, demon, supernatural, supernatural ability, adventure, undercover, steampunk, good versus evil, occult, heaven and hell, mutant ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, russia
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Before Sunset (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.
Style: philosophical, emotional, romantic, sexy, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, romance, love, lovers reunited, love story, writers, relationships, destiny, introspection, lifestyle, road not taken, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, vienna, new york ...
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Mean Girls (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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.
Style: light, feel good, funny, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: high school, teenager, popularity, teenage girl, teenage life, high school life, fish out of water, adolescence, school, popular girl, vengeance, stereotypes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: africa, california, usa, illinois
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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: disaster, natural disaster, apocalypse, post apocalypse, catastrophe, end of the world, climate change, global warming, scientist, environmental, stranded, tsunami ...
Time: 2000s, future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, los angeles, washington d.c., antarctica, california ...
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The Polar Express (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Style: feel good, 3d animation, stylized, touching, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, magic, holiday, adventure, belief, santa claus, snow, train, boy, north pole, family, dream ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, rough, political, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war, hotel, war crime, cruelty, un, politics, murder, human spirit, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia, tanzania
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, exciting, enigmatic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, adventure, children, death in the family, steampunk, happy ending, young heroes, siblings relations, dishonesty, inheritance, child in peril, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, victorian era
Place: peru
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, suspense, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, life philosophy, butterfly effect, memory, child abuse, supernatural ability, alternate reality, memory loss, love, psychology ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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