Must see 2004

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1. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 63,846 | Gross: $0.70M

2. Dumplings (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror

Aunt Mei's famous homemade dumplings provide amazing age-defying qualities popular with middle-aged women. But her latest customer - a fading actress - is determined to find out what the secret ingredient is.

Director: Fruit Chan | Stars: Pauline Lau, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Bai Ling, Meme Tian

Votes: 8,398

3. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 174,829 | Gross: $48.02M

4. 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: 187,165 | Gross: $17.72M

5. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

76 Metascore

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 69,221 | Gross: $6.17M

6. Spartan (2004)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada

Votes: 28,638 | Gross: $4.43M

7. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 38,734

8. Palindromes (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Matthew Faber

Votes: 11,769 | Gross: $0.55M

9. Art of the Devil (2004)

100 min | Horror, Mystery

Boom, pregnant from an affair, is told by her lover to leave him and his family alone. Enraged, she goes to a witch doctor and has him use black magic against her ex-lover and his family. ... See full summary »

Director: Tanit Jitnukul | Stars: Arisa Wills, Supakson Chaimongkol, Krongthong Rachatawan, Tin Settachoke

Votes: 1,330

10. Ouija Board (2004)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A high school girl moves from Seoul to a small remote village, where she is constantly harassed and bullied by the jealous common village girls. In a desperate bid to get back at her classmates, she tries to conjure a ghost to haunt them.

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Se-eun Lee, Yu-ri Lee, Seong-min Choi

Votes: 1,338

11. Casshern (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kumiko Asô, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 12,917

12. Samaritan Girl (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Eol Lee, Ji-min Kwak, Yeo-reum Han, Hyun-min Kwon

Votes: 12,660

13. Breaking News (2004)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 4,919

14. Kamikaze Girls (2004)

102 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,614

15. 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: 218,437 | Gross: $5.82M

16. Cube Zero (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A young programmer whose job is to watch over the reality-warping Cube defies orders to rescue an innocent mother trapped in one of its rooms.

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore, Martin Roach, Michael Riley

Votes: 34,954

17. The Big Bounce (2004)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

42 Metascore

A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster

Votes: 17,310 | Gross: $6.47M

18. One Nite in Mongkok (2004)

110 min | Crime, Drama

Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Daniel Wu, Cecilia Cheung, Alex Fong, Kar Lok Chin

Votes: 2,398

19. Enduring Love (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

61 Metascore

Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Bill Weston

Votes: 9,675 | Gross: $0.36M

20. Pusher II (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Tonny is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen, Øyvind Hagen-Traberg

Votes: 17,534

21. Vital (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

After a tragic car accident where his girlfriend Ryôko Ooyama (Nami Tsukamoto) died, Hiroshi Takagi (Tadanobu Asano) suffers amnesia with his memories completely blanked. When he sees a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki, Kazuyoshi Kushida

Votes: 2,697

22. Torched (2004 Video)

Unrated | 47 min | Horror

Deanna, a young, pretty and upwardly mobile nurse is about to face the most difficult challenge of her life...Deciding whether five men should live or die. In a moment which would change ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Nicholson | Stars: Michelle Boback, Tamara Pender, Daniel Lomas, Ryan Haneman

Votes: 332

23. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 164,007 | Gross: $183.37M

24. 9 Songs (2004)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Music, Romance

43 Metascore

In London, intense sexual encounters take place between an American college student, named Lisa, and an English scientist, named Matt, between attending rock concerts.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Don Blum

Votes: 20,803 | Gross: $0.05M

25. New Police Story (2004)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Mak Bau, Tak-Bun Wong

Votes: 23,704

26. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

30 Metascore

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.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Remy Sweeney

Votes: 32,380 | Gross: $41.82M

27. Steamboy (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 16,153 | Gross: $0.41M

28. Riding the Bullet (2004)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 8,887 | Gross: $0.10M

29. Toolbox Murders (2004)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades, but when renovations start, a series of murders take place.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, Marco Rodríguez, Rance Howard

Votes: 7,557



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