Best Action Movies of 2004

1.

The Incredibles

6.7
8.0/10

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.

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee
Directed by: Brad Bird
Release date: 2004-11-05
2.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

6.5
8.0/10

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 until there's nothing left to do … but kill Bill.

Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2004-04-16
3.

Spider-Man 2

6.2
7.3/10

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 can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 2004-06-25
4.

I, Robot

5.8
7.1/10

In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 2004-07-15
5.

Dawn of the Dead

5.8
7.3/10

A group of surviving people take refuge in a shopping centre after the world has been over taken over by aggressive, flesh-eating zombies.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2004-03-19
6.

Hellboy

5.6
6.9/10

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, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.

Starring: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Jeffrey Tambor
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: 2004-04-02
7.

The Day After Tomorrow

5.5
6.4/10

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 shepherding to safety his son, trapped in New York after the city is overwhelmed by the start of the new big freeze.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2004-05-26
8.

The Chronicles of Riddick

5.4
6.7/10

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero will emerge as humanity's champion - and the last hope for a universe on the edge of annihilation.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton, Karl Urban, Colm Feore, Linus Roache
Directed by: David Twohy
Release date: 2004-06-11
9.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

5.1
6.2/10

As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of the creator of the mutating T-virus. It's a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Sophie Vavasseur
Directed by: Alexander Witt
Release date: 2004-09-10
10.

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

4.9
8.2/10
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Sixty days on and Rygel is retrieving pieces of John and Aeryn from the sea bed. The Diagnosan re-crystalises them and they start getting to know the local species. Meanwhile, Scorpius and Sikozu are aboard a Peacekeeper Command Carrier on a recon mission. They attack a Scarren ship, which provokes the Scarrens into declaring war on The Peacekeepers.
Release date: 2004-01-01
11.

Mulan II

4.9
5.8/10

Fa Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, Captain Li Shang asks for her hand in marriage. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, to escort three princesses to Chang'an, China. Mushu is determined to drive a wedge between the couple after he learns that he will lose his guardian job if Mulan marries into the Li family.

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein
Directed by: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland
Release date: 2004-11-03
12.

Blade: Trinity

4.8
5.9/10

For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of the night. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight, where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed—The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail and Hannibal, two deftly trained Nightstalkers, Blade follows a trail of blood to the ancient creature that is also hunting him—the original vampire, Dracula.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: David S. Goyer
Release date: 2004-12-08
13.

Alexander

4.8
5.6/10

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2004-11-21
14.

Ladder 49

4.8
6.5/10

Under the watchful eye of his mentor, Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. However, Jack has reached a crossroads as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2004-10-01
15.

Spartan

4.7
6.6/10

U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a political career.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada, Ed O'Neill
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 2004-03-12
16.

Taking Lives

4.5
6.2/10

Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is a museum employee who might be the killer's only eyewitness.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands, Olivier Martinez
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Release date: 2004-03-19
17.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

4.5
6.1/10

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 between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.

Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Angelina Jolie
Directed by: Kerry Conran
Release date: 2004-09-17
18.

Flight of the Phoenix

4.4
6.1/10

When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 Flying Boxcar in an uncharted area of the desert.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi, Miranda Otto, Hugh Laurie
Directed by: John Moore
Release date: 2004-12-17
19.

Laws of Attraction

4.3
5.9/10

Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen, Parker Posey, Frances Fisher
Directed by: Peter Howitt
Release date: 2004-04-04
20.

Twisted

4.0
5.3/10

Recently promoted and transferred to the homicide division, Inspector Jessica Shepard feels pressure to prove herself -- and what better way than by solving San Francisco's latest murder? However, as Shepard and her partner, Mike Delmarco, soon discover, the victim shared a romantic connection to her. As more of Shepard's ex-lovers turn up dead, her mind starts to become unstable, and she begins to wonder if she could be the very killer she's trying to track down.

Starring: Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy García, David Strathairn, Russell Wong
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 2004-02-27

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