Best Adventure Movies of 2004

1.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6.8
7.9/10

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.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Release date: 2004-05-31
2.

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
3.

Shrek 2

6.3
7.2/10

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 married Fiona instead of her Son Prince Charming and sets about destroying their marriage.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon
Release date: 2004-05-19
4.

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
5.

Troy

6.1
7.2/10

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Sean Bean
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 2004-05-03
6.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

6.0
7.3/10

Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou has sworn vengeance upon the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew. In addition to his regular team, he is joined on his boat by Ned, a man who believes Zissou to be his father, and Jane, a journalist pregnant by a married man. They travel the sea, all too often running into pirates and, perhaps more traumatically, various figures from Zissou's past, including his estranged wife, Eleanor.

Starring: Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2004-12-10
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.

Two Brothers

5.3
7.1/10

Two tigers are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies by an explorer (Pearce) who inadvertently forces them to fight each other.

Starring: Maï Anh Le, Guy Pearce, Oanh Nguyen, Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen, Stéphanie Lagarde
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2004-04-07
9.

Hidalgo

4.9
6.7/10

Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Adam Alexi-Malle, Louise Lombard
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Release date: 2004-03-05
10.

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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

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
14.

Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster

4.2
6.8/10

While the gang travel to Scotland to visit Daphne's cousin and witness the Highland Games, they find themselves terrorized by the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

Starring: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Michael Bell
Directed by: Scott Jeralds, Joe Sichta
Release date: 2004-06-21
15.

Balto III: Wings of Change

4.0
6.4/10
Balto III: Wings of Change
Balto and the other sled dogs are feeling dejected because the mail that used to be delivered by dogsled is now being delivered by airplanes. But when a mail plane crashes in the mountains, the dogs come to the rescue.
Starring: Sean Astin, Jodi Benson, Keith Carradine, Bill Fagerbakke, Charles Fleischer
Directed by: Phil Weinstein
Release date: 2004-04-14
16.

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
17.

Halloweentown High

3.9
6.3/10

Marnie Piper prepares to begin a new school year, she asks the Halloweentown Hot Witches' Council to work toward openness between Halloweentown and the mortal world. She proposes to bring a group of Halloweentown students to her own high school in the mortal world.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Joey Zimmerman, Emily Roeske, Judith Hoag, Kimberly J. Brown
Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Release date: 2004-10-08
18.

Strings

3.7
7.0/10

Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to avenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love.

Starring: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Derek Jacobi, Ian Hart
Directed by: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Release date: 2004-10-24
19.

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

3.6
4.6/10

The blood orchid - A rare flower that holds the secret of eternal life and a fortune to the pharmaceutical company that finds it. Led by a two-fisted soldier of fortune, a scientific expedition is sent deep into the jungles of Borneo to locate and bring back samples of the legendary plant. Battling their way upriver, the explorers brave poisonous insects, ferocious crocodiles and savage headhunters, unaware they're being stalked by an even greater danger: a nest of giant anacondas, voracious, fifty-foot-long flesh-eaters who'll stop at nothing to protect their breeding ground, the blood orchid's home.

Starring: Johnny Messner, KaDee Strickland, Matthew Marsden, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eugene Byrd
Directed by: Dwight H. Little
Release date: 2004-08-26
20.

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

3.5
4.5/10

With all-new gadgets, high-flying action, exciting chases and a wisecracking new handler, Derek (Anthony Anderson), Cody has to retrieve the device before the world's leaders fall under the evil control of a diabolical villain.

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, Hannah Spearritt, Alfie Allen, Cynthia Stevenson
Directed by: Kevin Allen
Release date: 2004-03-12

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