Best Crime Movies of 2004

1.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

6.5

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
2.

Man on Fire

6.2

Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save her life.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Marc Anthony
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2004-04-23
3.

Collateral

6.1

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.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 2004-08-04
4.

Saw

6.1

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 die trying...

Starring: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell
Directed by: James Wan
Release date: 2004-10-01
5.

Ocean's Twelve

5.5

Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy García
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2004-12-09
6.

Vera Drake

5.4

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Starring: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Mays, Eddie Marsan
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 2004-10-22
7.

Dead Man's Shoes

5.3

A soldier returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother while he was away.

Starring: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Jo Hartley, Seamus O'Neill
Directed by: Shane Meadows
Release date: 2004-09-29
8.

Layer Cake

5.3

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...

Starring: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, George Harris, Sally Hawkins
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Release date: 2004-09-30
9.

The Punisher

5.2

When undercover FBI agent Frank Castle's wife and son are slaughtered, he becomes 'the Punisher' -- a ruthless vigilante willing to go to any length to avenge his family.

Starring: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Roy Scheider, Laura Harring
Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh
Release date: 2004-04-15
10.

Mean Creek

5.1

Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions.

Starring: Rory Culkin, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Ryan Kelley
Directed by: Jacob Aaron Estes
Release date: 2004-01-15
11.

Starsky & Hutch

4.9

Join uptight David Starsky and laid-back Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson as they're paired for the first time as undercover cops. The new partners must overcome their differences to solve an important case with help from street informant Huggy Bear and persuasive criminal Reese Feldman.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Fred Williamson, Vince Vaughn
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Release date: 2004-03-05
12.

Mindhunters

4.7
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Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.
Starring: LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velásquez, Clifton Collins Jr.
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 2004-05-07
13.

After the Sunset

4.7

Two master thieves (Brosnan and Hayek) are finally retiring after one last succesful mission. Residing in their own tropical paradise, their old nemesis, FBI Agent Stan P. Lloyd shows up to make sure they really are retired. Docked in the port is an ocean liner called the "Diamond Cruise" and Stan is convinced that they're not really retired at all, and that this is the next set up.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Troy Garity, Russell Hornsby
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2004-11-12
14.

Taking Lives

4.5

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
15.

The Ladykillers

4.4

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Release date: 2004-03-25
16.

Suspect Zero

4.2

A killer is on the loose, and an FBI agent sifts through clues and learns that the bloodthirsty felon's victims of choice are other serial killers.

Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Harry Lennix, Kevin Chamberlin
Directed by: E. Elias Merhige
Release date: 2004-08-27
17.

Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness

4.1
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Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.
Release date: 2004-04-18
18.

The Whole Ten Yards

4.1

Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife, Jill, a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit. Suddenly, an uninvited and unwelcome connection to their past unexpectedly shows up on Jimmy and Jill's doorstep; it's Oz, and he's begging them to help him rescue his wife, Cynthia.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Pollak
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Release date: 2004-04-07
19.

Death on the Nile

4.1
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A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.
Release date: 2004-04-12
20.

The Perfect Score

4.1

Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

Starring: Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Matthew Lillard
Directed by: Brian Robbins
Release date: 2004-01-30

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