Best Crime Movies of 2004

1.

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
2.

Vera Drake

5.4
7.7/10

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
3.

Dead Man's Shoes

5.3
7.7/10

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

The Ladykillers

4.4
6.2/10

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
7.

Suspect Zero

4.2
5.9/10

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
8.

Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness

4.1
8.2/10
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
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
9.

The Whole Ten Yards

4.1
5.5/10

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
10.

Death on the Nile

4.1
7.9/10
Death on the Nile
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
11.

The Perfect Score

4.1
5.7/10

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
12.

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
13.

Chronicles

3.8
6.9/10

A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

Starring: John Leguizamo, Damián Alcázar, Leonor Watling, Alfred Molina, José María Yazpik
Directed by: Sebastián Cordero
Release date: 2004-05-16
14.

The Big Bounce

3.8
4.9/10

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

Starring: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster, Willie Nelson
Directed by: George Armitage
Release date: 2004-01-30
15.

Marple: 450 from Paddington

3.5
7.4/10
Marple: 450 from Paddington
Miss Marple investigates the wealthy Crackenthorpe clan, believing a body to be hidden on their estate after a visiting friend witnesses a brutal strangling murder occurring on a passing train.
Starring: Geraldine McEwan
Release date: 2004-12-26
16.

Taxi

3.5
4.5/10

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Starring: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen, Henry Simmons, Jennifer Esposito
Directed by: Tim Story
Release date: 2004-10-06
17.

Freeze Frame

3.5
6.4/10
Freeze Frame
Sean Veil is an ultra paranoid murder suspect who takes to filming himself round the clock to provide an alibi, just in case he's ever accused of another crime. Problems arise however when the police do come calling and the one tape that can prove his innocence has mysteriously disappeared.
Starring: Lee Evans, Sean McGinley, Ian McNeice, Colin Salmon
Directed by: John Simpson
Release date: 2004-05-01
18.

Connie and Carla

3.5
6.3/10
Connie and Carla
After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in the Windy City, gal pals Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go way undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens. Now, it's not enough that they become big hits on the scene; things get extra-weird when Connie meets Jeff -- a guy she'd like to be a woman with
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella, Alec Mapa
Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Release date: 2004-04-16
19.

Helter Skelter

3.4
6.4/10
Helter Skelter
The rise of Charles Manson and his "family," who are responsible for a series of famous murders in the late 1960s. Manson, a magnetic and mysterious man, attracts road-weary single mother Linda Kasabian to join his collection of outcasts on a ranch outside of Los Angeles. After murdering actress Sharon Tate, Manson and his followers are investigated by district attorney Vincent Bugliosi.
Starring: Jeremy Davies, Clea DuVall, Allison Smith, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Eric Dane
Directed by: John Gray
Release date: 2004-07-23
20.

Highwaymen

3.2
5.7/10

James Cray watched as his wife was killed by Fargo, a hit-and-run serial murderer. After severely injuring Fargo and going to prison for several years, James is now determined to avenge his wife's death. He drives across the country looking for Fargo's 1972 Cadillac Eldorado, which the now-disabled killer has turned into a rolling death trap. James' search is helped by a state traffic officer and a singer with her own agenda.

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore, Gordon Currie
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 2004-02-13

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