Best Drama Movies of 2004

1.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Jane Adams, David Cross, Deirdre O'Connell, Thomas Jay Ryan ..
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Release date: 2004-03-19
2.

Million Dollar Baby

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brían F. O'Byrne, Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2004-12-15
3.

Hotel Rwanda

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Joaquin Phoenix, Jean Reno, Desmond Dube, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-09-11
4.

The Notebook

6.4
7.8/10 IMDB

An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen, James Marsden, David Thornton, Kevin Connolly, Starletta DuPois ..
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Release date: 2004-06-25
5.

Before Sunset

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès, Rodolphe Pauly, Mariane Plasteig, Diabolo, Denis Evrard, Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet ..
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2004-02-10
6.

The Bourne Supremacy

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from his former life attempt contact, is forced to once again take up his life as a trained assassin to survive.

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen, Marton Csokas, Tom Gallop, John Bedford Lloyd ..
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2004-07-23
7.

Man on Fire

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Giancarlo Giannini, Mickey Rourke, Rachel Ticotin, Roberto Sosa, Jesús Ochoa ..
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2004-04-23
8.

The Machinist

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...

Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Craig Stevenson, Reg E. Cathey, Anna Massey, Matthew Romero Moore ..
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Release date: 2004-02-09
9.

Crash

6.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Michael Peña, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Nona Gaye, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Thandie Newton ..
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Release date: 2004-09-10
10.

Finding Neverland

6.1
7.7/10 IMDB

During a writing slump, playwright J.M. Barrie meets a widow and her three children—who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece. Peter Pan'.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill ..
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2004-10-17

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