Best Fantasy Movies of 2004

1.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6.8

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.

Shrek 2

6.2

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
3.

Spider-Man 2

6.2

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.

Dawn of the Dead

5.8

A group of surviving people take refuge in a shopping center after the world has been over taken over by aggressive, flesh-eating zombies. A remake of the 1978 zombie film of the same name.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2004-03-19
5.

The Polar Express

5.6

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Eddie Deezen
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2004-11-10
6.

Hellboy

5.6

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.

13 Going on 30

5.1

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. With a little magic, her wish is granted, but it turns out that being thirty isn't as always as awesome as she thought it would be!

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Christa Brittany Allen
Directed by: Gary Winick
Release date: 2004-04-13
8.

If Only

5.0

After his impetuous musician girlfriend, Samantha, dies in an accident shortly after they had a fight (and nearly broke up), a grief-stricken British businessman, Ian Wyndham, living in London gets a chance to relive the day all over again, in the hope of changing the events that led up to her getting killed.

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle, Lucy Davenport
Directed by: Gil Junger
Release date: 2004-01-23
9.

Blade: Trinity

4.9

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
10.

Ella Enchanted

4.6

Ella lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous "gift" from a fairy godmother. Ella's so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands of several unscrupulous characters whom she quite literally cannot disobey. Determined to gain control of her life and decisions, Ella sets off on a journey to find her fairy godmother who she hopes will lift the curse. The path, however, isn't easy -- Ella must outwit a slew of unpleasant obstacles including ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves and Prince Charmont's evil uncle, who wants to take over the crown and rule the kingdom.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, Joanna Lumley
Directed by: Tommy O'Haver
Release date: 2004-04-09
11.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

4.4

When Mystery, Inc. are guests of honor at the grand opening of the Coolsville Museum of Criminology, a masked villain shows up and creates havoc before stealing the costumes of the gang's most notorious villains...Could it be that their nemesis, mad scientist Jonathan Jacobo has returned and is trying to recreate their deadliest foes?

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Seth Green
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Release date: 2004-03-24
12.

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

4.4

When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return.

Starring: Noah Wyle, Sonya Walger, Bob Newhart, Kyle MacLachlan, Kelly Hu
Directed by: Peter Winther
Release date: 2004-12-05
13.

Ryan

3.9
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Starring: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb
Directed by: Chris Landreth
Release date: 2004-01-01
14.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

3.8
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On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life.
Starring: Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, Dagmara Domińczyk, Steven Grayhm
Directed by: Lloyd Kramer
Release date: 2004-12-05
15.

Snow

3.7
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Nick Snowden is reluctantly taking over the family business and with only three days before the big night, one of Nick's younger reindeer is stolen from the North Pole and taken to a zoo.
Starring: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Patrick Fabian, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Jackie Burroughs
Directed by: Alex Zamm
Release date: 2004-12-13
16.

Strings

3.7

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
17.

Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster

3.6
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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
18.

Five Children and It

3.4

A Psammead is 'It', an ancient, irritable, ugly sand fairy, which five children find one day in a gravel pit. As a reward for finding him, It grants the children one wish a day, the results of which will last until sunset.

Starring: Tara Fitzgerald, Freddie Highmore, Alex Jennings, Jonathan Bailey, Jessica Claridge
Directed by: John Stephenson
Release date: 2004-10-15
19.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

3.4

After the conclusion of the Battle City Tournament, deep below the sands of Egypt, an ancient evil has awakened. Anubis, who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi’s mysterious alter ego – the ancient Pharaoh – has returned for revenge. Wielding the power of the Eighth Millennium Item, Anubis is determined to destroy Yugi and take over the world.

Starring: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Scottie Rayow, Wayne Grayson, Gregory Abbey
Directed by: Hatsuki Tsuji
Release date: 2004-08-13
20.

Thunderbirds

3.3

Dangerous missions are the bread and butter of the Thunderbirds, a high-tech secret force employed by the government. Led by Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton), the Thunderbirds are at the top of their game, but their nemesis, The Hood (Ben Kingsley), has landed on their island and is attempting a coup by using the team's rescue vehicles. He'll soon discover that the Thunderbirds won't go down.

Starring: Brady Corbet, Soren Fulton, Debora Weston, Lou Hirsch, Alex Barringer
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 2004-07-23

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