Best Mystery Movies of 2004

1.

The Village

5.4
6.5/10

When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 2004-07-30
2.

Wicker Park

5.0
7.0/10

Matthew, a young advertising executive in Chicago, puts his life and a business trip to China on hold when he thinks he sees Lisa, the love of his life who left him without a word two years earlier, walking out of a restaurant one day.

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Rose Byrne, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lillard, Christopher Cousins
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2004-09-03
3.

The Grudge

4.9
5.9/10

American nurse, Karen Davis moves to Tokyo and encounters a vengeful supernatural spirit known as The Grudge that often possesses its victims. When a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths occur – with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim - Karen must find away to break the spell before she becomes the spirit's next victim.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman, William Mapother
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
Release date: 2004-10-22
4.

The Manchurian Candidate

4.8
6.6/10

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's doubts deepen, Shaw's political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise, Jon Voight
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 2004-07-30
5.

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
6.

Mindhunters

4.7
6.4/10
Mindhunters
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
7.

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
8.

The Final Cut

4.5
6.2/10

Set in a world with memory implants, Alan Hakman is a 'cutter'—someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories—but his latest assignment puts him in great danger.

Starring: Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, Mimi Kuzyk, Genevieve Buechner
Directed by: Omar Naim
Release date: 2004-10-15
9.

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
10.

Birth

4.3
6.1/10

It took Anna 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she's on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph, and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean turns up, saying he is her dead husband reincarnated. At first she ignores the child, but his knowledge of her former husband's life is uncanny, leading her to believe that he might be telling the truth.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Danny Huston, Lauren Bacall, Alison Elliott
Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Release date: 2004-09-08
11.

The Forgotten

4.2
5.8/10

Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son's existence, and her sanity.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, Jessica Hecht, Christopher Kovaleski, Dominic West
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Release date: 2004-09-24
12.

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
13.

Cube Zero

4.1
5.7/10

Cube Zero is the third film in the trilogy yet this time instead of a film about people trapped in a deadly cube trying to get out we see it from the eyes of someone who is controlling the cube and the torture of the victims inside. When the nerd can’t stand to see a woman suffer he himself enters the cube to try and save her.

Starring: Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore, Michael Riley, Martin Roach, David Huband
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Release date: 2004-10-15
14.

Creep

4.0
5.6/10

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets

Starring: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell, Jeremy Sheffield, Paul Rattray
Directed by: Christopher Smith
Release date: 2004-08-10
15.

Exorcist: The Beginning

3.8
5.1/10

Having lived through traumatizing events during WWII, Father Lankester Merrin takes a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa. Merrin unearths an ancient Byzantine church believed have been built and then immediately buried to keep down evil from the crypt below. The natives are convinced that uncovering the church has unleashed a demon, and begin to violently clash with the British military troops. As the village rapidly disintegrates into chaos and war, Merrin must face-off with the demon which has taken possession of somebody close to him.

Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Julian Wadham, Remy Sweeney
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 2004-08-20
16.

Catwoman

3.3
3.3/10

Liquidated after discovering a corporate conspiracy, mild-mannered graphic artist Patience Phillips washes up on an island, where she's resurrected and endowed with the prowess of a cat -- and she's eager to use her new skills ... as a vigilante. Before you can say "cat and mouse," handsome gumshoe Tom Lone is on her tail.

Starring: Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy
Directed by: Pitof
Release date: 2004-07-22
17.

Enduring Love

3.3
6.4/10

Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident. On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. But fate has other ideas...

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Susan Lynch
Directed by: Roger Michell
Release date: 2004-11-26
18.

Silver City

3.2
6.1/10

The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

Starring: Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Huston, James Gammon, Mary Kay Place
Directed by: John Sayles
Release date: 2004-09-17
19.

One Point O

3.2
6.1/10

Paranoid computer programmer Simon wakes up to find a package in his room one day. Despite attempts at securing his apartment, the packages keep arriving. While cameras watch Simon's every move, he struggles to find the answers to the mysterious forces taking over his life.

Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Udo Kier, Deborah Kara Unger, Lance Henriksen, Bruce Payne
Directed by: Jeff Renfroe, Marteinn Þórsson
Release date: 2004-03-19
20.

Salem's Lot

3.1
6.2/10
Salem's Lot
Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.
Release date: 2004-06-20

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