Best Romance 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
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2.

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
3.

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
4.

Closer

5.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Colin Stinton, Nick Hobbs, Steve Benham, Elizabeth Bower, Ray Donn, Daniel Dresner ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 2004-12-01
5.

50 First Dates

5.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because the delightful Lucy has no short-term memory, so Henry must woo her day after day until he finally sweeps her off her feet.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Dan Aykroyd, Blake Clark, Amy Hill, Allen Covert, Maya Rudolph ..
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2004-02-13
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6.

The Phantom of the Opera

5.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love

Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver, Ciarán Hinds, Simon Callow, Victor McGuire, Jennifer Ellison, Kevin McNally ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2004-12-08
7.

Garden State

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies - opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.

Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, Jean Smart, Armando Riesco, Jackie Hoffman, Method Man, Alex Burns, Ron Leibman ..
Directed by: Zach Braff
Release date: 2004-07-28
8.

The Girl Next Door

5.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Exceptionally ambitious high schooler Matthew has aspirations for a career in politics when he falls in love with his gorgeous 19-year-old neighbor, Danielle. But Matthew's bright future is jeopardized when he finds Danielle was once a porn star. As Danielle's past catches up with her, Matthew's love for her forces him to re-evaluate his goals.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Chris Marquette, Paul Dano, Timothy Bottoms, Amanda Swisten, Brian Kolodziej, Julie Osburn ..
Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Release date: 2004-04-09
9.

Meet the Fockers

5.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Hard-to-crack ex-CIA man, Jack Byrnes and his wife, Dina head for the warmer climes of Florida to meet son-in-law-to-be, Greg Focker's parents. Unlike their happily matched offspring, the future in-laws find themselves in a situation of opposites that definitely do not attract.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, Alanna Ubach, Shelley Berman, Owen Wilson ..
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 2004-12-22
10.

Sideways

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke, Jessica Hecht, Missy Doty, Alysia Reiner, Shake Tukhmanyan, Shaun Duke ..
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Release date: 2004-10-22

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