Best Thriller Movies of 2004

1.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

6.5

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.

The Bourne Supremacy

6.3

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
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2004-07-23
3.

Man on Fire

6.2

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
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2004-04-23
4.

The Machinist

6.2

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
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Release date: 2004-02-09
5.

The Butterfly Effect

6.2

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott
Directed by: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress
Release date: 2004-01-22
6.

Collateral

6.1

Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 2004-08-04
7.

National Treasure

5.6

Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates, search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie in secret clues embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and Gates is in a race to find the gold before his enemies do.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Release date: 2004-11-19
8.

Ocean's Twelve

5.5

Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy García
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2004-12-09
9.

The Day After Tomorrow

5.5

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to safety his son, trapped in New York after the city is overwhelmed by the start of the new big freeze.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2004-05-26
10.

The Village

5.4

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
11.

Dead Man's Shoes

5.3

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
12.

Layer Cake

5.3

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...

Starring: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, George Harris, Sally Hawkins
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Release date: 2004-09-30
13.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

5.0

It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes and comes up with the President of the United States who he plans to murder.

Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Nick Searcy
Directed by: Niels Mueller
Release date: 2004-05-17
14.

Wicker Park

5.0

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
15.

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

4.9
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Sixty days on and Rygel is retrieving pieces of John and Aeryn from the sea bed. The Diagnosan re-crystalises them and they start getting to know the local species. Meanwhile, Scorpius and Sikozu are aboard a Peacekeeper Command Carrier on a recon mission. They attack a Scarren ship, which provokes the Scarrens into declaring war on The Peacekeepers.
Release date: 2004-01-01
16.

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
17.

The Grudge

4.9

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
18.

The Manchurian Candidate

4.8

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, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 2004-07-30
19.

Ladder 49

4.8

Under the watchful eye of his mentor, Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. However, Jack has reached a crossroads as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2004-10-01
20.

Mindhunters

4.7
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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

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