Best Thriller Movies of 2004

1.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

6.5
8.0/10

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 Machinist

6.2
7.7/10

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
3.

The Butterfly Effect

6.2
7.7/10

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
4.

Primer

5.7
6.9/10

Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.

Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
Directed by: Shane Carruth
Release date: 2004-10-08
5.

Ocean's Twelve

5.5
6.5/10

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
6.

The Day After Tomorrow

5.5
6.4/10

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
7.

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
8.

The Phantom of the Opera

5.4
7.3/10

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
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2004-12-08
9.

Dead Man's Shoes

5.3
7.7/10

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
10.

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
11.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

5.0
7.0/10

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
12.

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

4.9
8.2/10
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
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
13.

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
14.

Blade: Trinity

4.8
5.9/10

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
15.

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
16.

Ladder 49

4.8
6.5/10

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
17.

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
18.

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
19.

Cellular

4.7
6.5/10

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Starring: Chris Evans, Kim Basinger, Jason Statham, Jessica Biel, William H. Macy
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Release date: 2004-09-06
20.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

4.6
6.6/10

After their narrow escape at the end of "Pitch Black," Riddick, Jack and the Imam find themselves at the mercy of a madwoman who intends to entomb Riddick forever as part of a twisted art exhibit. With little but a shiv and Riddick's innate viciousness to aid them, Riddick and his allies must find a way to escape from their captor and her band of mercenaries.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David, Nick Chinlund, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Peter Chung
Release date: 2004-06-15

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