The 10 best movies of 2004 is hard to summarize in a short list. 2004 was a year that held some of the best movies to grace the screen. It was a year heavy with one of the highest earning movies in history 2004 was also a year for romantic movies. 2004 proved to be a stellar year for film and also for the moviegoer.  This year had it all from the cartoon's to the non stop action of a good old sword fight.  With a year so full of great films its no wonder this year was heavy in critical acclaim for the magnitude of the movies produced in this year. Here are the best movies of 2004 in no particular order.

  1. "Million Dollar Baby" starred Hillary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in a movie about a female boxer that rises to the top of her trade. Swank starred as an amateur boxer that quickly rises to the top with the aide of Eastwood, only to meet an early and unexpected end to her career.

  2. "Hotel Rwanda" was a movie centered around a hotel in Rwanda ran by Don Cheadle that helped to house his fellow country men from what surely would have been their deaths. Hotel Rwanda was about the genocide that was going on in Africa and Cheadle's role in the film as guardian to 100's of displaced neighbors during the war.

  3.  "The Incredibles" was an instant hit with kids and adults alike that made them want to see this film over and over again. "The Incredibles" told a story of former super heroes going back into the limelight and on a  mission to save the world and their family.

  4. "The Passion of the Christ" directed by Mel Gibson became the most watched movie of the year.  This film told of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by those who did not believe in him. The film would show, in sometimes too graphic detail, the pain that Jesus went through to save humanity from their sins so that they could start anew.

  5. "Farenheit 9/11" was a documentary that made the attempt to expose then President Bush's handling of 9/11. This movie details the accounts leading up to and following the aftermath of 9/11.

  6. "The Notebook" was a love story that anyone could get into. The whole movie was tied into the love of a young couple that managed to stay together despite the war and family objections.

  7.  "Collateral" directed by Michael Mann starred Oscar winner Jamie Foxx opposite Tom Cruise. Foxx plays a cab driver who picks up a fare that leads to the longest night of his life. Cruise is a hitman being driven around LA while he kills his targets.

  8.  "Kill Bill Vol 2" is the finale of Tarintino's martial arts revenge thriller. This installment shows Uma Thurman training with her master and ultimately meeting up with Bill the man that tried to kill her and her unborn baby.

  9. "Man on Fire", a film shot in Mexico, has Denzel Washington as a hired bodyguard to a young Dakota FanningDenzel is a bodyguard hired by Fanning's family to keep her safe. When a bet by her dad puts her in harms way, Washington springs into action to get her back to her family.

  10. "Shrek 2" The movie was a follow up to the first "Shrek" which had proved to be a box office hit. This movie has Shrek going to meet the in-laws and finding out that he is not welcome. By the end of the film, some family secrets will be exposed as well as Shrek finding out the surprise Fiona has for him.