10 Movies That Prove 2004 Was The Best Year For Film

Ah, 2004. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It's hard to believe that we are now ten years removed from Justin and Janet's wardrobe malfunction, the finale of Friends, the beginning of Facebook, the start of George Bush's second term, Martha Stewart's prison stint, Ruben Studdard — alright, we'll stop. But, unlike Studdard, we are not at all sorry for 2004. If there is one thing that stands out most about the year two double O four, is that it produced the best movies ever made and there hasn't been such a widely loved list of movies since. Well, in our hearts at least, and isn't that what counts most? We think so.

Below is a compilation to prove to you that 2004 was in fact the golden age of movies. From comedies to indies, to academy award nominated films, each one finds a place at the top of our lists of all time favorites.

1. Mean Girls

Coach Carr and Trang Pak. Marijuana tablets. Janis Ian. Crack. Kevin Gnapoor Math Enthusiast/Bad Ass MC. The cool mom. Halloween.

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2. Crash

Powerful and compelling, Crash addressed the unspoken prejudices and misconceptions in modern day Los Angeles and the hope that it could be changed.

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3. The Notebook

This movie has single-handedly ruined every relationship for every millennial everywhere. Also, Ryan Gosling.

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4. The Incredibles

Who doesn't love a family of unlikely superheroes? Plus, they're finally coming out with a sequel!

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5. The Girl Next Door

Because it taught us that the juice is most definitely worth the squeeze.

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6. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

"I wish you'd stayed." "I wish I'd stayed, too."

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7. Million Dollar Baby

Hillary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman told us what it was to cry, and oh, did we cry.

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8. Shaun of the Dead

Take car, go to mum's, kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint and wait for all of this to blow over.

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9. The Aviator

You know, that really great movie with a really great performance that Leo didn't get an Oscar for.

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10. EuroTrip/ Napolean Dynamite two way tie

Because Scotty Doesn't Know and Tina is most definitely still a fat lard.

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