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If you haven’t yet checked out picks 6-10 click here, otherwise continue on down to check out our TOP FIVE picks for 2004.

5. GARDEN STATE

In my recent review of the Garden State DVD I commented that Zach Braff has quite the road ahead of him after such an amazing debut. Garden State is truly a great story as it mixes comedy with drama to create an emotional story that not only tickles the funny bone but brings a tear to your eye.

Boasting the rising talent of Natalie Portman, Zach Braff also stars in the film he wrote and directed in a story about finding yourself and to find the right track for your life.

For more on Garden State, including our recent DVD review, click here.

4. FINDING NEVERLAND

Last year Johnny Depp earned himself a SAG Award for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and in 2002 director Marc Forster found himself the director of a soon-to-be Academy Award winning film in Monster’s Ball. So it is only fitting that the two would team up this year in the wonderfully magical film Finding Neverland.

With all the ideas that could have been brought to the table to bring the story of J.M. Barrie’s life to the big screen the finest decision in the entire process was made when Johnny Depp entered negotiations to star. Along with Kate Winslet, Depp and Forster bring to life a world only found in dreams, and yet it seems so real as the story of Peter Pan is flushed out before your very eyes and suddenly Neverland is no more myth than the chair you are sitting in.

For more on Finding Neverland, click here.

3. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY

Action personified! I really can’t say much more other than that. The Bourne Supremacy is a wild ride that does not stop until the final act. Wild car chases and a twisted plotline have turned the Bourne franchise into a must see, leaving audiences only drooling for the finale with the yet-to-be announced Bourne Ultimatum.

For more on The Bourne Supremacy click here.

2. BEFORE SUNSET

Before this film I had never heard of the likes of Julie Delpy, or of the first film in this little saga, Before Sunrise, but now it has become one of my favorite films and I own both DVDs.

Before Sunset has an amazing capability of capturing your attention despite the fact that it is 90 minutes of straight dialogue, which says so much for the screenplay that it isn’t even funny. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have such chemistry that the story is 100 percent believable and it only leaves you cheering for the two actors as they struggle to find each other in the few hours they have together.

This is a must not miss and since it is already out on DVD I urge you to give it a chance. Click here to get more on the film and for a chance to buy the DVD.

1. COLLATERAL

Undoubtedly the best movie of 2004, if not my favorite movie of all time!

Collateral is the perfect combination of acting, directing, cinematography and simply an example of what happens when you get every aspect of a motion picture perfect.

Tom Cruise finally plays a role in which he is not playing Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx counters that with an Oscar worthy supporting performance as his frenzied paranoia grows into a man that learns to adapt to his environment, taking advantage of moving the story along all while completely engrossing the audience.

I could go on for hours about this film but for more click here, or check out our Contenders article for Collateral here.

If you skipped picks 6-10, you can click here to check those out, or here to get the list of our picks for the 10 WORST films of 2004.

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