Awarded to the film deemed by Cosmo voters to be the best movie released in the United States in 2004. Films that received limited release in 2004 are still eligible for consideration, provided that
they received sufficient distribution early enough in 2004 to have a chance to be seen by Cosmo voters. However, films that were only screened at film festivals are generally only considered at the year they were first released in theaters or on video.
Before Sunset; Being Julia; Beyond the Sea; Callas Forever; Closer; Control Room; The Door in the Floor; Downfall (Der Untergang); The Dreamers; Finding Neverland; Good Bye Lenin!; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; HellBent; Hero; A Home at the End of the World; Hotel Rwanda; House of Flying Daggers ; I Heart Huckabees; The Incredibles; Kill Bill, Volume Two; Kinsey; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou; The Machinist; Maria Full of Grace; Mean Creek; Mean Girls; Moolaadé ; The Motorcycle Diaries; Napoleon Dynamite; The Notebook; Ocean's 12; The Phantom of the Opera; Ray; Saved!; The Sea Inside; Shrek
2; Sideways; Spider-Man 2; Stage Beauty; Touch of Pink; Troy; Vera
A Very Long Engagement