It’s hard to argue against this one. There was actually nothing we talked about more in 2004 than The Passion of the Christ.
There are three thing that will always stick out from a year for a list like this: controversy, cash, and a controversial movie that makes cash. This was all three.
Going over the biggest moneymakers of 2004: they’re all sequels. And you can’t honestly say a sequel was the most representative film of its year. (Well, you can… and we’ll get to that. But not Shrek 2 and Spider-Man 2.) This was the third highest grossing movie of the year. This movie is still the 25th highest grossing movie of all time, ten years later. Did you know that? At the end of 2004, it was in the top 12 of all time.
And honestly, anyone who lived through 2004 knows exactly why this is the choice. This is the Lightning rod film for 2004. And it’s not like there’s a film from 2004 that represents where the culture was at on a Rebel Without a Cause level. (more…)