Best films: Super Size Me, The Day After Tomorrow, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Notebook, Spider-Man 2, Before Sunset, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Bourne Supremacy, Garden State, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Collateral

It started with a super Hollywood-sanitized take on the Trojan war that shouldn’t have worked, but instead solidified Brad Pitt as a bonafide star and ended with the big screen’s reigning action hero switching sides for a memorable villainous turn. Tom Cruise’s silver fox killing spree, Collateral, was the perfect conclusion to a run that included the last viable Roland Emmerich disaster-fest, Day After Tomorrow, and a tag-team from current kings of comedy Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell, Dodgeball and Anchorman.

Moreover, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon came together to create action movie napalm, alleviating headaches like Catwoman. And the pièce de résistance: Sam Raimi delivered a top-five superhero movie of all time with July’s show-stopping Spider-Man 2.