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The 20 Best Movies of 2014

31 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists | by Ethan Levinskas

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2014 has been a fantastic year for cinema, ranging from the routine spectacles of summer blockbusters, to the independently produced character pieces. Throw in new masterpieces from greats such as David Fincher, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson, and you have a year rich with cinema that is bound to butt heads come award season.

This list seeks to honor the films this year that stretched beyond entertainment, touched a part of the human spirit, and showcased the talents of all cast and crew involved. As we say goodbye to 2014, let’s look back at the masterpieces that will come to define this year for the generations to come.

 

20. Two Days, One Night – Luc Dardenne/Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Two Days, One Night

Marion Cotillard gives a powerhouse performance in this Belgian drama about the goodness of people. She stars as Sandra Bya, a woman returning to work after a heavy bout of depression kept her away.

Sandra receives a phone call, letting her know that her job will be terminated as part of a downsizing initiative. The decision was made by Sandra’s co-worker who were forced to choose between her job and their year-end bonuses. It’s Friday afternoon, and Sandra must organize a revote before the end of the weekend in hopes of saving her job.

In spite of the stakes, the Dardenne’s direct the tone of the film with their usual casual tension, featuring hand-held camera movements and next to no music cues. Although the circumstances and style feel routine and mundane, the deliberate telling of her story draws us into the debate of what we would do in both Sandra’s shoes as well as her co-workers.

Thankfully, the film doesn’t devolve into sentimental mush, as each co-worker is unique in their motive of either denying or appealing Sandra’s request, ranging from the complex to those who simply shrug her off.

 

19. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is a slow burn of a biographical drama, occasionally moving at a slugs pace. However, its success lies in the terse atmosphere conjured up by director Bennett Miller. Even on a superficial level, Miller makes it apparent that this journey will lead all the characters of Foxcatcher to ruin. Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell surprise in their darkest roles yet, with Carrell achieving an unsettling presence as he masks John du Pont’s mental illness.

It tells the true story of Olympic-winning wrestler Mark Schultz who seeks to escape the shadow of his older brother, David Schultz, by joining John du Pont’s wrestling team, Team Foxcatcher. John urges Mark to convince his brother to join the team. When he fails to do so, their relationships become increasingly strained.

The film is too unbearably bleak to fall in love with, but that is also what causes the film to be as transfixing as it is, similar to watching awful things happen on the evening news. Without ever falling into clichés of mental illness, Miller and Carrell’s take on du Pont dares to show instead of tell, and at other times, it doesn’t show you anything at all, which is perhaps one of the scariest things you can say about mental illness.

 

18. The Rover – David Michod

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The Rover portrays Australia Mad Max-style, taking place ten years after global economic collapse. The outback becomes a lawless wasteland where the powerful reign supreme. Although it takes place in a broken down society, the plot of the film is relatively simple: a man named Eric has his car stolen by a group of thugs, and he will do anything to get it back. He is joined by one of the thugs’ brothers, who was left behind in the wake of the attack.

Like most good westerns, the film features sparse dialogue, with director David Michod filling most of the silence with empty wind and droning bass tones. As brutal as it is nihilistic, The Rover manages to explore a certain buddy quality between its two leads, which is mainly fueled by exceptional performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

 

17. Frank – Lenny Abrahamson

Frank

Frank is a film that explores the depth of the artist, diving down and exploring all of the bizarre, idiosyncratic crevices. It examines the inherent talents of some, and the brutal heartbreak that comes for those without such gifts. It’s, at times, an offbeat comedy, a satire, and a sobering take on the creative process.

It tells the story of a young aspiring musician, Jon, who joins an avant-garde band to help them record their first album. The band is led by Frank, a musical genius who hides his face beneath a gigantic mold of a cartoonish head. Jon, having felt tapped for talent and inspiration, pales in comparison to the talented and mysterious Frank. Assuming Frank’s talents and oddities come from a tortured past, Jon seeks to find what it is that exactly makes an artist talented.

Led with strong performances by Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Michael Fassbender, Frank manages to be a cornucopia of things, an amalgam of the characters that fill its frames, altogether weird and funny, and yet there’s a sad, thought-provoking reality beneath its surface for both the quirky artists and the boring, starved Jon’s of the world.

 

16. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

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Beautiful in its simplicity, Whiplash tells the story of young aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neiman, who has nothing but tunnel vision towards his goal of success at his music conservatory. He gains entry into famed Terrance Fletcher’s music ensemble, and finds that Fletcher’s methods of teaching are manipulative and emotionally abusive.

Whiplash achieves a greater depth by extending its philosophy beyond jazz. There is a conversation near the end of the film where Neiman and Fletcher discuss his teaching methods, and how his abusive behavior could discourage the next great musicians from ever becoming great. Fletcher retorts that his methods weed out those who don’t have the gall to become great in the first place.

This theme of success and failure permeate the film, and as anyone who went to some form of art school knows, permeates our lives.

Andrew’s father is a failed writer, his cousins are successful college athletes, and his extended family members criticize him for having his head in the clouds. This added onto Fletcher’s abuse wears away at Neiman, and yet, he continues to improve his drumming due to consistent, rigorous practice. The question then has to be asked: would Neiman be as successful and talented as he becomes without the abuse?

 

15. American Sniper – Clint Eastwood

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood directs this emotive biographical action film that tells the story of a brave soldier, and explores the effects of PTSD. Based on the real life of famed sniper Chris Kyle, American Sniper pays tribute to Kyle’s achievements and sacrifices while also not sugarcoating the material in overt patriotism.

In order to see his full transformation, Eastwood starts us off by seeing Kyle when he was still a happy go lucky country boy, steadily working his way up to the American dream. Kyle nearly earns it, as he enlists to serve for his country, settles down and gets married, and all seems well. That is, until 9-11.

The war sequences work similar to any of the westerns Eastwood has done, with Kyle playing the lone gun-touting outlaw, chasing after an equally powerful nemesis sniper. Fortunately, the film does not portray his enemies as savages or without motive. This coupled with Cooper’s apt portrayal of a soldier dealing with PTSD makes Sniper both a compelling war and anti-war movie.

 

 

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  • Unkle Amon

    I’m not saying that Nolan’s Interstellar is something special but it should be on this list.

    • Jérôme Blanchet

      Interstellar should not be on this list. I still can’t believe Nolan choose to imitate some Tarkovsky concepts, especially with the lights atmosphere. It is ok to do american blockbuster, but don’t expect to change the history of cinema with that.

      • Unkle Amon

        Yes it’s typical American blockbuster and it won’t change history of cinema but it;s far better than American sniper, Fury and Foxcatcher.

        • Harris K Telemacher

          I’m with you on Frank and Fury. Frank is laughably bad.

  • homer_telemah

    Interstellar ? Guardians ? ……

    • Memes of the Galaxy, I don’t think so.

    • Clepto

      Guardians of the Galaxy was such an overrated film. It sucked kiddies balls. Gone Girl was okay, but Interstellar is by far much better.

      • Facundo

        Such a 9gag movie. And the script was sooo cliche!

      • Scheme Gene

        Interstellar was trash. It brought nothing that Kubrick and others haven’t already brought to the table.

        Flies into a black hole,SURVIVES spaghettification, the insane amounts of radiation, enters a tesseract put there by…. future humans?Aliens?THEY?
        Sure it’s fiction but far too many Nolanites cite Kip Thorne in it’s defense.

  • Sameh Nassar

    Come on ! Interstellar should be at least on the list !

  • Interstellar definitely deserves a spot here…and about Gone Girl…I didnt like it much…Someone explain these things to me please and maybe I ll like it….I havent read the novel so any help would be appreciated

    1- She somehow convinced the police that the guy kidnapped her right and the police wont go there to check. ? There were
    cameras and when she entered the house with Desi, it must have been recorded. There must be the recording of first few days.

    2- Why would the guy try to burn the diary in ben’s father’s apartment and how does he know where his father lives ? It
    raises questions..

    3- She says that she lost a lot of blood in the kidnapping process but the police didnt check for wounds. There must be wounds
    all over her body. (in real there arent because she faked it)

    4- she said that Desi kidnapped her . what if he was in his office or in a bar with some other guy. It will work as an alibi. She didnt even know where desi was ..and the police didnt even check.

    5- according to her, Desi kidnapped her and then cleans the blood off floor. It must have took 20-30 minutes but he couldnt
    wait 5 more minutes to see if the diart is completely burnt ?

    6- She came home covered in blood, then they went to hospital but the hospital guys didn’t wash the blood off her
    and she comes back home covered in blood ? WTF

    7- Ben found the stuff in the woodshed, why didn’t he move it if he knew it could raise questions ?
    he knew that police will arrest him if they find it. If he wanted them to find it then why didnt he tell them about it.

    8- She purchased the stuff with ben’s CC, god that is a lot of stuff, Nobody saw it when it got delivered ?
    She hides it in ben’s sister’s aprtment and ben’s sister didnt notice?

    9- There might be fingerprints on that stuff..They didnt even check..also who signed the receipt when it got delivered.
    It wasnt ben.

    10- A girl who is complete phycho, tries to frame you for her murder , kills another guy in process by slitting his throat
    and you chose to live with her ? What the Fuck

    I am not saying movie was bad everything was good except these things..If someone can exaplain these things, I might watch it again to clear the doubts,,.

    • Luis

      that movie sucks donkey balls!

      • which one? Interstellar or Gone Girl?

        • Luis

          GONE GIRL! what a waste of time, the story line is good but the perfomance was awful, Interestellar should have taken this spot.

          • Stelios Zesiades

            Gone Girl is my favourite 2014 movie so I have to respectfully disagree. The performances by Rosamund Pike and Carrie Coon were oscar-worthy imo and Ben Affleck was also stellar. Interstellar on the other hand, albeit also really good had some flaws which distracted from the whole experience. Great movie though, in my top 10 for sure.

          • Only good performances don’t make a movie great…Can you please clear my doubts regarding the movie ??? Read the spoilers…

          • Khoi Nguyen

            I’m 100% agree with you about Gone Girl. Great atmosphere with great acting from a good book makes a great movie. So glad you notice Carrie Coon as Margo. Don’t get me wrong, Rosamund Pike was phenomenal, she stole the show. However, Carrie Coon shined along with Rosamund for me but didn’t get the recognition she deserved.

    • Milad Mohammadi

      Hi,
      I think the question that you asked are totally right, but it’s based on your viewpoint on the affair, not the FBI or case detective officer of the story!
      I think that the story is absolutely complete and have nothing to miss out a little details!
      But the cinematography of this movie is weaker than the David Fincher’s ability based on his record on Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, The Game and even the girl with a dragon tattoo.

    • abhishek merukar

      Completely agree. The storyline had big gaping holes in it. When you make a brainy movie, such illogical things don’t fit in and ruin it.
      I think people were just blown away with the acting and “Wtf, she’s so crazy” emotion and never questioned the story logically as you have. I pretty much had same questions when i walked out of the cinema.

  • seatlegirl

    Okay. The onces i have seen on this list really deserve to be there. All except Fury. Saying that there is no romanticizing or heroes in this film is just ridiculous to me. I haven’t seen a bigger “American hero” propaganda since I don’t know when. The actors were good, the music and cinematography great, however it was too much of a predictable war movie whivh I honestly did not enjoy. All this said, this article and my comment are all personal opinions, not office box-based facts so I have to respect your favorites. P. S. I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar twice in the cinema and aftet Whiplash it is indeed my favorite one this year. Hope we get as much great films yo watch next year.

  • Ahmed Ehab El Ghoneimy

    Why don’t you just call it The Best 20 HOLLYWOOD movies of 2014?

    • Unkle Amon

      Many films on this list are not Hollywood production.

  • zeke

    I am beyond exhuasted with the praise Birdman has unrelentlessly recieved. I think (as do a lot of my friends) that Birdman is a terrible mess.

    • Xanian

      Just relentlessly. The ‘un’ is not required.

    • JJ Carrier

      Wrong…next poster please

  • oldmonk

    No Winter Sleep?

    • Jérôme Blanchet

      Don’t expect people to praise Winter Sleep here. They are not from that level. and they will certainly not understand that Winter Sleep carry the spirit of Tarkovsky. People here want stories, not cinema. They will talk about screenplay and actors performance. No body care about cinematography and high art.

      • Isabelle

        Dude, get off your high horse. You’re on no different level than any other cinephile, or any person for that matter. There is no high or low art, there is only art, and different kinds of it.

        • Jérôme Blanchet

          Actually, High Art is an official term, and only classical example of defensive behavior will try to convince themselves that this concept doesn’t exist. There is no (high horse) or (ego), just learn the term.

          • Isabelle

            I’m not denying that high art is an official term. I’m just calling it bullshit, because it’s creating useless hierarchies in an already too oppressive world. I believe in art in all its forms. And yes, you are very high on that horse when you speak of other people not being on the same level as you.

          • Jérôme Blanchet

            I don’t see the point to be on high horse since the only way to learn is to talk with persons who know more than ourselves. Don’t see me as a person on high horse, see me as a person who honestly hope you will make me learn something, but it is just not happening. You can hate terms officially approved by the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, but I don’t believe it will make you more knowledgeable in cinema history. You can start your own revolution, but I don’t think you have the passion of Steve Jobs to succeed with that.

  • disqus_tcxfSGt7JY

    Dear Sir: “It’s” is a contraction for “it is.” It is NEVER used as a possessive pronoun configuration. Therefore, in passages of your writing, such as ‘It’s supporting ensemble cast, featuring the likes of Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone,’ those of us among your readers who know better realize that you are incorrectly saying ‘IT IS supporting ensemble cast,” etc. Please only use i-t-s with an apostrophe between the t and the s when it is correctly needed as a contraction for “it is.” The citation I include is not your only time making this gaffe in this list of yours.

    Also, INTERSTELLAR should NOT be on this list. Where, however, is LOVE IS STRANGE, a beautiful film by Ira Sachs.

    • Guest

      Yeah, cuz Lucy was much interesting by far… Chill your tits mate. It’s obviously a typo.

    • Clepto

      Yeah, cuz Lucy was much interesting by far… Chill your tits mate. Its obviously a typo 😉

  • Youssef Ksentini

    under the skin is one of the best movies ever made …

    • andres muluc

      if by “best” you mean overrated artsy sci-fi bullshit

      • Brian Lussier

        Best ever made is indeed strong, but it was still one of this year’s best. And although I wouldn’t call THE best of the year, I would call it my favorite.

  • David

    Fury, Gone Girl and Nightcrawler are waaaay on top of this list… At least you guys didn’t put Interstellar in it. Deux Jours Une Nuit should’ve been at least in the top 5. And no Babadook or Princess Kaguya? Shame on you.

  • Seif

    Snowpiercer, Interstellar, and Ida are missing. Great to see such an underrated gem like The Double on the list though!

    • Jaives

      Snowpiercer is technically 2013. it was delayed four months in the US.

  • Ray Ricardo

    blue ruin should be on the list too

    • Harris K Telemacher

      This. That thing blew me away. I can’t wait for Green Room.

  • Brandon Thompson

    I haven’t seen everything this year but here is my list of movies that i have seen and ranked

    note: As i live in Australia movies like birdman and award contenders don’t come out to January and February. Also if i went off Australian release dates movies like 12 years a slave, blue is the warmest color and wolf of wall street would be on this list but i have gone off american dates.

    1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2) Boyhood
    3) Gone Girl
    4) Predestination
    5) The Double (i’m glad to see someone like that movie as much as me)
    6) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    7) Big Hero 6
    8) Nightcrawler
    9) X-Men: DoFP
    10) The Maze Runner
    11) The Lego Movie
    12) The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
    13) Robocop
    14) Guardians of the Galaxy
    15) Amazing Spider-man 2
    16) TMNT

    • kato

      tmnt? spiderman 2???? hobbit bofa???? r you kidding?

      • Brandon Thompson

        Nope, TMNT had a very baddly written plot, dialogue and characters, ASM 2 was extremely uneven and BoFA was stupid and I hope Peter Jackson never does another middle earth film (I love the LorR films)

    • Susan

      Please see Whiplash. Its so much better than Boyhood or Birdman. Birdman would be on your list if you saw it too. Mr. Turner is also worth seeing. St. Vincent too.

      • Brandon Thompson

        Hello Susan
        I’ve alot more since and here is my updated list
        Also note the lack of foreign language movies (E.G. 2 days 1 night, winter sleep, stranger by the lake, mommy and more) is because I prefer to watch movies on DVD or the cinemas instead of online or downloading them so I am waiting for them to come out on DVD.

        (1-11 were the great movies)
        1) Under the Skin
        2) Whiplash
        3) The Double
        4) Gone Girl
        5) The Grand Budapest Hotel
        6) The Wind Rises
        7) Snowpiecer
        8) Boyhood
        9) Predestination
        10) The Raid 2
        11) Birdman

        (12-22 were good movies but lacked a bit)
        12) Nightcrawler
        13) Captain America 2
        14) John Wick
        15) Locke
        16) Foxcatcher
        17) Interstellar
        18) The Maze Runner
        19) American Sniper
        20) X-men: Days of Futures Past
        21) Godzilla
        22) The Lego Movie

        (23-26 were alright movies)
        23) Big Hero 6
        24) 22 Jump Street
        25) The Hobbit 3
        26) Penguins of Madagascar

        (27-30 were Golden Raspberry material)
        27) Robocop
        28) I, Frankenstein
        29) The Amazing Spider-Man 2
        30) TMNT

        • Susan

          Glad you saw Whiplash and loved it. Was J.K. Simmons great or what! I missed Under the Skin when it was out, but it will be on cable soon. Mr. Turner probably has not reached you yet. Its not a great film, but Tim Spall’s performance was unbelievable. Turner was both repulsive and compassionate at the same time. Many of Mike Leigh’s ensemble cast is in it. Tim Spall’s performance in Secrets and Lies is still with me all these years later. I watch it every time its on cable. Many of the films on your list I would never see. I can’t watch animated films now that my son has outgrown them – I saw too many bad ones. Robocop, The Hobbit, Captain America, Godzilla and Jump Street are not the type of genre films I see. I did enjoy Kingsman a lot. You should see it. Its a hoot. Very entertaining. Really funny and the action sequences great. Colin Firth was unbelievable in it. Truly great. See you at the movies.

  • _______

    where are maps to the stars,locke,winter sleep,leviathan and enemy?

    • Brian Lussier

      Enemy sucked.

      • Gioel Giammusso

        Locke had one of the best scripts, Enemy was difficult to grasp but I enjoyed Gyllenhaal’s performance nevertheless. And the ending was very disturbing. In a good way.

    • HLLH

      Enemy is from 2013.

  • Tom S. May

    “The Rover portrays Australia Mad-Max style”

    That is an incredibly stupid sentence. “Australian post-apocalypse film portrays Australia Australian post-apocalypse style”. On top of that, it plain doesn’t do that. The tone/style/point of the post apocalypse in both films could not be further apart. This entire article is rushed, pointless and very shallow.

  • killQuin .

    Though “The Double” was good, “Enemy” deserves to be here, much more than “The Double”.

    • Facundo

      Of course not, Ayoade has made a AMAZING adaptation of Dostoyevsky clasic, you can put that fucking cliche movie instead of “The Double”

      • nvicente

        Dude, Enemy is also an adaptation of a classic – by the nobel prize winner José Saramago.

        • Facundo

          Yea i know that, from the book “el hombre duplicado”. But they made it just like a holywood movie, and it was a cliche before a cliche. it sucked.

          • nvicente

            I was just making sure that you knew it. And btw, that title is in spanish. José Saramago is portuguese. The original title is “O Homem Duplicado”.

  • Susan

    Whiplash is no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3.

    • Harris K Telemacher

      Definitely my favourite movie of the year.

  • Leo Hijo de Ladrón

    Interstellar

  • Devin Costello

    no Wild? Imitation Game? Interstellar? A Most Wanted Man? St. Vincent?

    Inherent Vice was crap, compared to the book and PTA’s past work.

    Grand Budapest was a joke- all style, no substance, c’mon!

    • Scheme Gene

      Imitation game is one that should be on here.
      Interstellar, no… Grand Budapest, No.
      I was really disappointed with Inherent Vice and I was super looking forward to it.
      I’ll give your other ones a look.

    • Lou Kelly

      I agree re Grand Budapest. One of the most boring movies of all time. All pretty backdrops. No substance.

    • Harris K Telemacher

      God I’m so glad someone else said this about Budapest. Aside from Fantastic Mister Fox, Anderson hasn’t made anything worthwhile since Rushmore.

  • Paul Ashraf

    Where is Interstellar? It’s not the best movie ever made.. but it desreves a spot on this list.

  • Iván Solorio

    I didn’t even like Interstellar but… Marsh’s Theory of Soap Opera is here and Nolan’s flick isn’t? At least Interstellar had interesting ideas (yet undeveloped and never deeply explored) but I’d take it over Marsh’s hammy shit any day.

  • Tublu Roy

    Imitation Game?

  • kato

    interstellar should be on the list!!! And maybe Relatos Salvajes too. What about Selma?

  • Лѣвовъ

    Well, I’d say pretty bad taste of cinema that you have Sir, according to this list

  • Konstantin Yamada

    The Raid 2 ?? Is this supposed to be a joke? If you think Raid 2 is one of the best 2014 movies…then You, my friend, should not be writing for a movie website.

  • TBP100

    I know I’m being picky here, but is it really asking so much in this day and age to include the diacritical marks for Spanish names? It’s González Iñárritu Spanish spelling is almost completely phonetic, and the names would be pronounced very differently without the marks. It’s not like any computer/word processing software made in the last decade—or longer—doesn’t have all the right markings easily available, or that there aren’t millions of native Spanish speakers all over the world who must surely groan at the fact that even an Oscar winning director can’t get his named spelled correctly in the media.

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  • laloda

    Fury was bullshit

    • José Rafael Solis Corps

      Yes, i would’ve taken out Fury or The Double, and put in Interstellar.

  • Zheng J

    I don’t like American Sniper, Fury or Gone Girl. All too overrated

  • Léolo Carrasco López

    Where’s Interstellar? Damn, what’s with all of you guys from websites and cinema mags, why you all ignore that movie? I just can’t understand.

  • Gioel Giammusso

    Nightcrawler was one of the movies I enjoyed most last year.
    People seem to confuse their love for a director with appreciation of a good film. Everybody loves Nolan and I enjoyed Interstellar very much and I think it certainly was one of the best movies from a purely visual perspective. But the film had it’s emphasis on the character and the (love) story which was very weak. Too bad though, I’m a sucker for hard science movies 🙂

  • American Sniper was one of the great story

  • Vincenzo Politi

    The Double???? Naaaaaaaaaaa!

  • St.Patrick

    Birdman worst movie of decade

  • TroubleChild

    Missing Ida, Selma, The Babadook, Force Majeure, Love is Strange and Life Itself. Also, Boyhood was rated a little low in my book, as was Two Days, One Night

  • JJ Carrier

    Calvary is one of the best movies dealing with the failures of the Catholic church post Vatican 2…a chilling film which is not for the kind at heart

    • Harris K Telemacher

      That movie broke me. I think it was more than a commentary on the church. I think it may be a comment on how sometimes peoples’ moralities ARE black and white. Sometimes there isn’t a grey area. And to balance out the black, an act of extreme sacrifice is required.

  • Qualiarella18

    join this cinema forums :

    http://www.welikecinema.com/

  • Alma Saucedo

    nightcrawler? gone girl? if anything they should be the last to of the list. imo.

  • Edgar Soberón Torchia

    Bof!

  • Edgar Soberón Torchia

    Another joke. “About us” says “our focus on World Cinema and Classics make us different”. Well, this list has nothing to do with this statement. Ugly.

  • Jacob Palacio

    It’s a pretty solid list, but it’s missing one movie and one movie only: Enemy. That film is phenomenal and should be on every 2014 list. But good list regardless!

  • Chrisychipz

    No Leviathan?! And I know it was gross but I thought Wetlands was really good too

  • jai

    Who the hell is “Ray” Fiennes??

  • jannik

    1. Nightcrawler
    2. Whiplash
    3. Snowpiercer
    4. Guardians of the Galaxy
    5. The Guest
    6. Grand Budapest Hotel
    7. Frank
    8. The Babadook
    9. Birdman
    10. Edge of Tomorrow
    11. The Sacrament
    12. Starred Up
    13. Gone Girl
    14. Horns
    15. The Zero Theorem
    16. Captain America 2
    17.The Raid 2
    18. How To Train Your Dragon 2
    19. Honeymoon
    20. Foxcatcher

    Honorable Mentions: Dom Hemingway, The Lego Movie, Under The Skin, Interstellar, Enemy, Stromberg: Der Film, The Rover, Child of God, Inherent Vice, Blue Ruin.

    2014 was epic. All my hon. mentions would’ve been in at least my top 15 in other years and there still are so many entertaining niche films like John Wick, Predestination or What We Do In The Shadows. This was easily the best film year I’ve witnessed “live” so far.

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  • Ted Wolf

    there’s a handful I hadn’t seen. Thanks for including Rover, which I saw kind of as a Mad Max sequel. My personal favorite of that year (and high on your list) was Nightcrawler.

  • Mitique

    Nice top! Please check out my top of my best films in 2014:

    http://bommaucinefilo.blogspot.pt/2016/03/top-20-filmes-2014.html