The Best Movies of 2014

Some Thoughts On My Original 2014 Top Ten

My list of Honorable Mentions is plenty, but I've finally put together my list of the Top Ten Movies of 2014 and I feel pretty happy about it. It was tough moving a few of these titles down the line, but in the end I'm even happy about the order of things.

Last Updated: April 20, 2015

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The Top Ten


Birdman (2014)

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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Whiplash (2014)

Directed by Damien Chazelle

In Whiplash, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability -- and his sanity.

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Locke (2014)

Directed by Steven Knight

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has the perfect family and a dream job, but a phone call forces him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl (2014)

Directed by David Fincher

Gone Girl - directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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Mommy (2014)

Directed by Xavier Dolan

A widowed single mother (Dorval), raising her violent son (Pilon) alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor (Clement) inserts herself into the mother and son's household, providing the mother with needed support.

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Boyhood (2014)

Directed by Richard Linklater

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue". Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

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Nightcrawler (2014)

Directed by Dan Gilroy

Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of L.A. crime journalism. Joining a group of freelance camera crews who film marketable mayhem, Lou makes his own place at the table, aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news. Blurring the line between observer and perpetrator, Lou finds his calling in a murderous world reduced to transactions.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Directed by Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Directed by Doug Liman

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

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The Guest

The Guest (2014)

Directed by Adam Wingard

A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

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  • Ivan

    I can only discuss which movies seems to have potential for top 10 this time next year. Monuments men, Gone girl, Interstellar, Inherent vice, Fox catcher,....

    • Guest

      Cool, I see I'm not the only one who actually liked Monuments Men. Even though I think it's too mediocre for a best of the year list personally...

  • cen0bite

    Cheap Thrills, Run & Jump and Someone Marry Barry are the best 2014 releases I've seen so far.

  • swb

    ton site a retenu toute mon attention. .

  • MADvillz

    where can I find a list of the best movies of all time? accurate

  • Oren Carstensen

    i like the first one Locke (2014), i think it's a good story. Film Streaming

  • Frank

    I guess you don't share the same love for The Lego Movie as most people did.

    That is still my favorite 2014 movie so far. I also really liked Grand Budapest and Captain America 2.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Can't wait to see Venus In Fur, i hear it's great. Only Lovers Left Alive is my current No.1, such a class act.

  • Silga

    Calvary is the best film I've seen this year. Heavenly Shift is my #2.

  • Heath Cowart

    So far, I have (in alphabetical order) Boyhood, Captain America 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie and The Raid 2.

  • Steve Crobie

    I think the only two films that are top 10 worthy for me so far are Under The Skin and Budapest Hotel.
    Boyhood, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Double are at the top of the must-see list!

  • Carlos.

    Saw Grand Budapest Hotel last night and love it. Thought it was vastly superior to anything that has come out so far this year. A++

  • Trevor Phillips

    This list is invalid until THE RAID 2 is on it.

    • Max

      Then I guess it's gonna be invalid for all eternity.

    • maja

      Looks like it just got validated.

  • robinthemind

    I'm so glad to see DoFP in there. Probably won't remain in the actual top 10, but still.

    Finally saw Budapest and though I liked it and the he has perfected his style to outright eerie levels, Royal Tenenbaums is still far and away his strongest film imo.

    FFS I really have to watch Linklater's stuff.

  • crapo

    Informative and
    relevant as always. Look forward to reading more related post Caribbean

  • Oren Carstensen

    j'ai vu tous ces films, ils sont vraiment les meilleurs dans cet année 2014. Film Streaming

  • disqus_eClptFS30L

    "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Locke" are great, "Only Lovers Left Alive" was good, I found The Rover interesting but that was it.

  • laragenille

    Amazing Streaming movies you are sharing!

  • KQ

    Brad, You did not review "A Most Wanted Man" it comes in this list....???

    • Burt Mizaki

      I'm pretty sure I read an A- review of it on the page, but hey I could be wrong.

      • KQ

        Review came online right when i was commenting :-)

  • Shane Burke

    "and I may have recently seen a movie worthy of topping Boyhood as the best movie of the year..."
    If it's Interstellar than you've restored all my hope.

    • Chris138

      I don't believe he has seen it yet, so I assumed he was talking about Birdman. That would make sense since he gave it an A+.

      • Burt Mizaki

        There were a lot of screeners of Interstellar for critics lately, so who knows? Maybe it takes time to write down your thoughts on a movie that I hope it is. But you're right, he probably did mean Birdman.

  • Alex Thomas

    Awesome list, I can't wait to catch a few of these.

    My top 10 at this stage (in somewhat of an order): Enemy, Whiplash, Gone Girl, What We Do In The Shadows, Mommy, Neighbours, Wish I Was Here, Obvious Child, The Raid 2 and It Follows.

    4 of the next 5 are all on your list though (Edge of Tomorrow, The Grand Budapest Hotel, X-Men, Boyhood)

  • Silga

    My Top 10

    1. The Imitation Game
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Calvary
    4. Mr. Turner
    5. Winter Sleep
    6. Marshland
    7. Chef
    8. The Turning
    9. Sea Fog
    10. God's Pocket

    I think Edge of Tomorrow is one of the most overrated blockbusters. Mommy was also a disappointment. And Gone Girl.. well, it was just terrible.

    • Abstractual

      What happened to Life Itself?

      • Silga

        What do you mean "what happened"?

        • Abstractual

          I went and looked at your ranked list on Letterboxd after I saw your post, and I saw Life Itself listed as one of the 5's. I realize now that you saw Life Itself after you posted the list above.

          • Silga

            Oh, yes. I saw Life Itself after I posted this. And it was an amazing documentary about my favorite film critic. I credit Roger Ebert for inspiring my love for film through his wonderful reviews and books that I own.

  • JN Films

    My Top Ten so far:

    1. Boyhood (A+)
    2. Gone Girl (A)
    3. Life Itself (A)
    4. The Normal Heart (A-)
    5. How to Train Your Dragon (A-)
    6. Noah (A-)
    7. The Lego Movie (A-)
    8. The Fault in Our Stars (A-)
    9. X-Men: Days of Future’s Past (A-)
    10. The Grand Budapest Hotel (B+)

    • Michael

      Glad I'm not the only person who liked Noah.

      • JN Films

        In the same boat. It's quite a stellar movie and I had it at an A for awhile.

  • Abstractual

    I'll bite, dynamic top ten:
    1. Two Days, One Night (A)
    2. The Double (A)
    3. Ilo Ilo (A)
    4. Coherence (A-)
    5. Stray Dogs (B+)
    6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (B+)
    7. Whiplash (B+)
    8. Only Lovers Left Alive (B+)
    9. Like Father, Like Son (B)
    10. Manakamana (B)

    I expect this to potentially change a lot very soon, as I'll be seeing Goodbye to Language, Winter Sleep, Birdman and Force Majeure within the next 3 days, perhaps some others as well.

  • Amanda

    Wild Tales is the best film !!

  • Nicky Odujirin

    My top ten so far is:
    1. Boyhood
    2. Birdman
    3. Whiplash
    4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    5. Interstellar
    6. A Second Chance
    7. Calvary
    8. Nightcrawler
    9. Only Lovers Left Alive
    10. Clouds of Sils Maria

    Oh boy, the last to spots were especially difficult to fill.

  • Xarnis

    currently my top 10...

    1. Foxcatcher
    2. Gone Girl
    3. Whiplash
    4. Nightcrawler
    5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    6. Night Moves
    7. Only Lovers Left Alive
    8. Under the Skin
    9. Calvary
    10. Interstellar

  • Michael

    Let's see if I can make a current top ten...

    1. Nightcrawler
    2. Boyhood
    3. Locke
    4. Calvary
    5. Whiplash

    That seems like a pretty clear top five for now, after that it gets more hazy and subject to change

    6. Birdman
    7. Noah
    8. The Raid 2
    9. Edge of Tomorrow
    10. Only Lovers Left Alive (or maybe Interstellar or Gone Girl, it's a fight for that 10 spot)

    Still need to see some notable movies that aren't in wide release yet as of 12/11.

  • Corbin

    My current Top 10:

    1. Whiplash
    2. Birdman
    3. Gone Girl
    4. Fury (it really hit, what can I say?)
    5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    6. Nightcrawler
    7. Interstellar
    8. The Drop
    9. Boyhood
    10. Edge of Tomorrow

  • Michael

    2014 was a pretty good year but I think Nightcrawler was the only movie that might make it on my "all-time favorites that I rewatch over and over" list.

    2013 had three of those - Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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  • Michael

    Ok my opinion of The Grand Budapest Hotel improved immensely on rewatch. The first viewing was spoiled by how much the trailer revealed, but on second viewing that no longer mattered and I could appreciate the lovely confection unfolding before me.

    Revised top ten as of now -

    1) Nightcrawler
    2) Whiplash
    3) The Grand Budapest Hotel
    4) A Most Violent Year
    5) Boyhood
    6) Locke
    7) Calvary
    8) Birdman
    9) Noah
    10) Edge of Tomorrow