Best Movies of 2014

The Top Ten

1 Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians: Slightly overrated, but it's still great

Lego Movie: Everything is awesome, except for the Academy

Winter Soldier: Favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Interstellar: Was my most anticipated movie of 2014, and it mostly delivered, but the ending was too sappy and happily-ever-after

Days of Future Past: love this movie! It's my all-time favorite Marvel movie

Dawn of the Apes: A masterpiece on a Shakespearean scale

Mockingjay Part 1: Slow, but well-made, Catching Fire is still way better

Whiplash: My favorite film of 2014! This will be a classic in the future

Edge of Tomorrow: Surprisingly badass and smart, but not a lot of people saw it because the marketing was terrible

Big Hero 6: One of Disney's best

My favorite movies that aren't in the Top 10: Fury, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Birdman, The Babadook, Nightcrawler, Locke, John Wick, and 22 Jump Street

This movie was just fantastic. I enjoyed this movie so much it was so funny, it had amazing action scenes, and an amazing cast and characters. Chris Pratt as Star lord was just perfect, who else for granita but Zoe Saldana, Dave did a great job as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot was just perfect, and Bradly Cooper as Rocket was just 100% fantastic. This is definitely not one of your average marvel movies, the best one I've seen in a long time, better than avengers, this movie was just amazing.

I agree awesome movie loved no matter how many times you see it its awesome and you never get tired of it.

It was hard picking out of this, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Dragon 2 or X-men Days of Future Past but I ended up with this. Why? Because it's a great mix of Action, Comedy and awesome superheroes! Also Groot, Rocket and Star Lord are some of the best characters in movie history in my opinion! And the cast was great, especially Chris Pratt as Star Lord! Overall, this movie is completely badass! P. S I'm really surprised that 22 Jump Street and How to Train your dragon 2 isn't even in the top 10! WHAT!

That's because How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street were just lazy sequels to franchises that arguably didn't need or even deserve sequels. Guardians of the Galaxy was a completely fresh franchise (to most people) that really lifted the movie industry from its usual pile of smelly old cliches and awful money grabbing ventures.

What do you get when you mix stunning visuals, great voice acting and real acting, an excellently crafted story and a stagnant movie industry. The Answer: Guardians of the Galaxy! - tomovista10

One of the best marvel movies - Ilikegames

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2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Without a doubt, the best movie Marvel has released in years - it even tops the avengers! An awesome movie that is filled with action, drama, character development and plenty of suspense! A thriller worth seeing a few times over!

I honestly did not know captain america was such a badass hero until I saw this movie, although I feel it shouldn't be this high in the list - LookFlyingToast

Shouldn't be so low. I loved Lego and GotG and Interstellar, but this is right up there with them as best of 2014. I don't know anyone who doesn't like this movie; it totally changed up the Marvel universe in a new and exciting way. There's really no downside

Good movie but too overrated.

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3 The Lego Movie

Fantastic voice acting, incredible animation, awesome soundtrack (see what I did there? ), laugh-out-loud humor, and very impressive plot. This is definitely my favorite movie of 2014 so far.

The big surprise of the year, Guardians of the galaxy was great but I gotta give my vote to this one because of what they did, great story, songs and great voice acting. WAS FANTASTIC

Rarely can I say that a movie was hands down my favorite movie of the year, and it's even more rare for it to be an animated movie, but this movie was really good.

I LOVE this movie, one of my all time favorite animated movies. It's such a creative idea about the master builders. The jokes are perfect, the characters are perfect, the movie is perfect! - PeeledBanana

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4 X-Men: Days of Future Past

An explosive burst of awesomeness! It manages to balance a great script with gorgeous special effects perfectly, which makes up for a highly compelling and entertaining blockbuster. Everyone's on their best and it's an absolute treat watching the character interactions. A marvelous thrill ride from start to finish. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

This was a great year for movies and I saw every movie on the top 10 except for Fault in our Stars and even thought each of these movies were awesome, no film did I have a better experience watching then this. I was never a fan of the X Men films before this, and watching this the first time, I was so surprised by how good it was and how much I cared about the characters. Great movie!

Calling this better than any other movie of the year would be a complete understatement. X-Men: Days of Future Past is, besides The Dark Knight, the greatest superhero movie ever made. Just watch the movie and see for yourself.


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5 Interstellar

First movie ever that made me cry openly. I didn't cry at the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, not at the Fault In Our Stars, not at any movie that others considered sad. Just this one. I don't know why, but this movie is so raw and emotional for me, and the music swells and falls silent at just the right moments, instead of those lame movies with music at moments where the audience is groaning inwards because it was so obviously at the wrong time, so it becomes cheesy. I don't know why I would cry at this one, but I'm weird. I absolutely, positively LOVE this movie. Deserves 7 awards, at the very least.

Really Great Movie, But I wouldn't consider it on par with films like Whiplash, The Imitation Game or Birdman. It's moments are very twisted and memorable and it's defiantly original however it's not the hype of legends like many would think nor does it set a standard for films in out of space (To be fair no one can beat 2001). But it's still a credit to Christopher Nolan and Johnathan Nolan's out of the box thinking. But compare to Inception it's The Dark Knight Rises of Christopher Nolan's IN trilogy. - Drewstar

To say that this movie blew me away doesn't do it justice. This is not just my favorite movie of 2014, it's my favorite movie OF ALL TIME. The acting is impeccable, and the plot is So. Darn. GOOD!
The soundtrack is perfect too, falling silent at all the right moments. It's a VERY intense movie, but it's so beautifully... human. I feel like this movie changed me, inspired me. I didn't even know that screenplays could be this good! In other words: no matter what the critics say, INTERSTELLAR is bound to become a classic.

Watch the Prestige instead!

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6 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Really? Hunger Games at #6? Come on, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was AMAZING! Best CGI EVER, stellar performances by Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman, an awesome plot, and epic action scenes all add up to this amazing film that put the Planet of the Apes franchise back in business. Guardians of the Galaxy was overrated.

Not to mention Andy Serkis' Batman impression as Caesar was cool. Not literally a Batman impression, but if you've seen the movie, you'll get what I mean...

I have to agree this movie was awesome especially when Caesar almost died sad. I can't believe that its only 7 it should be 3

A great big step from its previous film, giving me the same feeling I got after The dark knight and avengers. Everything was so fleshed out and made with such care that you felt for the apes and the humans which caused a problem for which side you hope wins

I loved the Hobbit movie almost as much as this, but decided on Planet of The Apes 2 because of how original it is--yes I said is, it's original. The movie has nearly nothing to do with the old movies and has a much different tone than the first movie in the reboot series.


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7 Whiplash

Absolutely amazing. THAT ENDING left me sweating because of the absolute intensity of it. I loved every second of it. I've seen it three times and I don't look away once. Whenever I blink, I get a little sad because of it. Boyhood and Birdman are the other two films that I think should get first with The Lego Movie not far behind, but this one takes the cake. Absolutely amazing. - footballwhizz

Whiplash deserves to be much higher in my opinion! How is it lower than Godzilla and The Maze Runner? Stellar sound mixing, filming, editing and directing, and JK Simmons was amazing, he totally deserved his Oscar. I think Miles Teller should have got more credit to, I think he's an amazing actor. Everything about this movie was wonderful, best movie of 2014 in my opinion!

I love this movie. I love the music because it is amazing. Fletcher was scary the first time, he made his band successful which is amazing. I love Whiplash with Miles Teller from Divergent in it. Miles Teller had trouble with the difference of rushing and dragging the first time, but he worked hard on it, so. Good Movie

One of the best films of the decade, much less 2014. If you haven't seen it you're missing out.

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8 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Wow, Just wow. It was... depressing. I don't know if I like it or not. I usually am not a big fan of intense movies like that, but this I have to vote for. Amazing movie, great plot, etc. My favorite movie is the 1st one, but still, well done.

Hey guys remember that part when... oh wait, THIS MOVIE HASN"T EVEN COME OUT YET!

Movie hasnt came out yet

This movie was boring, honestly, I think this one is very overrated for no reason. A lot of movies in the top should be higher than this one... - Olive855

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9 Big Hero 6

How is this NOT higher! It's was an amazing movie! It had smooth beautiful animation, awesome and detailed plot, wasn't a musical, didn't involve a love story, had great humor, mad you wanna laugh and cry, need I go in?

The Lego Movie was HILARIOUS! Guardians of the Galaxy was epic. The Fault In Our Stars was heart wrenching. And Captain America was so AWESOME. But this movie was all of that. ALL OF IT. BIG HERO 6 won the Oscar for BEST ANIMATED PICTURE. Wake up people. This should be in the Top 10. And the Top 5. Where? I don't know, because I liked the above mentioned movies. BUT it should be there, so click your checkmarks and vote.

Why is this so low?!? It was the most AWESOME movies this year!

WHAT? This movie was so good. It was hilarious!

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10 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I guess I'm biased because I'm from New Zealand (No, this movie did NOT come from Hollywood) But this movie took my breath away. Superior to it's predecessors in every way, this movie truly captures the enticing magic of the even more amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy in a strange, morbidly epic fashion.

I loved this movie maybe not as much as the previous two but it was still good. Never read the books so I never expected Smaug to be killed so early in the movie I thought that would be the final battle or something. But nevertheless it was a great movie.

Come on guys... Vote for it... Its exactly a masterpiece and in my opinion best movie of 2014 in every sense. The fighting scenes and the visual effects were heavenly good plus the amazing cast and their far more amazing display.

Good movie, though not a mind blowing like Return of the King. But still great - zxm

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The Newcomers

? Batman: Assault on Arkham
? Son of Batman

The Contenders

11 Nightcrawler

Hands down best movie of 2014! Nightcrawler for the win- you have to know good acting and storyline when you see it!

My personal favorite movie of 2014.

My second best film of the year, only Guardians of the Galaxy comes before it. - Raxez

The poster is wrong

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12 Boyhood

The Fault in Our Stars? Mockingjay? GODZILLA? What in the world is wrong with you, people? 2014 was such a stunning year for film and you guys decide to settle for such mediocrity. You are really missing out on some incredible works of art, such as Leviathan, Whiplash, Wild Tales, Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nightcrawler, Mommy and, of course, Boyhood.
This film is a masterpiece. It is an utterly unique and absolutely satisfying experience you can't quite bottle. So, come on, guys. I know your high school mates want to see Transformers, but it doesn't kill to watch well-made films every once in a while. Go see Boyhood. I swear it will be worth it.

I agree with you on everything, Boyhood was one of the most realistic and beautiful films ever made. The soundtrack to it probably adds to the nostalgia of people of my/our generation as well. This, Imitation Game, Calvary, Interstellar were probably the best but Boyhood on 1! - Bicyclerepairman

This one is tied for first on my list. I personally loved the emotional and physical intensity of Whiplash. The thing I loved about this movie? The realistic portrayal of an average American boyhood that one would experience in this situation. The aging of 12 years on screen in one movie that actually told a story was absolutely mind blowing. The script was really good and so was the acting. Richard Linklater is the God of independent filmmaking. He's made Dazed and Confused, Before Midnight, Before Sunset, Before Sunset, Waking Life, Bernie, and now this. I don't think this man can do wrong. - footballwhizz

Boyhood is all just a load of smoke and mirrors that will be forgotten in a few months time while Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6 will be loved by generations to come.

It took 12 years to make, I think it's because they used the same actor, I'll watch it some day. - PeeledBanana

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13 Godzilla

You got to be kidding me, this is in 8th place? I came all the way here and waited to see Godzilla get only in 8th place? Well, if you don't know Godzilla, just buy it on the 16th of September and sit down and enjoy watching Godzilla beat up some monsters!

This movie wasn't good, why is it on here? - MFK

Jeez, just because its your second favorite movie doesn't mean you have to tell someone "get over it." - Trollsfan536

I was waiting for so long for this to come out, and when it did I was AMAZED! Yeah, I wished Godzilla had more screen time but it was still awesome.

The best movie of the Year! It was great that he had only 10 minutes of screen time, because it would have been a boring battle like the Heishei series. - Fireboy

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14 Edge of Tomorrow

One of the most underrated movies this year

If a highly praised film maker like Christopher Nolan was attached to Edge of Tomorrow, it would have been the film of the year. Instead Nolan turned to making "clever", overlong, complex, confident and non-nonsensical yak fest films which are praised because they are original and so complicated, viewers are transfixed into feeling they saw something magnificent, when in reality it was just a unrefined mess. (inception, Interstellar)

One of the most exciting movies of the year- deserves to be higher up!

This movie was good. I confuse this movie with Oblivion - zxm

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15 Birdman

Probably the worst list ever. Haha this is below Rio 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?! This is a modern classic and is by far the best movie of the year.

The direction, acting, drum score, and overall ambition of this film is flawless. just bursts over originality, and theirs no other movie, ever made that's like this film. in fact. this movie perfectly provides the differences between, Movies and Films. this is a Film. and will hopefully be considered a modern classic. with an ambiguous ending that's left to interpretation.

How this is 33 baffles me, as this came out of nowhere but still rocked our socks off. The film at 34, Whiplash, is amazing as well! This list is kinda terrible.

The part where the main character flies like a bird in New York is one of the best scenes in cinema history. I guess you haters should grow up and watch this masterpiece.

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16 22 Jump Street

Why is this so high? I loved the originality of the original even though it was a remake of a mediocre cop show. Chris Miller and Phil Lord can do no wrong, and while I liked this film, I really thought it had nearly the EXACT same plot and jokes as the first. I know that was kind of the point of the movie, I just expected the directors of The Lego Movie to be more creative than this. - footballwhizz

Come on, the film is almost as funny as the first, was certainly one of the best comedies of the year, with a lot of hilarious quotes, deserves a much better position, guys! - gueo

It's the end of 2014, and by now, I was definitely expecting one of the most intelligent, razor-sharp, witty comedies that I've seen to be in the top ten. - PositronWildhawk

Really funny

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17 How to Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is by far the best film and one of the best examples of how to craft a proper sequel I have ever seen. It expands its beautiful world by developing each individual character and giving each one there moment to shine, properly continuing the story and expanding it with new sub plots that aren't in too numerous of number so that it does not overcrowd the movie,improves the quality of the film compared to its original in almost every way,leaves enough plots hanging for the audience so that they are intrigued and want to find out what happens in the next film but not too many so that the film does not feel incomplete,and it does this in 102 minutes?! Its an incredible feat for animation and for cinema in my opinion, and its one of the best animated sequels this decade so far and one of the best sequel so far in the decade overall!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is by far the best film and one of the best examples of how to craft a proper sequel I have ever seen. It expands its beautiful world by developing each individual character and giving each one there moment to shine, properly continuing the story and expanding it with new sub plots that aren't in too numerous of number so that it does not overcrowd the movie,improves the quality of the film compared to its original in almost every way,leaves enough plots hanging for the audience so that they are intrigued and want to find out what happens in the next film but not too many so that the film does not feel incomplete,and it does this in 102 minutes?! Its an incredible feat for animation and for cinema in my opinion, and its one of the best animated sequels this decade so far and one of the best sequel so far in the decade overall.

Best animated movie of 2014. It develops the characters established in the first movie to whole new levels, and deals with dark themes not often touched in a movie directed toward children. The only reason I think that it isn't in the top 10 is because not enough people have seen it.

This needs to be in the top 15 at least, one of the best animated films I've ever seen, I liked it even better than the first one. - PeeledBanana

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18 The Fault In Our Stars

Ugh, so stupid. Literally teenage girls incarnate. I cringed EXTREMELY hard in the scene where everyone clapped as they kissed in the Anne Frank museum? Talk about wet dream

This the best love story that just not involve two people who cried for each other and make some promises which sounds weird and unreal it's just more than a love story this about real life. If anyone who hate this movie I don't think that he/she serious in life

So sad but so good

This movie was better than I expected. I mean yea the book is better, but it was good. - MetalMania

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19 The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson does it again! This artful roller coaster ride of a film is outrageously entertaining and superbly quirky with gorgeously dark undertones. Fascinating characters, incredible visuals, great soundtrack, terrific performances and beautifully detailed. I need to see this film again! - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

A quality movie light-years higher than Robocop or the pitifully bad Nut Job. I realize how early it is in the year to start cementing a top ten spot but this film deserves to be in the top 3 at the very least. This film qualifies as art. - BKAllmighty

Signature Wes Anderson but I prefer most of his other films over this one any time, it felt rushed and chaotic mind some great visually entertaining moments and a good cast. But doesn't come close to Boyhood, Calvary, Interstellar, Imitation Game, Mommy of Birdman in my opinion. Still good fun though. - Bicyclerepairman

Far better than most of the movies above it

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20 Gone Girl

One of the best movies I've seen in a long time, a plot that twists in the middle of the movie in an incredible and unpredictable way when you think you figured it out. It did not get the attention it deserves because people would not give it a try but this is a masterpiece

The twist is great, and the ending is so unexpected that it leaves you terribly frustrated----and that's the point. GENIUS.

I am not sure how all of the Hollywood fluff above beat out this movie, it was by far the best of the year! Direction, cinematography, acting, musical score, everything about this movie was top-notch. It deserves to be much higher on this list!

Needs to be higher. Better than Birdman. - zxm

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