Best Movies By Year The Best Movies of 2014  

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List Rules Films that were released (or widely released) in the United States in 2014.

Sure there are the Oscars, Golden Globes, and a number of other award ceremonies that hand out trophies to movies that are voted on as the best of 2014, but we want to know which 2014 movies that fans like you thought were the absolute best. Everyone has their own rankings of the top films of the year, and this is your chance to weigh in on which ones you loved the most.
 
It's time for you to enter into this hotly contested debate and vote for the best movies of 2014. While it does depend on personal taste, the movies on this list received great reviews, captured the attention of the audience, and earned a place in cinema history. These include films like Interstellar, Boyhood, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Whiplash. For more 2014 movie lists, check out Ranker's lists of the funniest movies of 2014 and the best horror films of 2014.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic criminals ...more

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more

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WarrenMitchell added Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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The Lego Movie Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie Lego: The Piece of Resistance is a 2014 animation, action and comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by Anderson is from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It ...more

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Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese ...more

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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Birdman Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton Birdman or, commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael ...more

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Whiplash J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the ...more

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Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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The Imitation Game Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more

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Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a thief who starts shooting footage of ...more

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22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah 22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Games is a 2012 action, adventure film written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray and directed by Gary Ross.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
WillowHalverson added How to Train Your Dragon 2 Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
DonLathrop added Maleficent Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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Fury Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman Fury is a 2014 American war film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt) makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

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Boyhood Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...more

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Divergent Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series ...more

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teofilo626 added The Theory of Everything Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life ...more

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John Wick Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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Lucy Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
KeniPratt added Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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The Maze Runner Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more

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The Fault in Our Stars Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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The Equalizer Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a 2014 American comedy adventure film directed by Shawn Levy, and the third installment in the series. Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) must ...more

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gschwayze added Neighbors Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more

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Snowpiercer Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson and directed by Bong Joon-ho.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
DonLathrop added The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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Chef Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau. After a public altercation with a food critic, a professional chef (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a popular Los Angeles ...more

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Selma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
Selma Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr. Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and ...more

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MikeTonds added Non-Stop Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o Non-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. This is the first ...more

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
Godzilla Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. A reimagining of the popular Japanese film monster of the same name, the film focuses on a ...more

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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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MattBryant added The Interview Eminem, James Franco, Seth Rogen The Interview is a 2014 American political satire comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their second directorial work, following This Is the End. The screenplay by Dan Sterling ...more

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Dracula Untold Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more

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Wild Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more

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The Judge Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Judge is a 2014 drama film written by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk and David Seidler; and directed by David Dobkin.

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MikeTonds added 300: Rise of an Empire Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro 300: Rise of an Empire is a 2014 American fantasy war film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during and after the main events of its ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on ...more

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The Expendables 3 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2014
The Expendables 3 Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Expendables 3 is a 2014 American action film directed by Patrick Hughes, and the third installment in the franchise. The mercenary group come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad ...more

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Foxcatcher Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical true crime drama film produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, ...more

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JamesMcDonnell added Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more

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Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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WillowHalverson added The Giver Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. The film ...more