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The Best Movies of 2014

Updated November 18, 2020 38.3k votes 5.1k voters 199.1k views118 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters 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
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 3
    Gone Girl
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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 4
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 5
    Interstellar
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Edge of Tomorrow
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Lego Movie
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    The Lego Movie

    Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Miller, Chris McKay, Phil Lord

    The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Whiplash
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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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  • 9
    American Sniper
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 10
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Gary Oldman

    Released2014

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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  • 11
    22 Jump Street
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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  • 12
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Bill Murray, Jude Law

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2014

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Birdman
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    Birdman

    Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

    Released2014

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

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    The Imitation Game
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    The Imitation Game

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2014

    Directed byMorten Tyldum

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  • 16
    Nightcrawler
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    Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2014

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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  • 17
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2014

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Big Hero 6
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • 19
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
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    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

    Released2014

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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    Fury
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    Fury

    Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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  • 21
    Boyhood
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    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • 22
    The Theory of Everything
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    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Marsh

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    The Equalizer
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    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2014

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Divergent
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    Divergent

    Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley

    Released2014

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Maleficent
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    Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Stromberg

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