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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2014  

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Let's face it, nowadays there are so many movies in theaters that it's almost impossible to see them all. Add to that the films that come out in limited release and Video On Demand and some great films just get lost in the shuffle. What are the best movies no one saw in 2014? We've put together a list of the greatest "unknown" movies that came out in 2014 that you probably haven't seen, but should definitely make time to watch. You might even see some films here that you've already watched and we'd love for you to vote on them.

From critics' favorites like Chef and Boyhood, to action films like The Raid 2: Berandal and Snowpiercer, and stirring documentaries like the Roger Ebert retrospective Life Itself, there's something for almost everyone, no matter what your specific movie taste.While we think these are some of the best movies of 2014, we need your votes to find out if we're on the right track. Do you see a great movie no one saw missing from this list? If so, add it so other movie fans can check it out and vote on it. Want more great movie lists? Check out our collection of Best Movies lists.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more
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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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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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J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller
This film 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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Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film directed by Bong Joon-ho.
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eilish added 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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Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy
St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his "theatrical feature film debut". The film stars Bill Murray as the title character ...more
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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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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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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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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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Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep
Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more
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Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton
Million Dollar Arm is a 2014 American biographical sports drama film directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy. The film is based on the true story of baseball ...more
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Owen_Paul_Sloane added Liam Neeson, Ruth Wilson, Dan Stevens
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a 2014 American crime drama-thriller film based on a novel by Lawrence Block of the same name, written and directed by Scott Frank. It stars Liam Neeson, Dan ...more
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Julie Estelle, Iko Uwais, Marsha Timothy
The Raid 2 is a 2014 Indonesian martial arts crime film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans; it is the sequel to the 2011 film The Raid: Redemption. The film was released on 28 ...more
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argento added Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial A Most Violent Year is a 2014 crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and ...more
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ingrajm016 added Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook
Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "—All You ...more
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Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial A Most Wanted Man is a 2013 thriller film based on a novel by John le Carré, written by Andrew Bovell and directed by Anton Corbijn.
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John C. Reilly
Bears is a 2014 nature documentary film about a family of brown bears living in the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey and narrated by John C. ...more
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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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Locke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2014
SarahGreene added Tom Hardy, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Locke is a 2013 British drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The film stars Tom Hardy, with Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Ben Daniels, and Alice Lowe ...more
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Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Inherent Vice is a 2014 American neo-noir comedy-drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry ...more
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harrychessman added Dan Stevens, Lance Reddick, Maika Monroe
The Guest is a 2014 American thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick. The film ...more
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Tom Wilkinson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon
Belle is a 2013 British period drama film directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay and produced by Damian Jones. It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope ...more
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Only Lovers Left Alive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2014
EmanuelDimitriVolakis added Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 vampire film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi, and ...more