Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2014 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top 10 Films of 2014

Cinema Scope: Top 10 Films of 2014

  1. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  2. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  3. Li’l Quinquin – Bruno Dumont
  4. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  5. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  6. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. The Kindergarten Teacher – Nadav Lapid
  8. Maidan – Sergei Loznitsa
  9. Journey to the West – Tsai Ming-liang
  10. From What Is Before – Lav Diaz

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2014

Two Days, One Night

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2014 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  3. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  4. Closed Curtain – Kambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
  5. Actress – Robert Greene
  6. The Story of My Death – Albert Serra
  7. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  8. Charlie Victor Romeo – Karlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, Robert Berger
  9. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  10. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  11. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  12. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014

We Are the Best! - Lukas Moodysson

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson
  • The Immigrant – James Gray
  • Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper – Nick Broomfield
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Laggies – Lynn Shelton
  • The One I Love – Charlie McDowell
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. The Immigrant – James Gray
  3. American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  4. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  5. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  7. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  8. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  11. Life Itself – Steve James
  12. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. Dear White People – Justin Simien
  14. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  15. Locke – Steven Knight

Honorable Mention

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  • Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  • The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2 – Lars von Trier
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014

Under the Skin

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014 (as published by BuzzFeed)

  1. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  2. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata
  5. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  6. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  9. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  11. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  12. Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  13. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  14. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014

A Most Violent Year

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Atlantic)

  1. A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  2. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  3. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  5. The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum
  6. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  7. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  8. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  9. Locke – Steven Knight
  10. Noah – Darren Aronofsky
  11. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  12. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetically)

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall and Christ Williams
  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Calvary – John Michael McDonagh
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  • The Hunger Games: Monckinjay – Part 1 – Francis Lawrence
  • The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • The Skeleton Twins – Craig Johnson
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
  • Top Five – Chris Rock
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog)

  1. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg
  3. The Tale of Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata
  4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  5. Belle – Amma Asante
  6. Goodbye to Language – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  8. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  9. Jealousy – Philippe Garrel

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

The Immigrant

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

  1. The Immigrant – James Gray
  2. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  3. Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  10. Closed Curtain – Kambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014

Boyhood

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  3. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  4. Actress – Robert Greene
  5. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  6. The King of Escape – Alain Guiraudie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  8. The Immigrant – James Gray
  9. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • The Dog – Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
  • John Wick – Chad Stahelski
  • The Naked Room – Nuria Ibañez
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté
  • We Are Mari Pepa – Samuel Kishi Leopo

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014

Goodbye to Language - Jean-Luc Godard

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog). See also this list of documentaries.

  1. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  2. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  3. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  4. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté
  5. The Immigrant – James Gray
  6. Abuse of Weakness – Catherine Breillat
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  8. The Dance of Reality – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  9. MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang