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

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014

Norte, the End of History

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014 (as published by Grantland)

  1. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  2. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  3. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  4. Land Ho! – Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz
  5. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  7. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  8. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  9. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  10. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie

20 more that easily could be one of the 10

  • Actress – Robert Greene
  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien
  • The Double – Richard Ayoade
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Non-Stop – Jaume Collet-Serra
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Pride – Matthew Warchus
  • The Raid 2 – Gareth Evans
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Wild – Jean-Marc Vallée

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  3. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  5. The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  6. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  7. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  8. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  9. Dear White People – Justin Simien
  10. Heaven Knows What – Josh & Benny Safdie

Nos. 11-30 (in alphabetical order)

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Black Box – Stephen Cone
  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
  • Frank – Lenny Abrahamson
  • Get on Up – Tate Taylor
  • Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Le Week-End – Roger Michell
  • Life Itself – Steve James
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Low Down – Jeff Preiss
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Tribe – Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014

The Missing Picture - Rithy Panh

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Gone Girl – David Fincher
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson

10 Runners-Up (alphabetically)

  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Child’s Pose – Calin Peter Netzer
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  • Happy Valley – Amir Bar-Lev
  • Life Itself – Steve James
  • Locke – Steven Knight
  • Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by Salon)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  3. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  5. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  6. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  7. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  9. The Immigrant – James Gray
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  11. 20,000 Days On Earth – Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  • Concerning Violence – Göran Olsson
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014

Ida

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Reader)

  1. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  2. Calvary – John Michael McDonagh
  3. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  4. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  6. Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy
  7. Joe – David Gordon Green
  8. The Kill Team – Dan Krauss
  9. Everyday – Michael Winterbottom
  10. Cheap Thrills – E.L. Katz
  11. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  12. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them – Ned Benson
  13. A Girl at My Door – July Jung
  14. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  15. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  16. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  17. The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  18. In Secret – Charlie Stratton
  19. Gloria – Sebastián Lelio
  20. Tim’s Vermeer – Teller

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014

The Wind Rises

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Reader)

  1. The Wind Rises – Miyazaki Hayao
  2. Rambleras – Daniela Speranza
  3. Mood Indigo – Michel Gondry
  4. Starred Up – David Mackenzie
  5. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  6. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  7. Breakfast with Curtis – Laura Colella
  8. Jimmy P. – Arnaud Desplechin
  9. Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza
  10. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  11. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  12. The Golden Era – Ann Hui
  13. Level Five – Chris Marker
  14. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  15. Camille Claudel 1915 – Bruno Dumont
  16. The President – Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  17. The Amazing Catfish – Claudia Sainte-Luce
  18. The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah
  19. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  20. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  21. Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  22. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  23. Non-Stop – Jaume Collet-Serra
  24. Words and Pictures – Fred Schepisi
  25. Exhibition – Joanna Hogg
  26. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  27. Gloria – Sebastián Lelio
  28. Corner Stores – Amina Waheed
  29. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  30. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  3. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  4. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  6. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  7. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  8. Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  9. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  10. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  11. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  12. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  13. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  14. The Immigrant – James Gray
  15. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014

Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  3. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  5. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  8. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  9. The Immigrant – James Gray
  10. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  11. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  12. A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  13. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  14. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  15. Policeman – Nadav Lapid

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014

Mr. Turner - Mike Leigh

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  2. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  5. A Field in England – Ben Wheatley
  6. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  9. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  11. A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  12. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  13. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  14. A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  15. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014

The Immigrant - James Gray

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. The Immigrant – James Gray
  2. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  5. Beloved Sisters – Dominik Graf
  6. Starred Up – David Mackenzie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  8. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  9. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  10. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  11. John Wick – Chad Stahelski
  12. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  13. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  14. Lucy – Luc Besson
  15. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz