Top 10 Movies Of 2014

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 07 Sep 2014 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

These are my ten favourite movies of 2014 (#1 is the best.) Please note: I am basing this list on the UK theatrical release dates for each film.

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1. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,290,906 | Gross: $188.02M

One of my favourite films of all time, this is a beautiful science-fiction film with an incredibly unique and effecting story. It is realistic in it's entire presentation, and even when it traverses uncharted territory it feels plausible.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 942,283 | Gross: $333.18M

An extremely fun ride from beginning to end, this is one of Marvel's best efforts. It is funny, entertaining and action-packed featuring some fantastic special effects, amazing writing, full characters that feel real and is a blast.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

79 Metascore

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 389,056 | Gross: $208.55M

Not quite as good as 'Rise', this movie is nuanced in it's characterisations and presents the situation as realistically layered. The CGI is phenomenal and the writing great too.

4. The Guest (I) (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Horror

76 Metascore

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, Joel David Moore

Votes: 81,867 | Gross: $0.32M

A surprise hit, this 80s horror inspired thriller features some incredibly taught set up and a frenzied final act. It's always full of surprises and is wonderfully done.

5. The Lego Movie (2014)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

83 Metascore

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Votes: 303,200 | Gross: $257.76M

This was a huge surprise, who'd have thought what appeared to be an advert for the LEGO company would turn out to be a smart, satirical comedy with enough laughs to satisfy kids and adults.

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 544,403 | Gross: $100.21M

A fantastic action-science-fiction film that has a unique plot and and some inventive visuals, this is one of the better films of the year due to the well-crafted characters and world as well as some great action set-pieces.

7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 617,107 | Gross: $233.92M

The best X-Men film since 'X2', this flick has a great sense of fun whilst also presenting an interesting and urgent story that seamlessly blends the old with the new; a fantastic send-off for the old cast.

8. 22 Jump Street (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

Votes: 318,483 | Gross: $191.72M

A meta and witty sequel that knows exactly what it is and makes excellent use of that; its smart, funny and, generally, just great.

9. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 402,756 | Gross: $32.38M

A dark thriller with an excellent sense of tone, this thriller is occasionally blackly humourous but always riveting; it's a fantastic look into the mind of a sociopath, and the transformation from protagonist to - arguably - antagonist is engaging.

10. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 45,949 | Gross: $1.27M

A taught, tense thriller with an interesting back-drop that features realistically brutal action and an unconventional survival plot; this had me on the edge-of-my-seat throughout most of the run-time.

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