2014 was a stand-out year in the film because a wide range of genres was reinvented and reinvigorated and showed the cultural introduction of new cinematic voices. There was a focus on themes that are still relevant today.
Hence 2014 was a year that looked boldly, if not always hopefully, to the future of cinemas. Therefore below are a few best movies from 2014 that one must watch if they have not.
Top Movies From 2014
We have reviewed the best movies in 2014, with mind-blowing storylines and amazing direction get yourself engaged for a few hours and enjoy the cinematic universe.
1. Birdman (2014) IMDB – 7.7/10
- Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
- Writer: Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris
- Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton
Riggan is a man who is struggling to make his mark in the world. After fame as “Birdman”, he takes a leave from the on-screen role. He battled the inner voices that made him believe he was more powerful than anyone could imagine.
Old, irrelevant, but still driven, Riggan chooses to pursue his dream of honoring the man who had inspired him over 20 years ago. Riggan and the people around him are all facing similar battles, but they are unaware of it.
He was entirely determined to make his play a success. He overcomes obstacles to ensure his play is a success on the stage.
Surrounded by his daughter and the chosen actors, Riggan realizes life’s realities. Moments of brutal honesty have an influence on him and those around him.
Most of them find themselves in both positions of giving and receiving the words they need to hear at that moment. Riggan allows himself to feel what he needs to find inner peace and freedom.
The opening night gives him the performance of his life for more reasons than one, and the success of that night was either going to make or break the future of his play. Like everything else, his handling of events is affected by demons about which only he knows.
2. Interstellar (2014) IMDB – 8.6/10
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
- Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Anne Hathaway
Shortly, around the American Midwest, Cooper, an ex-science engineer, and pilot, is tied to his farming land along with his daughter Murph and son Tom.
As devastating sandstorms destroy Earth’s crops, the people of Earth know that their life here is eventually coming to an end as food begins to run out.
Cooper stumbles upon a N.A.S.A. base near his home. He is asked to carry a daring mission with a few other scientists into a wormhole.
Cooper was asked to go because of his scientific intellect and ability to handle the pilot aircraft, unlike the other crew members.
To find a new home while Earth decays, Cooper must decide to stay or risk never seeing his children again to save the human race by finding another habitable planet. Source)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) IMDB – 8.1/10
- Director: Wes Anderson
- Writer: Stefan Zweig, Hugo Guinness, Wes Anderson
- Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Ralph Fiennes, Mathieu Amalric
There once was the Grand Budapest hotel in the far reaches of Eastern Europe in the former Republic of Zubrowka. A writer suddenly remembered his stay at the hotel during the off-season many years ago.
He recalls the tales he heard about the hotel’s past from the elderly owner, Mr. Zero Moustafa. The owner tells the young writer about how he acquired the hotel and the original concierge of the Grand Budapest, M. Gustave.
Young Zero was a lobby boy at the time who accompanied Gustave to the reading of a will after one of their regular guests died.
She leaves a valuable painting for Gustave. But when the woman’s son challenges the will, Gustave and Moustafa steal the painting, setting off a series of events that ultimately leads to Moustafa’s present circumstance.
4. Winter Sleep (2014) IMDB – 8/10
- Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Writer: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Anton Chekhov, Ebru Ceylan
- Cast: Melisa Sözen, Ayberk Pekcan, Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag
Aydin, a former actor and a hotel runner, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia along with his young wife, Nihal. He has a stormy relationship with his wife and his sister Necla who suffers from her recent divorce.
In winter, as the snow begins to fall, the hotel not only turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels all their animosities.
5. Wild Tales (2014) IMDB – 8.1/10
- Director: Damián Szifron
- Writer: Germán Servidio, Damián Szifron
- Cast: María Marull, Mónica Villa, Darío Grandinetti
The movie comprises six short segments dealing with revenge and violence. The movie Wild Tales revolves around the universal theme of retribution and the complications of seeking catharsis through vengeance.
Starting with Pasternak, an attractive young model, while boarding a plane, strikes up a conversation with another passenger about a guy named Pasternak.
He realizes that they’re not the only ones who know him. In “The Rats”, a young waitress faces her sad past and traumatizing moral dilemmas.
Then, in “The Strongest”, a remote highway in the desert becomes a disturbing and fearful backdrop for two drivers. In “Little Bomb”, a parking violation results in unfortunate events, resulting in a demolition engineer’s whole world crashing down in front of him.
In “The Proposal”, the affluent parents of a teenage driver who had committed a horrible hit-and-run accident make up a plan to get him off the hook. Lastly, in “Till Death Do Us Part”, a blissful bride discovers that her groom was cheating on her.
6. Boyhood (2014) IMDB – 7.9/10
- Director: Richard Linklater
- Writer: Richard Linklater
- Cast: Patricia Arquette, Elijah Smith, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke
Boyhood is the story of 12 years Mason the Younger, and his sister, Samantha, who lived a rough life with their mother, Olivia. She was divorced from their father, Mason.
Mason always gives them advice and tells them to lead a simple life when they hang out on the weekends.
In their American-life journey, Mason Jr. must accept the truth that his parents will never be together, and his parents choose to marry again with another person.
He consoles himself by realizing that he must try to focus on chasing his career and achieving his dreams, even when the conditions are bad and full of ugly truths.
7. Nightcrawler (2014) IMDB – 7.8/10
- Director: Dan Gilroy
- Writer: Dan Gilroy
- Cast: Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton
Louis Bloom is a thief and a hustler. He wants to do something else, but the only thing is that no one wants to give him a chance. One day he sees an accident, and while the C.H.P. helps the driver, some men show up and try to record the whole thing.
He realizes that their primary motive was to sell the footage to a T.V. news program. As a result, Bloom decides to get into it and starts gradually.
Eventually, the station where he sells his footage is impressed by his works and skills. Later, he witnesses a murder, gets there before the police and records the dead bodies.
He also manages to get the killers on tape but refuses to disclose it. Instead, he decides to wait till the police arrive so that he can record them being arrested. But it doesn’t exactly work out the way he had expected.
8. Fury (2014) IMDB – 7.5/10
- Director: David Ayer
- Writer: David Ayer
- Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt
During the last few days when World War II ended, the five veteran crew members of an American tank nicknamed Fury made their way through an unforgiving landscape filled with war-ravaged Nazi Germany.
But after their bow gunner gets killed in action, the four remaining soldiers have nothing to do but accept an inexperienced Private First Class named Norman Ellison as his replacement.
At first, Ellison is shaken and scared by the horrors around him. He finds himself frequently at odds with his crewmates.
As time passes, he gets gradually integrated into their group, and together they face extraordinary odds for survival.
9. The Raid 2 (2014) IMDB – 7.9/10
- Director: Gareth Evans
- Writer: Gareth Evans
- Cast: Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Iko Uwais, Oka Antara
After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen and a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls, rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was all over, and he could lead an everyday life.
But he was wrong. Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than a small fish swimming in a pond, much more significant than he had ever dreamt of. His triumph over the small victory grabbed the attention of the predators. His family was at risk.
Rama is left with only one choice to protect his infant son and wife by going undercover and entering the criminal underworld himself. He must climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.
As a result, Rama begins a new odyssey of violence. This journey forces him to set aside his life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison, he must gain confidence and impress Uco, the son of a prominent gang kingpin.
He needs to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate gambit to bring an end to the whole rotten enterprise.
10. Leviathan (2014) IMDB – 7.6/10
- Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
- Writer: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
- Cast: Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Roman Madyanov
On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, an ordinary family lives Kolya, played by Aleksey Serebryakov, his wife Lilya, played by Alena Lyadova, and their teenage son Romka.
The family is haunted by a corrupted local mayor played by oman Madyanov, who makes utmost efforts to remove the land, a house, and a small auto repair shop from Kolya.
To save their homes, Kolya calls up his old Army friend in Moscow, played by Vladimir Vdovichenkov, who has become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide and plan to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor.
11. Gone girl (2014) IMDB – 8.1/10
- Director: David Finchefqw
- Writer: Gillian Flynn
- Cast: Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris
Nick Dunne, a small-town guy, has made a good reputation in the big city as a magazine writer. He blames the recession and the loss of his job due to the decline of his marriage to his intellectually superior wife with a substantial trust fund.
Questions regarding his motives and character begin to rise after his wife disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary.
The search for his missing wife goes on over the following days. Guilty suspicions are fueled into a national frenzy by the media circus who started camping outside his house. The question is whether this idyllic, everyman was truly capable of murdering his wife.
12. Selma (2014) IMDB – 7.5/10
- Director: Ava DuVernay
- Writer: Paul Webb
- Cast: Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo
The unforgettable true story shows the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign so that he could secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
The epic march from Selma to Montgomery stopped when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement made a change that changed history forever.
13. Whiplash (2014) IMDB – 8.5/10
- Director: Damien Chazelle
- Writer: Damien Chazelle
- Cast: Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Andrew is a first-year student studying at the Schaffer Conservatory and is a drummer. He has been selected by the school’s senior instructor, Mr. Fletcher, to play in his studio band.
Fletcher is a complex and demanding taskmaster who accepts and expects nothing less than perfection from his students.
His methods of exacting the best from his students include belittling them, throwing objects at them, and creating a level of tension so high that average individuals would likely give up under that pressure.
This eventually leads Andrew to quit. But a surprise encounter with Fletcher offers him a chance to show just what he can accomplish.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) IMDB – 8/10
- Director: James Gunn
- Writer: Nicole Perlman, Dan Abnett
- Cast: Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper
Peter Quill was kidnapped by aliens when he was young. He now travels the galaxy salvaging anything of value for resale. He gets more than he had ever bargained for when he comes across a silver orb.
Many highly desired the orb, but none of them were as powerful as Ronan. When Ronan finally gets it, it is left to Peter and his newfound friends Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket to stop him.
15. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) IMDB – 7.9/10
- Director: Doug Liman
- Writer: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Christopher McQuarrie
- Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Emily Brunt
In an unrelenting assault, an alien race hit the Earth, which was unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Major William Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into, which results in a suicide mission.
Killed within minutes, Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop that forces him to live out the same brutal combat repeatedly, fighting and dying.
But with each battle, Cage engages the adversaries with increasing skill with the Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski.
As Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them a step closer to defeating the enemy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
12 Years an enslaved person was the movie of the year in 2014. The movie has also won three awards, including Best Picture.
Transformers: Age of Extinction was the highest-grossing movie of 2014, with a worldwide earning of $1,104,054,072.
12 Years an enslaved person took the top honors at the 86th Academy Awards by winning the Oscar for best picture. Hence it won the Oscar in 2014.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 was the number 1 movie in May 2014 with gross earnings of $191,644,383.
Hence these were a list of the best movies from 2014. Looking back, 2014 was a great year at the movies. You can always hop onto this list of movies whenever you feel nostalgic.
Movies like Interstellar have won the heart of the audiences, and they are still looking forward to such types of plots and directories.
Note: All the movies featured in this list are based on various factors – Story plot, critic reviews, Audience Appreciation and more.