Everyone loves going to the movies, and last year was a big one for both movie goers and critics alike. Scores of award winning films hit theaters throughout 2014, ranging from historical dramas like Selma to comedies like The Grand Budapest Hotel. All in all, there was something for everyone at the movies last year. Which of course begs the question, what is one to do if they are looking for the best films of 2014? Well say no more, here are the top 20 films of 2014.
Written and directed by David Michod, and based on a story by David Michod and Joel Edgerton, this film is a dystopian drama film set in the Australian outback. In addition to the natural struggles of dealing with this troubling future caused by an economic collapse, the personal drama between the characters makes for a fantastic film featuring the acting talents of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
A historical drama film surrounding the Montgomery, Alabama, Voting Rights Marches that took place in 1965, this moving film stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Selma was directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, and received multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, including winning Best Original Song.
This Canadian drama film was released last year at the 2014 Cannes Film festival and was so good that it won the coveted “Jury Prize” at the festival. The film features Anne Dorval as the single mother of troubled son, Steve (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon), who struggles daily to control Steve until she receives the help and support of a mysterious new neighbor.
Ida, set in 1962 Poland, features a young woman about to take her vows to become a Catholic nun. Having been orphaned during World War II, the path to becoming a nun is all she has known – until she meets her long lost aunt who tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two then set forth on a journey to discover the fate of Ida’s parents in the depths of the Second World War. Ida won the European Film Academy’s “Best Film of 2014” award and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.