It’s the end of the year and a great time to reflect upon some of this year’s best films. We have all discussed long and hard our different top tens and would love to share them with you. With no further ado, here are Third Act’s top ten films of 2014.

Third Act’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Todd James

  1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Her
  4. Noah
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  6. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. The Lego Movie
  10. Bang Bang

Narrowing this list down to ten was really hard, especially the last three or four spaces. The standard of films in 2014 has been so high, but when it came down to it, I had to go with the films I enjoyed the most. Some people might turn their noses up at the high number of genre films, but I genuinely believe that this year they’ve been as good as the films that would traditionally be in a top ten of the year list.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the film I had the best time in. It was just so much fun, and hardly anybody I’ve met can disagree. Having said that, the reason I picked Days of Future Past is that it had everything. Awesome action, funny moments, brilliant acting, strong emotion and the perfect level of fan service.

I also want to highlight the two brilliant family films in my top ten, The LEGO Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2, for being some of the best films in their genre in the last few years. Finally, I want to mention Bang Bang for being my first Bollywood experience, and introducing me to not just a new genre, but a whole new industry.

Third Act’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Chris Elliott

  1. Gone Girl
  2. Chef
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  4. Her
  5. X-men: Days of Future Past
  6. Guardians of The Galaxy
  7. The Raid 2
  8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  9. The Hundred Foot Journey
  10. The Book of Life

Such a good year for films and for me a year of surprises, especially the comic book films which are starting to be respected in their own right. This was thanks largely to Marvel’s work. Cap 2 was a good film, not just a good comic book film. Walter Mitty is, I admit, cheating a little as it was released in the last week of 2013 but I watched it in 2014, so I’m counting it. Mostly cause I loved it.

For the others, I think the surprise is what pushed them over the top. Had you asked me at the start of the year what kind of films I’d be putting on a list like this I’d never have thought to put an animated film on here, let alone a foreign martial arts film. Ben Affleck can probably make Batman work. There, I’ve said it, the internet can explode now. Rosamund Pike should be locked up immediately, cause she’s terrifying.

These are the films of 2014 that I came out buzzing about, the ones I recommended to friends, family and sometimes random strangers. This is why I watch films and why I hope next year is half as good as it promises to be.

Third Act’s Top 10 Films of 2014

James Forbes

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Her
  3. Raid 2
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Book of Life
  10. Get On Up

I have seen Guardians of the Galaxy three times and I will watch it many more times in the future. It is simply a great film, even if you take it out of the superhero-verse, it still holds it own. The best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back.

I could have lengthy conversations about the topics brought up in Her. The idea of love and how we put such tight parameters on the definition astounds me. Beautifully acted by Joaquin Phoenix and terrifically voiced by Scarlett Johansson this film will go down as one of my favourites of all time not only of this year.

The Raid 2 is simply a superb film with insane action scenes blended with an intense story (as long as you can keep up with the subtitles). An underdog crime thriller only interrupted by unbelievable martial arts is exactly what the doctor order; roll out Raid 3!

Overall, a pretty strong year for film in 2014. The first year we’ve had some exceptionally good superhero films.

Third Act’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Matt Dennis

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. The Wind Rises
  5. Pride
  6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  7. Starred Up
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Fury
  10. Gone Girl

Much has already been said about Guardians of the Galaxy on this page, so I’ll simply say that no other film has come as close as Guardians has in terms of delivering sheer insanity and fun! Nuff said.

2014 has certainly been a year packed with astonishingly good films – and yet, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel still proves to be one of the best – a funny, eccentric and intelligently witty film, boasting a great campy and comic turn from Ralph Fiennes, who enthralled and captivated from start to finish. Anderson’s work can sometimes be eccentric and oddball to the point of inaccessibility, but here he gets the balance just right, making for a very rewarding and hilarious film!

The Coen Brothers were also on fine form this year with Inside Llewyn Davis, sadly snubbed at most of the major award ceremonies. A moving and emotionally honest portrayal of the life of a washed-up, down-on-his-luck folk singer, Davis is a film with a lead character who’s hard to like, but oddly sympathetic as well (no doubt down to the brilliant Oscar Issac). The film also has the distinction of having the other best musical soundtrack of the year, an accolade it rightly shares with Guardians.

Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful and charming animated fantasy The Wind Rises, David Ayer’s powerful war epic Fury, and the brutal yet emotionally heart-warming prison drama Starred Up all make the list this year, each of which bring powerful human drama and emotion to stories that, on paper, don’t necessarily feel as though they should or would contain any at all.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also makes the list, a perfect example of how big summer blockbusters can have big, epic, explosive action AND intelligence at the same time. Take note Hollywood!

And before I wrap it up on my end, a special mention for Pride, a brilliantly entertaining, heart-warming drama that tells of the unlikely alliance that was formed between a striking welsh mining town and a group of gay activists during the infamous miners strike of 1984. An absorbing and uplifting story of diversity and unity, it’s a film that really is something special, and very, very relevant even today.

 Third Act’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Amy Biss

  1. The Boxtrolls
  2. The Book of Life
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. How to Train your Dragon 2
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  9. The Fault in Our Stars
  10. 12 Years a Slave

Alright, I know that my first four films are animation, but you cannot deny that there has been some great animated movies this year.

The Boxtrolls is my top film of the year because I love stop-motion. I think it’s amazing how it is created and the story is exceptional. The voice acting was also brilliant, especially Richard Ayoade, it works really well with the characters.

Overall, there has been a great variety of films this year, some comic, some action packed, and some tear-jerkers, I feel like I have represented this variety within my list.


That’s it for this year. Make sure you check out our other end of year articles:

What were your top 10 films of 2014? Let us know in the comments.