2014 Films Worth Seeing

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1. Sand Castles (2014)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In rural Indiana, Noah and his impoverished family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.

Director: Clenet Verdi-Rose | Stars: Jordon Hodges, Anne Winters, Randy Spence, Saxon Trainor

Votes: 3,359

2. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 381,461 | Gross: $26.95M

3. Blue Jasmine (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 175,458 | Gross: $33.41M

4. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Votes: 390,545 | Gross: $27.30M

5. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 408,240 | Gross: $150.12M

6. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 447,122 | Gross: $25.57M

7. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 416,314

8. Short Term 12 (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Votes: 70,163 | Gross: $1.01M

9. Trailer Park Boys (2001–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park.

Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Votes: 31,764

10. A Most Wanted Man (2014)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl, Robin Wright

Votes: 66,355 | Gross: $17.24M

11. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 13,820 | Gross: $0.81M

12. Young Ones (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

Director: Jake Paltrow | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning

Votes: 8,520

13. Happy Christmas (2014)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

Votes: 6,961 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Hellion (2014)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »

Director: Kat Candler | Stars: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner

Votes: 4,993 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 31,185 | Gross: $0.41M

16. Hits (2014)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A small town in upstate New York plays host to its inhabitants' delusions of grandeur.

Director: David Cross | Stars: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry

Votes: 1,691

17. Web Junkie (2013)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

The Chinese government is the first to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. 'Web Junkie' identifies internet addiction and focuses on the treatment used in Chinese ... See full summary »

Directors: Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam | Star: Ran Tao

Votes: 564

18. The Voices (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

58 Metascore

A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 46,618

19. Little Accidents (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

56 Metascore

In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Randy Springer, Jacob Lofland, Beau Wright

Votes: 3,191

20. Song One (2014)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music

48 Metascore

A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Lola Kirke

Votes: 8,353 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Kanako Higashi, Ichi Kyokaku

Votes: 10,644 | Gross: $0.62M

22. Fishing Without Nets (2014)

R | 109 min | Thriller

65 Metascore

A drama the follows a Somali who opts in on a piracy mission but then tries to extricate himself from the events.

Director: Cutter Hodierne | Stars: Abdiwali Farrah, Eric Godon, Abdikhadir Hassan, Idil Ibrahim

Votes: 176

23. Low Down (2014)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.

Director: Jeff Preiss | Stars: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 1,594 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Imperial Dreams (2014)

87 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.

Director: Malik Vitthal | Stars: John Boyega, Rotimi, Glenn Plummer, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 3,157

25. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

Votes: 13,587 | Gross: $1.43M

26. Dinosaur 13 (2014)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Votes: 3,205

27. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Votes: 36,091 | Gross: $5.28M

28. God's Pocket (2014)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A blue collar worker tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter senses that something's amiss.

Director: John Slattery | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro

Votes: 9,793 | Gross: $0.10M

29. Wish I Was Here (2014)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

43 Metascore

A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson

Votes: 34,270 | Gross: $3.59M

30. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 78,167 | Gross: $1.88M

31. Locke (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 116,387 | Gross: $1.36M

32. Impulse Black (2011)

Not Rated | 52 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

What do Riley Cole, Hitler, President Truman, Castro, and the person who shot Kennedy all have in common?

Director: Bugs Moran | Stars: Jordon Hodges, Emme Rylan, Robert Miano, Will Brunson

Votes: 554

33. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 562,498 | Gross: $424.67M

34. Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,016 | Gross: $4.95M

35. Frozen (I) (2013)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Votes: 499,198 | Gross: $400.74M

36. About Time (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

55 Metascore

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

Votes: 250,496 | Gross: $15.32M

37. Mitt (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

64 Metascore

Mitt Romney and his family are followed through their U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Director: Greg Whiteley | Stars: Mitt Romney, Candy Crowley, Eric Draper, Jim Lehrer

Votes: 2,273

38. Homefront (I) (2013)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

40 Metascore

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 96,247 | Gross: $20.16M

39. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 52,776 | Gross: $9.20M

40. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 68,041

41. House of Cards (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 416,222

42. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 35,502 | Gross: $0.18M

43. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan

Votes: 762,244

44. All Is Lost (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

87 Metascore

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Star: Robert Redford

Votes: 69,007 | Gross: $6.26M

45. After the Dark (2013)

R | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

37 Metascore

At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

Director: John Huddles | Stars: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma

Votes: 19,584

46. The Final Member (2012)

R | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum - the world's only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math | Stars: Sigurður Hjartarson, Páll Arason, Tom Mitchell, Ásbjörn Björgvinsson

Votes: 1,051 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,663

48. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary