Obviously I haven't seen them all (no one has) but this is my short list of the movies I liked best that came out in 2014. The prime examples of things that are going to get omitted because I haven't seen them are Inherent Vice (I don't live in New York or LA so I haven't had a shot) and Boyhood (just missed the boat, it happens). I'm interested in what other people have to say as well, mostly so I can argue with you and tell you that you're wrong. #1. The One I Love Incredibly minimalist with essentially only three actors, a semi-improvised script, and an intriguing premise. The movie is wonderful. There's even a stealth dig on Kobe and Vanessa Bryant if you're looking closely. #2. The Grand Budapest Hotel It's a Wes Anderson movie at his most blissfully, perfectly symmetrical, Wes Andersoniest. Even if you haven't seen it, you probably have an opinion and already know if it's for you. #3. Snowpiercer If you've seen it, you know. If you haven't, it has the most ridiculous premise for an action movie you can imagine with all of humanity confined to a gigantic supertrain. IT's also absurdly awesome. It's on Netflix Streaming and is absurdly highly recommended. #4. Guardians of the Galaxy Lots of movies over the last few years have shown us how comics can be good. And they just roll in dough making what are essentially action films with a different skin. Guardians of the Galaxy showed why comics are actually fun and people trek out to a store imbued with nerd stank every Wednesday to shell out $4 a copy for books they'll read in under 15 minutes. It also may singlehandedy alter how comic movie properties are selected for the benefit of everyone involved. It is boring to pick the biggest blockbuster of the year as one of the best, but I felt that way. #5. Top Five You've probably forgotten how much you like Chris Rock since he doesn't show up in many things. I know I certainly did. This is a very worthy foray into the full writing/directing of fiction chair for him. It has some riotously funny scenes and if you get the opportunity to see it in a majority black neighborhood, do so. Honorable mention: The Edge of Tomorrow Worst place: Skeleton Twins. Second worst place: The Book of Life.