Best Films of 2014 from Sight & Sound, Time, and Entertainment Weekly

Other media outlets' "Best of the Year" film lists don't usually appear on this site -- after all, I will be posting my own and my annual list is usually quite different, for various reasons I won't go into here (that will have to wait until my article goes up) -- but this year has been an unusual one. Again, for various reasons, I broke with tradition and attended many screenings outside film festivals, at which I saw films that will likely be on my list even though I did not see them at festivals (which my normal criteria includes). So...for the first time ever, my year-end list may, indeed, include many of the titles on other journalists' lists. Who knows? Their #1 and.or #2 best films also may match my best films. So here are a few lists I like:

Sight & Sound Top 20 Films Of 2014

  1. Boyhood
  2. Goodbye To Language 3D
  3. Leviathan (tie)
  4. Horse Money (tie)
  5. Under The Skin
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Winter Sleep
  8. The Tribe
  9. Ida (tie)
  10. Jauja (tie)
  11.  Mr. Turner (tie)
  12.  National Gallery (tie)
  13.  The Wolf Of Wall Street (tie)
  14.  Whiplash (tie)
  15.  The Duke Of Burgundy
  16.  Birdman (tie)
  17.  Two Days, One Night (tie)
  18.  Citizenfour (tie)
  19.  The Look Of Silence (tie)
  20.  The Wind Rises (tie)

Time Magazine’s Best Films Of 2014

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Lucy
  5. Goodbye To Language
  6. Jodorowsky’s Dune
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. Citizenfour
  9. Wild Tales
  10. Birdman

Entertainment Weekly’s Best Films Of 2014

  1. Whiplash
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Life Itself
  5. Selma
  6. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Snowpiercer
  9. Birdman
  10. Jodorowsky’s Dune


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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