Every year around this time we take a look at the highest rated movies on IMDb. The movies are rated year round by IMDb users, and provides one of the largest sampling of mainstream public opinion on films. Find out the 40 top films on the IMDB best movies of 2014 list, after the jump.
Note: IMDb is a good resource, and I even believe it can be a great source for gauging public opinion of a film. That said, sometimes fan communities spike the ratings for new releases of highly anticipated movies (you can see that with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Interstellar). But even then, those movies usually slide to a more reasonable placement as the sample of votes gets larger and as time goes by since the theatrical release. But since we don’t compile lists of the best movies of 2014 in years later, we get a more direct glimpse at the now. This list was compiled on December 15th 2015 consisting of english language films which had at least 5,000 votes.
I think its still worth exploring. While the top 10 might not surprise you that much, its interesting to see films like The Judge and Million Dollar Arm rated so highly — these are good examples of audience favorites that don’t gel with the overall critical reviews (The Judge is 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, but has a 7.6 rating with over 27,000 user votes on IMDB).
The Top 50 Highest Rated English-Language Feature Films Released In 2014 With At Least 5,000 Votes
Here is the remainder of the IMDb’s Highest Rated Movies of 2014 list.
50. Veronica Mars (2014)
Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.
Dir: Rob Thomas With: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni
49. If I Stay
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.The choice is hers if she can go on.
Dir: R.J. Cutler With: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
48. The Guest
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Dir: Adam Wingard With: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe
47. The Boxtrolls
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
Dir: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi With: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost
46. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.
Dir: Marc Webb With: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson With: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
44. A Most Wanted Man
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Dir: Anton Corbijn With: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl
43. The Maze Runner
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Dir: Wes Ball With: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
Dir: Jaume Collet-Serra With: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy
41. Jersey Boys
The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Dir: Clint Eastwood With: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda