Top Ten Films of 2014 | Contributors’ Picks

Season’s Greetings!

74 feature films were nominated across fifteen separate ballots in Front Row Reviews’ annual year-end poll. As ever, our scoring system remained: each ballot was ranked, with the top five films receiving 10-2 points and the remaining five receiving a point each; like last year, a further 2 points were given for every mention a film received after its first, in order to favour overall popularity. Without the bonus points, the top ten would not have changed, though its ordering would have been slightly different.

Unlike last year—which ended in a tie—there was a clear if not quite unanimous winner. Of the fifteen voters, four had the eventual winner down as their number one; five others had it in their top ten, while six didn’t vote for it at all.

There were five films in total that received top marks in an individual ballot without breaking into the final list. They were, in order of overall popularity, The Double, CitizenFour, Stations of the Cross, At Berkeley and Concussion. The three highest scoring films not to make the final top ten were Her (20 points), The Double and Mr. Turner (19 each), while the three films to receive the most votes without making the top ten were Her (five votes), The Double and Lilting (four votes each). 39 films—more than half—only received one vote. There was one contributor (see below) whose individual ballot didn’t list any of the final top ten.

Needless to say, from all the Front Row Reviews team, many thanks and very best wishes to everyone who’s enjoyed reading these pages this past year. Here’s to 2015—to Birdman, to The Tribe, to Inherent Vice, to National Gallery, to the new James Bond and to whichever other goodies come our way. See you…


=8. Calvary
John Michael McDonagh · Ireland/UK · 2014

=8. Leviathan
Andrey Zvyagintsev · Russia · 2014

=8. The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese
· USA · 2013

=6. Interstellar
Christopher Nolan · USA/UK · 2014

=6. Pride
Matthew Warchus · UK · 2014

5. Gone Girl
David Fincher · USA · 2014

4. Nightcrawler
Dan Gilroy · USA · 2014

3. Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer · UK/USA/Switzerland · 2013

2. Winter Sleep
Nuri Bilge Ceylan · Turkey/France/Germany · 2014

1. Boyhood
Richard Linklater · USA · 2014


Individual Ballots

Alice Bishop Ollie Charles Stuart Downey
1 Interstellar The Double Boyhood
2 Nightcrawler Under the Skin Only Lovers Left Alive
3 The Square The Wolf of Wall Street Gone Girl
4 Edge of Tomorrow The Skeleton Twins You and the Night
5 We Are the Best! Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Calvary
6 The Double Paddington Obvious Child
7 White Bird in a Blizzard Pride Oh Boy
8 Her Lilting Maps to the Stars
9 Moebius Gone Girl Pride
10 I Am Divine Finding Vivian Maier Ida
Sam Flehmann Alistair Gardiner Jonathan Glen
1 Gone Girl Boyhood Winter Sleep
2 Interstellar Under the Skin Calvary
3 Coherence The Lego Movie Nightcrawler
4 Inside Llewyn Davis CitizenFour Boyhood
5 Blue Ruin The Grand Budapest Hotel Her
6 Boyhood Interstellar Under the Skin
7 They Came Together The Double Two Days, One Night
8 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Starred Up The Wind Rises
9 X-Men: Days of Future Past —- The Double
10 Life Itself —- Life Itself
Jen Kilchenmann Rob Munday Michael Pattison
1 Concussion Under the Skin Leviathan
2 Lilting We Are the Best! Winter Sleep
3 Boyhood The Wolf of Wall Street Mr. Turner
4 Pride Starred Up Starred Up
5 The Imitation Game Ida The Wolf of Wall Street
6 Two Days, One Night ’71 Blue Ruin
7 August: Osage County 20,000 Days On Earth Exhibition
8 Locke The Golden Dream The Grand Budapest Hotel
9 Afternoon Delight Night Moves Her
10 Lucy Nightcrawler Edge of Tomorrow
Nathanael Smith Pete Thornton Matt Turner
1 Boyhood CitizenFour Winter Sleep
2 12 Years a Slave Mr. Turner The Wind Rises
3 Her Boyhood A Touch of Sin
4 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Nightcrawler Bastards
5 The Grand Budapest Hotel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
6 Calvary Leviathan The Missing Picture
7 Stations of the Cross The Imitation Game Mr. Turner
8 Paddington Jodorowsky’s Dune Norte, the End of History
9 The Wind Rises Gone Girl Ilo Ilo
10 Frank Pride Lilting
David Upton Greg Wetherall Ben Winstanley
1 At Berkeley Stations of the Cross Boyhood
2 Pride The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Winter Sleep
3 ’71 Goodbye to Language 3D Leviathan
4 Under the Skin Electricity Calvary
5 Inside Llewyn Davis We Are the Best! Her
6 Boyhood Only Lovers Left Alive The Wolf of Wall Street
7 A Story of Children of Film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes The Past
8 12 Years a Slave The Past The Invisible Woman
9 Lilting 20,000 Days On Earth Maps to the Stars
10 A Thousand Times Good Night Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist Locke

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