Top 10 Movies of 2014

2014 was a great year for independent film. Every single one of my Top 10 movies was an “indie” release. The highest grossing was The Imitation Game with $61 million as of today. And the lowest grossing was Breathe In with a paltry $90,000 at the U.S. box office…truly a shame for such a great movie. A Most Violent Year and Locke made just over a million dollars each. So while I loved these films, hardly anyone else saw them. Cinema is in a tough transition right now with very few films in the middle. It’s either multi-hundred million dollar franchise/superhero films, or small indie films. I’m hoping that eventually this cycle reaches it’s inevitable conclusion and we get back to the full range of stories being told. In the meantime, I’ll let the movies below speak for themselves. You can read my brief reviews of the films by clicking on their names below and you can see my #11 thru #20 films on my Letterboxd list.

10. Boyhood  (4 stars)


9. Wild  (4 stars)


8. A Most Wanted Man  (4 stars)


7. Whiplash  (4 stars)


6. Chef  (4 stars)


5. Breathe In  (4 stars)


4. Love Is Strange  (4 stars)



3. The Imitation Game  (4 stars)


2. Locke  (4 stars)


1. A Most Violent Year  (4.5 stars)




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About Brad Swenson

Appreciating and contributing to the art and craft of movies, television, videos, and photography is my daily mission in life. My canvas for expression is emotion. I'm driven to discover and share interesting stories about people, their actions, their thoughts, their feelings, their work, and their contributions to the web of life.

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