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The 100 Best Films of 2014 | #100 – #51

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2014 felt like a year of transition.
2013 was a truly astounding 12 months of modern-classic making bravura, while we sit patiently in acknowledgement that 2015 will be the Age of the Tentpole. Wedged between these two mammoth years, what could 2014 possibly hope to offer? To my pleasant surprise, we got a franchise where I’m actually looking forward to the sequels with Guardians of the Galaxy, while the theme of technology and alien intelligence – in many forms of the phrase – featured heavily in the very best movies such as HerUnder the Skin and Interstellar. We also saw career bests from genius filmmakers (Inside Llewyn DavisThe Grand Budapest HotelBoyhood); biopics that blew off the dust to be about more than just their subjects (Get On Up, The Imitation Game); comedies that will actually be remembered and watched over, and over, and over again (22 Jump StreetFrankWhat We Do in the Shadows).

With the dizzying heights of 2015 looming (Avengers! Spielbergian dinosaurs! Millennium Falcons!), this year may be more easily forgotten – but this list will hopefully remind you that it doesn’t get much better than 2014. Here is the first part of the FilmOnTrial 100 Best Films of 2014, in which I reveal entries #100 to #51. What made the list?


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#100 | Chef

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#99 | A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding)

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#98 | Black Sea

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#97 | In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

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#96 | The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu)

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#95 | I Origins

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#94 | Violette

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#93 | A Story of Children and Film

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#92 | Mystery Road

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#91 | The Two Faces of January

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#90 | In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

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#89 | Bad Neighbours

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#88 | The Borderlands

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#87 | Oculus

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#86 | Cheap Thrills

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#85 | Honeymoon

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#84 | Lilting

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#83 | We Are What We Are

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#82 | The Armstrong Lie

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#81 | Maps to the Stars

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#80 | The Imitation Game

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#79 | Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

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#78 | Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

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#77 | Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac)

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#76 | The Square (Al midan)

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#75 | Tim’s Vermeer

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#74 | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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#73 | Begin Again

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#72 | The Inbetweeners 2

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#71 | Mr. Turner

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#70 | Blue Ruin

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#69 | Godzilla

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#68 | Big Eyes

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#67 | What If

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#66 | Norte, the End of History (Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan)

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#65 | All This Mayhem

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#64 | Still the Enemy Within

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#63 | Get On Up

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#62 | The Fault in Our Stars

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#61 | Pride

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#60 | Finding Vivian Maier

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#59 | Night Moves

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#58 | ’71

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#57 | How to Train Your Dragon 2

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#56 | Noah

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#55 | What We Do in the Shadows

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#54 | Joe

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#53 | Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru mono)

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#52 | The Overnighters

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#51 | Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg)

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Next: #50 – #41 >

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