The end of the year is almost upon us, so you know what that means — lots and lots of sites churning out their top movies of the year lists. But as always with Moviepilot, we wanted to do things a little differently.
Which means we need your help. That's right, you, the one reading this right now. Rather than have the editorial staff release a narrow list of films our fans may or may not have seen, we thought we'd let you vote for the best movie of 2014, AND in doing so, get a chance to win our epic end-of-year Blu-ray/DVD package.
Over the next two weeks, you can weigh in and vote on each round until there is one movie left standing.
Still, we had to start somewhere, so out of all the amazing films this year, we narrowed it down to what we thought were 32 of the best. How did we arrive at this list? Our process wasn't as arbitrary as you might think. We tried to offer a fair balance between tentpole blockbusters and smaller indie and awards-circuit films. And keep in mind, not all films have been released yet, so unfortunately, we had to leave movies like [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) off the list.
And we know there are probably a few movies on our list that you disagree with. So we encourage you guys, our fans and Creators, to make your own lists - and let us know what you think we missed in the comments (but be gentle; this was hard).
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1.) 22 Jump Street vs. Dumb and Dumber To
Two comedy sequels. Two dynamic duos. Two movies that have spawned some classic lines. For these reasons, we chose to pit [22 Jump Street](movie:434853) against [Dumb and Dumber To](movie:293924). But who will take the comedy crown? That's for you to decide.
2.) Nightcrawler vs. Birdman
Two of the most buzzed-about movies of the awards season, both Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Keaton are getting some serious Oscar nom cred for their roles in [Nightcrawler](movie:938302) and [Birdman](movie:780317), respectively. Which one deserves it more? That's your call.
3.) How to Train Your Dragon 2 vs. Big Hero 6
Disney vs. Dreamworks, robots vs. dragons. No matter which one you prefer, [Big Hero 6](movie:425271) and [How to Train Your Dragon 2](movie:44736) were hit family-friendly movies that have enough humor and heart and action for even grown-ups to love. But which movie will move on to Round 2? That depends on how you vote!
4.) Maleficent vs Lucy
[Maleficent](movie:39352) and [Lucy](movie:935973) might have been two wildly different genres, but both featured two badass ladies who took control of their destinies, and both starred well-known A-listers at the top of their game. Which supernaturally-powered movie wins? That's up to you.
5.) Boyhood vs. Tusk
Okay, okay, we know these two movies couldn't be any more different, but both come from indie auteurs who eschew the usual studio system game. The result was that both [Boyhood](movie:989626) and [Tusk](movie:1055467) were the two films this year that best captured the fullest realizations of a director's unique, personal vision for how he wanted to tell his story. The only thing is...which movie will win this round?
6.) Interstellar vs. Under the Skin
There's a lot of strange stuff out there in the vast unknown of space, and no movies exemplified this idea better in 2014 than [Interstellar](movie:813746) and [Under The Skin](movie:211051). The performances in both movies were rock-solid, with gripping storylines that kept our eyeballs glued to the screen. But which one deserves to win the battle for space? Vote and decide.
7.) The Maze Runner vs. Divergent
Come on, you knew we had to pit these two against one another. Just like Thomas and Tris, [The Maze Runner](movie:575895)and [Divergent](movie:593270) have to battle it out to survive the match-up of post-apocalyptic YA movies set in a dystopian society. Who emerges victorious? That's up to you.
8.) Whiplash vs. The Fault in Our Stars
From post-apocalyptic dystopias to the realistic, tear-jerking other end of the young adult spectrum, both [Whiplash](movie:1075695) and [The Fault In Our Stars](movie:602185) feature sometimes beautiful, often heartbreaking coming-of-age stories featuring a few of the hottest rising stars in Hollywood today. But which deserves the buzz it got? Vote and decide.
9.) Guardians of the Galaxy vs. X-Men: Days of Future Past
If you're a fan of superhero ensemble movies, 2014 was your year, with [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) and [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) leading the way. Both featured superpowered team-ups, one in space and one on earth. Both crushed it at the box office. And both were absolutely beloved by fans and critics alike. Will our ultimate champion be one of these two? Only if you vote for your favorite!
10.) Snowpiercer vs. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dystopia was apparently the in thing for movies in 2014, and perhaps no two movies painted a bleaker picture of fictional futures than [Snowpiercer](movie:35044) and [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261). What happens when those who hold all the power become corrupt? What happens when the people fight back? And which one will go on to Round 2? It's your call!
11.) The LEGO Movie vs. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Superheroes. Brightly-colored sets. A ton of great SFX. And both movies revolving around their everyman, regular Joe heroes who somehow have to save everyone. [The LEGO Movie](movie:376368) and [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) also boast being led by two of the most likable actors working in Hollywood today in Chris Pratt and Andrew Garfield. But sadly, only one of them can advance to the next round. Who will it be?
12.) Godzilla vs. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
If 2014 at the movies was about dystopia, then it was also about how human carelessness means that one day, we'll all be bowing to our animal overlords. In [Godzilla](movie:45291)[Godzilla](movie:45291), they were gigantic and come from the sea. In [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904), they were ape-sized and came from a lab. But both threatened to wipe out the world. Which freaks of nature will survive the first round? That depends on how you choose.
13.) Gone Girl vs. Only Lovers Left Alive
At first glance, [Gone Girl](movie:833123) and [Only Lovers Left Alive](movie:413675) might seem like two completely different movies, and on the surface, they are. But both films were less about action, being more character studies than anything. And the success of both films hinged upon the great chemistry and dynamic between the male and female lead pairings. How do you handle it when everything you've thought you've known changes? Both revolve around that theme. But change happens, and so does voting. Who will win?
14.) Edge of Tomorrow vs. John Wick
If you like your asskicking served with side of asskicking topped with a lovely asskicking sauce, then [Edge of Tomorrow](movie:267902) and [John Wick](movie:1116115) were the movies for you in 2014. Both got crazy-great critical reviews and both had what were by far some of the best action sequences of any movie of the year. If they were real, they'd probably team up and be awesome together. But since rules are rules, you can only vote for one.
15.) Transformers: Age of Extinction vs. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Nothing says, "'Merica!" like Captain America and the Transformers (and also, Hollywood blockbusters). Both sequels were two of the biggest box-office successes of the year, and both movies have huge followings of fans. [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) vs. [Transformers: Age of Extinction](movie:206531) is one of the titanic heavyweight matchups of the first round, but alas, only one can move on to the next. Will it be the Avenger or the Autobot? It's up to you to choose.
16.) Neighbors vs. Grand Budapest Hotel
Two of the best comedies of the year, [Neighbors](movie:401406)and [The Grand Budapest Hotel](movie:400227) brought completely different styles of comedy to the table. But don't let their difference fool you: Both featured flirtatious Lotharios, antics between the characters, and two of the most hilarious scripts of the year. Which one made you laugh harder? Vote now.
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