Favorite film discoveries of 2014

I’m still adjusting to the fact that we’re in a whole new year, and 2014 has ended! Though I’ve already done a full year’s wrap-up of general movie-watching stats for 2014, I thought today I’d share my favorite discoveries of the year. There are quite a few, so the list is broken down by decade. Reviews are linked where available, if you’d like to know more about why I enjoyed these particular films the most.

What were your favorite new-to-you flicks of the year?

It's a Gift - One of my favorite discoveries from the Slapstick Encyclopedia DVD set (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

It’s a Gift – One of my favorite discoveries from the Slapstick Encyclopedia DVD set (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

 
1920s:
It’s a Gift (1923)
Now You Tell One (1926)
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

(Image via rainpow.com)

Le Million – A musical of a missing lottery ticket (Image via rainpow.com)


1930s:

Le million (1931)
Sitting on the Moon (1936)
Sailing Along (1938)
There’s Always a Woman (1938)

Hitler almost gets taken out by a sniper in Man Hunt (Image via righteousfilm.com)

Hitler almost gets taken out by a sniper in Man Hunt (Image via righteousfilm.com)


1940s:

Man Hunt (1941)
The Red House (1947)
The Passionate Friends (1949)

Doris Day shines By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Doris Day shines By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)


1950s:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Redford and Wood share a tragic romance in This Property is Condemned (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Redford and Wood share a tragic romance in This Property is Condemned (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)


1960s:

This Property is Condemned (1966)*
David Holzman’s Diary (1967)
Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Number 5 is alive in Short Circuit (Image via YTS)

Number 5 is alive in Short Circuit (Image via YTS)


1980s:

Short Circuit (1986)
Broadcast News (1987)

The Very Thought of You, under a different title (Image via Pinterest)

The Very Thought of You, under a different title (Image via Pinterest)


1990s:

The Very Thought of You (1999)

"Jailbirds" in Ira & Abby (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

“Jailbirds” in Ira & Abby (Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)


2000s:

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)
Ira & Abby (2006)
TiMER (2009)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw lives up to the hype in Belle (Image via missbluestocking.wordpress.com)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw lives up to the hype in Belle (Image via missbluestocking.wordpress.com)


2010-2013:

Monogamy (2010)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Belle (2013)*

Jersey Boys got mixed reviews, but I loved it! (Image via Sky Movies)

Jersey Boys got mixed reviews, but I loved it! (Image via Sky Movies)


10 favorite new releases of 2014:

22 Jump Street
Beyond the Lights*
Divergent
The Drop
The Imitation Game*
Interstellar
Jersey Boys
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything*
Whiplash

(Despite the amount of time I spent at the cinema, there are still a lot of films I need to catch up on from 2014, so this “new releases” list is in no way definitive — it’s just what I enjoyed most from what I did see!)

*Reviews for films marked with an asterisk have not yet been published, but will be published this month, either in the “Modern Movies” post for December or as full reviews.

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7 thoughts on “Favorite film discoveries of 2014

    • Lindsey says:

      I didn’t, unfortunately! It didn’t play at any of the theaters near me :( But one of the local multiplexes usually does a marathon of award nominees at the end of January, so hopefully I’ll be able to see it then. I’ve heard so many good things about it!

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  1. Caz says:

    I done a similar blog post about this earlier, 10 films I caught up with this year. The ‘Before’ trilogy, Sorry, Wrong Number and It Happened One Night were my favourites.

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