And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pixar's Inside Out and James Bond's latest, Spectre, are primed to take all our money in 2015. In between these pillars of popcorn entertainment, ScreenAnarchy's global team of critics and contributors will again be slaving away to dig up the juicy little gems from around the world, which may struggle to compete commercially, but which win the battle time and again as the most interesting achievements in the global arena of cinema.
This year, no fewer than 33 contributors submitted lists of their Top 10 films of 2014, and 142 films featured in this year's poll. A complete list of all those films can be found at the end of our countdown, but just to give you some idea of what our team has been watching, here is what fell just short of bagging a Top 10 slot, and placed 11 to 20:
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (dir. James Gunn, USA)
12. Why Don't You Play in Hell? (dir. Sono Sion, Japan)
13. Tokyo Tribe (dir. Sono Sion, Japan)
14. Birdman (dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, USA)
15. The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent, Australia)
16. Gone Girl (dir. David Fincher, USA)
17. The Lego Movie (dir. Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, USA)
18. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (dir. Takahata Isao, Japan)
19. The Tribe (dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine)
20. The Wolf of Wall Street (dir. Martin Scorsese, USA)
In any other year that list, including Scorsese, Fincher, Inarritu, Sono and Takahata, would make an incredibly robust Top 10 itself. However, Team ScreenAnarchy has deemed 10 other films as being even greater and more worthy of praise and plaudits than these. And so, without further ado, here is ScreenAnarchy's 10 best films of 2014:
Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Christopher Bourne, Kwenton Bellette, Todd Brown, Daniel Rutledge, Brian Clark, J Hurtado, Joshua Chaplinsky, Fernando Toste, Eric Ortiz Garcia, William Chandra, Ard Vijn, Peter van der Lugt, Ryland Aldrich, Michele "Izzy" Galgana, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Stuart Muller, Peter Martin, Kurt Halfyard, Jason Gorber, Andrew Mack, Ben Umstead, Pierce Conran, Christopher O'Keeffe, Patryk Czekaj, Patrick Holzapfel, Jim Tudor, Simon Cocks, Hugo Ozman, Zach Gayne, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and Loïc Valceschini
contributed to this story.
Why the Birdman image you ask? Well, despite the film only coming in 14th in our official poll it just so happened to be my favourite film of 2014, and I'll be flying the flags of Team Keaton and Team Norton all the way to the Oscars.
Okay, now here's the poll results...
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