Top 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2014

2014 is in the rear-view mirror, and awards nominations are rolling in. The year certainly had some standout successes, but what about the gems no one saw? These are our picks for the Top 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2014. Subscribe:

What did you think of the list? Did we leave off one of our favorite under appreciated greats? Do you disagree with one of our selections? What do you think was the best movie of 2014, blockbuster or otherwise? What are you looking forward to in 2015 (and stay tuned for our choices!)

Let us know in the comments!


Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
We’re kicking off the list with a surprisingly underrated romantic comedy, where the meet-cute, break-up, make-up formula is put the the test, carried by Jenny Slate’s amazing performance.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Jake Gyllenhaal plays both a man and his mysterious exact look-alike in this baffling thinner that was maybe a bit too out there to bring it in at the box office, but is more than worth a second look at home.

Jodorowsky’s Dune
Director: Frank Pavich
Documentaries are rarely box office hits, but this look at cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s classic Dune to the big screen in its own way deserved more attention than it got in our opinion.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in what has to be the most unusual vampire movie we’ve seen pretty much ever.

Director: David Gordon Green
Joe is noteworthy for an unusually understated performance from Nicholas Cage, and its gritty-yet-heartfelt story of reception.

Director: Steven Knight
Tom Hardy gives a world class, practically solo, performance as a man driving his car, propelled by a series of phone calls that threaten to destroy his life.

A Most Wanted Man
Director: Anton Corbijn
One of Philip Seymour Hoffiman’s last projects, A Most Wanted Man is a spy thriller that deals with the legal and technological world of espionage, rather than the flash glamour.

The Rover
Director: David Michôd
A Mad Max without the over-the-top costuming, The Rover follows Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson down the roads of a ruined world.

The Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat)
Director: Doug Liman
Despite some top-notch action, and outstanding action performances from stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow managed to underperform at the box office, perhaps prompting its re-branding under a new title. Regardless, this fresh, honest take on a time-loop premise is well worth a watch.

Starred Up
Director: David Mackenzie
Despite a strong performance from star Jack O’Connell, and a tense, expertly crafted story, Starred Up managed to go almost completely unnoticed this year.


  1. For once, I’m actually disappointed with your action choice. Edge of Tomorrow over John Wick? Really? Edge of Tomorrow was a generic action flick. It’s been done. John Wick did something we all thought impossible: Action scenes without shaky cams or one hundred edits. Not to mention the lore and backstory of the Continental and John’s former profession. No, John Wick was far better than Edge of I already forgot…

  2. The Double channeled KAFKA?! It was an original story by Dostoevsky.. my soul is crushed in the most melodramatic way of all time. Perhaps reflective of Kafka’s absurdism, but that is just completely wrong.

  3. THANK YOU!!!! I have been looking for The Rover for years, man. I remember how much the trailer gripped me, and I could never remember the title.

  4. Jordorowsky’s Dune……… How can you adapt something you’ve never read? And completely changing the ending. You are no longer adapting, you’re stealing someone elses work and passing it off as your own.

  5. Errrrm at 10:53 i’m sure he says cunt..which is is hilarious because every other swear word is censored! i find that sh*t funny as fuck!

  6. Wheeeeeere the hell is FranK? Literally one of the funniest movies of the 2000s. It’s incredible, and you guys NEVER mention it.

  7. It’s cool how many of these movies on this list are A24 movies (the studio who delivered Moonlight, Room, Ex Machina, and Amy among others)

  8. It feels like it’s been years and years since I saw Only Lovers Left Alive and I know I’ve seen it at least 5 times with huge gaps between each viewing. Like, it’s not registering that it was only released in 2014.

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