Which Were the Best 2014 Films?

The best films of 2014 included "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Maleficent," based on various awards given for the year. Assessments of the best films can be based on awards, critics' choices and box office receipts.

The three major awards ceremonies, the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and People's Choice, all came up with different best pictures for 2014. Taking home the Best Picture Oscar was "Birdman." Golden Globes went to "Boyhood" for drama, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the comedy or musical category, and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" was the winner in the animated category. The People's Choice Award for favorite movie went to "Maleficent."

Movie critics can also be consulted for their favorite films of the year. For instance, A. O. Scott of the New York Times chose "Boyhood," the Polish film "Ida," the documentary "Citizenfour," Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s "Leviathan," and "Selma" as his top five.

Another gauge for the popularity of movies released during a specific year is to look at the total box office receipts. For 2014, the top-grossing film was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" which grossed over $336,000,000 worldwide, followed by "Guardians of the Galaxy," "American Sniper," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and "The Lego Movie."