Some well-reviewed movies released in 2014 include "American Sniper," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Captain America: The Winter Solider," "The LEGO Movie" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." "American Sniper" grossed the most at the box office, earning $350 million domestically.
Other popular, well-reviewed movies for 2014 include "Transformers: Age of Extinction," starring Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz, which earned $245 million in U.S. box offices, and "Maleficent," which raked in $241 million and stars Angelina Jolie. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Big Hero 6," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" were also popular, each earning in excess of $200 million domestically in 2014.
"American Sniper," which was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, details the life of sniper Chris Kyle. It was nominated for six Oscars and won one.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana and is based on the superhero team from the popular Marvel Comics series of the same name. It was produced by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film was nominated for two Oscars. Including worldwide ticket sales, the film grossed $774 million.
Additional 2014 releases that earned critical acclaim include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Gone Girl," "Into the Woods" and "The Fault in Our Stars."