The year isn’t even over and already there is a clear list of the most popular movies 2014 has brought out. By most accounts the Transformers 2014 movie should have been number one on every list, but it got bumped back by two surprise hits with a broader age range appeal.
One thing that has helped make these movies popular is the increasing use of digital devices for viewing new releases. The best streaming for movies has gone from something only being available to the few with high speed and expensive connections, to being available to anyone with an unlimited data account on a smartphone or mobile device. With this ability to see new releases when you want and where you want, you can now pick from the best. Here is the list of the best movies of 2014 released so far. Some of them you can still catch in the theaters, but all of them can also be streamed online.
#15 – Xmen: Days of Future Past
- Director – Bryan Singer
- Cast – Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters
Easily one of the best movies out in theaters today, this installment of the Xmen is winning new fans and making old ones happy – except for the constant complaint that there should have been more Kitty Pryde on screen. It’s a standout in the Xmen chronicles for being well acted and full of action with enough backstory to keep the series moving along.
#14 – Transcendence
- Director – Wally Pfister
- Cast – Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
One of the best new movies 2014 had to offer, Transcendence, was overshadowed on its opening weekend but is now gaining traction as a popular film. It explores the terrifying potential of Artificial Intelligence and smart devices.
#13 – Noah
- Director – Darren Aronofsky
- Cast – Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
One of the best, and most controversial movies in box office opinions this year, Noah suffered most from the perception that this was a retelling of the biblical story in accordance with Christian thought. Instead, it is Aronofsky’s inspired story of a man chosen by God to exercises judgment on the world and its aftermath.