My five favorite films of 2014 are as follows:
(5) The Fault in Our Stars: Gut wrenching, emotional roller-coaster of a film, but quite insightful as regards how we humans approach death and dying.
(4) The Grand Budapest Hotel: It's a Wes Anderson film. That's about all I need to say.
(3) Gone Girl: Creepy, disturbing, but unique.
(2) Noah: I'm interested when Hollywood tries to retell stories from the Bible. This one was done quite well. Far better than Exodus: Gods and Kings.
(1) The Book of Life: Beautiful story regarding death, memory, ancestors, and tradition with amazing animation. The narrative invites children younger and older into a world of colorful imagination.
Top honorary mention: The Giver. Films I didn't get to see, but that I imagine may have been added to this list include Birdman, Dear White People, Interstellar, Selma, and I'm sure a handful of others. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a film or two I watched that I forgot, but the fact that those listed came to mind easily says a lot about their impact.