What Were the Top Films of 2014?

2014 was a great year for films and television, but even so — I have to say, the American Film Institute's newly released picks for top films of 2014 are quite surprising. Though some obvious choices did make it on the list, like Interstellar and the upcoming Angelina Jolie-directed Louis Zamperini biopic, Unbroken, a few indie darlings made appearances as well: For instance, the epic coming-of-age film that took 12 years to film, Boyhood, and the Channing Tatum- Steve Carell-starring Foxcatcher .

According to The A.V. Club , the list of top films is, in full, as follows:


American Sniper




The Imitation Game


Into The Woods





Interestingly, there are actually 11 films here — more than AFI's usual top 10 picks. Apparently, this was down to the organization being unable to break a tie between voting on two films, so this is the first time 11 films have actually been presented on the yearly list. That's how great 2014 was for film.

Additionally, the list of top 10 television programs for 2014 was also released by AFI, and a few of those picks are also equally surprising:


The Americans


Game Of Thrones

How To Get Away With Murder

Jane The Virgin

The Knick

Mad Men

Orange Is The New Black

Silicon Valley


(Hopefully, Jane the Virgin will finally get the recognition it deserves, now!)

Surprising as the film and television picks are, though, it just goes to show how they're worth a watch (or 10!), despite the fact they may not have received a lot of press this year. It's also pretty interesting to see the amount of streaming shows on the list — Transparent and Orange Is the New Black were both honored, despite not actually being on a television network. Take it as proof: Streaming really is the future of TV.

The teams behind the films and TV shows chosen on this year's list will be honored at a special AFI awards luncheon next month.

Visit our Year In Review Explore page for more stories about the best and worst moments in 2014, and enjoy the best sounds of the year with this Spotify playlist.

Image: IFC