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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn's Top 12 Films of 2014

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January 9, 2015

James Gunn

Yes, we're done with our own year-end lists counting down our favorite films amongst other things as part of our yearly Looking Back series, but director James Gunn has chimed in with a late edition of his own favorite films of 2014. We'll cut him some slack since he was busy finishing and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy (#4 on my own Top 10 Films of 2014) to get his list in before the end of the year. The social media active Gunn took to Facebook to give fans a list of his top 12 Favorite Films of 2014. They include some of our favorites like Whiplash and The LEGO Movie, and a couple that we were surprised by too.

Here's James Gunn's list of favorite films, in no particular order, from Facebook (via The Playlist):

Whiplash
The LEGO Movie
Edge of Tomorrow
The Drop
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Boyhood
The Raid 2
Heaven Knows What
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Begin Again
The Hive
John Wick

Gunn said, "Admittedly, due to my schedule, I've probably seen less films this year than any other year, outside of the one before it when I was actually shooting. And I, of course, am not including Guardians of the Galaxy on this list, as that probably wouldn't be fair." Gunn also noted that while the list wasn't in any special order, he did specifically say that Whiplash was his favorite film of the year. And just as a reminder, which we absolutely agree with, he wants to reiterate that these are his favorite films, but that doesn't mean that they have to be yours. We all love different films for different reasons. Thoughts?

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  • Susan
    Whiplash by far was the best film I saw in 2014.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were my favourites.
  • Jon Odishaw
    Honestly Edge of tomorrow was so funny and action packed on top of being so well directed and acted, it was nearly flawless.
  • Love to see The Drop get some well-respected love! Very underseen,
    • Bill Brixton
      I could not get over the accents in that movie. I really, really wanted to like it too because I'm a big Tom Hardy fan.
  • Bruiser
    Interstellar by a trillion lightyears...better than almost every movie on his list
    • ragethorn
      Fantastic movie.
    • JBrotsis
      Negative dude. It's a solid movie...very very solid. But not the best.
      • Sky
        Agree, BUT it should be on the list. I think it should replace Begin Again or Heaven Knows What. Maybe even Boyhood, Boyhoods cool cause of the concept and execution, but the story is just okay.
  • ragethorn
    How is Guardians of the Galaxy not on his list? 😉
  • DAVIDPD
    BEGIN AGAIN? I guess with the exception of that film, that is the question mark. I dig the list though.
  • Payne by name
    I'm pleased that Edge of Tomorrow is in there. Cracking film.
  • bumboclot
    John Wick of course. Best movie of 2014. Does anyone know what "The Hive" is?
    • Sky
      He has seen it, we haven't.
  • Trey Wilson
    John Wick for best action movie. Edge of Tomorrow for best sci-fi/action Winter Soldier for best superhero movie. Whiplash for best indie drama. Interstellar for most over-long, bloated and convoluted POS. The Guest was good, but didn't get all the hype. GotG was OK. But Gunn seems like a bit of a dick. I think it's kinda scummy that he never mentions his female co-writer on GotG. It's like he doesn't want to share any of the glory, or give credit to anyone else.
    • Hodorin
      Interstellar for best movie of the year, period.
      • Trey Wilson
        Hmm. No.
      • Panzerknecker
        Hahahaha no.
  • harm
    All the people posting "where's GOTG"? On his FB page he stated, it wouldn't be fare to list his own movie on his list of favorites of the year.

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