Best of 2014: 8 Big-Screen Reunions

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in 'The Imitation Game'

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, and Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx are just some of the memorable co-stars who joined forces in new films this year

The casts of 2014's movies featured a number of memorable onscreen reunions in which former co-stars reteamed on a new film. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, who worked together and became good friends off-screen in Atonement, reunited onscreen for The Imitation Game, where their characters have a much closer relationship than they did in the 2007 British war film. Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep continued their Devil Wears Prada onscreen dynamic in which Streep's character tortures Blunt's in Into the Woods. And Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, Noah, featured two reunions: Jennifer Connelly again playing the wife to her Beautiful Mind co-star Russell Crowe, and Logan Lerman and Emma Watson's characters portraying a more complicated relationship than the friends-turned-lovers storyline of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Check out more of this year's notable movie reunions, presented in chronological order based on when the earlier film was released.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore
Earlier films: Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999)
2014 film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Frequent co-stars Hoffman and Moore appeared together on the big screen for one of the last times in 2014, working together in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee and District 13 president Alma Coin to get Katniss to be the face of the revolution. They previously starred together in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights — with Moore as porn star Amber Waves and Hoffman as gay, sexually repressed boom mic operator Scotty J. — and Magnolia in which Moore plays the young wife of Jason Robards' dying Earl Partridge and Hoffman plays his devoted nurse.

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Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx
Earlier film: Any Given Sunday (1999)
2014 film: Annie

Diaz and Foxx went from being part of the same team, quite literally, in Oliver Stone's football epic Any Given Sunday to being on seemingly opposite teams for Quvenzhane Wallis' character in Sony's modern-day version of Annie. In Any Given Sunday, Diaz played the young ruthless owner of the film's fictional team, the Miami Sharks, while Foxx played the young hotshot quarterback Willie Beaman. In Annie, Diaz takes on the role of foster mom Miss Hannigan, now a failed music star (she was kicked out of C+C Music Factory before the group hit it big), who takes in kids to get a monthly handout from the city. Foxx is the modern-day version of Daddy Warbucks, Will Stacks, a tech titan running for mayor who begins spending time with Annie as a political move.

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Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe; Logan Lerman and Emma Watson
Earlier films: A Beautiful Mind (Connelly and Crowe; 2001), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Lerman and Watson; 2012)
2014 film: Noah

Darren Aronofsky's 2014 biblical epic Noah featured two noteworthy big-screen reunions, reteaming A Beautiful Mind couple Connelly and Crowe, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower's friends-turned-lovers, played by Lerman and Watson. Connelly, who won an Oscar for her performance as the long-suffering wife of Crowe's John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, again plays the wife to Crowe's character: Noah's spouse, Naameh. In Perks of Being a Wallflower, Watson is the cool girl with whom Lerman's character is infatuated, but in Noah, she plays the love interest for the brother of Lerman's character's.

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Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
Earlier film: Walk the Line (2005)
2014 film: Inherent Vice

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, as played by Phoenix and Witherspoon in 2005's Walk the Line, reunite briefly in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, with Witherspoon playing the deputy D.A. and part-time squeeze of Phoenix's private investigator, Doc Sportello.

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Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep
Earlier film: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2014 film: Into the Woods

Emily Blunt has remarked that she and Meryl Streep are destined to have an onscreen dynamic in which the latter is torturing the former. Blunt's character spent much of 2006's The Devil Wears Prada catering to and being afraid of her demanding boss, Miranda Priestly (Streep). In Into the Woods, Streep's Witch places a curse on the village baker and his wife (Blunt), preventing them from being able to conceive a child.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Earlier film: Atonement (2007)
2014 film: The Imitation Game 

Knightley first met Cumberbatch on the set of the romantic British war film Atonement, where he had a small part as the creepy friend of Knightley's character's brother, who plays a pivotal role in the crime that sets the story in motion. The two actors have remained good friends ever since, and they have a much closer relationship in 2014's The Imitation Game in which Cumberbatch plays British genius Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and helped win World War II. Knightley plays Joan Clarke, one of his few female colleagues, with whom Turing develops a close relationship.

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Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway
Earlier film: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2014 film: Interstellar

Hathaway's and Caine's characters both had an interest in Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne, albeit quite different ones, in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway tempted him as cat burglar Selina Kyle, while Caine played his supportive butler, Alfred. In Interstellar, Hathaway and Caine reunited with Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan, who considers Caine to be his good-luck charm. In Nolan's space epic, Caine's and Hathaway's characters have a much closer relationship, playing the father and daughter scientist team of Professor and Amelia Brand, who search for a new home for mankind.

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