Todd McCarthy's Top 10 Films of 2014

From 'Birdman' to 'Selma,' THR's chief film critic rounds up his favorite films of the year

THR's chief film critic Todd McCarthy gives nods to independent projects and international hits as he wraps up the year with a look at the best films of 2014.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel makes the cutoff at No. 10., with Selma just one rank above at No. 9 (though both films are equally vying for four Golden Globe awards). The inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. biopic boasts the list's one and only female filmmaker, Ava DuVernay.

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Selma's lead David Oyelowo and cinematographer Bradford Young also have one other thing to boast about. Both had a part in the list's eighth top film A Most Violent Year, a 1980s set drama directed by J.C. Chandor that follows one immigrant's fight to survive in crime-ridden New York City.

Wild Tales (originally released in Argentina) and Ida (originally released in Poland) rank at No. 7 and No. 4, respectively. The foreign language films represent two out of three of McCarthy's picks for the best international releases of the year.

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Weighing in at sixth place is the chilling biographical drama Foxcatchercarried by convincing performances from an all-star cast consisting of Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. Director Richard Linklater's rare 12-year chronicle Boyhood settles in the top half of the list at No. 5, two ranks below Birdman. The Michael Keaton starrer, which is currently up for seven Golden Globe nominations (the most of any film competing at the awards), takes the No. 3 spot.

Vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, applauded for its artistically haunting mood and tone, takes second place behind Russian drama Leviathan. At No. 1, Leviathan, a powerful feature on corruption in modern Russia, is McCarthy's top pick for best film of the year.

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