The best and worst films of 2014

As we look back on 2014, there have been great cinematic moments that have dealt with profound human stories, complex moral dilemmas; historical biographies and some films that were just good escapist entertainment.

Our list is by course not in any order of recommendation and if you want to see these on DVD please note the classification warnings within the full reviews at In some of these movies there is subject matter, sex scenes, violent language and simulated violence that would disturb some Catholic viewers.

You will have your own list, but here are our office’s best films for 2014.

Best Films of 2014



Charlie’s Country

Gone Girl




The Babadook


The Immigrant

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Living is Easy With Eyes Closed

All is Lost

Winter Sleep

Michael Kohlaars

Jimmy’s Hall

In Bloom

The Dark Horse

Two Days, One Night

We are the best

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Force Majeure

The Selfish Giant

The Judge


Still Life



Dallas Buyers Club

Grande Bellezza/The Great Beauty







Most enjoyable films of 2014

There have been a few films which, while very enjoyable, did not make our best film best list.


Gardening with Soul

Magic in the Moonlight


What We Do in the Shadows

Wish I Was Here

Young and Talented T.S. Spivett

The Hundred Foot Journey

Jersey Boys

Lego Movie

How to Train Your Dragon

The Missing Picture


Rock the Casbar

22 Jump Street

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Lego Movie

Trip to Italy

These Final Hours

Worst Films of 2014

I can remember when I was a boy and read catholic films reviews the ones I wanted to go and see were those which my predecessor, Dean Fred Chamberlain, labeled as “condemned,” So at the risk of encouraging our most contrary readers please stay away from our worst films of 2014:

Horrible Bosses 2

Dracula Untold

Grace of Monaco

300: Rise of an Empire

A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Winter’s Tale

Castle in Italy

Obvious Child



Men, Women and Children

Need for Speed

Sex Tape

Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Best of Me

Winter’s Tale

Wolf Creek 2

Are We Officially Dating

Raid 2

Sin City 2

Yves Saint Laurent

Happy New Year!

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting. Compiled with the associates: Fr Peter Malone MSC, Professor Peter Sheehan and Mr Callum Ryan.

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