2014 has overall been a pretty good year for movies, with some fantastic Oscar contenders (and winners) released back in January and February, not to mention a summer packed full of great blockbusters and superb low-budget Indie movies like Jon Favreau’s Chef and comedies such as The Inbetweeners 2.
Superhero movies have dominated though, with Captain America, the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy all keeping fans and regular moviegoers alike happy. The next one won’t be released until 2015 with Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and there are still plenty of other big movies to look forward to in the rest of 2014.
Some are sequels and others are potentially the first instalment in a new franchise. Meanwhile, we also have plenty which could dominate come awards season, as well as more than enough movies which simply look like a fun time at the cinema as the nights draw in and temperatures drop over the next few months.
If there are any notable movies which are missing from this list (Marvel and Disney’s Big Hero 6 is one such example), it’s only because they unfortunately don’t reach the UK until early next year!
20. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Like Harry Potter and Twilight before it, Lionsgate will be splitting the final instalment of Suzanne Collins’s hugely popular YA novels in two for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Some fans have argued over whether or not this is actually necessary, but those involved with the movie say that it was done in a bid to do the story justice.
Regardless, after directing Catching Fire, Francis Lawrence returns for the two-part finale which will up the stakes – yes, even higher than teenagers brutally murdering each other in a giant arena – as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) fights alongside those who want to bring down President Snow and the evil Capitol.
Most of the original cast returns, and they will be joined by Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and more.