Beste films van 2014 volgens Volkskrantlezers

Vandaag stond in De Volkskrant een overzicht met de 100 beste films van 2014, uitgekozen door de lezers van De Volkskrant. Acht van deze films heb ik afgelopen jaar gezien. Hoeveel films heb jij gezien?


1 Boyhood
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

2 The Grand Budapest Hotel – deze film heb ik in het vliegtuig gezien. Het is een grappige film
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

3 12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

4 Interstellar – deze film heb ik in de bioscoop gezien. Qua beelden een hele mooie film, maar het laatste half uur van het verhaal had voor mij niet gehoeven
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

5 The Wolf of Wall Street – van deze film heb ik een stukje van gezien in het vliegtuig, maar ben in slaap gevallen…
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

6 Nebraska
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

7 Her – deze film hebben we in de stromende regen gezien bij de Pleinbioscoop in Rotterdam. Een fascinerend verhaal
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

8 Ida
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

9 Dallas Buyers Club
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

10 Gone Girl
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

11 Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu)
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…

12 Philomena
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

13 Leviathan
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

14 Under the Skin
A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

15 Mommy
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

16 A Most Wanted Man
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

17 Deux jours, une nuit
Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

18 Locke
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

19 The Selfish Giant
Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.

20 Whiplash
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

21 American Hustle
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

22 Mr. Turner
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.

23 Pride
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

24 The Hobbit. The Battle of the Five Armies
Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

25 Guardians of the Galaxy
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

26 De 100-jarige man die uit het raam klom en verdween – deze film heb ik in het vliegtuig gezien, net nadat ik het boek had gelezen. Een leuke film vol met Engelse (Zweedse…) humor
After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.

27 Nymphomaniac: vol. 1
A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

28 Die Andere Heimat
Jakob longs for a new life for himself and his troubled family in Brazil.

29 Lucia de B.
Verpleegster Lucia de Berk wordt aangezien voor een kille seriemoordenaar en veroordeeld tot levenslang. Zelf houdt ze vol onschuldig te zijn. Pas na bijna zeven jaar krijgt ze alsnog gelijk van de rechtbank.

30 Aanmodderfakker
De 32-jarige losbol Thijs woont wel op zichzelf, maar zijn zus doet z’n was en zijn moeder geeft hem Tupperware-bakjes vol eten mee. Als beloning bekt hij ze af, zoals hij vrijwel iedereen in de film afbekt. Thijs is niet alleen sneu, hij is ook een eikel. En toch gaan we – voor de film voorbij is – van deze Thijs houden.

31 Edge of Tomorrow
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

32 Only Lovers Left Alive
A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

33 La Jaula de Oro
For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple of Portuguese immigrants, Mario for being a topnotch caretaker, José, a construction site supervisor by trade, for helping to do all kinds of jobs in the house. So, the day Maria and José announce their wish to return to Portugal, everybody is crushed. No, they just can’t let them do a thing like that…!

34 Starred Up
Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been ‘Starred Up’ (Moved to Adult prison) where he finds his father Neville who Eric hasn’t seen since he was 5 (since he was put into care). Neville tries to get Eric to settle down, so Eric gets a chance to go through therapy with Oliver.

35 Samba
Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.

36 The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

37 The Fault in Our Stars
Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

38 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
Told from the female perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

39 Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum
Terwijl Richard Linklater over een periode van twaalf jaar Boyhood filmde, legde Oeke Hoogendijk zich tussen 2003 en 2013 toe op de immense metamorfose van het Rijksmuseum. Het resultaat is een monumentaal verslag dat past bij de grandeur van Nederlands beroemdste museum: het is groots, heeft een lange geschiedenis, verbergt schoonheid, verdriet en rijkdom, oogt zakelijk en nauwkeurig. En net als het gebouw zal het de tijd weerstaan.

40 Clouds of Sils Maria
A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

41 Nightcrawler
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

42 Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)
Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

43 20,000 Days on Earth
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

44 August: Osage County
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

45 Kreuzweg
Fourteen-year-old Maria is a fundamentalist Catholic, living her life in a modern fashion, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to be a saint and go to heaven. No one, not even a nice boy she meets, can stop her in this goal.

46 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 1
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

47 The Lego Movie
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

48 Venus in Fur
An actress attempts to convince a director how she’s perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

49 Chef
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

50 All Is Lost
After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

51 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

52 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

53 Magic in the Moonlight
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

54 Brozer
Frailer tells the story of an actress playing a part that reflects her real life story. Whilst playing a woman dying of cancer, Muis her doctor tells her she has not much more time left. She will die soon. The film follows the transition of her and her film sisters, shifting from their characters to who they really are, actresses dealing with their friend upcoming death. We watch Leonoor become physically frailer but mentally stronger as she is slowly accepting her faith. Whilst ending the film, she leaves her film sisters, her real life husband and children but also the viewer, behind forever.

55 The Salt of the Earth
The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

56 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

57 Snowpiercer – deze film heb ik op dvd gezien, inmiddels meerdere keren. Wat
een mooie film!

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

58 Nena
In the summer of 1989, a teenage girl finds herself facing adulthood as she deals with her handicapped father’s suicide attempt – while also falling in love for the first time in her life.

59 Tracks
A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

60 Dorsvloer vol confetti
To be Chosen. That is the most important life goal in the strict religious environment of Katelijne. For her, though, reading and stories are much more important. Is she thus risking her ‘Grace period’?

61 l’Inconnu du Lac

62 Coming Home
Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

63 Zwei Leben
As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow “war children.”

64 Eastern Boys
A businessman makes a regular arrangement with a Ukrainian prostitute, despite the youngster’s involvement in a controlling street gang.

65 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

66 X-Men: Days of Future Past – ik heb deze film in de bioscoop gezien. Weer een
leuke X-Men-film

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

67 Lucy
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

68 Still Life
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

69 My Old Lady
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.

70 Fruitvale Station
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

71 Enemy
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

72 The Reunion
A famous artist isn’t invited to her class reunion. She makes a film about what could’ve happened if she had gone there and confronted her bullies, and later shows that film to her former classmates.

73 The Railway Man
A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

74 How to Train Your Dragon 2
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

75 The Book Thief
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

76 The Double
A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

77 Maps to the Stars
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

78 Fury
A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

79 A Touch of Sin
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

80 The Maze Runner – deze film heb ik in de bioscoop gezien. Ik had eerst het boek willen lezen, maar dat is niet gelukt. Spannende film!
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

81 Maleficent
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

82 The Monuments Men
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

83 Blue Ruin
A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

84 The Missing Picture
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

85 The Drop
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

86 White God
Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

87 St. Vincent
A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

88 Diplomatie
Feit: in 1944, met de hete adem van de geallieerden in de nek, geeft Hitler zijn generaal Dietrich von Choltitz opdracht Parijs met de grond gelijk te maken. Fictie: de Zweedse diplomaat Raoul Nordling tracht Von Choltitz tijdens een geheime ontmoeting over te halen de opdracht te weigeren. Dit laatste scenario wordt verbeeld in deze toneelverfilming van oudgediende Schlöndorff.

89 Le Grand Cahier
Twin siblings enduring the harshness of WWII in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on studying and learning from the evil surrounding them.

90 Lone Survivor
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

91 Helix
A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation when they arrive in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be an outbreak of a strange disease in a secluded international research facility.

92 Enough Said
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

93 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

94 Nieuwe helden. In het hart van de Tour
Documentaire van Dirk Jan Roeleven. Inside-verhaal van een wielerploeg die wil bewijzen dat je zonder doping tóch kunt winnen.

95 Shirley: Visions of Reality
13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history. Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and early ’60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio political involvement.

96 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband’s compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.

97 Jimmy’s Hall
During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

98 Fading Gigolo
Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

99 The Raid 2: Berandal
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

100 Tom à la ferme
A grieving man meets his lover’s family, who were not aware of their son’s sexual orientation.


Ik heb 8 van deze films gezien.

2017: inmiddels heb ik meer films uit deze lijst gezien:

  • The Hobbit. The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 1
  • Lucy


In dit overzicht zie ik trouwens geen van de films terug die wij op het Filmfestival Rotterdam hebben gezien. Daar zagen we zoals gewoonlijk een aantal bijzondere films. Hier vind je de beschrijvingen van de films die wij gingen zien.

  • Jacky au royaume des filles: een grappige film waarbij de mannen gesluierd rondlopen en niets te zeggen hebben
  • La distancia: een rare en fascinerende film
  • Anatomy of a paper clip: een film waarin weinig gebeurt, maar heel mooi Japans
  • Periscopio: fascinerend
  • Secretly greatly: een echte actiefilm met komische elementen
  • Die Frau hinter der Wand: verrassend en geheimzinnig


Het plaatje komt van de website van Freepik


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