10 Best Movies of 2014
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Ellar Coltrane, left, and Ethan Hawke from 'Boyhood.' Various images provided by Courtesy Everett Collection, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures

It was a year when even a few of the movies that made shameless profits (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, The Lego Movie) weren’t anything to be ashamed about. But the lion’s share of 2014’s best movies came in small, intimate packages, beholden to no one except the sensibilities of their creators. Screw Hollywood. From a boy to a birdman, from a gone girl to the potently present talents of two women directors, the best movies of 2014 hit hardest by going rogue.