My top 10 movie characters of 2014 – so far

As 2014 draws to a close I am looking back at the characters that have captivated me this year. Of course as I am based in the UK there will be a series of 2014 releases that don’t drop here until 2015 so there is a chance this list will get an addendum at some point next year but this is where we are so far.

Amy Dunne

 Amy Dunne
Played by: Rosamund Pike
Film: Gone Girl
Why is she awesome: Because she’s absolutely deranged and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants no matter how brutal or fucked up it is.
“Amy Dunne: I’m the c*nt you married! The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this c*nt might like. I’m not a quitter… I’m that c*nt.”


Played by: Michael Fassbender
Film: Frank
What makes him awesome?: He’s absolutely mesmerising that you can’t help but get sucked into his weird circle of influence but at the same time he’s complicated and fragile and damaged and probably the most realistic portrayal I’ve seen of mental illness on screen.
“Frank: [singing] Stale beer. Fat fucked, smoked out. Cowpoked. Sequined mountain ladies. I love your wall. Put your arms around me. Fiddly digits, itchy britches. I love you all.”


Gustav H.
Played by: Ralph Fiennes
Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
What makes him awesome: He’s fabulously charismatic and dignified and at the same time pure filth.
“M. Gustave: Rudeness is merely an expression of fear. People fear they won’t get what they want. The most dreadful and unattractive person only needs to be loved, and they will open up like a flower.”


Voiced by: Vin Diesel
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy 
What makes him awesome: He’s so innocent and loyal and funny and he manages to communicate so much in just one statement.
“Groot: I am Groot.”


Katniss Everdeen
Played by: Jennifer Lawrence
Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
What makes her awesome: Katniss will always been one of my favourites. She’s one of the most well-rounded complex female characters we get on screen – strong but vulnerable, brave but damaged, selfish and selfless at the same time, heroic but humble.
“Katniss Everdeen: I have a message for President Snow: You can torture or bombed us, blasted our district to the grounds. But do you see that ? Fire Is Catching… If we burn, you burn with us!”

Lou BloomLou Bloom
Played by: Jake Gyllenhaal
Film: Nightcrawler
What makes him awesome: He is absolutely terrifying despite being generally softly spoken and his ability to manipulate others is second to none.
“Lou Bloom: What if my problem wasn’t that I don’t understand people but that I don’t like them? What if I was the kind of person who was obliged to hurt you for this? I mean physically. I think you’d have to believe afterward, if you could, that agreeing to participate and then backing out at the critical moment was a mistake. Because that’s what I’m telling you, as clearly as I can.”


Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
Played by: Evan Peters
Film: X-Men: Days of Future Past
What makes him awesome: He’s just so fricking cool and his cheeky behaviour towards Professor X and Wolverine steals the whole of DOFP.
“Logan: We need your help, Peter.
Pietro Maximoff: With what?
Logan: Breaking into a highly secured facility and get someone out.
Logan, Pietro Maximoff: Prison break? That’s illegal, you know?
Logan: [Looks around and sees the items Peter has obviously stolen] Only if you get caught.”


Rita Vrataski
Played by: Emily Blunt
Film: Edge of Tomorrow
Why is she awesome?: Because she is the baddest ass female to grace our screens in 2014
“Lt. Col. Bill Cage: [while in training] Stop! Wait, wait, wait, wait! Stop! Wait a second, wait a second! I’ve been thinking… I mean, this thing is in my blood. So maybe there’s some way I can transfer it to you.
Rita Vrataski: I’ve tried everything, it doesn’t work.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage: I mean have you tried… you know… tried ALL the options.
Rita Vrataski: Oh, you mean sex? Yeah, tried it.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage: …how many times?
Rita Vrataski: Alright…
[Cage gets hit by a spinning robot]”


Played by: Imelda Stauton
Film: Pride
Why is she awesome: She’s bold, brave and she takes no prisoners plus it’s always fun watching the elderly swear.
“Hefina: “What in the hell do you think you’re doing? Get out there and find a gay or a lesbian right now!”
Guy: “I don’t want to give them the wrong impression.”
Hefina: “Right, cause you’re so bloody irresistible!” 


Augustus Waters
Played by: Ansel Elgort
Film: The Fault in Our Stars
What makes him awesome: He’s the guy that we all should have fallen for when we were teenagers, you know instead of the douchebag bad boy who had a motorbike. Plus he’s endlessly positive even in the face of total uncertainty.
“Augustus Waters: I am in love with you. And I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed. And that one day all our labor will be returned to dust. And I know that the sun will swallow the only earth we will ever have. And I am in love with you.”


  1. Ooo, lots of my favorite characters from the year make your list. I love Augustus Waters . . . I definitely need to read the book. I agree about Rita Vrataski too. Probably my favorite role Emily Blunt has played yet. I would probably add Terrence Fletcher from Whiplash to my favorite roles list. Great post, Abbi!

    1. Abbi

      I actually preferred movie Augustus to book Augustus… in fact I vastly preferred the film to the book over all.

      Whiplash hasn’t actually been out here yet so I haven’t seen it but I will be looking out for it.

      1. Ahh, that’s interesting! The film adaptation definitely did well. I’d still like to read the book at some point, but that’s nice to hear how much you enjoyed the film!

        I’d be curious to hear what you think of Whiplash after you’ve seen it.

      2. Wow, you liked the movie better? I really need to check it now because I loved the book. I’m just not ready to cry again yet. 😛

        Great choices! I have to check out those that I haven’t seen yet. How was Pride in whole?

        1. Abbi

          I didn’t like the book at all. I found the characters so annoying.

          I adored every second of Pride. Possibly my favourite film of 2014.

  2. Tom

    Very lovely list Abbi. The only one I’m not familiar with is Helfina, but she sounds like a lot of fun. Was ‘Pride’ a musical by any chance?

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! Pride is actually not a musical although I can see why it might come off that way. I guess the best way to describe it might be a political culture-clash dramedy.

  3. Excellent choices all round (as if I was expecting anything else).

    Augustus Waters ❤

    Quicksilver totally stole the show every time he was on screen 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! I can’t wait for more Quicksilver in the future. #notjustcosevanpetersishot

  4. Great choices!

    I wouldn’t think of Gustav H. right away if I was making a list. That is a problem. Such a fantastic character. He completely slipped my mind!

    1. Abbi

      I had to run through all the films I’d seen this year before I made my choices otherwise it’s so easy to forget the ones you saw early in the year.

  5. Quicksilver and Gustav have been mine 😉 Fun list, Abbi!

  6. Great list of characters! Amy and Rita were badass women this year. Ansel Elgort’s Augustus was so good. That one look he gives Shailene when she walks into the room in her dress = perfection. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! I’m glad we actually got some badass female characters in 2014.

  7. I just oohed and aahed through this whole list. What a good year for movie characters. My faves would have to be Groot, Gus and Rita. Can they all just do a movie together and have Amy Dunne be the villain, now that would be pretty cool. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I would totally see that movie!!!

  8. Woo! Great list 🙂 None would be complete without the inclusion of Amy Dunne!

    1. Abbi

      She was awesome and totally terrifying!

  9. Rita Vrataski, Amy Dunne & Groot! Woohoo! 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I am already making my list for 2015.

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