The Best Films of 2014

24. Gone Girl

David Fincher adapts Gillian Flynn’s runaway bestseller/cultural phenomenon as only he can: as pitch-black comedy crossed with film noir, from its deep, inky shadows to its slinky, ruthless femme fatale. Much (earned) respect has been given to the thrilling unpredictability of Rosamund Pike’s title performance, and the spot-on casting of Ben Affleck as her husband (his fundamental opacity has never been put to better use), but the film’s deep bench of supporting players — particularly Kim Dickens, Carrie Coon, and (I’m as surprised as you are) Tyler Perry — keep things bubbling.