Ranking 2015 Filmsby HandsomeJawa | created - 11 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
This year cemented my feelings on Pete Docter as a filmmaker, reinvigorated my interest in Star Wars, and convinced me to read The Martian, watch the Mad Max films, take an interest in banking, and pay attention to Lanthimos. Even the bad wasn't that bad when the dust settled.
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1. Inside Out (I) (2015)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Votes: 533,275 | Gross: $356.46M
The emotions and themes here touch me deeply. Joy being the protag but also the antag was genius and the message is one I needed so much as a kid.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
Votes: 777,231 | Gross: $154.06M
So epic, so fun, so expertly crafted.
3. The Martian (2015)
PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Votes: 676,699 | Gross: $228.43M
Out and out hilarious. Matt Damon is the best in this movie, and there's so much good space science. Wish it could've adapted the whole book, which just barely remains superior, but this is still amazing regardless.
4. The Hateful Eight (2015)
R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.
Votes: 432,040 | Gross: $54.12M
Slow, methodical build up to a great pay off. All of Tarantino's trappings on display and low stakes don't even matter.
5. The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.
Votes: 307,785 | Gross: $70.26M
Hilarious, brutal, intense, fun. Geeze there's just so much to like.
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
Votes: 782,497 | Gross: $936.66M
Yeah it borrows a lot from 'A New Hope' but is so like-able and fun on it's own merits. Sells me on the new cast so much.
7. The Lobster (2015)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Votes: 181,477 | Gross: $8.70M
Weirdly funny, with very good directing backing it. Wish it hadn't gone for a romance in the end, because the bits at the hotel were great, but the woods had good aspects about them as well.
8. Room (I) (2015)
R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller
Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Votes: 314,820 | Gross: $14.68M
I'm amazed how much they could do to make just one room seem interesting. Wish the movie ended with them leaving though, but there was still stuff to explore beyond that. And holy shit a good performance from a child actor. Like, really good.
TV-Y7 | 54 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When Akko and other troubled students at Luna Nova are assigned to manage the annual witch hunt parade, Akko wants to make the event more positive.
Poppy adorable fun that returns to a world and characters I love.
10. Hardcore Henry (2015)
R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Votes: 77,902 | Gross: $9.25M
Thrilling action that is just satisfying to watch. Really a lot of fun, but the POV camera can occasionally be hard to watch. Still impressive with how many stunts they did with it. Music kicks almost as much ass as the visuals
11. Tangerine (2015)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.
Votes: 23,032 | Gross: $0.70M
Pretty fun to watch the downward spirals for the characters with the great soundtrack backing it and the surprisingly great color palette adds a lot.
12. Anomalisa (2015)
R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Votes: 57,803 | Gross: $3.76M
I was in a trance for so long, but the nightmare yanked me out of it and I never recovered. Still, beautiful film, beautiful first half.
13. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Votes: 310,451 | Gross: $195.04M
I wish they'd stop relying on the whole "IMF can't help" angle 5 movies in. But, hard to deny this was one of the better ones.
14. Mississippi Grind (2015)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost.
Votes: 17,091 | Gross: $0.13M
A well acted downward spiral that culminates as happily as it could've, which is a nice feeling.
15. Bridge of Spies (2015)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Votes: 262,220 | Gross: $72.31M
Can be intense and engaging. Slower moments drag it down a bit.
16. Tomorrowland (2015)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
Votes: 161,032 | Gross: $93.44M
17. Miss Hokusai (2015)
PG-13 | 93 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.
Votes: 2,358 | Gross: $0.22M
Somber, at least until the rock music crashes in. It's nice, but slow. Never overstays its welcome, but it didn't do all that much for me.
18. The Good Dinosaur (2015)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Votes: 91,181 | Gross: $123.09M
Legit funny and heartfelt. Plus I'm a sucker for bittersweet endings. Has tons of flaws that hold me back from liking it anymore.
19. Edge (2015 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 62 min | Western
A televised adaptation of the 'Edge' book series by George G. Gilman.
Shane Black doing a western works out pretty well. The story really just needed more time for it's characters; this was clearly rushed.
20. Concussion (2015)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.
Votes: 77,300 | Gross: $34.53M
Will Smith gave a strong performance, and hey I learned a thing about how football concusses people. Good thing I'm ambivalent to the sport.
21. Spotlight (I) (2015)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Votes: 363,246 | Gross: $45.06M
Apes 'All the Presidents Men' so hard and in so many spots, but it's still competent on its own merits and has moments.
22. Spy (2015)
R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Votes: 213,419 | Gross: $110.83M
Actually kind of funny and solid, till McCarthy starts slipping into her usual movie persona that is.
23. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015 Video)
PG-13 | 72 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When Atlantian troops assault Metropolis as revenge for the death of their king, the Queen seeks help from the Justice League to find her son who has gone missing during the madness.
Continues in these Justice League movies' tradition of being fine, which is kind of impressive on its own given the characters it has to juggle.
24. Ant-Man (2015)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Votes: 497,303 | Gross: $180.20M
Sparks of life elevate a rather mundane origin story. Like the physics its playing with, but wish they did more with it. Oh what could have been.
25. Black Mass (2015)
R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Votes: 155,488 | Gross: $62.58M
I can barely remember maybe a few shots. Holy cow is this forgettable. At least I don't remember it being bad or something, but I ain't rewatching to see if it is.
26. Home (II) (2015)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.
Votes: 85,640 | Gross: $177.40M
A competent, serviceable family film with one like-able lead and the other there for hit/miss jokes.
27. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)
Not Rated | 93 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.
Votes: 18,184 | Gross: $8.01M
I mean... it could look worse, it could have a more barebones plot, and it could drag on more. Tensionless though it may be, it can also be cool at points.
28. Cinderella (I) (2015)
PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Votes: 141,783 | Gross: $201.15M
Removing the animation drops this remake down to boring territory.
Not Rated | 72 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Canterlot High and a rival school face off in a series of sporting events.
Continues to take away the defining fantasy elements of MLP for boring, watered down, cliche high school stuff. At least more watchable than the first two, though that is a low bar.
30. Jurassic World (2015)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Votes: 537,569 | Gross: $652.27M
Sexist and stupid. Chunks of this film can be boring, other's bubble up to the realm of almost passible. Pratt is the only one who shines.
31. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
TV-14 | 119 min | Comedy, Western
An outlaw who was raised by Native Americans discovers that he has five half-brothers; together the men go on a mission to find their wayward, deadbeat dad.
It's... not painful to watch with friends. Some of the really, really moronic jokes can be funny with the right mindset I suppose.