Ranking 2015 Films

by 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

94 Metascore

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.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

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

90 Metascore

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.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

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

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

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

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 307,785 | Gross: $70.26M

Hilarious, brutal, intense, fun. Geeze there's just so much to like.

6. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

81 Metascore

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.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

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

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

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

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

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.

9. Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (2015)

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.

Director: Yô Yoshinari | Stars: Megumi Han, Fumiko Orikasa, Michiyo Murase, Yôko Hikasa

Votes: 1,191

Poppy adorable fun that returns to a world and characters I love.

10. Hardcore Henry (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Ilya Naishuller | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky

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

85 Metascore

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan

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

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

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

77 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard

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

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 161,032 | Gross: $93.44M

17. Miss Hokusai (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.

Directors: Keiichi Hara, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas | Stars: Yutaka Matsushige, Anne Watanabe, Erica Lindbeck, Richard Epcar

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

66 Metascore

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

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.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Max Martini, Ryan Kwanten, Yvonne Strahovski, Alicja Bachleda

Votes: 802

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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, David Morse

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

93 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

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

75 Metascore

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham

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.

Director: Ethan Spaulding | Stars: Sean Astin, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham

Votes: 16,765

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

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

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

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

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.

Director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Satô

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

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 141,783 | Gross: $201.15M

Removing the animation drops this remake down to boring territory.

29. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Canterlot High and a rival school face off in a series of sporting events.

Directors: Ishi Rudell, Jayson Thiessen | Stars: Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman

Votes: 1,277

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

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

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

18 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner

Votes: 38,567

It's... not painful to watch with friends. Some of the really, really moronic jokes can be funny with the right mindset I suppose.



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