THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2015: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN

by gerardomatheus | created - 05 Mar 2017 | updated - 05 Mar 2017 | Public

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1. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 89,124 | Gross: $12.71M

2. World of Tomorrow (2015)

G | 17 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Stars: Julia Pott, Winona Mae, Sara Cushman

Votes: 7,296

3. Phoenix (II) (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, History, Music

89 Metascore

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter

Votes: 13,281

4. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 9,150 | Gross: $0.11M

5. En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros

Votes: 13,016 | Gross: $0.22M

6. The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

87 Metascore

A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D'Anna, Kata Bartsch

Votes: 9,474 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Eden (II) (2014)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Music

81 Metascore

Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve | Stars: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Hugo Conzelmann

Votes: 3,465

8. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Kanako Higashi, Ichi Kyokaku

Votes: 10,264 | Gross: $0.62M

9. Mistress America (2015)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside-down by her impetuous, adventurous stepsister-to-be.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Shana Dowdeswell, Shelby Rebecca Wong

Votes: 20,935 | Gross: $2.46M

10. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

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

Votes: 707,397 | Gross: $153.64M

11. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 22,989 | Gross: $1.81M

12. Magic Mike XXL (2015)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

Director: Gregory Jacobs | Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez

Votes: 45,783 | Gross: $66.01M

13. Tokyo Tribe (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Shunsuke Daitô

Votes: 2,496

14. 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: 52,001 | Gross: $3.76M

15. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 5,758 | Gross: $0.43M

16. Bai ri yan huo (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Fan Liao, Lun-Mei Kwei, Xuebing Wang, Jingchun Wang

Votes: 5,794

17. Heaven Knows What (2014)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A young woman struggles to reconcile her love for her boyfriend and for heroin, as she finds out that suicide is the only way for her boyfriend to forgive her for her misdeed.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Necro

Votes: 3,688 | Gross: $0.08M

18. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 187 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: 388,390 | Gross: $54.12M

19. The Mend (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

A comic drama about rage, doubt, lust, madness, and other brotherly hand-me-downs.

Director: John Magary | Stars: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Cory Nichols

Votes: 670

20. James White (2015)

R | 85 min | Drama

83 Metascore

James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.

Director: Josh Mond | Stars: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Kid Cudi, Ron Livingston

Votes: 4,568 | Gross: $0.09M

21. The Forbidden Room (2015)

130 min | Comedy, Mystery

83 Metascore

In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.

Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier

Votes: 2,478 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Junun (2015)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, Music

78 Metascore

Musician Jonny Greenwood travels to Rajasthan, where he performs with a multitude of Indian musicians.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki

Votes: 1,098

23. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 27,433 | Gross: $0.85M

24. 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: 19,774 | Gross: $0.70M

25. Bande de filles (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 5,976