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The Best Movies of 2015

Updated September 4, 2020 61.6k votes 7.8k voters 223.2k views109 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2015.

This list of the best movies of 2015 includes all major releases as well as critically acclaimed independent films in order to rank the greatest films of 2015 and to find out which you think is the best movie of the year. It seems like each year, Hollywood tries to top itself with new movies, eagerly anticipate sequels, and reboots of old favorites. And 2015 is no exception!

Blockbuster films like American Sniper, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Kingsman: The Secret Service are included in this list along with every major movie release of 2015. From dramas and romantic comedies, to thrillers, sci-fi epics, and even documentaries, the best films of 2015 run the gamut and there's plenty of entertainment to be had, no matter what kind of movies you like!

Upvote the movies you think are the best films of 2015 and downvote the ones you think shouldn't have even been released in the first place. Keep checking back throughout the year as we'll continue to update this list with the latest releases and biggest films to determine the best movie of 2015.
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    Star Wars Episode VII: the For is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Minions is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Colin Firth, Taron Egerton

    ReleasedFebruary 13, 2015

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2015

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

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    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Big Short is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Big Short

    Christian Bale, Steve Carell

    Released2015

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

    Released2015

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    The Peanuts Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Peanuts Movie

    Bill Melendez

    Released2015

    Directed bySteve Martino

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    In the Heart of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    In the Heart of the Sea

    Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy

    Released2015

    Directed byRon Howard

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    The Lazarus Effect is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Lazarus Effect

    Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass

    ReleasedFebruary 27, 2015

    Directed byDavid Gelb

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    Love & Mercy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Love & Mercy

    Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

    Released2014

    Directed byBill Pohlad

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    McFarland, USA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello

    ReleasedFebruary 20, 2015

    Directed byNiki Caro

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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer

    Released2015

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Southpaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Southpaw

    Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    The Good Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Good Dinosaur

    Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright

    Released2015

    Directed byPeter Sohn

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    Black or White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Black or White

    Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer

    ReleasedJanuary 30, 2015

    Directed byMike Binder

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    Spy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

    ReleasedJanuary 2, 2015

    Directed byTom Harper

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    The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2015

    Directed byWes Ball

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Pitch Perfect 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2015
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    Pitch Perfect 2

    Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins

    Released2015

    Directed byElizabeth Banks

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