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The Best Movies of 2015

Updated September 4, 2020 59.5k votes 8.2k voters 226.4k views107 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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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic...  more

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    Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J....  more

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    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Colin Firth, Taron Egerton
    Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. A...  more

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth
    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on...  more

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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane
    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter....  more

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    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm
    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle...  more
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain
    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by...  more

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  • 8

    The Big Short

    Christian Bale, Steve Carell
    The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay, based...  more

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    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas
    Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
    The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G....  more

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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt
    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow,...  more

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    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander
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    Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex...  more

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    Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz
    Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James...  more

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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie,...  more

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    The Peanuts Movie

    Bill Melendez
    The Peanuts Movie is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue...  more

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    Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer...  more

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    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway
    The Intern is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Nancy Meyers. Seventy-year-old...  more

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    Hotel Transylvania 2

    Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi
    Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Genndy...  more

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    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham
    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst...  more

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    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell
    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming...  more

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    Pitch Perfect 2

    Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins
    Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon....  more

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  • 22

    The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario
    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller...  more

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    The Good Dinosaur

    Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright
    The Good Dinosaur is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed...  more

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    Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin
    Everest is a 2015 biographical adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on the...  more

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    Ted 2

    Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman
    Ted 2 is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by...  more

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