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The Best Movies of 2015

Updated September 4, 2020 60.7k votes 8.2k voters 227.1k 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.
  • 1

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron


    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins forces...  more

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  • 2

    Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order....  more

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  • 3

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Colin Firth, Taron Egerton

    ReleasedFebruary 13, 2015

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. A street kid (Taron Egerton) is recruited into an elite agency's training program, just as a tech genius...  more

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  • 4

    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane


    Directed byPete Docter

    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith),...  more

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  • 5


    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm


    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are...  more

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  • 6

    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy


    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival...  more

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  • 7

    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain


    Directed byRidley Scott

    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must rely...  more

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  • 8

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try...  more

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  • 9

    The Big Short

    Christian Bale, Steve Carell


    Directed byAdam McKay

    The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay, based on the 2010 book by Michael Lewis about the 2007-2008 financial crisis. A group of investors bet against...  more

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  • 10


    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas


    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in...  more

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  • 11

    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt


    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. 22 years after the events of Jurassic...  more

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  • 12

    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander


    Directed byAlex Garland

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  • 13


    Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz


    Directed bySam Mendes

    Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond film series. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is pitted against the global organization Spectre and their...  more

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  • 14


    Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) fights to get his daughter back as well as revive his professional career, after an...  more

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  • 15

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

    Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer


    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 1964 TV series. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative...  more

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  • 16

    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a cabin...  more

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  • 17

    The Peanuts Movie

    Bill Melendez


    Directed bySteve Martino

    The Peanuts Movie is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. The film...  more

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  • 18

    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway


    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Intern is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Nancy Meyers. Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by...  more

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  • 19

    Hotel Transylvania 2

    Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byGenndy Tartakovsky

    Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Mavis and Johnny have a young son named Dennis, whose lack of any vampire abilities worries...  more

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  • 20


    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham


    Directed byPaul Feig

    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the sale of a suitcase nuke....  more

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  • 21


    Laureano Olivares, Gledys Ibarra


    Directed byJosé Ramón Novoa

  • 22

    The Good Dinosaur

    Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright


    Directed byPeter Sohn

    The Good Dinosaur is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed by Peter Sohn. In a fictional Earth in which dinosaurs never became extinct, a young Apatosaurus named...  more

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  • 23

    The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario


    Directed byWes Ball

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on the novel by James Dashner. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow...  more

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  • 24

    Ted 2

    Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman


    Directed bySeth MacFarlane

    Ted 2 is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. It is the sequel to MacFarlane's 2012 film Ted. The film stars...  more

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  • 25


    Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin


    Directed byDoug Liman

    Everest is a 2015 biographical adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on the memoir by Beck Weathers. The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall (Jason Clarke), who on May 10,...  more

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