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The Best Movies of 2015

Updated September 4, 2020 64.5k votes 7.9k voters 224.3k 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.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road1

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron


    Directed byGeorge Miller

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  • Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens2

    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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Minions3


    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service4

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Colin Firth, Taron Egerton

    ReleasedFebruary 13, 2015

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • Jurassic World5

    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt


    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron6

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • Inside Out7

    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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Martian8

    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain


    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Ant-Man9


    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas


    Directed byPeyton Reed

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  • The Revenant10

    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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Ex Machina11

    Ex Machina

    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander


    Directed byAlex Garland

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  • The Big Short12

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • In the Heart of the Sea13

    In the Heart of the Sea

    Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy


    Directed byRon Howard

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  • The Peanuts Movie14

    The Peanuts Movie

    Bill Melendez


    Directed bySteve Martino

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  • The Lazarus Effect15

    The Lazarus Effect

    Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass

    ReleasedFebruary 27, 2015

    Directed byDavid Gelb

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  • McFarland, USA16

    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello

    ReleasedFebruary 20, 2015

    Directed byNiki Caro

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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.17

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

    Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer


    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • Love & Mercy18

    Love & Mercy

    Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byBill Pohlad

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  • The Intern19

    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway


    Directed byNancy Meyers

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  • Black or White20

    Black or White

    Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer

    ReleasedJanuary 30, 2015

    Directed byMike Binder

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  • Southpaw21


    Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Spy22


    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham


    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • The Good Dinosaur23

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Pitch Perfect 224

    Pitch Perfect 2

    Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins


    Directed byElizabeth Banks

    Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.Amazon buy button

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  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death25

    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

    ReleasedJanuary 2, 2015

    Directed byTom Harper

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