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25 Sleeper Hit Movies of Summer 2015  

Derrick Deane
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List Rules List only includes non-blockbuster movies; films with a marketing budget of less than $1 million.

Looking for a break from the seemingly endless stream of multi-million dollar blockbuster movies that invade theaters during the summer movie season? Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of some other 2015 summer movies that you might want to check out. Their budgets might be smaller, but the star-power is still big with famous faces like Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kristen Wiig, Bradley Cooper, and Jack Black all headlining summer movies.

Avengers fans don't have to wait until next year to see Chris Evans or Samuel L. Jackson either. You can catch Evans starring in his directorial debut while President Sam Jackson fights off terrorists! This list of independent films and lower budget movies coming out summer 2015 has something for everyone.

From action movies to dramas and romantic comedies, there's plenty to choose from this summer and when you get in the mood for one of those big blockbuster movies, you can check our Most Anticipated Movies list to see what's coming to a theater near you!
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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in his most understated and lowest budget movie ever. Maggie is about a father who just can't kill his daughter, who is slowly turning into a zombie. Abigail Breslin plays Arnold's daughter in a wrenching performance of a young girl slowly and painfully changing over from human to undead.

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette, Douglas M. Griffin, + more

Released: 2014

Directed by: Henry Hobson

Produced by: Matthew Baer, Colin Bates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Joseph Tufaro, + more

Screenplay by: John Scott 3

Genres (Film): Horror, Thriller, Drama

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The latest classic TV series to get a modern update, Superman Henry Cavill costars with Lone Ranger Armie Hammer as a couple of secret agents who team up to take down a mysterious criminal organization. Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant costar and there's a rumor that David Beckham filmed a scene in this Guy Ritchie action comedy.

Actors: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, + more

Released: 2015

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Produced by: Jeff Kleeman, David Dobkin, John Davis

Screenplay by: Scott Z. Burns, David C. Wilson

Genres (Film): Action, Comedy

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Originally slated to star Eminem, Jake Gyllenhaal stepped in and got super ripped for this boxing revenge drama from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer). Forest Whitaker co-stars as does Rachel McAdams, although the trailers seem to hint her character doesn't last long.
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Lately, it seems the summer movie season isn't complete without an animated action comedy. In Pixels, aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war and attack the Earth with video games. The all-star cast includes the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean, and Olaf himself, Josh Gad.

Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, + more

Released: 2015

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Produced by: Chris Columbus, Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe

Screenplay by: Timothy Dowling, Tim Herlihy

Genres (Film): Sci-fi, Action, Comedy

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