Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2015 Movies

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015 (released in the United States)

  1. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  2. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. Girlhood – Céline Sciamma
  4. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  6. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  7. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  9. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  10. Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  11. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  12. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  13. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – J.J. Abrams
  15. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  16. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  17. Carol – Todd Haynes
  18. The Mend – John Magary
  19. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  20. Creed – Ryan Coogler
  21. Fort Tilden – Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  22. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  23. The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  24. Magic Mike XXL – Gregory Jacobs
  25. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  26. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  27. Queen of Earth – Alex Ross Perry
  28. Hitchcock/Truffaut – Kent Jones
  29. Democrats – Camilla Nielsson
  30. Field Niggas – Khalik Allah
  31. Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg
  32. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  33. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach
  34. Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro
  35. Grandma – Paul Weitz
  36. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Christopher McQuarrie
  37. Trainwreck – Judd Apatow
  38. Blackhat – Michael Mann
  39. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  40. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  41. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  42. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  43. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  44. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  45. Ant-Man – Peyton Reed
  46. I’ll See You in My Dreams – Brett Haley
  47. Ballet 422 – Jody Lee Lipes

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

  1. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  5. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  6. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  7. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  8. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  9. Eastern Boys – Robin Campillo
  10. Horse Money – Pedro Costa

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015

The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily)

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi – Jafar Panahi
  5. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  7. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  8. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  9. Victoria – Sebastian Schipper
  10. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin

Honorable Mentions

  • Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  • Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  • Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  • Counting – Jem Cohen
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato – Peter Greenaway
  • Results – Andrew Bujalski
  • Naz & Maalik – Jay Dockendorf

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015 (as published by BuzzFeed)

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  2. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. Carol – Todd Haynes
  4. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  5. Creed – Ryan Coogler
  6. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi – Jafar Panahi
  7. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  8. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  9. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  10. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  11. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  12. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  13. What We Do in the Shadows – Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  14. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  15. Blind – Eskil Vogt
  16. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  17. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  18. Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón
  19. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015

Spotlight - Tom McCarthy

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  2. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  5. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  6. Carol – Todd Haynes
  7. Beasts of No Nation – Cary Joji Fukunaga
  8. Creed – Ryan Coogler
  9. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  10. Tangerine – Sean Baker

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Variety and submitted to the Village Voice poll

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  2. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  3. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  4. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  5. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  6. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  7. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  8. Slow West – John Maclean
  9. James White – Josh Mond
  10. Bone Tomahawk – S. Craig Zahler

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria - Olivier Assayas

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  2. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  3. The Mend – John Magary
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  5. Amour fou – Jessica Hausner
  6. Irrational Man – Woody Allen
  7. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  8. Results – Andrew Bujalski
  9. If You Don’t, I Will – Sophie Fillières
  10. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  11. Appropriate Behavior – Desiree Akhavan
  12. Fort Tilden – Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  13. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  14. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  15. The Thoughts That Once We Had – Thom Andersen

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2015

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2015

  1. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  2. Cartel Land – Matthew Heineman
  3. The Tribe – Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
  4. White God – Kornél Mundruczó
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  7. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. Time Out of Mind – Oren Moverman
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  10. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach
  11. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  12. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  13. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  14. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  15. Iris – Albert Maysles
  16. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  17. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  18. Janis: Little Girl Blue – Amy Berg
  19. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  20. Mississippi Grind – Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
  21. Seymour: An Introduction – Ethan Hawke
  22. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  23. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  24. Western – Bill Ross
  25. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  26. James White – Josh Mond
  27. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  28. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  29. Amy – Asif Kapadia
  30. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – J.J. Abrams
  31. I’ll See You in My Dreams – Brett Haley
  32. Beasts of No Nation – Cary Joji Fukunaga
  33. Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  34. The Mend – John Magary
  35. Brand: A Second Coming – Ondi Timoner
  36. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  37. While We’re Young – Noah Baumbach
  38. (T)ERROR – Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  39. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Christopher McQuarrie
  40. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  41. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  42. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  43. ’71 – Yann Demange
  44. Trainwreck – Judd Apatow
  45. Sicario – Denis Villeneuve
  46. The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  47. The New Girlfriend – François Ozon
  48. Results – Andrew Bujalski
  49. Dope – Rick Famuyiwa
  50. Tangerine – Sean Baker

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015

Son of Saul - László Nemes

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015 (as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila poll)

  1. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  2. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  3. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  4. I, Dalio (or the Rules of the Game) – Mark Rappaport
  5. Journey to the West – Tsai Ming-liang

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: 7 Best Films of 2015

Cemetery of Splendour - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Roger Koza’s La Internacional Cinéfila poll: 7 Best Films of 2015 (as voted by over 125 critics, programmers, and filmmakers)

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  4. [tie] Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) – Abbas Fahdel
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. [tie] Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller