Top 10 Movies of 2015

The second end of the year list is here as it is time to lay out my favorite movies I saw in 2015.  There a couple of notes about the list that I want to get out of the way before we get started.. The first is that when I go to the movies, I want to be entertained.  Some people take movies a pure pieces of art, others take them as entertainment.  I’m much more on the latter half of that and my list reflects that.  They might not be the deepest movies or the ones that will win all the awards, but they are the ones I enjoyed the most.  The second note is that the score I gave a movie when I reviewed it does not matter when it comes to this list.  Thoughts on movies change as time passes and I rewatch them.  Also, while The Revenant and The Hateful 8 have been in limited release, they are not out where I live so I have yet to see them. So while they might deserve spots on this list, you won’t find them on here. As with my worst movies list, you can click on the title of any movie on the list to read my review. Here we go:

10. It Follows

– This movie is probably the best horror movie since The Conjuring.  It relies on the way it’s shot and the tension it builds to scare you, rather than just using the cheap jump scares, which adds something fresh to the genre.

9. Inside Out

– I’m surprised at how much this movie has stuck with me since I saw it.  I didn’t love it initially, as evidenced by its fairly low score in my review.  But this movie has grown on me big time and I’ve even rewatched it, something I rarely do with animated movies.  It has some great lessons in it for kids and adults.

8. Jurassic World

– I know, I know, I know.  I hear all of you yelling and trust me, I also don’t want to be putting this movie this high.  It’s cheesy, doesn’t make very much sense, has terrible characters, and doesn’t come close to living up to the original.  But I can’t help myself.  I love this movie for some reason.  Call it a guilty pleasure if you want but it entertains me like few movies do. I’ve probably watched it 6 or 7 times since its release.

7. Ex Machina

– One of only 3 movies this year that I gave a 5/5 to.  It’s an amazing movie for a bunch of different reasons that everyone should watch.  The only reason it doesn’t make it any higher is the fact that it isn’t as rewatchable as some of the ones higher on the list.  The movie takes some twists that don’t have quite the impact the second time around.

6. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

– The stunts in this movie alone blew me away to earn it a spot.  But it also has a great story and interesting characters.  It’s easily the second best Mission Impossible movie, behind Ghost Protocol.

5. Sicario

– This movie has what might be the best shot and most intense scene in any movie this year.  I won’t spoil it but those who have seen the movie know what I’m talking about.  I know some people had problems with the end but I loved the whole thing.

4. The Martian

– Not only does it have an all star cast, beautiful effects, and a great Matt Damon performance, but it’s also one of the funniest movies of the year.  And it’s not even really a comedy.

3. Mad Max Fury Road

– This one blew me away when I saw it, as it did with so many others.  I didn’t really know what to expect from it but it exceeded any expectations I had.  There are so many entertaining and memorable moments, a lot of which is due to the use of practical effects and stunt work.

2. Creed

– I had to see this movie again to make sure it wasn’t just the great atmosphere in the theater that made it so great.  Nope.  It’s an amazing and powerful movie featuring Sylvester Stallone’s best performance ever.  See it even if you don’t like movies like this. You won’t be disappointed.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

– No shock here.  Between how much I enjoy watching this movie (I’ve seen it 3 times already), the cultural impact, and how it turns around the Star Wars franchise pretty much guaranteed it this spot.

That’ll do it for my  Top 10 of 2015 list.  I’ll make a separate post with honorable mentions so I get to talk about the ones that were so close to make it a little bit.

Let me know your favorite movies of the year in the comments.

Check out this list’s opposite- the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2015

Click here to check out the Top 10 of 2014 (done retroactively)