Ranking the Films of 2015

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A while ago I set a goal for myself: to see fifty films that were released in US theaters in the calendar year of 2015, by the time of the 2016 Oscars. Although I have not yet seen some Oscar-nominated films – I want very much to see The Revenant on the big screen – I have experienced a wide array of genres and styles of filmmaking. (I’m not even 100% certain about some of these rankings, since the process of judging is complicated and constantly shifting, but this is the list that I have settled on at the moment.) Some of my reviews for these films have not been posted online yet, but they will be soon. For now, enjoy!

  1. The Walk – dir. Robert Zemeckis
  2. Carol – dir. Todd Haynes
  3. Ex Machina – dir. Alex Garland
  4. Seymour: An Introduction – dir. Ethan Hawke
  5. Amy – dir. Asif Kapadia
  6. Spy – dir. Paul Feig
  7. Bridge of Spies – dir. Steven Spielberg
  8. San Andreas – dir. Brad Peyton
  9. 99 Homes – dir. Ramin Bahrani
  10. Kingsman: The Secret Service – dir. Matthew Vaughn
  11. The Martian – dir. Ridley Scott
  12. 45 Years – dir. Andrew Haigh
  13. Tab Hunter Confidential – dir. Jeffrey Schwarz
  14. Love & Mercy – dir. Bill Pohlad
  15. Creed – dir. Ryan Coogler
  16. Spotlight – dir. Tom McCarthy
  17. Mississippi Grind – dirs. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  18. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – dir. Christopher McQuarrie
  19. Brooklyn – dir. John Crowley
  20. Meet the Patels – dirs. Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel
  21. The Danish Girl – dir. Tom Hooper
  22. Meadowland – dir. Reed Morano
  23. Sicario – dir. Denis Villeneuve
  24. Learning to Drive – dir. Isabel Coixet
  25. Woman in Gold – dir. Simon Curtis
  26. The End of the Tour – dir. James Ponsoldt
  27. Magic Mike XXL – dir. Gregory Jacobs
  28. I’ll See You in My Dreams – dir. Brett Haley
  29. What We Do in the Shadows – dirs. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  30. True Story – dir. Rupert Goold
  31. The Wolfpack –  dir. Crystal Moselle
  32. Girlhood – dir. Céline Sciamma
  33. The Hateful Eight – dir. Quentin Tarantino
  34. The Big Short – dir. Adam McKay
  35. Avengers: Age of Ultron – dir. Joss Whedon
  36. Jurassic World – dir. Colin Trevorrow
  37. Clouds of Sils Maria – dir. Olivier Assayas
  38. The Longest Ride – dir. George Tillman, Jr.
  39. Danny Collins – dir. Dan Fogelman
  40. Run All Night – dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
  41. Pitch Perfect 2 – dir. Elizabeth Banks
  42. Do I Sound Gay? – dir. David Thorpe
  43. Fifty Shades of Grey – dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson
  44. Ant-Man – dir. Peyton Reed
  45. Dark Places – dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner
  46. Focus – dirs. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
  47. Ride – dir. Helen Hunt
  48. Fantastic Four – dir. Josh Trank
  49. Welcome to Me – dir. Shira Piven
  50. Aloha – dir. Cameron Crowe
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