2015

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1. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 43,675 | Gross: $8.41M

2. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 57,814 | Gross: $3.76M

3. April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

85 Metascore

It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Marc-André Grondin, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,416 | Gross: $0.29M

4. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 100,291 | Gross: $12.71M

5. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 8,100 | Gross: $2.65M

6. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 30,371

7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni

Votes: 26,919 | Gross: $1.48M

8. Emelie (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A couple's replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities.

Director: Michael Thelin | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Carly Adams, Elisha Ali, Tyler Aser

Votes: 11,767

9. Dope (2015)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 76,407 | Gross: $17.47M

10. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 12,879 | Gross: $0.02M

11. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $0.17M

12. The Final Girls (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch

Votes: 30,116

13. Grandma (2015)

R | 79 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer

Votes: 13,626 | Gross: $6.98M

14. The Gift (VI) (2015)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman

Votes: 123,462 | Gross: $43.77M

15. The Good Dinosaur (2015)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

Votes: 91,191 | Gross: $123.09M

16. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 432,167 | Gross: $54.12M

17. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 533,378 | Gross: $356.46M

18. Joy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 117,788 | Gross: $56.45M

19. The Intern (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm

Votes: 190,929 | Gross: $75.76M

20. Jurassic World (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

Votes: 537,645 | Gross: $652.27M

21. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 181,520 | Gross: $8.70M

22. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 55,234 | Gross: $42.59M

23. The Little Prince (2015)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.

Director: Mark Osborne | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 49,834 | Gross: $1.34M

24. Look Who's Back (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Oliver Masucci, Thomas M. Köppl, Marc-Marvin Israel, David Gebigke

Votes: 35,133

25. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 777,403 | Gross: $154.06M

26. Macbeth (2015)

R | 113 min | Drama, History, War

71 Metascore

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan

Votes: 48,774 | Gross: $1.11M

27. Maggie's Plan (2015)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 14,243 | Gross: $3.35M

28. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman

Votes: 112,257 | Gross: $6.74M

29. The Meddler (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael

Votes: 10,483 | Gross: $4.27M

30. Nasty Baby (2015)

R | 101 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A close-knit trio navigates the idea of creating life, while at the same time being confronted with a brutal scenario.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Kristen Wiig, Reg E. Cathey

Votes: 2,094 | Gross: $0.08M

31. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 314,889 | Gross: $14.68M

32. Queen of Earth (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit, Kentucker Audley

Votes: 5,184 | Gross: $0.08M

33. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 617,959 | Gross: $183.64M

34. The Rezort (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The ReZort, a safari park, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill as many zombies as they please following an outbreak.

Director: Steve Barker | Stars: Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw, Martin McCann, Claire Goose

Votes: 7,301

35. Slow West (2015)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Western

72 Metascore

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

Director: John Maclean | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki, Jeffrey Thomas

Votes: 38,115 | Gross: $0.23M

36. Spy (2015)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham

Votes: 213,446 | Gross: $110.83M

37. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from 007's past sends him pitted against a mysterious terrorist organization called Spectre, and learns of its involvement in previous events of his most dangerous missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 351,658 | Gross: $200.07M

38. Suffragette (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

67 Metascore

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep

Votes: 34,209 | Gross: $4.69M

39. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 782,608 | Gross: $936.66M

40. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 164,880 | Gross: $161.20M

41. Tale of Tales (2015)

R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly

Votes: 23,976 | Gross: $0.08M

42. Tangerine (2015)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan

Votes: 23,035 | Gross: $0.70M

43. The Visit (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Votes: 102,086 | Gross: $65.21M

44. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 27,986 | Gross: $0.18M

45. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,221

46. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 152,894 | Gross: $25.14M



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