Top 10 Movies Of 2015

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 30 May 2015 | updated - 30 Apr 2018 | Public

My favourite films of 2015 (favourite at #1). Please note: I am basing this list on the UK theatrical release of each film.

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1. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Votes: 542,574 | Gross: $128.26M

This has quickly become one of my favourite films of all time, let alone the year. The 'Bond' satire is sharp and witty but never becomes the sole focus of the flick, which instead creates well-rounded characters and an entertaining story of it's own. Samuel L. Jackson is brilliant, the action is fast yet brutal and the film is funny too.

2. John Wick (2014)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 441,102 | Gross: $43.04M

Not only does this action flick feature fantastic action that's tightly choreographed and cleanly shot, it also has a tight story that doesn't rely too heavily exposition and manages to create a unique world that feels tangible.

3. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Votes: 310,708 | Gross: $195.04M

One of the most enjoyable action flicks this side of the 2010s, the latest entry in the 'Mission: Impossible' features all the bombastic action you'd expect as well as an entertaining story and well-rounded characters.

4. 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: 164,955 | Gross: $161.20M

An amazing bio-pic that is fun and entertaining whilst shedding some light on a perhaps more 'unknown' (aside from the music) story - as well as reaching a wider audience. It is a fantastic watch and has some great performances too.

5. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 224,743 | Gross: $0.07M

A fantastic time-travel film that stands up to scrutiny even on multiple watches, this unpredictable story is riveting fro start to finish. It has a much lower budget than most features yet stands up high due to a fantastic script; it should be seen by every fan of science fiction or time travel.

6. 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, Zoƫ Kravitz

Votes: 778,052 | Gross: $154.06M

Finally, a belated sequel that's actually good; maybe the best movie in the franchise, aside from perhaps 'The Road Warrior', this balls-to-the-wall action movie is full of furious fights and beautiful cinematography. The story is simple but effective and the characters restrained yet engaging.

7. 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: 533,922 | Gross: $356.46M

A emotional and inventive animation that's entertaining and compelling; it's mature stuff that treats its audience as intelligent and tells its story incredibly well.

8. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 182,100 | Gross: $14.67M

The best horror film of the year, this is much more psychological than many others in the genre. It isn't terrifying as such, but is creepy in a long-lasting kind of way, and is a wonderfully slower movie with much more focus on tone and building suspense than overt gore.

9. 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: 112,326 | Gross: $6.74M

A wonderful, quirky film that tackles some difficult themes with an honesty that's pretty uncommon; it's funny, heartfelt, sad and true-to-life - sometimes all at once. I didn't have an issue with the protagonist like some critics, and found the 'film nerd' aspects to be highly rewarding.

10. 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: 181,744 | Gross: $8.70M

An unconventional comedy full of dry wit and dark humour, this is one of the weirdest films of the year; beyond it's high-concept, however, is a string of satires on society and complex human interactions.

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