2015 has been a fascinating year for film. We’ve seen three of the highest grossing opening weekends of all time and the release of a fair share of sequels and reboots, but the artistry behind said “blockbusters” has ratcheted up beyond a simple cash-grab (although yes, there are still plenty of those too). Films like Creed and Mad Max: Fury Road prove that you can reboot an existing property while still treating the film as a unique piece of art, and movies like Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation offer compelling twists to the sequel formula, maintaining a freshness that refuses to devalue the feature film to the equivalent of an episode in a long-running TV series. And that’s to say nothing of the many tremendous comedies, dramas, and independent films that hit theaters over the past 12 months. In short, it’s been a great year to be a fan of movies.
Which made putting together a Top 10 list kinda difficult. This was maybe the most I’ve ever tinkered with a year-end list, swapping this film for that, changing my mind, moving this film up or down the list a few notches—as I looked back over the landscape of 2015, indecisiveness took hold. But don’t worry you guys, I got it together. With this herculean task in front of me, I rolled my sleeves up and committed to a Top 10 list that I am quite happy with, and one that I’m sure I’ll want to tinker with even further tomorrow. I loved a lot of movies this year, and I could’ve easily expanded this to a Top 20 or a Top 25, but as is the nature of the game, this list caps off at 10. So without further ado, I present to you my Top 10 films of 2015.