Top 10 Films of 2015

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2015 has been an unforgettable year in film. The overall domestic box office had a record year because, for the first time ever, the box office has hit $11 billion. The record pace was helped largely due to Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘s current $600+ million run, but it wasn’t alone in making an impact on this year. The biggest box office weekend was broken twice this year with Jurassic World beating The Avengers, and then Star Wars: The Force Awakens beating Jurassic World. But that’s not all. Furious 750 Shades of GreyAmerican Sniper, and Hotel Transylvania 2 all hold monthly records for the year. Thus, it’s going to be very difficult to narrow down a list of top 10 films from a long list of great films this year.

We grabbed the list of top 10 films from some of our writers. Once we received their list, we assigned a point value for each ranking. First place is worth 10 points, second place is worth 9, third place is worth 8, and so on and so forth. Without further ado, let’s get to the list.

10) It Follows
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It’s not every day that we see a horror film make the top 10 in a year full of great films, let alone an indie film, yet there’s something different about David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. The film found its success due to its smart, original, and terrifying concept. What made It Follows so great is that it didn’t scare you with gore like modern horror movies, but scared you through its masterful building of suspense. It grabbed you from the start and never lets go even after the credits start rolling. That’s why It Follows lands the number 10 spot on our top 10 list.

9) Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Coming in at number 9 on our list is Marvel Studios’ crown jewel: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Coming into 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron had plenty of hype surrounding the film. It had an impeccable cast and Joss Whedon returning as director. Although we felt a little underwhelmed by the final product, it was still a satisfying sequel which had plenty of memorable moments. How quiet did your theater get when Vision handed Thor his hammer? How many laughs did you hear when the Avengers tried to lift that same hammer? While it’s true that the film may be overstuffed with Phase 3 nods, but we still had plenty of fun watching the Avengers together on screen again.

8) Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
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2015 can be considered the year of the spy films since a total of 5 spy films came out during the course of the year. Two of those films landed in our top 10 list, with Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation hitting the list first. The Mission: Impossible franchise is still a hit to this day thanks to the tireless effort of its producer/star: Tom Cruise. His latest effort, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, takes things to the next level with some of the most insane stunts that Tom Cruise has ever put on screen. It also helps that the film has more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Tom Cruise has said that he works hard on his films so that he can entertain a worldwide audience, and he did just that with Rogue Nation.

7) Creed
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Creed, much like the character in the film, was considered an underdog coming into 2015. Not much was known about the Rocky spinoff except that it starred Michael B. Jordan and rising director, Ryan Coogler. However, once the first trailer dropped we knew we had something special and different coming our way. Boy were we right about that. Creed is an emotional, uplifting, and entertaining film that is backed by the strong performances by Jordan and Stallone. Creed was a film that made most of us tear up and cheering at the end. It’s quite a powerful film and worthy of the number 7 spot on our top 10 list.

6) Ant-Man
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Who would’ve thought that Ant-Man would be as fun and exciting as it was? If you’ve been following the entire timeline surrounding the making of Ant-Man, you would expect that the film would end up a disaster. Thankfully, we were wrong. Ant-Man‘s a fun, hilarious, and smart film that’s entertaining from start to finish. Also, Paul Rudd joins the long list of actors perfectly suited for heroes they’re portraying on screen. You know you did a great job when you beat Avengers: Age of Ultron on our list.

4) Kingsman: The Secret Service
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Tied for 4th place is Kingsman: The Secret Service, the other spy film on our top 10 list. What makes Kingsman work so well is due to the creative team behind it. Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman are the dynamic duo behind Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. These two know how to bring the fun to any film they create, and Kingsman is no exception. Kingsman: The Secret Service brings the fun back into the spy genre, something that’s been missing since the old Roger Moore Bond days. The film also has a very charismatic cast led by newcomer Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. Who says that no good movies come out during February?

4) Ex Machina
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Tied along with Kingsman: The Secret Service is Alex Garland’s sci-fi indie film, Ex Machina. The film is much different from the rest of the films on our list and that’s the reason why we love it so much. Although it relies heavily on the film’s concept, it’s still a visually polished piece of work. The film is so beautiful that each frame of film can be considered a piece of art. I haven’t seen this type of artistic sci-fi since Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not only do we get beautiful cinematography, but we have brilliant and engaging performances by Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac. It’s amazing to watch how the film unravels through their performances.

3) The Martian
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When you have a popular book combined with a legendary sci-fi director and an amazing actor, you have the #3 film on our list. The Martian is absolutely engaging from start to finish as you watch in awe at Mark Watney’s journey back home. The film is backed by an intelligent script and great performances by a TON of great actors. It also helps that this unbelievably entertaining film is backed by the tireless research that went into the making of the book itself. It’s rare to see a film where you can learn science, laugh, and feel good at the end of the film. This is why The Martian is #3 on our list.

2) Mad Max: Fury Road
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What a day! What a lovely day! Mad Max: Fury Road is gaining lots of Oscar buzz and with good reason too. It’s amazing to see what George Miller did that Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Ridley Scott couldn’t do. He effectively crafted a film that surpassed all of its predecessors and revitalized a franchise that he helped launched. Mad Max: Fury Road had everything that we wanted in a summer blockbuster: Full-throttle mayhem, humor, a fantastic cast, gorgeous cinematography. Who knew that cars crashing into each other causing massive explosions would be so much fun to watch?

1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Despite the criticism that The Force Awakens is a rehash of A New Hope (it’s not), we at Nerd Reactor loved the movie. Beating Mad Max: Fury Road by a total of 13 points, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was listed in the top 5 of many of our writers’ lists. We’re still amazed at the job that J.J. Abrams did with The Force Awakens. The amount of hype and pressure could break any other director, but J.J. was still pull off the impossible. The film has a refreshing mix of nostalgia and new concepts that made The Force Awakens a favorite of ours. It’s definitely a film that deserves multiple viewings. Our collective vote is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the best film of the year.

Here is the final tally of votes from our writers’ lists:
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 63
2) Mad Max: Fury Road – 50
3) The Martian – 48
4) Kingsman: The Secret Service – 41
4) Ex Machina – 41
6) Ant-Man – 34
7) Creed – 32
8) Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – 23
9) Avengers: Age of Ultron – 21
10) It Follows – 20
11) The Revenant – 16
12) Jurassic World – 13
13) Sicario – 11
13) Crimson Peak – 11
15) Furious 7 – 10
16) The Hateful Eight – 9
16) Tomorrowland – 9
18) Steve Jobs – 8
19) Inside Out – 7
20) Mr. Holmes – 6
21) Ted 2 – 5
22) Cinderella – 4
22) SPECTRE – 4
24) Entourage – 3
24) Black Mass – 3
26) Focus – 2
27) Project Almanac – 2

What do you think of our list?

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