10. Creed (2015)
Our top 10 movies of 2015 start with an updated Rocky pic — Creed. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born.
However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis and agrees to mentor him. With Rocky’s help Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the heart of a true fighter remains to be seen.
9. Dope (2015)
High school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) bond over ’90s hip-hop culture and playing music in their own punk band.
A chance encounter with a drug dealer named Dom (ASAP Rocky) lands Malcolm and company at the dealer’s nightclub. When the scene turns violent, they flee — with the drugs that Dom secretly hid in Malcolm’s backpack. A wild adventure ensues as the youngsters try to evade armed thugs who want their stash.
8. Spotlight (2015)
Editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan. Geoghan is an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than eighty boys.
Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and seek proof. The reporter’s sole mission is to get proof of a sexual misconduct within the Church.
7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
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.
6. The Big Short (2015)
Our top 10 movies of 2015 continue with a film about the housing crash of 2007. In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that several subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting.
Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investor’s money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) and hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell).
Together, these men make a fortune by taking advantage of the impending economic collapse in America. The Big Short won’t scare you like a horror movie, but these real life events will shock anybody who watches.
5. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
This hip hop entry is a 2015 American biographical drama film that chronicles the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip-hop music group N.W.A. The film borrows its title from the name of their debut studio album and its title track. Straight Outta Compton is one the best movies of 2015.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive.
Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland. Mad Max: Fury Road is a top action movies of 2015 contender for sure.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map.
Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)–the last of the Jedi Knights. Can’t you hear that Star Wars theme music?
2. Selma (2015)
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Selma easily makes our top movies 2015 list.
1. The Martian (2015)
#1 on our top 10 movies of 2015 list takes place millions of miles from Earth. When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who is presumed dead after a fierce storm.
With a meager number of supplies, Watney must utilize his wits to survive. Back on Earth members of NASA, and international scientists, work tirelessly to bring him home. Not leaving anything to chance, his crewmates hatch their own rescue mission plan.