2015 saw a large array of movie releases from almost every genre and ended on a bang with the huge success of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. In terms of big box-office hits, we had summer blockbuster movies like ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Jurassic World’. In terms of quality, 2015 wasn’t bad at all. Whether 2015 as a whole will be counted among one of the great year for movies, it is difficult to say now — let’s leave that decision to time.
But what we can certainly say today is that 2015 was easily one of the greatest — if not the greatest — years for woman-led films. In my living memory, I haven’t seen such a year where such large number of movies featured a strong female character at its center — something that’s unusual for Hollywood. In fact, you will notice in the below list, 5 out of top 10 movies of 2015, including the top 4, feature a strong central female performance. We hope this is not just an aberration, but something we will continue to see in the times to come. With that said, let’s directly jump into the list of 10 best movies of 2015.
Honorable Mentions: ‘Anomalisa’, ‘Sicario’, ‘Beasts of No Nation’, ‘Me, and Earl and the Dying Girl’, ‘While We’re Young’, ‘Court’, ‘Youth’, ‘The Martian’, ‘Far From the Maddening Crowd’, ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’
10. Ex Machina
‘Ex Machina’ is perhaps science-fiction at its finest, and goes where films today don’t dare to go, asking challenging questions about morality, free will, identity, and above all, what it really means to be human. ‘Ex Machina’ is a film that I can easily see being remembered even several years down the line (Read REVIEW).