Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015

14 December 2015

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015 (as voted by 204 critics)

NOTE: Although the scores indicate a tie for the 49th film, IndieWire presents them in this order, with no ties.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. Inside OutPete Docter
  5. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  6. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  9. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  10. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  13. TangerineSean Baker
  14. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  15. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  16. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  17. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  18. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  19. CreedRyan Coogler
  20. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  21. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  22. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  23. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  24. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  25. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  26. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  27. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  28. The MartianRidley Scott
  29. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  30. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  31. The MendJohn Magary
  32. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  33. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  34. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  35. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  36. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  37. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  38. AmyAsif Kapadia
  39. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  40. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  41. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  42. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  43. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  44. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  45. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  46. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  47. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  48. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  49. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  50. Love & MercyBill Pohlad