Mad Max: Fury Road
All of the movies on this list were good movies, some in any other year could have been considered the best. But when it comes down to it, no film has been better than Mad Max: Fury Road, and it really doesn’t even feel like it’s close. Mad Max has a bit of everything for movie fans to enjoy: it’s full of action, it has amazing performances, a score that gets you amped up, it’s beautiful to look at (especially for something that takes place in the desert), and it’s just fun. Sure, Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa feels more like the main character instead of Tom Hardy’s Max Rockatansky, but who cares? Furiosa is one of the best action characters in cinema and the movie just wouldn’t work without her character. Hell, without Furiosa, it seems like Max’s fate would’ve been quick and simple. Fury Road takes what you know about the Mad Max franchise and action films in general and just throws it out the window. If you think you know what to expect, just know you’ll be wrong. There’s a strong push for the Academy to recognize Mad Max: Fury Road as a legitimate Oscar contender, and honestly…I think they’re going to reach a point where they have to nominate the film. There are ten slots to slide it in and there’s no denying this is the best movie of 2015.