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Here’s Where You Can Watch the Best Films of the Year

Here's Where You Can Watch the Best Films of the Year

At this point, there are nearly 80 films on our overall list of the best-reviewed films of 2015. Pulling from reviews across our Criticwire Network, we’ve also gathered more specialized lists for the year’s top documentaries and foreign-language titles.

In a movie-going world with both online streaming and occasionally limited theatrical availability, it can be daunting to try to track down these disparate titles and to stay caught up on 2015’s top films. What we’ve done below is collect links to the places, digital or otherwise, where you can watch all of these movies for yourself (or at least order them on DVD).

We’ve separated titles out into categories: In Theaters, Netflix, Amazon Prime, VOD Rental, VOD Purchase and DVD. Each film appears below once, but many can be viewed through multiple methods. We’ll update this list as new films make their way to theaters or existing ones become available on different platforms. For now, here’s your guide for viewing the best of what this year has had to offer.

In Theaters

99 Homes
dir. Ramin Bahrani
B+ / Listings

The Assassin
dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien
A- / Listings

Best of Enemies
dir. Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
A- / Listings

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
dir. Stanley Nelson
B+ / Listings

Brooklyn
dir. John Crowley
A- / Listings

Carol
dir. Todd Haynes
A- / Listings

Cartel Land
dir. Matthew Heineman
B+ / Listings

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
dir. Marielle Heller
A- / Listings

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
dir. Douglas Tirola
B+ / Listings

Experimenter
dir. Michael Almereyda
B+ / Listings

Finders Keepers
dir. Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel
B+ / Listings

The Forbidden Room
dir. Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson
A- / Listings

Grandma
dir. Paul Weitz
B+ / Listings

Heart of a Dog
dir. Laurie Anderson
A- / Listings

Horse Money
dir. Pedro Costa
B+ / Listings

In Jackson Heights
dir. Frederick Wiseman
B+ / Listings

James White
dir. Josh Mond
A- / Listings

Janis: Little Girl Blue
dir. Amy Berg
A- / Listings

The Kindergarten Teacher
dir. Nadav Lapid
B+ / Listings

Labyrinth of Lies
dir. Giulio Ricciarelli
B+ / Listings

Listen to Me Marlon
dir. Stevan Riley
A- / Listings

The Look of Silence

dir. Joshua Oppenheimer
A- / Listings

Meet the Patels

dir. Geeta & Ravi Patel
B+ / Listings

Mississippi Grind
dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
B+ / Listings

A Poem is a Naked Person
dir. Les Blank
B+ / Listings

Room
dir. Lenny Abrahamson
A- / Listings

The Royal Road
dir. Jenni Olson
A- / Listings

The Russian Woodpecker
dir. Chad Gracia
A- / Listings

The Second Mother
dir. Anna Muylaert
A- / Listings

Sicario
dir. Denis Villeneuve
B+ / Listings

Sleeping with Other People
dir. Leslye Headland
B+ / Listings

Spotlight 
dir. Tom McCarthy
A- / Listings


Stray Dog

dir. Debra Granik
B+ / Listings

Sunshine Superman

dir. Marah Strauch
B+ / Listings

Tangerine
dir. Sean Baker
A- / Listings

Taxi
dir. Jafar Panahi
A- / Listings

(T)ERROR
dir. Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
A- / Listings

The Tribe
dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytsky
A- / Listings

Victoria
dir. Sebastian Schipper
A- / Listings

We Come as Friends
dir. Hubert Sauper
B+ / Listings

Welcome to Leith
dir. Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker
B+ / Listings

The Wonders
dir. Alice Rohrwacher
B+ / Listings

Netflix

About Elly
dir. Asghar Farhadi
A- / Link

Amour Fou
dir. Jessica Hausner
B+ / Link

Ballet 422
dir. Jody Lee Lipes
B+ / Link

Beasts of No Nation
dir. Cary Fukunaga
B+ / Listings

Call Me Lucky
dir. Bobcat Goldthwait
B+ / Link

Do I Sound Gay?

dir. David Thorpe
B+ / Link

The Duke of Burgundy
dir. Peter Strickland
B+ / Link

Faults

dir. Riley Stearns
B+ / Link

An Honest Liar
dir. Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom
A- / Link

Iris
dir. Albert Maysles
A- / Link

Li’l Quinquin
dir. Bruno Dumont
A- / Link

Man from Reno
dir. Dave Boyle
B+ / Link

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
dir. Roy Andersson 
A- / Link

The Princess of France
dir. Matías Piñeiro
B+ / Link

La Sapienza
dir. Eugène Green
A- / Link

Seymour: An Introduction
dir. Ethan Hawke
B+ / Link

Tu dors Nicole
dir. Stéphane Lafleur
B+ / Link


What Happened, Miss Simone?
dir. Liz Garbus
B+ / Link

When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism
dir. Corneliu Porumboiu 
B+ / Link

The Wolfpack
dir. Crystal Moselle
B+ / Link

Amazon Prime

Beloved Sisters
dir. Dominik Graf
B+ / Link

Buzzard
dir. Joel Portykus
B+ / Link

Ex Machina
dir. Alex Garland
B+ / Link

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
dir. David Zellner
B+ / Link

Of Horses and Men
dir. Benedikt Erlingsson
A- / Link

Spring
dir. Justin Benson & Aaron Scott Moorhead
B+ / Link

While We’re Young
dir. Noah Baumbach
B+ / Link

HBO GO

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
dir. Alex Gibney
A- / Link

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
dir. Brett Morgen
A- / Link

Tales of the Grim Sleeper
dir. Nick Broomfield
A- / Link

VOD Rental

’71
dir. Yann Demange
B+ / Link

1001 Grams
dir. Bent Hamer
B+ / Link

10,000 KM
dir. Carlos Marques-Marcet
B+ / Link

Blind
dir. Eskil Vogt
A- / Link (UK only)

Dior and I
dir. Frederic Tcheng
A- / Link

Eden
dir. Mia Hansen-Løve
A- / Link

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
dir. Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz
A- / Link

Girlhood

dir. Céline Sciamma
B+ / Link

Hard to Be a God
dir. Aleksei German
A- / Link

Human Capital

dir. Paolo Virzi
B+ / Link

I’ll See You in My Dreams
dir. Brett Haley
B+ / Link

It Follows
dir. David Robert Mitchell
A- / Link

Love & Mercy
dir. Bill Pohlad
A- / Link

Mommy
dir. Xavier Dolan
B+ / Link

Queen of Earth
dir. Alex Ross Perry
A- / Link

Red Army
dir. Gabe Polsky
B+ / Link

Saint Laurent
dir. Bertrand Bonello
B+ / Link

The Stanford Prison Experiment
dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez
B+ / Link


Stations of the Cross

dir. Dietrich Brüggemann
B+ / Link

Timbuktu
dir. Abderrahmane Sissako
A- / Link

The Voices
dir. Marjane Satrapi
B+ / Link

Welcome to New York
dir. Abel Ferrara
B+ / Link

What We Do in the Shadows
dir. Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement
A- / Link

Wild Tales
dir. Damián Szifrón
B+ / Link

A Wolf at the Door
dir. Fernando Coimbra
B+ / Link

The Wrecking Crew
dir. Denny Tedesco
B+ / Link

VOD Purchase

Amy
dir. Asif Kapadia
A- / Link

Appropriate Behavior
dir. Desiree Akhavan
B+ / Link

Breathe
dir. Melanie Laurent
A- / Link

Clouds of Sils Maria
dir. Olivier Assayas
A- / Link

Dope
dir. Rick Famuyiwa
B+ / Link

The End of the Tour
dir. James Ponsoldt
A- / Link 

Far from the Madding Crowd
dir. Thomas Vinterberg
B+ / Link

Heaven Knows What
dir. Josh & Benny Safdie
B+ / Link

The Hunting Ground
dir. Kirby Dick
B+ / Link

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
B+ / Link

Slow West
dir. John Maclean
B+ / Link

Tom at the Farm
dir. Xavier Dolan
B+ / Link

Z for Zachariah
dir. Craig Zobel
B+ / Link

DVD

Jauja
dir. Lisandro Alonso
B+ / Link

The New Girlfriend

dir. François Ozon
B+ / Link (Region 3 only)

Phoenix
dir. Christian Petzold
A- / Link (UK only)

Queen and Country

dir. John Boorman
B+ / Link

The Salt of the Earth
dir. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado & Wim Wenders
A- / Link

For the full lists, see our collections of the best-reviewed foreign-language films, documentaries and overall independent films of 2015.

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