Cinema-goers had the chance to experience a truly tremendous year in film in 2015, and the science-fiction was truly a big part of that. While the genre has famously been looked over time and time again during awards season, we saw some truly mind-bending, adventurous, thrilling, and experimental sci-fi movies released in the last 12 months, and they most definitely deserve to be celebrated.

There are many great titles that qualify for this list this year, and it was a challenge narrowing down the choices – but these are most definitely standouts that represent everything we really love the genre. Read on for the countdown!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Looking at J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens objectively, the film has some significant screenplay problems – with the most notable being that it in many ways mirrors the plot of Star Wars: A New Hope. That being said, objectivity is a pretty hard thing to come by when Star Wars is concerned, and the reality is that the film really won our hearts by taking us back to a universe that we love, reintroducing some of our favorite characters, and establishing a new batch of heroes and villains we will be excited to watch for years to come.

Star Wars certainly falls into the "Soft Science-Fiction" category, and has never really been about big philosophical thoughts and abstracts, but The Force Awakens counterbalances just by being a great deal of fun. Adam Driver is fantastic as the troubled and conflicted Kylo Ren, while Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega deliver a trio of faces we’ll be excited to cheer on in future chapters of the saga. It’s not the best movie it could have been, but also pretty damn satisfying.

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