Our informal survey of the best of 2015 found “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Carol” (pictured) to be the films most most critics included on their lists. (Courtesy photo)

2015: The year in movies

The romantic “Carol” couldn’t be more different from the action-packed “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but they’re the films mentioned most among a handful of critics’ choices in this distinctly non-scientific roundup of top movies of the year:

1. “Inside Out”
2. “The Assassin”
3. “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi”
4. “The End of the Tour”
5. “Maps to the Stars”
6. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
7. “The Royal Road”
8. “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”
9. “Sicario”
10. “Creed”
— Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner

1. “Carol”
2. “About Elly”
3. “Son of Saul”
4. “45 Years”
5. “Timbuktu”
6. “The Clouds of Sils Maria”
7. “Spotlight”
8. “The Look of Silence”
9. “Best of Enemies”
10. “Mustang”
— Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner

1. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
2. “Clouds of Sils Maria”
3. “Ex Machina”
4. “Tangerine”
5. “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”
6. “Brooklyn”
7. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
8. “Carol”
9. “The Big Short”
10. “Spy”
— Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

1. “Spotlight”
2. “Ex Machina”
3. “Sicario”
4. “The Revenant”
5. “Love & Mercy”
6. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
7. “About Elly”
8. “Carol”
9. “Straight Outta Compton”
10. “The Big Short”
— Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

1. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
2. “Carol”
3. “Tangerine”
4. “Ex Machina”
5. “The Assassin”
6. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
7. “Creed”
8. “While We’re Young”
9. “Chi-Raq”
10. “Results”
— Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

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