Three films that premiered at major international film festivals — Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” (Cannes), Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul” (Cannes) and Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” (Berlin) — top our critics’ lists of the best films of 2015. Which is not to imply that it was a letdown year for Hollywood: On the contrary, the titles that rank among our reviewers’ favorites include two Warner Bros. sequels (“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Magic Mike XXL”), a Disney-Pixar smash hit (“Inside Out”), a Universal prestige drama that deserved a wider audience (“Steve Jobs”), two very different dramas (or comedies?) from Fox’s crowded year-end slate (“The Martian” and “Joy”), an under-appreciated Angelina Jolie joint (“By the Sea”), and a certain “Star Wars” movie you might have heard about.

Here are our critics’ choices for the year’s finest achievements in film:

Justin Chang’s top 10 films of 2015 | Read more
1. “The Assassin”
2. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
3. “Phoenix”
4. “The Look of Silence”
5. “Carol”
6. “The Tribe”
7. “Spotlight
8. “Inside Out”
9. “Girlhood”
10. “Brooklyn”

Peter Debruge’s top 11 films of 2015 | Read more
1. “Son of Saul”
2. “Spotlight”
3. “Steve Jobs”
4. “Inside Out”
5. “Tangerine”
6. “Above and Below”
7. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens
8. “The Martian”
9. “Mustang”
10. “Mon roi” and “By the Sea”

Guy Lodge’s top 10 films of 2015 | Read more
1. “45 Years”
2. “Carol”
3. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
4. “Arabian Nights”
5. “Magic Mike XXL”
6. “The Demons”
7. “The Lobster”
8. “Victoria”
9. “The Endless River”
10. “Joy”