Film can do so much with one incredible scene, and often just as much with one amazing line. For my money though, film is often at its most powerful when it unleashes everything into one great shot.

It’s with that in mind that we return to an annual tradition at this site for the fifth year.

After a year dedicated to the abstract, this year the iconic imagery seemed to come back to the characters and the actors who portrayed them. Some of the best shots took us so far away a person was dwarfed by their surroundings; others brought us right up into their grill. A lot of pain and sorrow, but some profound joy dropped in for good measure.

Each photo can be identified by hovering your cursor, and clicking any of them will take you to a bigger version of the shot. For the curious, previous years’ entries in this series can be found at the bottom of this post.

 

BLACKHAT

 

EX MACHINA

 

WORLD OF TOMORROW

 

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

 

SLOW WEST

 

JURASSIC WORLD

 

INSIDE OUT

 

LOVE & MERCY

 

TRAINWRECK

 

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

 

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

 

AMY

 

MISTRESS AMERICA

 

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

 

THE WALK

 

BRIDGE OF SPIES

 

STEVE JOBS

 

THE MARTIAN

 

CREED

 

CAROL

 

THE DANISH GIRL

 

LEGEND

 

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

 

ANOMALISA

 

Previous Years’ Entries: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010