The movies that dominate year-end best lists -- like this one -- tend to come from the indie camp that relishes deep dives into the human experience, rather than studio blockbusters that offer a two-hour escape from it. If the "Jurassic Worlds" and "Furious 7s" don't get much awards-season love, well, as Don Draper said, "that's what the money's for."

Lists like these aren't an expression of elitist snobbery; they're a wager on the future. They're a bet that the 2015 movies that will stick with you the longest won't be the ones that merely take you away from yourself for two hours. Here are 12 of this year's films that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
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