The 25 Best Films of 2009

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1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 156,673 | Gross: $21.00M

2. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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69 Metascore

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser, Val Kilmer

Votes: 67,895 | Gross: $1.70M

3. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 964,952 | Gross: $760.51M

4. A Serious Man (2009)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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79 Metascore

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed

Votes: 111,254 | Gross: $9.19M

5. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.5
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83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,207 | Gross: $0.89M

6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,003,439 | Gross: $120.54M

7. The Box (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

5.6
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47 Metascore

A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn

Votes: 81,017 | Gross: $15.05M

8. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

7.5
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83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 47,560 | Gross: $2.38M

9. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 286,731 | Gross: $5.01M

10. The Carter (2009 Video)

Documentary, Music

7.2
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An in-depth look at the artist Dwayne LIL' WAYNE Carter Jr, proclaimed by many as the "greatest rapper alive" With comprehensive and personal interviews with Lil' Wayne, this film will also... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: Birdman, Cortez Bryant, Reginae Carter, Drake

Votes: 587

11. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 49,870 | Gross: $11.00M

12. The Hangover (2009)

R | 100 min | Comedy

7.7
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73 Metascore

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Votes: 628,336 | Gross: $277.32M

13. Broken Embraces (2009)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.2
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76 Metascore

Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez

Votes: 33,691 | Gross: $5.01M

14. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 38,901 | Gross: $0.23M

15. Bright Star (2009)

PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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81 Metascore

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

Votes: 22,771 | Gross: $4.44M

16. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 571,475 | Gross: $115.65M

17. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.8
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71 Metascore

Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Max Records, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, Pepita Emmerichs

Votes: 92,340 | Gross: $77.23M

18. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

7.3
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64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 193,141 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Whatever Works (2009)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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45 Metascore

A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Adam Brooks

Votes: 63,688 | Gross: $5.31M

20. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 117,885 | Gross: $12.57M

21. 17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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48 Metascore

Mike O'Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon

Votes: 156,618 | Gross: $64.17M

22. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,032 | Gross: $0.55M

23. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

7.7
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73 Metascore

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 423,742 | Gross: $75.59M

24. Me and Orson Welles (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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73 Metascore

In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan

Votes: 9,786 | Gross: $1.19M

25. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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55 Metascore

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi

Votes: 44,105 | Gross: $3.52M