Best Films of 2009

by keBinlee | created - 27 Dec 2010 | updated - 08 Feb 2016 | Public

My favourite films of 2009

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1. 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: 1,012,592 | Gross: $120.54M

9/10

2. Valhalla Rising (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.0
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61 Metascore

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Alexander Morton, Stewart Porter

Votes: 48,271 | Gross: $0.02M

9/10

3. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 58,744 | Gross: $2.22M

9/10

4. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 27,930 | Gross: $2.53M

9/10

5. 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: 111,880 | Gross: $9.19M

9/10

6. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 286,403 | Gross: $83.82M

9/10

7. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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94 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 365,564 | Gross: $17.02M

9/10

8. 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: 288,437 | Gross: $5.01M

9/10

9. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 32,790 | Gross: $0.55M

9/10

10. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 414,857 | Gross: $32.39M

9/10

11. Samson and Delilah (2009)

101 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton

Votes: 2,814

9/10

12. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 760,869 | Gross: $293.00M

9/10

13. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 96,717 | Gross: $15.09M

9/10

14. 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: 574,042 | Gross: $115.65M

8/10

15. 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: 194,289 | Gross: $0.06M

8/10

16. Thirst (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hae-suk Kim, Ha-kyun Shin

Votes: 34,672 | Gross: $0.30M

8/10

17. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 178,399 | Gross: $0.00M

8/10

18. 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: 631,348 | Gross: $277.32M

8/10

19. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 247,349 | Gross: $97.10M

8/10

20. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 53,343 | Gross: $0.34M

8/10

21. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 537,874 | Gross: $257.73M

8/10

22. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 40,531 | Gross: $1.73M

8/10

23. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 425,190 | Gross: $107.51M

8/10

24. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

6.6
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49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 98,187 | Gross: $0.40M

8/10

25. 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: 81,330 | Gross: $15.05M

8/10

26. 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: 44,379 | Gross: $3.52M

8/10

27. 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: 39,074 | Gross: $0.23M

8/10

28. 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: 68,095 | Gross: $1.70M

8/10

29. 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: 92,664 | Gross: $77.23M

8/10

30. Julie & Julia (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 87,859 | Gross: $94.13M

8/10

31. 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: 426,068 | Gross: $75.59M

8/10

32. 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: 158,140 | Gross: $21.00M

8/10

33. Soul Kitchen (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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76 Metascore

In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke

Votes: 31,757 | Gross: $0.27M

8/10

34. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 120,177 | Gross: $37.02M

8/10

35. Balibo (2009)

111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,162

8/10

36. 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: 47,774 | Gross: $2.38M

8/10

37. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 165,252 | Gross: $75.29M

8/10

38. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,172 | Gross: $0.67M

8/10

39. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray

Votes: 11,290 | Gross: $1.61M

8/10

40. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.1
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47 Metascore

A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden

Votes: 124,769 | Gross: $63.41M

8/10

41. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 94,865 | Gross: $47.40M

8/10

42. The Combination (2009)

96 min | Drama

6.3
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Set in the multi-racial suburbs of Sydney, Lebanese-Australian John is released from goal to find his younger brother Charlie caught in the very same world of crime that put him behind bars.

Director: David Field | Stars: George Basha, Clare Bowen, Firass Dirani, Doris Younane

Votes: 689

8/10

43. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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77 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 22,125

8/10

44. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 39,575 | Gross: $0.63M

8/10

45. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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In this sequel to Red Cliff, Chancellor Cao Cao convinces Emperor Xian of the Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Shu and Wu, who have become allied forces, against all ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 20,584 | Gross: $0.63M

8/10