The top 20 films of 2009

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1.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
2.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
3.
City of Life and Death (2009)
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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. (132 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
 
4.
The Queen and I (2008 Documentary)
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Filmmaker and Iranian exile Nahid Persson Sarvestani talks with the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran, who was overthrown in 1979. (90 mins.)
Director: Nahid Persson
 
5.
To Die Like a Man (2009)
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A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son. (133 mins.)
 
6.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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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? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
7.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
8.
Wild Grass (2009)
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A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner... (104 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
9.
The Hedgehog (2009)
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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday... (100 mins.)
Director: Mona Achache
 
10.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009 Documentary)
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Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and... (102 mins.)
Director: Vikram Jayanti
 
11.
The September Issue (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. (90 mins.)
Director: R.J. Cutler
 
12.
Tomorrow at Dawn (2009)
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Turn from playing the piano to playing with swords, and you will get blood on your hands. (96 mins.)
Director: Denis Dercourt
 
13.
Storm (2009)
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Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor of Hague's Tribunal for war crimes in former Yugoslavia, charges a Serbian commander for killing Bosnians. However, her main witness might be lying, so the court sends a team to Bosnia to investigate. (103 mins.)
 
14.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
 
15.
Bluebeard (2009)
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An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard. (80 mins.)
 
16.
Agora (2009)
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
 
17.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. (122 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
18.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
 
19.
Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)
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A story of love, sex and destiny, by director Julian Hernandez. Youthful Kieri and Ryo share a deep and passionate love for each other... (141 mins.)
 
20.
Father of My Children (2009)
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A film producer struggles with suicidal despair. (110 mins.)