My Top40 of 2009

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1.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
 
2.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
 
3.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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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. (153 mins.)
 
4.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
5.
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
 
6.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
7.
The Damned United (2009)
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The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
8.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. (109 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
9.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
 
10.
Exam (2009)
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The final eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test with one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel. (101 mins.)
 
11.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
12.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
13.
Thick as Thieves (2009)
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A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob. (104 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
14.
Star Trek (2009)
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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
15.
I Love You, Man (2009)
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Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after? (105 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
 
16.
The Road (2009)
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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
17.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
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As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
18.
The Hangover (2009)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
19.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
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When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (94 mins.)
 
20.
Angels & Demons (2009)
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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican. (138 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
21.
Puskás Hungary (2009 Documentary)
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This is a spectacular, exciting and emotional portrayal of Ferenc Puskas, the kid from Kispest who became the brightest star in the footballing galaxy. (116 mins.)
Director: Tamás Almási
 
22.
Knowing (2009)
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M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. (121 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
23.
Avatar (2009)
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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. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
24.
The Informant! (2009)
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The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (108 mins.)
 
25.
Zombieland (2009)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
 
26.
Up in the Air (2009)
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With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
27.
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. (94 mins.)
Director: Grant Heslov
 
28.
Gamer (2009)
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In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he? (95 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
 
29.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
30.
9 (2009)
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A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation. (79 mins.)
Director: Shane Acker
 
31.
Fanboys (2009)
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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before its release. (90 mins.)
Director: Kyle Newman
 
32.
Adventureland (2009)
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In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. (107 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
33.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
34.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
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Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. (150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
35.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
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A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years. (107 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
36.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
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A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. (90 mins.)
 
37.
Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
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The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power. (85 mins.)
Director: James Wong
 
38.
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009 Video)
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Three college roommates join a bus full of gorgeous models and travel the country to compete in a National Beer Pong Championship. With an bus load full of attractive lady who knows how much fun they could have. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
39.
Defendor (2009)
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Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Stebbings
 
40.
Brüno (2009)
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Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America. (81 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles