Best to Worst Films of 2009

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1.
3 Idiots (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
2.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
3.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
4.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
5.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
 
6.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
7.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
8.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
9.
Public Enemies (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
10.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
 
11.
Brothers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
12.
In the Loop (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
 
13.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
14.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
15.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
16.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
17.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
18.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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.)
 
19.
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
 
20.
Ponyo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
21.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
22.
Angels & Demons (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican. (138 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
23.
9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation. (79 mins.)
Director: Shane Acker
 
24.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
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A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
25.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
26.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
27.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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.)
 
28.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
 
29.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted? (115 mins.)
Director: McG
 
30.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. (94 mins.)
 
31.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. (105 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
32.
2012 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind. (158 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
33.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. (107 mins.)
 
34.
The Fourth Kind (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up. (98 mins.)
 
35.
Saw VI (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Agent Strahm is dead, and FBI agent Erickson draws nearer to Hoffman. Meanwhile, a pair of insurance executives find themselves in another game set by jigsaw. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Greutert
 
36.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. (118 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
37.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
 
38.
The Soloist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
39.
Inkheart (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero. (106 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
40.
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans. (98 mins.)
Director: Andy Fickman
 
41.
Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After losing her child at birth, the dark horror of the grudge begins growing within her. (60 mins.)
Director: Mari Asato
 
42.
Planet 51 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him. (91 mins.)
 
43.
Knowing (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
44.
Friday the 13th (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
 
45.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
46.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
 
47.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
When a shopping mall is taken over by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Carr
 
48.
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Insp. Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of International detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. Their mission: Stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts. (92 mins.)
Director: Harald Zwart
 
49.
Aliens in the Attic (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens. (86 mins.)
Director: John Schultz
 
50.
Bride Wars (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day. (89 mins.)
Director: Gary Winick
 
51.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black. (130 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
52.
Push (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
53.
Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
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