2009 Films

by PoppyTransfusion | created - 14 May 2012 | updated - 23 Sep 2016 | Public

The ones I've seen in order of preference from most to least favourite.

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1. Pumzi (2009)

21 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu | Stars: Chantelle Burger, Freddy Djanabia, Anton David Jeftha, Kudzani Moswela

Votes: 218

2. The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) (2009)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

All alone in her room, a solitary elderly widow lying on her deathbed yearns to reunite with her beloved late husband, nevertheless, the road to the afterlife can be long, while on the other hand, today's modern medicine works miracles.

Director: Javier Recio Gracia | Stars: Miguel Angel Perez, Eva Molina

Votes: 2,221

3. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 5,535 | Gross: $0.30M

4. The Limits of Control (2009)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Óscar Jaenada

Votes: 17,433 | Gross: $0.43M

5. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 52,779 | Gross: $0.37M

6. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

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: 22,682

7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 189,394 | Gross: $10.10M

8. Nowhere Boy (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall

Votes: 31,403 | Gross: $1.45M

9. Katalin Varga (2009)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin has been ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Hilda Péter, Norbert Tankó, László Mátray, Roberto Giacomello

Votes: 2,102

10. Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

The huge tar sands in Alberta are a potentially profitable resource, but the environmental impact could be heavy and long-term.

Director: Peter Mettler

Votes: 161

11. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

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: 59,688 | Gross: $2.22M

12. Hadewijch (2009)

105 min | Drama

83 Metascore

The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Karl Sarafidis, Yassine Salime, David Dewaele

Votes: 1,526 | Gross: $0.00M

13. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

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: 119,411 | Gross: $12.57M

14. The Time that Remains (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 1,911 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

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: 96,116 | Gross: $47.40M

16. Dog Days (III) (2009)

Short, Drama

A young man, who feels constrained living with his father takes drastic measures to liberate himself.

Director: Eyas Salman | Stars: Saleh Bakri, Hanan Hillo, Tarik Kopty

Votes: 6

17. Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching, Thomas finds her single, with a small child, ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Miller, Nathan Miller | Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti, Yves Verhoeven

Votes: 464 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Creation (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry

Votes: 12,534 | Gross: $0.34M

19. L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, L'enfer (1964), is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea | Stars: Romy Schneider, Bérénice Bejo, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 1,270 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Mammoth (2009)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide

Votes: 8,968 | Gross: $0.01M

21. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 160,141 | Gross: $20.17M

22. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 85,033 | Gross: $2.08M

23. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 95,416 | Gross: $9.17M

24. Unmade Beds (2009)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in.

Director: Alexis Dos Santos | Stars: Déborah François, Fernando Tielve, Michiel Huisman, Iddo Goldberg

Votes: 2,252

25. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 780,528 | Gross: $293.00M

26. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 26,618 | Gross: $1.26M

27. Sinner (I) (2009)

28 min | Short, Drama

Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires. Confused and guilt-ridden, he consults with his ... See full summary »

Director: Meni Philip | Stars: Lior Shabtai, Yuval Berger, Omri Aisha, Ami Weinberg

Votes: 55

28. Moon (2009)

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

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: 294,766 | Gross: $5.01M

29. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

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: 580,209 | Gross: $115.65M

30. London River (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem

Votes: 3,362 | Gross: $0.00M

31. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

Votes: 59,046 | Gross: $5.19M

32. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

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: 99,670 | Gross: $0.40M

33. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 5,106 | Gross: $0.55M

34. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 58,931 | Gross: $0.11M

35. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

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: 1,036,971 | Gross: $120.54M

36. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 78,574 | Gross: $1.82M

37. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 35,295 | Gross: $0.30M

38. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

78 Metascore

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.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 380,211 | Gross: $301.96M

39. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 51,200 | Gross: $11.00M

40. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 60,953 | Gross: $0.03M

41. Partly Cloudy (2009)

G | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Babies both human and animal are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. One cloud specializes in "dangerous" babies, creating a challenge for his loyal stork that has to deliver them.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson

Votes: 16,519

42. À Deriva (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Laura Neiva, Vincent Cassel, Camilla Belle, Izadora Armelin

Votes: 2,515

43. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 28,238 | Gross: $2.53M

44. 5150 rue des Ormes (2009)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Tessier | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D'Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylène St-Sauveur

Votes: 2,848

45. State of Play (2009)

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

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: 121,447 | Gross: $37.02M

46. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 4,830

47. Prick (II) (2009)

17 min | Short, Drama

John discovers the truth about last night as he develops his photographs.

Director: Ryan Vernava | Stars: Liam Karim Archaibaou, Dan Connolly, Joe Copplestone, Tara Godolphin

Votes: 18

48. The Girl on the Train (2009)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc, Mathieu Demy

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $0.21M

49. Legion (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

32 Metascore

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black

Votes: 87,864 | Gross: $40.17M